Management & Maintenance

This department of Rental Housing Journal is your source for property management and maintenance information. Whether you’re an independent landlord, portfolio manager, on-site community manager, leasing agent or apartment maintenance professional, the site is dedicated to bringing tips, best practices and information to help make your job easier and keep you up to date and educated.

Property Managers, Take Note: Happy Pet Owners Mean Happy Long-Term Residents

Property Managers, Take Note: Happy Pet Owners Mean Happy Long-Term Residents

A guest post to help property managers understand pets and the connection with long-term happy rental residents. By KC Theisen Opening Doors A few weeks ago, a graduate student at the University of Maryland interviewed me about...
7 Proactive Maintenance Tips That Keep Tenants Happy

7 Proactive Maintenance Tips That Keep Tenants Happy

Keeping good tenants is key to long-term profitable rentals, so here are 7 proactive maintenance tips that keep tenants happy and staying in your rental property. By Justin Becker As a landlord or building manager, there...
6 Things To Look For In Choosing The Right Rental Property Flooring

6 Things To Look For In Choosing The Right Rental Property Flooring

Choosing the right flooring for your rental property gives you several important options to consider so here are six things to look at for your property flooring. By Lillian Connors Choosing the best flooring for your...
Don’t Let Rental Criteria Be Your Kryptonite with tenants when doing tenant screening

Don’t Let Rental Criteria Be Your Kryptonite

Do you have written rental criteria for which tenants you accept, which you do not, and why? That is this month's article by veteran real estate investor and property manager David Pickron. By David Pickron Hypothetically,...
Top 10 Fire Prevention Tips for Landlords And Property Managers

Top 10 Fire Prevention Tips for Landlords And Property Managers

Here are 10 fire prevention tips for landlords and property managers including remembering to have a fire-action plan for tenants. By Oliver Andrews Thirty seconds is all it takes for a small flame to start a...
Ask Landlord Hank How Do I Stop Second-Hand Smoke Coming into My Apartment?

How Do I Stop Second-Hand Smoke Coming Into My Apartment?

We have been getting a lot of questions about second-hand smoke during the pandemic so if a tenant has a problem with second-hand smoke coming into their apartment, what should you do is the...
Will Some Landlords Overlook Tenant Bad Credit History?

Will Some Landlords Overlook Tenant Bad Credit History?

This week the question for Ask Landlord Hank is about how landlords and property managers look at bad credit history from a potential tenant. Dear Landlord Hank: Will some landlords overlook bad credit history if it was...
What Are The Best Window Coverings For Your Rental Property?

What Are The Best Window Coverings For Your Rental Property?

Window coverings for your rental property can be important in attracting tenants, so the maintenance checklist from Keepe this week looks at three basic types of window coverings. It can be difficult to choose the best...
How $1 of Rent Adds Up to Billions Going Back into Local Communities

How $1 of Rent Adds Up to Billions Going Back into Local Communities

Up to 90 cents of each dollar paid for rent go towards taxes, wages, mortgage payments, and maintenance and improvements, while only 10 cents belong to owners and investors, according to the Yardi Matrix...
Ask Landlord Hank - My Tenant’s Moving Out Before Lease Ends, What Should I Do?

My Tenant’s Moving Out Before Lease Ends, What Should I Do?

If the tenant tells you they are moving out before lease ends, what should you do is the question for Ask Landlord Hank this week. Dear Landlord Hank, My tenant signed a six-month lease and is planning...