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Posted on 20. Oct, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
In a recent post, I talked about HUD’s new guidelines for renting to tenants with a criminal history. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the other Fair Housing Laws that property managers may be overlooking. While all property managers are likely (or should be) familiar with standard Fair Housing Laws, such as the prohibition […]
Posted on 05. Oct, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
You’ve worked hard to attract and keep the best tenants; making sure that your properties are well maintained and attractive. Resident safety issues are also a priority, so your property is patrolled regularly, burned out lights replaced immediately, and security cameras working. Everything is working great; you’re happy, your tenants are happy, and the property […]
Posted on 26. Sep, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
In April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made the job of a property manager a little bit harder. In past blogs, I’ve talked about the possibility of conducting criminal background checks on potential applicants. It turns out that it’s not quite as simple as that. HUD recently released new guidelines for […]
Posted on 01. Sep, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
In a recent post, we talked about some of the things that managers can inadvertently do to drive their good tenants away. Remember, as property managers, your focus should be on providing your residents with a safe, secure place to live. However, it’s also important to provide your tenants with a sense of community and […]
Posted on 30. Aug, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Property managers spend a lot of time ensuring that their tenants follow the rules, which include timely payment of rent, reasonable noise levels, parking in their assigned parking spot, and keeping their apartment home in reasonably good shape. If they live up to their end of the bargain, what are you and your staff doing […]
Posted on 04. Aug, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Offered by The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) and the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA), the Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM) continues to provide an important role in training onsite managers, maintenance staff and supervisory personnel in the latest green technology. Even property management businesses with limited budgets can benefit from the […]
Posted on 26. Jul, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
With hot summer days and warm nights upon us, it’s more important than ever that property security measures are in place and operational. Along with bored teenagers looking to get into trouble, warm summer evenings also attract the professional criminal as well. With apartment units frequently empty in summer months due to vacationing tenants, those […]
Posted on 28. Jun, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Every year, do you promise yourself that this will be the year that you create a haven for your residents? That this year, you’ll organize those pool parties and Saturday afternoon barbecues? But somehow, every year, your plans go awry, and when you suddenly have the time to create these get-togethers, it’s September. The best […]
Posted on 07. Jun, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
With the unofficial start of summer here, more residents will be spending time outdoors, looking for various ways to enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures. Year-after-year, the two most popular activities for residents include swimming and barbecuing. The warm weather also brings a host of added responsibilities for property managers and staff alike as they […]
Posted on 31. May, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
We’ve talked in the past about the benefits of pristine landscaping, a spotless leasing office, and clean, uncluttered patios and balconies. Not listed in that group, but just as important, are your apartment models. While furnishings are important, and should be updated on a regular basis, it’s often the small things that can sway an […]
Posted on 17. May, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Spring and Summer Bring the Clutter On my way to work one morning, I passed an apartment complex about a mile from my house. While the complex itself appeared to be neat and clean, the resident balconies were filled with clutter. Taking a quick detour through the complex, I saw more balconies than not that were […]
Posted on 12. Apr, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
As a property manager, one of the most rewarding and the most difficult parts of your job is to keep renters happy. While the majority of your tenants may never voice a single complaint, when a renter does complain it’s important to handle that complaint in a professional manner. It’s important that every complaint, even the minor […]
Posted on 31. Mar, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Gusty winds. Late season snow. Wildfires. Floods. Welcome to spring in the U.S. Spring may be the most difficult season to prepare for; simply because weather conditions can change from day to day, and sometimes even hour to hour. Is your property ready for an early spring snow storm? What about gusty, potentially hazardous winds? […]
Posted on 15. Mar, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
In Part I, we discussed ways in which you can build a sustainable property management model for your office. In Part II, we’ll look at ways in which you can build a sustainable model for your properties. Building efficiencies into your property is one of the easiest ways to introduce sustainability into your property operations. […]
Posted on 08. Mar, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Merriam-Webster defines the word Sustainable as “able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed; involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources; and able to last of continue for a long time.” In everyday operations, we all do things that are not sustainable. Things like rent concessions can […]
Posted on 18. Feb, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
While Craigslist and other online venues can be a valuable asset for locating tenants, it’s helpful to proceed with caution. Remember, not all online property management scams are directed at potential tenants. Property management companies can also find themselves the target of scammers in a variety of ways. If you typically post detailed rental information […]
Posted on 09. Feb, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Today, property managers find themselves in a tough spot. With baby boomers looking to downsize from their home in the suburbs, and recent college graduates entering the rental market for the first time, property managers can find it difficult to know exactly how to market to and communicate with these two very different groups. So […]
Posted on 04. Feb, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
One of the most difficult problems a property manager can face is the incidence of crime on the properties they manage. While there is no full proof system for eliminating all crime, proper screening procedures can go a long way to ensuring that those with a criminal or sex offender background are not inadvertently approved […]
Posted on 19. Jan, 2016 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
While many property management companies have a maintenance staff that is able to handle most tasks, there will likely be a time when a job will need to be outsourced to an outside contractor. While most property managers carefully screen job applicants when making hiring decisions to ward off possible issues, and carefully screen renters […]
Posted on 22. Dec, 2015 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
With the New Year just around the corner, you’ve probably begun to think about your resolutions for the coming year. Why not resolve to tackle the issues that have proven to be your nemesis? While the list will vary widely from manager to manager, there’s likely a few things that all will agree would be of […]
Posted on 18. Dec, 2015 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
The typical property management office is inundated with paperwork – everything from applications to leases, lease addendums, move-out paperwork, and security deposit refunds. Now, imagine your office without paper. No stacks of applications waiting to be filed. No leases or move-out paperwork stacked on a leasing agent’s desk. Kind of hard to do, isn’t it? […]
Posted on 08. Dec, 2015 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
During November and December, the holidays often take center stage, and the property management community is no exception. And each November and December, property managers are often faced with a dilemma – how should they celebrate the holidays at their community? While this typically is not a problem for those managing single-family homes, managers at […]
Posted on 12. Nov, 2015 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
While preparing for winter weather is a common occurrence for property managers throughout the country, the preparation for this year’s winter may be slightly different. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted the return of El Niño this winter; one of the strongest on record. The return of El Niño means a shifting […]
Posted on 03. Nov, 2015 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
It’s never too early to prepare for year end. Because year end is typically when new systems are implemented, new software purchased, or current work wrapped up, the sooner you can get a jump on these items the better. Here are some things you can finish up now to make a fresh start for the New […]