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Jason Van Steenwyk
| 6 min. read
Watch your language: What can we learn from recent HUD enforcement actions?
Every so often, we take a look at Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation enforcement activity to examine which mistakes property managers and landlords are making; how enforcement officials are detecting and investigating violations; and which enforcement actions...
Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
A fine line: The landlord’s right of entry vs. tenants’ right to privacy
Just a few weeks ago, a friend called in desperation. She was at wit’s end with her landlord for a number of reasons, but was particularly upset that he called her late on a Sunday evening to tell...
Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
This landlord-tenant dispute raises the question: Can a flag be a safety violation?
When Jorge Emiliano “Nano” Rodriguez, 22, an electrical engineering student at Arizona State University, propped a gay pride flag against the fence in his front yard, he never considered he could be violating a clause in his lease....
Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
“Cooper’s House” fair housing suit dismissed by judge
It’s hard to imagine an otherwise mundane 12’ by 8’ playhouse (pictured here) making its way into international news—but “Cooper’s House” has done just that. The $5,000 playhouse was installed by Dr. George Veloudis and his wife, Tiffiney,...
Amanda Maher
| 6 min. read
Squatters take hold over NYC apartments
One of our favorite blogs is Humans of New York, a photographer’s account of the people who live, work, and play in New York City. Since the photography project launched in 2010, it has morphed from a catalog...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 6 min. read
What you should know about domestic violence laws
In 2012, an overwhelmed landlord told one of their Pennsylvania renters that if she called the police again about her ex-boyfriend, she would be evicted. Not long after, when her ex-boyfriend showed up, she was too afraid to...
Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
Uptick in landlords being sued under Chicago Landlord-Tenant Law
When it comes time to renting an apartment to a new tenant, landlords and property managers are advised to follow a few critical steps: screen prospective tenants by conducting background checks and/or calling references, check a person’s credit,...
Amanda Maher
| 4 min. read
Apartment renovation saves landlord from lead paint lawsuit
Ask any parent what they hope for their children and they’ll probably say something like: “I just want them to be happy and healthy.” That’s why renters who are expecting or have young children go to great lengths...
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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