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Should you allow tenants to make changes to rental property?

When you move into a new home, you want to make it your own. The problem is most leases have clauses which explain the changes landlords allow tenants to make to their rental property. These clauses are usually written in legal language.  An example clause would be, “Absolutely no improvements, repairs or changes may be made to the rental property without express written permission from the property owner.”  Most landlords don’t allow tenants to make changes to the rental property. Unless, it’s not permanent.

 

Tenants may have read and agreed to this clause. However, upon moving out landlords often find unauthorized “improvements” made by tenants.

 

Why are landlords wary of tenants making changes to rental property?

 

The largest driving force is property damage. When a tenant makes unauthorized changes they may be creating a safety issue for future tenants. For example say a tenant requested to put up a ceiling fan. This type of improvement involves electricity and construction.

 

Landlords would usually do the installation themselves. Which as the property owner they have the right to do. They can also hire an electrician for professional installation. Safety and liability issues can arise when dealing with wiring. Cutting, stripping and connecting wires and securing the fan to drywall in the ceiling can be dangerous. Property owners aren’t going to take the risk lightly and say “yes” to what seems like a simple request.

Property owners need to consider the risk improvement.  They also need to consider the value and cost to allow tenants to make changes. Painting isn’t only painting.  If the landlord needs to fix the tenants painting project because it is sloppy, the request costs money. Paying for ruined carpet or new woodwork because a tenant isn’t careful is not an improvement. Yet, if a landlord approves a request for professionally installed new flooring, this could be a capital improvement. Tenants also enjoy the new flooring while they live there.  Landlords should consider each request separately. Landlords are running a business. If a tenant makes an improvement which damages the home, there are now extra costs. There could also be potential safety issues to fix. Adding more costs to a clean, functional and safe unit when the tenant first moved in.

 

Which changes do landlords allow?

 

The answer is: whatever the landlord gives you written permission to do.  However, the written permission by the landlord should also explain what will happen if you don’t comply to those terms. If you don’t want to pay a professional to fix a problem, you may want to cancel your project. If painting the room back to the color you had when you moved in doesn’t sound reasonable; you may want to avoid making any permanent changes to the rental property.

 

How to comply with the lease and still personalize the home.

 

If the consequences of permanent improvements are too steep for you, there are small changes you can easily make. Invest in quality decor items such as paintings if you don’t like the wall color. Colorful pillows and blankets can liven up any room. Place decorative rugs over any flooring you don’t like and give you control over the look of your environment. Use your money for personal touches. Items you’ll own and can take with you. They’ll keep the house feeling cozy while you live there.

 

By allowing tenants to make small improvements with written permission, everyone is happy. You’ve personalized the space and your landlord isn’t ready to evict you for painting every room purple. For those who still say no, consider an investment in quality decorations. They’ll express your style and you’ll have them for years to come.

 

If you aren’t sure what your lease allows, you can contact your property management company. You can reach Day Property Management at 920-968-0626 or fill out the contact form with any questions.

Should You Allow Pets in Your Rental Properties? 

Should You Allow Pets in Your Rental Properties?

These days, more tenants own pets than those who do not. According to the ASPCA, 79% of US households own pets. By not allowing pets in your rental property dramatically reduces your pool of renters. Property owners have had good reasons for not allowing pets.

Pets can cause major damage.

Pets can leave lasting scars on your property. Dogs chew up the carpet, window sills and scratch up doors.  Cats mark their territory, and scratching doors and walls. This behavior causes many landlords to avoid pets in rental property. However, property damage is not the only issues when it comes to avoiding pets. Often owners are away for long periods of time. This can lead to anxious pets and nuisance barking. Nuisance barking can bother other tenants. This can cause them to move due to the constant noise. Other tenants could call in noise complaints to the police which can result in home visits.

 

There are safety risks in allowing pets. Most animals are nice to their owners but they are still animals. Pets can react to unwanted company. If a stranger comes to the home during the day when an owner is not present, they may be aggressive. Not all pets are aggressive when home alone or when a stranger comes to the house. Yet, repairmen make it a point to ask if there is a dog loose on the premises.  You’ll have to crate it up or lock it in a bedroom while they visit.

Often tenants forget to clean up after their pet. Not cleaning up the yard can ruin the grass, cause the yard to smell, and destroy any curb appeal you have at your property.

 

As a property owner, you have insurance on your property. Insurance companies have strict policies toward dog breeds they consider dangerous. This information is due to claims submitted to the company. You’ll need to avoid allowing these pet breeds if you want to keep your insurance policy.

 

How do you make owning pets a positive experience for yourself and your tenants?

A separate pet agreement will keep both parties on the same page. The pet agreement should state all the rules you have regarding pets in your property. Explain the rules in detail and signed separately by the tenants. You’ll want to make it clear that violating the pet agreement could lead to an eviction.

 

Consider charging a pet deposit or a monthly pet fee added to your tenants monthly rental payment. The money can pay for damage caused by the pets during the lease period.

 

Almost all pet owners think of their pets as part of the family. Asking a tenant to part with a pet is like asking them to give away a child. You wouldn’t ask and they wouldn’t comply with your request. Allowing tenants to include pets as a part of their lives will make them happy. As a result, they may rent from you for longer periods of time.

 

As a landlord you can do what you want with your rental properties. All parties need to agree to the same rules.  If you want to allow pets great, if not…great. However, take a good look at the rental pool and consider all possibilities. Renting to tenants with pets can bring in extra rent and result in happier tenants.

 

If you looking for help managing tenants with pets, call 920-968-0626 Day Property Management or fill out our contact form today to discuss how we can help you.

Renting To College Students: Is The Risk Worth The Reward? 

Renting To College Students: Is The Risk Worth The Reward?

 

As a landlord owning rental property in a college town can have advantages and disadvantages. College students may live in the dorms fora year or two but then decide communal living isn’t for them. Young adults ages 18, 19, 20, 21, out on their own, possibly for the first time can raise trust issues for property owners.

 

The main problem students usually run into is they have no rental history. This is a huge red flag for a property owner or property management company. Not knowing if a person is going to pay rent is the biggest risk anyone can take. Yes, it is a variable in any rental situation, but with those new to personal responsibility this can make or break a landlord.

 

However, there are ways around. With a little coaching renting to well screened college students can be the most lucrative business decision you make. Let’s take a look at the issues one by one.

 

No rental history

When a college student fills out the rental application without previous references to speak with regarding renta

 

l history, it doesn’t give a landlord much to show they will pay their rent. The good thing is no rental history is better than having a bad rental history. This can be further cleared up by asking for a parent to co-sign on the students behalf. Yes, legally they can sign court binding paperwork like a residential lease. However, knowing th

eir parents will cover the rent if the students fall behind is a safe guard you will not get any other time as a landlord. Co-signing guarantees payment during the lease period.

 

No job

There are college students who are at school on scholarships, have student aid paying for housing or family helping them and they don’t have a job. After all, college is a place to focus on their higher education. Worrying about earning money to pay the bills is not a main focus for some. But as a landlord, no job usually means no rental payments. Again, you need to look at the larger picture. Renting to college students is a unique niche. If a student has a way to cover rent in advance, as with financial aid or a way to guarantee rent payment, as with a parent co-signing their lease being unemployed should not stop you from renting to them.

 

Parties

Yes, college can be synonymous with partying too much. This is a stereotype that’s not always accurate. Older tenants who have rented many places can have worse parties causing thousands of dollars in damage without thinking about it. Many first-time renters are afraid of getting on a landlords “bad side”. Partying or doing anything to possibly break their lease is enough to keep any gathering to a dull roar. Most gatherings doesn’t involve damage or a police presence if done correctly. When you go through the lease with a new renter be sure to point out policies and explain lease violations. You’ll find most young renters will most likely be your best tenants.

 

Vacancies

Renting to college students can be more cyclical than regular rentals. You will have your rental full during the winter months in Wisconsin.  Which is the worst time for any property owner to have a vacancy, but you may have a vacancy every summer. Compared to year to year renters, who could give notice at any time. College students are more of a captive audience.  They need to attend their full year of classes and moving in the middle of the year on top of school work and a job is too much to worry about.  So they at least stay through their lease period and you often have 10 months of continual rent.

While the amount of damage left behind can be questionable, most young adults are not flush with cash. They need their security deposits back to be able to pay rent at a new building if they move. Landlords will often find the rental property cleaner than when they rented it out originally. The student’s parents may also help in this situation if they cosigned the lease.  They don’t want to pay for damages caused by their students and often help them clean when they move out.

 

Proper tenant screening can keep irresponsible tenants out of your properties.  However, with college students you can safeguard your investment with a little extra security like co-signers and thorough explanation of the lease agreement. Often you’ll have your rental occupied for 10 months out of the year and a quick turn around due to the good condition the units are left in. Some students decide to stay in the same rental their entire college term. If you’re lucky that could mean a continual 4 years.  As with any rental, if you keep your units in good repair, clean and functional you’ll have happy tenants. By keeping your college rental in good condition, you could have 4 years of guaranteed cash flow.

 

To see how we can help you maximize your rental property, give Day Property Management https://www.daypropertymanagement.com a call at 920-968-0626 or fill out our contact form https://www.daypropertymanagement.com/contact for more information.

Find and Fill Rental Properties the Easy Way! 

Find and Fill Rental Properties the Easy Way!

Property management companies have the inside scoop on rental properties in the Appleton area. Whether you are a local landlord or an out of state owner looking to increase your portfolio, contacting a property management company can be a great help and money. Using a company like Day Property Management, https://www.daypropertymanagement.com can help you find your next property.

Dont fret over the rent

You won’t have to sign up for real estate listing cart or work with many different realtors to find rental property in the best locations. They know the best areas for quality rentals with consistent occupation rates. Day Property Management works with landlords ranging properties. Day Property Management covers lower income range to luxury neighborhoods from Green Bay to Fond Du Lac. You won’t have to worry about buying a property in a hard to fill location.

Stop searching 

By giving your management company all the requirements you are looking for in your property search, they can look for property for you. They also know the market rents. Utilizing their knowledge, you know what you can spend on your next rental and still cash flow. This saves you from overspending and waiting years to get a return on your investment.

All repairs are handled 

Your property management company can then take a look at the time involved and the repairs necessary to make the rental “tenant ready.” This allows you to create a repair budget. You will now know what you’ll need to cover when you close the purchase. Property management companies may have their own maintenance divisions to handle this for you. Day Property Management works with Integrated Property Solutions https://www.inpropsolutions.com to maintain the rentals they manage and have repair numbers down to a science.

Pocket leads

Property management companies may be working with owners who are looking to sell their properties. This can lead to quick sales and possible discounts depending on the needs of the current owners.

Partnerships

Many property management companies have a realtor on staff or are realtors or real estate brokers themselves. This designation allows them to perform all the functions of any real estate agent or broker with the added benefit of working with them as property managers. As a team they negotiate on your behalf, take care of all purchase paperwork and start the management process once the purchase closes.

When you close on your purchase, your property management company can help you with its residential and commercial services. Their 16 years of property management has made them experts in finding the best tenants for your rental units. By creating the unit’s ads for you, your time can be spent on working with the repairmen or you can use IPS to handle repairs for you. Day Property Management handles all the tenant interaction for you. Showings, processing applications and screening tenants to provide you with ideal tenants is all covered.

When using a property management company to help with your rental search the new purchase becomes a turn-key rental. They will handle it all from completing any needed repairs, advertising, finding and screening tenants. Your property can be full and cash flowing almost immediately.

Day Property Management can help you find your next cash flowing rental fast. Fill out the contact form here https://www.daypropertymanagement.com/contact-us/ or give us a call at 920-968-0626.

Summer Is Coming—Get Your Maintenance Done Now!

Summer Is Coming—Get Your Maintenance Done Now!

In Wisconsin, the snow has finally melted and the sun is making its appearance, plants are growing and the yards are greened up. It’s starting to look like summer. Warmer temperatures bring yard work, outdoor maintenance and necessary repairs to rental property. As a property owner, you should consider seasonal maintenance a tool to keep your buildings in good repair and curb appeal high for new renters. Summer rental maintenance should be a scheduled event on a landlord’s calendar, like fall clean up and winterizing. Over time these activities keep your rental looking pristine all year round, keep tenant complaints low and helps you keep your investment safe. This doesn’t mean you need to tackle every item on your to do list all at once but there are a few maintenance items to be sure to address at the start of summer.

Schedule Any Major Repairs

Summer is a busy time for property maintenance companies and contractors. Calling them early and getting on their calendar is necessary, if you are taking on a large repair projects. Management companies like, Day Property Management, have their own divisions for such projects. You can contact Integrated Property Solutions directly to schedule all repairs and maintenance.

Items You’ll Want To Evaluate:

•Condition of the roof-Secure any loose shingles

•Window screens-Replace torn or damaged screens

•Patios and decks-Clean and paint deck platforms and railings (repair any rotted or loo

•Garage floors-Clean off salt from winter and fill any cracked wood), fill cracks in patios

•Air conditioner-You should have an HVAC contractor tune up the A/C before you get a call from the tenant saying it doesn’t work. Making sure it’s safe to run will keep you from having to replace it later in the summer.

•Lawn mower-If you provide a lawn mower for your tenants to use during the summer. Make sure it’s tuned up and ready to run. Replace it if necessary.

•Swimming Pool Maintenance-This is a larger project and may need some planning and supplies. Take a look at any swimming pools you have at your properties and schedule repairs and cleaning as needed.

Easy Maintenance To Keep Your Rental Looking Great

When you address maintenance issues seasonally, you’ll find less to do over time. Increase the useful life of siding, gutters, window and landscaping with a little care a few times a year.

Easy Maintenance Items:

•Exterior of the building-Power washing off algae and other growth will extend the life of your siding keeping your building looking great

•Gutters, downspouts and window wells-Cleaning out dead leaves, and dirt will keep your gutters and downspouts working properly when it rains. Cleaning out window wells will keep them pest and mold free

•Trees and bushes-Trim any overgrowth or dead branches from mature landscaping. This will stimulate new growth and eliminate damage from falling or loose branches.

•Landscape-Cleaning up any leftover leaves or plants frozen over the winter will keep pests away and with a little mulch, your yard will be beautiful again

•Smoke detectors-Check all your rental units for working smoke detectors, replace batteries or non-working detectors

•Yard sprinklers-Test your sprinklers and set the timers, repair anything not functioning

•Pest Control and Mold-As you are doing your maintenance keep an eye out for cracks in the foundation (perfect access point for small rodents), build up of yard waste (where pests can nest) mold on window or door frames and anything you could clean or remedy now before an issue arises.

Once the maintenance on your property is complete, a letter to your tenants regarding the lease rules and regulations may be in order. The letter should address noise ordinances, grilling, fireworks and tenant gardens will keep everyone on the same page. If you don’t have any rules and regulations for outside activities, consult city ordinances and inform your tenants to avoid complaints or code enforcement issues.

Have your management company write-up an informative letter to your tenants and handle any questions they may have. Contact Day Property Management at 920-968-0626 today to help. You can also fill out our contact form with questions.

The Great Debate: Who is responsible for lawn care or yard maintenance for a rental property?

The issue of yard care responsibility is a highly contested one with landlords and tenants. If you ask a tenant about it they will most likely say it’s the landlord’s responsibility. If you ask a landlord, they will most likely say it’s the tenant’s responsibility. So who is correct?

When something falls into the grey area, consulting your residential lease agreement is the best place to start.

Written leases have a section pertaining to maintenance and repairs for the inside and outside of a rental unit. Most landlords use the non-standard rental provision to explain items not on a standard lease. This section explains items such as lawn care, parking, pets, smoking, and late fees. These items can be different for each building. The lease should clearly state if a tenant is responsible for lawn care or yard maintenance or if it’s included in the lease. Tenants must clean up after their pets even if they are not responsible for overall lawn care.

For example in one lease the reference to lawn care looks like this:

“Tenant(s) shall be responsible for shared lawn care and snow removal.

Because tenant(s) share lawn care/snow removal responsibilities, tenant(s) agree to take full responsibility for lawn care if other responsible party vacates property until such time that a new party moves into the property.

If tenant(s) fail to take care of these responsibilities a third party will take care of the lawn care/snow removal. The bill from the third party will be the tenant(s) responsibility in its entirety. Tenant(s) further agree(s) to be responsible for any and all municipality charges related to snow removal or lawn care/weed control that may be charged due to the tenant(s) neglect of responsibilities.

There shall be an additional charge of $25.00 for each five or fourteen-day notice (to pay municipal charges or vacate premises) issued to tenant(s). Failure to pay any and all of these charges is a breach of lease.

Tenant(s) agree(s) that owner/agent may deduct all charges listed in this paragraph from the security deposit.”

Final Decision

While the clause is a lot to take in, it does cover who is responsible and what happens if the responsibility Is not met. If your lease does not address lawn care, check with your landlord or management company. Make sure you know who will be taking care of mowing, weeding, watering, trimming and any other yard maintenance.

Each landlord is different, but often if they require tenants to maintain the lawn, they will provide a lawn mower. Again this should be clear, but if not be sure to ask your management company. You can expect rent to be higher on a monthly basis to cover the expense of bringing in someone to mow and maintain the yard. The landlord can choose at their discretion how to maintain the yard if they are claiming responsibility. However, if the rental amount covers lawn maintenance, the tenant should be aware in advance.

If you have Day Property Management www.daypropertymanagement.com as your management company and have questions about lawn care, please call them at 920-968-0626 or send a question through the contact form here. www.daypropertymanagement.com/contact

8 Steps to Firing Your Property Management Company

How to Fire Your Property Management Company!

You hired a property manager for specific reasons. Your rentals may have started taking up too much time. You may have found it difficult getting repairs done in a timely manner. Poor tenant quality may have caused costly turnovers. You may have wanted to scale your business and couldn’t do it and manage the property.

Whatever your reason was in the beginning may not be the same reason you are looking to move on to a new property management company. Unfortunately, for most people the thought of having to fire anyone is difficult and uncomfortable. Here is a quick how-to explanation of the steps you’ll need to take when you want to fire your property management company.

8 Steps to Firing Your Property Management Company

1. Review your contract terms

When considering changing companies it’s a good idea to really read through your current contract and review all the terms. Most contracts have clauses for selling property, length of contract and possible termination fees.  If you are okay with any penalties there may be for terminating your current contract, then you can start finding a new company.  If not, you may want to go to your current company to discuss the issues and find a solution.

2. Interview new management companies

Before cutting the cord, you’ll want to interview 3 or 4 management companies you’re considering for hire. Questions you may want to ask to determine if they are a fit for you are:

  • Have you managed similar properties?
  • How do you handle maintenance and repairs?
  • How quickly do you respond to tenants?
  • Are you on call 24/7/365?
  • How often will you be at the properties?
  • In which manner do you handle emergencies?
  • How do you manage tenant relationships?
  • Are you familiar with local laws pertaining to my properties?
  • What do you do to fill vacancies and estimated down time?
  • What kind of record keeping and accounting do you provide?
  • Also be sure to ask questions regarding the issues you have with your current management company.

3. Hire the best fit

If you find a company you feel will be a good fit, start the contract process before firing your current company. You want to make sure you don’t have downtime in management, especially since you don’t want it to fall back on your shoulders. When you find a new company you like and you think you can work with, hire them.

4. Terminate your current contract 

You’ll want to write a professional termination letter to your current company. Be very specific as to the reason you are terminating the contract. Point out clauses in your contract showing you have valid concerns. Provide any evidence you may have showing mis-management of your rental property. Indicate when the contract is to terminate according to your contract terms.

5. Change of management forms

Your current company may have specific things they handled for you which needed approval from you. If there are any businesses that require a form to change control to a new management company ask your current company for a change in management form. This will allow the new company to take over and make decisions for you.

6. Contact companies where the manager represents you

Be sure to notify banks, utilities, insurance and any other company you have given permission to work with the management company on your behalf. You’ll want to fill out any form or notice to give them all the new contact information for the new company.

7. Inform your tenants

You can send your tenants a letter letting them know there is a change in management.  Give them all of the important information they need for the new company.  Especially how they can contact them and how and where they will be paying rent. Most companies will also send out their own communication but tenants will be skeptical if they haven’t heard from you first.

8. Start the new relationship on the right foot

You’ll want to have a very frank discussion about what you expect from your new management company. Talk about the issues you had with the old company and how you expect to avoid the same problems in the future. If the new company knows your expectations up front, it will be easier to discuss issues if they arise.

Property management companies are in the business to serve their property owners. If you feel something is not going properly, open the lines of communication and have a discussion to solve the problem.  If you are currently dealing with management issues, contact Day Property Management www.daypropertymanagement.com to see how they can help. Fill out the contact form at www.daypropertymanagement.com/contact or call 920-968-0626.

When enough is enough and you need to hire a property management company! (The property owners dilemma)

The Property Owners Dilemma

 

Are you being called over to your rental property time and time again? Constant repair requests, hunting down your rent payment or checking on “decorating” you allowed your tenant to do lead to frustration and resentment.

 

Do these issues have you thinking about selling your property and moving out of the area? If tenants pains, repair nightmares and changes in landlord law have you questioning your ownership…there are ways to solve your management headaches and keep your property at the same time.

 

The common problems most property owners face revolve around tenants, repairs, record keeping and budget. A vacant building may have its own challenges, but throw people in the mix and you never know what you are going to get.

4 Reasons to Hire a Property Management Company

1. Your tenants are not adhering to the lease

Most owners feel they are a good judge of character. Showing the property to potential renters and chatting with them, they’ll know if the potential renters should become renters. As a result they go with their gut and skimp on doing criminal background checks, credit checks and calling references.

Unfortunately, the lack of a process and tenant screening can lead to renting to habitual property destroyers. You’ll be hunting down every rent payment. Dealing with constant lease violations, like having long term guests or pets when the lease forbids it. They may be treating your rental like their own personal garbage dump.

When you hire a property management company like Day Property Management, all potential tenants are put through a rigorous screening process. 

This eliminates those who have had previous evictions, poor credit history showing unreliable bill payment and other law suits. These are possible indicators showing they didn’t respect the previous rental they lived in. And you don’t want them living in your property.

Professional property management companies have talked to hundreds of people. Through those conversations, they have become experts in reading people. What they miss in conversation is uncovered in the background checks.

Management companies go into every lease with your business in mind.

They set rent levels to what is appropriate to the current housing market.  No guessing what your rent should be. They know the market value of rental units and will ask for more when it’s appropriate. You’ll receive your security deposits before your tenants move in. Not over time as extra payments to their monthly rent. Management companies enforce the terms of your lease. They charge all late fees automatically and have a system to send the appropriate notices for late payment.

Landlords who manage privately, often have a hard time evicting their tenants. Especially with tenants who know the landlord law better than they know it themselves. You won’t have the “should I or shouldn’t I” conversations with your management company.

If tenants violate their lease, they receive the appropriate notices to fix the problem or decide to move. Property management companies can even represent you in court keeping you out of the unpleasantries all together.

 

2. Repairs are constant, you are paying too much for contractors, or cutting corners due to lack of funds.

 

Repairs are a necessity when you own rental property.  

As a landlord, you must keep all fixtures in your units safe, functional and in good working order. However, when the tenant calls you at 1AM because they only now noticed a toiled leak turn into a flooded bathroom, you may wish you had never given out your phone number.

Emergencies do happen! They can be complete accidents. It is helpful to fix issues when they are small inconveniences instead of large repairs. A repair escrow should be set up to save money for those larger repairs if and when they happen.

Property management companies are able to address issues as they are informed of them. 

Repairs are not put off until they have time to fix it.  If a tenant calls with a repair issue, the management company can evaluate the priority of the repair and get it done.

Often, management companies have separate property maintenance divisions or partnerships they count on to help keep your properties in good repair. Day Property Management is able to do exactly that with Integrated Property Solutions. This division of property management is able to handle any maintenance issue the tenant discusses with the management company.

This also eliminates a big issue many landlords have, hiring whoever is available at the time. This can mean an on-call repair man who may charge extra fees for after-hour calls or weekend calls. Or hiring your buddies unemployed brother because he did the plumbing or electrical in his own house and can save you some money. A potentially more dangerous option is allowing the tenant to fix it. All options put you in a hard situations as a landlord, paying too much, cutting corners or violating city code to get the repair done cheap.

If the management company doesn’t have a division or partnership with a maintenance company, they do have trusted contractors they have worked with. They know these contractors will fix it correctly and for a reasonable amount.

 

3. You are not tracking all of your expenses 

Bookkeeping and keeping track of your budget is a secondary job as a property owner. 

If you are the type of owner to throw the receipts in a box until tax time, you are not alone. Keeping track of your spending and what is coming out of your pocket can make or break you. Property management companies can set a budget to help with this situation. Unless an emergency comes up, you can schedule repairs appropriately saving you time and money.

4. Staying informed and acting according to state landlord law

 

There are local and state laws all landlords need to follow.

Staying on the right side of landlord law will protect your rights as an owner and your tenants’ rights. The laws change frequently. Unless you go searching for the changes, you would have a hard time staying up to date. A violation of any of these laws could result in fines you’ll need to pay. While you might get by for a while, one law savvy tenant could find a way to use it against you… it happens.

Combat it by hiring a property management company. They know how to protect your rights and the tenants’ rights. They keep everyone honest and on the correct side of the law. And when necessary, they handle all evictions for their property owners,

 

Property management companies like Day Property Management work with rental units of every size from single-family homes to multi-family apartment complexes. To get a quote for management, call to schedule a meeting.  920-968-0626. Or visit our contact page and fill out the form.

Spring Cleaning Projects to Keep Your Rental Full

Spring Cleaning Projects to Keep Your Rental Full

Spring is the perfect time to kick the snow from your boots and tend to the outside of the rental properties you own. The sun is shining, the ground is starting to thaw and along with dead landscape hiding under the snow is showing its ugly brown leaves.

If you have vacant rental properties or are going to have tenants leaving soon, sprucing up the outside of your properties can be a great investment in getting your units filled quickly.

 

Here are some ideas of the projects you should do to make your rental looking top notch.

Outside landscaping

Our plants from last year are not looking very good. If you have annuals, take the time to pull out those dead plants and plant new ones. Clean up and prune perennials to allow new growth to flourish. Having your lawn thatched and gathering up all the dead grass may look bare for a week but once the sun hits the uncovered grass, your lawn will fill in and start greening up.

Outside of your building

Washing the siding from all the grime and sap which might have accumulated and froze over the winter is now going to be dirty.  Power washing your siding will have the rental looking well maintained and clean. Cleaning gutters will help keep water away from your foundations when the spring rains begin.  At the same time, you can look at the roof and siding for any major issues or repairs necessary.

Touch-up caulking and painting

The change in temperatures of Wisconsin takes a toll on paint around windows, on decks or your siding if you have painted siding. Taking the time now to scrap and paint will keep your property protected from damage and looking great. Homes settle a little bit with the changing ground temperatures. If you notice any gapping between your windows and doors and the siding, you can seal the gaps with clear caulking. This will keep your rental heating and cooling costs down by addressing air flow leaking issues.

 

Some inside maintenance you should take care of for current tenants:

Heating and Cooling Tune Ups

Having a maintenance crew give your HVAC a once over will keep your furnace running optimally. Then you’ll know the A/C will do its job when it gets warmer outside. Swapping out furnace filters will go a long way to keep the furnace and A/C functioning well.

Tenant Concerns

If your tenant mentioned any repairs needed, now would be a great time to fix them. Leaking pipes, light fixtures, and switches not functioning or taking care of any pests which may have found a way in will keep you on the tenants good side.

Lawn Mower Tune Up

If your tenant normally takes care of the lawn in the spring, summer, and fall, making sure the equipment is in working order will keep you from receiving fines from the city, or having to mow the lawn yourself.

Taking care of these maintenance items now will keep your properties looking great year after year. At Day Property Managment,  http://www.daypropertymanagement we partner with Integrated Property Solutions to handle rental maintenance for the landlords who work with us.  Give us a call today at 920-968-0626 to get your properties scheduled for spring cleaning.

5 Steps to Spring Cleaning as a Tenant

5 Steps To Spring Cleaning as a Tenant

 

As winter starts to fade, the sun starts to shine more and warmer temperatures creep in, we often feel like throwing open the windows to let the fresh air of spring revive our homes. When you take a look around at the dust on window sills and salty dirt accumulating on the doorway rug…you know it’s time for spring cleaning.

As tenants you always wonder if you should or should not do something to the rental property or will it affect your lease. In this case, there is no reason to put off a deep cleaning until you plan to move. Giving your home a good deep clean in the spring and fall will not only keep you healthy, you’ll find any maintenance issues to address with the landlord or property management company to keep you safe.

 

Here are the deep cleaning items you should do to renew your home and spirits after a long winter. 

Step 1Prepare. 

Purchase all the cleaning supplies you’ll need to tackle the toughest jobs from dusting ceiling fans, washing windows to degreasing the oven. This may involve cleaners, dusters, wipes or cleaning cloths, mop, broom and a good working vacuum.

 Step 2 Start with the trash.

Old mail, receipts, magazines you’ve read, and newspapers you’ve looked through all tend to pile up. Start by throwing away all the trash hiding under beds, in couch cushions and in your general living space. Recycle the plastic and paper in their correct bins. You’ll start to feel a little less gloomy as your space becomes cleaner.

 Step 3 Prioritize.

Tidy up the items which need to be put away. Then you can focus on the items which need a good deep cleaning. You may feel like you want to clean your whole house in one day. Don’t fall into that trap. Cleaning can take its toll on you so focus one step at a time.

 Step 4 From High to Low.

It doesn’t make sense to vacuum and then dust. You’re going to have dust flying and falling from ceiling fans and door and window frames onto the floor.

 

Use this list for the order of cleaning and you wont be doing double the work.

 

Start with dusting

Those ceiling fans, door frames, window frames and sills can all use some love after months of non-use. Move on to dusting cabinets and shelving and any other exposed flat surfaces. This includes furnace filters. If you have access to replacement filters and the furnace, taking out the old filter and putting in a new one will have your air less dusty too.

 

Give the Walls a little love

Walls take a beating. They accumulate dirt from messy hands, grime from messier hands and scuff marks from chairs and furniture bumping against them. A solution of 50% vinegar and water will get your walls looking fresh without harming paint and deodorize the room too.

 

Windows

Washing windows is not a favorite job anyone likes to do, but the clear glass can really brighten up your rooms and make them more inviting. Don’t forget to take a brush after the window screens to clean off any debris or bugs who found shelter during the winter.

 

Floors and Carpets

sweeping up anything lying around is your first step. For any tile, vinyl or linoleum flooring, mopping up all the salt and grime from winter can have your floors shining in no time. Take rugs outside to shake off and then vacuum. For any room with carpeting, start with a new vacuum bag and slowly vacuum the carpets. We are not talking your quick clean up job when someone is coming over to visit. Let the brush in the vacuum do its job and get the area good and clean while vacuuming slowly. It’s amazing how good the carpet looks and feels by spending a few extra minutes in each room. If your carpets are extra dirty, renting a steam cleaner at the local hardware store might be worth it to have really clean carpets.

 

Scrubbing

Have you put off really scrubbing the shower walls and doors. While you are in cleaning mode, giving your shower a good scrub will have your whole home feeling like the day you moved in.

 

Step 5— Closets, Cabinets and Storage. 

You may not equate spring cleaning with going through the items stuffed to the back of the closet or cabinet during the winter. Spring is the perfect time to pull those items out and really taking a look at what you want to keep. Get rid of clothing that doesn’t fit anymore or items you know you won’t be using. Donate anything in good condition and say goodbye to the rest.

 

If you’ve made it through these 5 steps to spring cleaning as a tenant, you’ve likely come across items you’ll want to bring up to your property management company or landlord. Did you notice any dripping pipes or faucets? Any damage to flooring or walls? Are all of your light fixtures and ceiling fans functioning? This is a great item before everyone is busy with outside maintenance to handle any inside maintenance.

 

Some property management companies do their own maintenance or have a maintenance partner. Day Property Management works with Integrated Property Solutions to handle all of their tenants maintenance requests. You can reach Day Property Management at 920-968-0626

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