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Amanda Maher
| 7 min. read
Squatters’ rights in Washington State leads to onslaught of unwelcome guests
Last year, we posted “Squatters’ Rights in New York City,” an article that looked at how difficult it is to evict squatters camping out in NYC apartments. However, urban landlords aren’t the only ones facing this issue. It seems...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 7 min. read
Protect your neck: Understanding key clauses in your errors and omissions insurance policy
Errors and Omissions Insurance vs. General Liability Insurance The courts have held that errors and omissions insurance “generally protects against liability based on the failure of the insured, in his or her professional status, to comply with what...
Amanda Maher
| 7 min. read
New marijuana laws create hazy situation for landlords & property managers
This past November, voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada voted overwhelmingly in favor of recreational marijuana. These four states joined Colorado, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and the District of Columbia, which had already legalized the use of marijuana...
The Anatomy of the Perfect Lease
Great property management begins with a great lease. That’s because smart, clear leases help keep you organized, compliant with laws, and can help make you more profitable and efficient in your business. Download this comprehensive guide for advice...
Amanda Maher
| 6 min. read
Screening tenants just got more complicated—here’s what you need to know
Tenant screening has never been easy. Landlords and property managers have to balance their desire to find good tenants—those who will pay on time, take good care of the property, etc.—with the requirements set forth in the Fair Housing...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 8 min. read
Landlord insurance 101: What it is & why you need it
Why Homeowners Insurance Isn’t Enough for Landlords Most homeowners understand that they need a homeowners insurance policy to protect what is often their most important personal asset. But if you own investment properties, a standard homeowners insurance policy...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 8 min. read
Painful, vital lessons from catastrophic Ghost Ship fire
It’s any landlord or property manager’s worst nightmare: You get a call reporting a fire on your property—and there were fatalities. In the case of the Ghost Ship fire, there were nearly 40 fatalities. The horrific tragedy took place...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 5 min. read
Risk management: Why you need umbrella liability insurance
Much of risk management involves purchasing a combination of insurance policies to protect against a variety of outcomes. A typical landlord will purchase landlord insurance (a souped-up version of homeowner’s insurance, which may not pay a claim if...
Laurie Mega
| 19 min. read
8 Property Management Business Goals Buildium’s Open API Can Achieve
We sat down with Noah Smith, Head of Operations and Technology Management at Lobos and Brawley Reishman, Chief Technology Officer at Westward360 to document the Open API use cases where they’ve seen success. “The biggest reason why we...
Laurie Mega
| 6 min. read
Property management chart of accounts: What is it and why is it essential?
One of the most important accounting practices in any business is setting up and keeping a property management chart of accounts. As a property manager, your chart of accounts will help you keep tabs on all the transactions...
Tony Maiella
| 6 min. read
What does Buildium’s Open API mean for property management companies?
Take a second and think about how much information you collect from your residents, owners, and their properties each day. From your books to your residents’ technology adoption, there’s a well of hidden value buried underneath the surface....
Laurie Mega
| 7 min. read
Investing in human capital: What it means to be a socially responsible property manager
When you think of property management, what terms come to mind? Doors? Turnover? Vacancy rates? What about the term human capital? The concept of investing in people as well as property is at the core of everything Socially...
Laurie Mega
| 6 min. read
Property managers can master the new student housing market with technology. Here’s how
It’s been a long two years for property managers, particularly in college towns, where vacancies skyrocketed after colleges and universities closed their doors. As students make their way back, there are certain new expectations they bring with them....
Laurie Mega
| 8 min. read
8 property management strategies to grow your portfolio
In January of 2021, 38 percent of rental owners surveyed in Buildium and Propertyware’s 2021 Rental Owner’s Report, Volume 1 planned on acquiring new properties in the next two years. That’s an 8 percent jump from five months...
Laurie Mega
| 4 min. read
Powered by Buildium completes its 10th Bike MS and raises over $32,000
For the 10th straight year, the Powered by Buildium team has completed the Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway, and raised money to fight multiple sclerosis. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a 2019 study found that nearly...
Laurie Mega
| 12 min. read
Learning from green buildings: 10 pathways to eco-friendly property management
There are so many reasons to focus on limiting the environmental impact of the properties you manage, and counseling your owners on energy- and profit-conscious upgrades. And there’s a lot out there to learn from (like green buildings)...

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