Macgyver Is Best Suited For Your TV – Not Your Rental

The maintenance cycle of a property never ends.  Something always needs repairing or maintaining, and repairs always seem to cost more than one might anticipate; especially if it is being done right.  When working with owners, we usually try to give an estimate of what a repair will cost, but we have to add the […]

Flushing Your Hard-Earned Cash

When we talk to tenants and owners about clogged toilets, images of plungers and buckets come to mind.  While your common toilet clog can be unpleasant to varying degrees, what we are focusing on today is the uncommon toilet clog. Toilets and the connected plumbing can become clogged with toilet paper, “flushable” wipes and cleaning […]

The Dreaded Drug Lab

A primary reason regularly cited by property owners seeking professional management for their property is the risk of extreme tenant abuse of their property. Among these possible abuses is the dreaded drug lab. According to the Oregon Department of Public Health, over half of drug lab properties discovered are on rental properties, and property owners are […]

dRAT, Halloween Is Over!

Decorating with pumpkins is part of what makes Halloween fun, but it is never as fun to take away decorations as it is to put them out in the first place. You might find that your tenants drag their feet when it comes to post-Halloween cleanup. Besides the eye sore that decaying pumpkins create, it […]

Documenting Damage

A security deposit helps put your mind at ease when it comes to tenant damage, but when it comes time to collect, things can get sticky.  If you have ever watched Judge Judy, you have probably seen a landlord and tenant doing battle over whether or not the tenant should be charged for damage to […]

Maintaining Front Loading Washers

If you provide tenants with washers and dryers – specifically front loading models – it is important to keep in mind that while these units are more efficient, they require more attention than your average top loading models. When walking new tenants through units with these types of washers, it is important to be sure […]

Holiday Decorating

Holiday decorating is festive and fun, and as a landlord, it can be very refreshing to see a tenant taking pride in their home and decorating.  However, as with anything else, there are dangers and risk involved with these activities. If installed properly, holiday decorations can be a lovely way to enjoy one’s home during […]

Fall Gutter Cleaning

Gutter cleaning is an important part of routine maintenance for most residential properties, but it is a task that occasionally falls into a grey area for rental owners of single family houses. While most homeowners dream of a tenant that takes care of routine property maintenance such as furnace filter changes, landscape watering, weeding, gutter […]