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Laurie Mega
| 8 min. read
5 housing regulations for 2020: What property managers need to know
Now that New Year’s Eve has come and gone, we find ourselves in a whole new decade that presents property managers with an ever-growing amount of complex regulations to grasp and navigate. In 2020, we’ll surely see a...
Emily Long
| 3 min. read
Tenant safety: What’s required of property managers by law?
Property managers and landlords have a general duty to make their rentals safe for tenants. However, what you are legally responsible for depends on state and local statutes, as well as applicable building, housing, and health codes. Most...
Amanda Maher
| 9 min. read
Understanding tenant estoppel certificates in residential real estate: Frequently asked questions
Say that you’re the owner of a 100,000 square foot retail center. You decide that you want to refinance the property. As you shop around for financing, you show your lender copies of the rent roll that notes...
Amanda Maher
| 7 min. read
NYC management company facing blowback after demanding residents prove U.S. citizenship
Can you ask tenants if they’re U.S. citizens? On June 12, residents living in an apartment building at the corner of 42nd Avenue and Junction Boulevard in Queens, NY came home to the following notice posted on their...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 9 min. read
Fire insurance 101: What landlords & property managers need to know
Fire insurance is critical—but it’s also dangerously easy to neglect. Residential fires are as costly as they are common. In 2015, a structure fire occurred every 63 seconds. 500,000 structure fires occur every year, and the vast majority—77%...
Amanda Maher
| 6 min. read
What to expect if your tenant files for bankruptcy
One of a landlord’s biggest worries is having a tenant who stops paying rent. When that happens, if the tenant doesn’t voluntarily move out, a landlord usually has to go through the eviction process to reclaim possession of...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 6 min. read
Why standard terrorism risk insurance may not be enough
If you own or are considering buying an apartment building or multi-family structure of any size, chances are that you’ll need to buy terrorism risk insurance. Standard individual homeowners and auto insurance policies don’t contain terrorism exclusions, but...
Amanda Maher
| 7 min. read
Benign lease provisions lead to 6-year battle, $1M class-action lawsuit against Iowa City landlord
“Tenants are responsible for the cost of all damages/repairs to windows, screens, doors, carpet, and walls, regardless of whether such damage is caused by residents, guests, or others.” At the outset, this seems like very standard lease language....
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Laurie Mega
| 7 min. read
10 bookkeeping basics for successful property accounting
Since one of the core responsibilities of a property manager is to manage an owner’s assets, income, and expenses, you’re constantly dealing with accounting whether you like it or not. From receiving rent payments to handling vendor invoices,...
43 min. listen
Episode 22: The newfound transparency in user-centric leasing ft. Zumper
Think about the top 10 sites you visit every week. They probably have one thing in common: accurate, authentic, quality information. Tech companies like Google and Amazon have understood the value of data and putting the needs of...
Property Accounting Under Control [Expert Session]
It’s no secret that property managers are control freaks when it comes to their property accounting—and that’s a good thing. Setting up and keeping up a strong process supported by the right technology is key. It can be...
Laurie Mega
| 8 min. read
First 90 Days with Buildium: Suffolk Property Management
John Babiarz is the owner of Suffolk Property Management, which manages residential and commercial properties in the Greater Boston area. They started out as a small family-owned business with about 40 units. When Babiarz took over from his...
The Science of Growing Your Portfolio
How do you know when it’s time to grow your business—and how can you prepare to take on more doors sustainably? Our guide, The Science of Growing Your Portfolio, explores the key challenges and opportunities that thriving property...
Laurie Mega
| 9 min. read
6 steps to harness the power of hyperlocal social media marketing
According to Buildium’s 2021 State of the Industry Report, almost 54 percent of community managers used social media as a means to communicate and market in 2020. It’s an often overlooked tool for PMs to engage current residents...
46 min. listen
Episode 21: What’s in your marketing funnel?
Property management marketing is tough work. A lot of times for property management businesses, it can take a backseat to other pressing needs. Getting the nuance just right during trying times also isn’t easy; but, at the end...
32 min. listen
Episode 20: The unexplored side of virtual ft. Amir Frank
Whether we like it or not, the pandemic created the necessity to do business in new ways—and further jolted the adoption of virtual technology. While virtual tours of rentals are nothing new, there’s a whole world of possibilities...

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