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Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
When eviction is the wrong choice: court finds in favor of displaced tenants
For years, Santa Monica landlord Barbara Bills was forced to forego significant rental income because three of her one-bedroom units were rent controlled. Tenants only paid $765, $765, and $714 per month, respectively, despite apartments in the same...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 5 min. read
The nuts & bolts of requiring renters insurance
If you’re managing a residential rental property of significant size and are not already requiring renters insurance, you’re in a decided minority. The latest Apartment Cost Risk Survey from the National Multi Housing Council, which surveyed some 55 apartment...
Amanda Maher
| 7 min. read
When dogs attack: Despite a sound pet policy, owner loses civil case
It started off as a picturesque afternoon: Two Long Island grandparents took their 4-year-old grandson and 14-month-old granddaughter for a stroll. But the idyllic scene didn’t last long. As the toddler road his tricycle along the sidewalk, three...
Amanda Maher
| 6 min. read
Who pays the price for a partying teen? 4 ways to minimize the risk of property damage
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions”—or so the saying goes. And it was good intentions that ended up wreaking havoc at the property of one hapless owner. An unsuspecting Kius Pahlavan hosted an open house...
Elise Beck
| 3 min. read
Why property managers should insist on renters insurance
Renters insurance is a great investment… for your tenants. But what can renters insurance do for you? Here are four reasons why requiring renters insurance at lease signing is a smart business decision that can actually benefit you...
Jim Gallant
| 5 min. read
Landlord-tenant dispute in Kentucky takes decade to resolve
Many landlords go to court seeking unpaid rent from evicted tenants. But few cases take nearly a decade to resolve. Indeed, many landlords wouldn’t even bother continuing a case that long, but a July 10 decision by an...
David Roberson
| 3 min. read
The legal tool every property manager should know about: The confirmation letter
While handling day-to-day tasks, property managers sometimes run into tenants and have innocent, friendly chats about kids, the news, the neighborhood, and so on. Sometimes, though, these conversations head in a different direction, turning into what I call...
Barbara Ballinger
| 4 min. read
How marijuana laws impact your tenants & property: Today, it’s a bit hazy
Marijuana: Whether or not your tenants can grow, store, or use it in your buildings is rapidly changing. As of mid-May 2015, 27 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing cannabis, the marijuana plant, for...
The 2021 Industry Report
2020 has been a year like none other. Everything we know has been turned upside-down, and it’s hard to name a business that hasn’t had to scramble to keep its operations moving during COVID-19. But property managers have...
The 2021 Industry Report, Presented by Buildium & NARPM
Thu, Oct 29 2:00 PM ET
Rather than being sidelined by COVID-19, property managers have been motivated to adapt and adopt new technologies to stay on track with their growth goals. There are a lot of factors at play—and that’s why it’s necessary to...
Laurie Mega
| 5 min. read
Eviction bans and other COVID-related housing regulations: What to expect in 2021
In September, the CDC announced a ban on most evictions for non-payment of rent, replacing the expired federal ban through the CARES Act. The moratorium extends through the rest of 2020, ending on December 30. In several states...
Laurie Mega
| 8 min. read
The hidden potential of rent roll analysis for property managers
If you’re an investor looking to expand your real estate portfolio, you need to know the value of the rental properties you’re looking at, as well as their revenue potential. The real estate broker or current owner of...
Laurie Mega
| 6 min. read
The pros and cons of property management franchises
If you’re considering starting your own property management company, you may be tempted to look into property management franchises. They are certainly an easy way to get your foot in the door. When you buy into a property...
Carolyn Berk
| 6 min. read
Essential wildfire preparation tips for property managers
Knowing how to prepare for wildfire season has never been more urgent for those in high-risk areas. As California battles the largest blaze ever recorded in the state, property managers nationwide need to be ready for the threat...
Laurie Mega
| 8 min. read
From realtor to property manager: 6 things I learned making the jump
In 2016, Beau Miles and his wife decided to become real estate agents to provide some extra income for their growing family. They eventually bought another house they found on the market and rented their old one as...
Daniel Craig
| 5 min. read
The PM forecasting mindset
No one can deny that 2020 has been a year of change, and as entrepreneurs, agility is what we thrive on. With every new obstacle has come new opportunities—and this year has been filled to the brim with...

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