SCREENING TIPS FROM MRLANDLORD.COM – PAGE 8
BONUS OVERFLOW SURVIVAL TIPS from January 2014:
SNOW REMOVAL ON YOUR RENTAL—LANDLORD OR RESIDENT RESPONSIBILITY?
Some places across the country have had snow lately that normally does not experience snow. Snow might create a pretty winter wonderland, but it’s an entire other beast when you need to get rid of it. If you manage property in an area that’s prone to lots of snow, removing snow frequently can be a tiring and seemingly never-ending process. Snow removal is a task you need to stay on top of during the winter, but is it the sole responsibility of the property owner or management, or can you shoulder it onto your residents?
Many city ordinances require property owners to keep sidewalks clear of snow and shovel a path for delivery personnel or face fines. On a rental property, it’s even more important to maintain common areas so you’re not liable for any accidents that might happen if snow and ice are left on walkways. You could be legally and financially responsible if one of your residents slips on an uncleared path. If your city has a law requiring snow and ice removal, it’s up to you as the property manager or owner to get rid of the snow, or hire someone to do so. If you own or manage a multi-unit property, the best course of action is to either do it yourself or hire a snow removal service.
If you own a single-family rental property, you can include snow removal in your lease agreement as the resident’s responsibility. When you create the resident-landlord agreement, it’s important to be clear about when and where the snow needs to be shoveled.
How soon after a snowfall does a path need to be cleared, and how wide does the path need to be? Keep your resident updated on the local laws regarding snow disposal as well as some safety tips to prevent any injuries while they do it. It’s common for a landlord to offer a monthly rent discount if a resident honors the snow removal agreement. To ensure regular shoveling of the property, you might want to provide your resident with salt or sand needed to prevent anyone from slipping on your property post-shoveling.
In areas where it snows frequently, it might be a good cost-saving measure to make an arrangement with your resident to help shovel your property, especially if you don’t live close by. Similar to having your resident in charge of yard work, making them in charge of snow removal on the property can help you keep maintenance costs down, and in return, help keep your resident’s monthly rent down.
By Jennifer Chan, article adapted from publication of the
Clark County Rental Association, ccrawa.org.
SCREENING TIPS FROM MRLANDLORD.COM
Tip 1: If you are looking for non-smokers, do not ask on the application, “Do you smoke?” Instead ask, “Do you smoke inside or outside?” They probably will say “outside” thinking it is more favorable answer, rather than lying and saying they don’t smoke. Now, you can decide if you want to rent to a smoker.
Tip 2: You can do phone number searches on Facebook and find people — even if their phone is private on Facebook itself. Even if they have just used the mobile version of Facebook at some point, if you do a phone number search, it will usually find them. Again, this is true even if their number is otherwise private. That is how I find most of my applicants that I’m researching — by putting in their cell phone.
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ASSET PROTECTION – BARBECUE GRILL FIRES – PAGE 45
Renter’s Insurance Mandatory? – PAGE 55
MAXIMIZE CASH FLOW – CORPORATE HOUSING – PAGE 58
RENTAL FORM – Move-In Inspection Form – PAGE 58
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How I Handle Assistance Animals – PAGE 80
8 LANDLORDING MISTAKES TO AVOID – PAGE 95
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