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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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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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