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Jason Van Steenwyk
| 8 min. read
Tenant credit checks: What landlords and property managers need to know
Experienced landlords and property managers will tell you: Always run a credit check for tenants before extending a lease agreement! While credit reports have their limitations, the tenant’s prior history is likely the best predictor of how well...
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...
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...
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...
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....
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 4 min. read
Thanksgiving: A time to focus on… safety?
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and of gratitude for all of life’s blessings. It’s a time of giving, of sharing, and of family togetherness. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of residential fires. And it’s imperative that property...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 4 min. read
Get ready for Halloween! A guide for property managers
You know, of course that building a sense of community in your neighborhood is great for renewals, security and crime prevention, and marketing and tenant quality. And you know that now is the perfect time of year to...

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