HAPPY NEW YEAR!
1)All the usual cold weather reminders are still in effect. We may not have snow in the valley, but the temperatures are still dipping below freezing most nights. So whether you are home or away, keep you heat in the 60s to prevent freezing pipes.
2) Our monthly reminder - have you changed filters recently? If not, please do so right away. Clean filters improves the performance of your furnace and keeps your air quality free of allergens and dust.
3) ) Hopefully, we are past danger of much snow falling in the valley now, but remember, unless you live in a multi-family community it is your responsibility to clear the sidewalk in front of your house. Please also clear snow and ice from your front walk, driveway and away from utility meters.
4) If your gutters are full of leaves and debris, you may notice them overflowing when it rains, or sagging from weight, or growing plants. If you witness any of these tell-tale signs, please take a photo of the evidence and submit it to us through the property meld system on our website so that we can issue a work order.
5) Your foundation vents should have been closed up for the winter. This reduces freezing air from creating a hazard to crawl space plumbing and will also help to keep your home warmer. But remember, as it turns to Spring weather to open these vents up to promote healthy air circulation.
If you have any maintenance concerns for your yard or your home please CONTACT US! All maintenance concerns should be submitted through property meld, accessed on our website, under the Tenant Tab – Maintenance Request – Submit Work Order.
Pet Wise – Being a Pet Owning Tenant
By Athena Savoglou
It is no secret that we love our pets! The majority of American households have at least one pet. However, this can pose a problem for individuals, couples, or families looking to rent their next home, because only some landlords allow pets. If you are a pet owner, it is extremely important to know the pet policies of your prospective home before moving in, and to keep them front of mind during your time of residency.
Although it may seem harsh, landlords are justified in being suspect of pets. Unfortunately, our furry friends can cause long-term damage to a property, which means a ton of extra expenses for the landlord to incur. When I was young, my parents and I lived in a duplex when we rescued our brand new kitten, Smokey. Smokey did not understand (or care much) that because he had claws, he couldn’t scratch the newly painted walls or run around the wood floors with reckless abandon. We had no choice but to put up with it, because he climbed over every barricade, and meowed incessantly when put in his kennel. At the end of our tenancy, though Smokey had then become a mature 2-year-old, we paid for a percentage of the damage, but the landlord incurred most of it as normal (more than normal) wear and tear.
Smokey’s claws aside, the “accidents” a pet may have pose most of the issue when it comes to long term problems for a landlord. Animal urine and feces can cause long lasting odor and staining, especially to carpets. Usually, even pet deposits required by landlords who do allow pets, are not large enough to cover this kind of damage.
At RMA, we manage both pets-allowed, and no-pet properties. A reminder that our no-pet properties enforce this rule strictly. It does not matter if the animal is found on the property, it cannot stay as your pet. As far as our pets-allowed properties, there are a few requirements: a signed “Pet Lease Addendum,” additional fees that are refundable at the end of your tenancy, a monthly “pet rent,” and a one-time fee of $200. Additionally, your pet cannot be more than 50lbs, or a “dangerous breed” according to insurance industry standards. It is worthy to note that neither type of property allows pets of guests or pets that are staying temporarily, unless previously approved by your property manager. As long as you comply with all, your well-behaved pet is welcome at our pets-allowed properties.