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Amanda Maher
| 6 min. read
Must landlords accommodate allergic residents in pet-friendly properties?
Landlords typically have very mixed opinions about whether to allow tenants to have pets in their rental units. There are some good reasons for designating pet-friendly housing: It allows a broader pool of rental applicants and may result...
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....
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...
5 Critical Steps for Tenant Verification
  Tenant Verification Did you know, when we surveyed owners last summer to see what they most look for in a property manager, 78% cited finding great tenants as a top priority? That’s no surprise for most of...
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Marc Levetin
| 5 min. read
Income and expenses: What property managers need to know
In an earlier article we explored bookkeeping basics for a financially successful business. The topic warrants further exploration, especially when considering how to keep your company books in the black. You can think of property management income and...
Laurie Mega
| 13 min. read
The ins and outs of HOA reserve fund accounting
If you talk to an association and ask them about their HOA reserve fund accounting, you may hear some pretty unfortunate stories that happened before you arrived; reserve funds that were too low to cover repairs, treasurers who...
Jon Park
| 7 min. read
How to navigate the American housing crisis in 2022
Inflation, stagflation, bear market, shrinkflation—you’ve probably heard all these words tossed around to describe the current U.S. economy conditions. The housing market hasn’t escaped those conditions. It’s estimated that the U.S. had a housing supply deficit of 3.8...
Generate More Revenue—Without Adding New Doors
Sometimes, it can seem like adding new doors is the only way to make more money as a property manager. But with labor shortages putting the squeeze on the availability of new staff and high-quality vendors, getting the...
Robin Young
| 45 min. read
What Attracts Renters to Single-Family Properties, and What Keeps Them from Moving Out
Interest in single-family rentals is soaring. This property type sits atop the market as the largest segment—and it’s only getting bigger. Today, single-family rentals house nearly 45 million people. (That’s 42% of all renters). The question is, what...
Robin Young
| 45 min. read
What Attracts Renters to Small Multifamily Properties, and What Keeps Them from Moving Out
Convenience. Affordability. Extra space. Renters might be sold on everything 2- to 4-unit properties offer, but our recent Renters’ Survey says most aren’t sold on their current unit. In fact, 60% are uncertain they’ll renew their lease this...
Jake Belding
| 15 min. read
Leasing technology playbook: Digital experiences to attract your ideal residents
Learn the specific ways technology can help you create the kind of experience you want to deliver for both you and your applicants.
Jake Belding
| 5 min. read
Powered by Buildium raises more than $76,000 in its 11th Bike MS ride
Sometimes making a difference starts with a single step—or pedal stroke. Buildium employees, alongside their friends and family, teamed up on June 25th and 26th to complete Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway. The Cape Cod Getaway ride is...

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