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Jason Van Steenwyk
| 7 min. read
14 task management apps for property managers
Do you remember the days before you could do everything from your phone? How did property managers keep track of all your tasks and paperwork before email, Google Drive and a smartphone? Truthfully, you probably had less to...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 4 min. read
Residential fitness programs: Thinking beyond the fitness center
Not so long ago, property managers could buy a couple of multi-exercise machines, a treadmill, and a stationary bike; stick them in a room with mirrors and a TV; and voilà: A perfectly functional fitness room for your...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 5 min. read
10 tips for managing your online reputation, from bad reviews to branding
Your word-of-mouth reputation is important. Your word-of-screen reputation is crucial. According to a recent study from J Turner Research, online reviews are now the top driver in renters’ decision-making process when it comes to researching their next apartment....
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 4 min. read
Child-proofing your rental property: A guide for property managers and landlords
The Fair Housing Act prohibits property managers and landlords from discriminating against prospective residents on the basis of familial status. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that this also includes restricting kids to certain areas of the...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 3 min. read
Tipping service providers during the holidays: Best practices for showing your appreciation
Proprietors once discouraged tips at their restaurants because they were associated with a payment to the server for extra food or drink—which would go into the server’s pocket, while the proprietor would be out the cost of the...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 7 min. read
Holiday parties: 22 ways property managers can protect themselves against liability
Holiday parties for your residents or employees can be great fun! Shared memories at events like these can help property managers build and maintain a sense of community—which helps at lease renewal time. As strictly employee functions, they...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 5 min. read
Property managers: Use caution when using credit checks to screen employees
Criminal background checks and credit reports have become routine for rental applicants: About 43 percent of all landlords check rental applicants’ credit, and 48 percent of landlords consider credit information to be one of the top three factors...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 8 min. read
Tenants on extended absences: What property managers need to know
This could happen to you: You manage a high-rise condo in Florida. You have a tenant that takes the family on a month-long road trip to visit relatives in New York while the kids are out of school...
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