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Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
8 smart ways to prepare properties for extreme cold
Now that the holidays are in the rearview mirror, a new reality has settled in: it’s winter! This is great news for ski bunnies; but for many landlords and property managers, it means bracing for the impact that...
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...
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...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 5 min. read
Community-building events for the holidays & beyond
Looking for ways to foster a spirit of community and goodwill within your developments? The holidays give property managers and community boards a chance to shine. Sure, we’ve all seen the typical decoration ideas and Secret Santa events...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 5 min. read
The mentally ill tenant: 12 guidelines housing providers need to know
Mental illness afflicts 43.8 million Americans each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. While most are able to quietly manage their mental illness on a day-to-day basis, debilitating symptoms can occasionally prevent well-meaning individuals from performing...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 5 min. read
Multi-family winterization checklist: 18 steps to take ASAP
Brace yourselves: Winter is coming—and with it, billions of dollars in property damage. Winter storms caused an estimated $3.5 billion in insured losses in 2015, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Add in uninsured losses and deductibles, and...
Jamie O'Toole
| 2 min. read
Preventing burglary: Tips for tenants [Infographic]
Are your tenants at risk for burglary? A burglary occurs in the United States every 18 seconds, costing nearly $4 billion in property loss every year. That averages to $2,250 per burglary—a sizable financial hit for most victims....
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