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1) Sprinkler turn-off and blow-out will start this month. With over 300 properties, it takes our vender up to 6-weeks to complete, expect completion by the end of November. Water supply will be shut off to the irrigation ditches on October 7. Please switch your sprinkler control box to off, or unplug by November 1st. Look for a note on your door informing you that our vendor has come by to blow out the sprinklers. Remember to unhook your hoses from outside faucets..
2) October will also be the month for Fall Yard Cleanup. For those properties whose owners requested this service, your lawn will receive a fall fertilization. Overgrown trees and large shrubs will receive a trim. Although this service may provide some leaf clean up, you are still responsible for maintaining removal of fallen leaves.
3) We are almost finished with weeding season! The grass will probably need a couple more mows and then it will be time to prepare for winter.
4) The leaves are already starting to fall, so get your rake out and be prepared for a weekly rake-up until the snow flies! Stock up from your local hardware store or grocery store with leaf recycle bags. Look for a notice from your trash collection agency for leaf pickup dates. If you are located in the City of Boise, and participating in the compost program, put what you can into your compost cart first. Compost/leaf pickup is weekly on your trash pickup day in Boise. If you are not participating in the compost program no paper bags will be collected. So call 208-608-7460 to sign up so that you can take advantage of unlimited year-round collection.
5) By mid to end of October it will probably be time to cut back the perennials. Many perennial plants benefit from cutting to the ground. A generous topping of mulch will keep them toasty in winter and help feed new spring growth. Pick up some free compost from the Boise City compost program if you live in Boise.
6) Remember, it is your responsibility to prune small shrubs. The end of October is a good time to take care of that as shrubs enter their winter dormancy.
7) If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace that you used last winter, get the chimney inspected and cleaned before the onset of winter.
8) Worried about your heating bills this winter? Is your HVAC system blowing dust and seem sluggish? Let your property manager know and we’ll check our records. If it’s been a while since the last service, we’ll contact the owner of your property to suggest a technician inspect it. Remember, it’s your responsibility to change the filters. Clean filters will help the performance of your HVAC system, reduce allergens in the air, and help reduce your heating costs too. Some furnaces have reusable filters. If you are lucky enough to have these, they just need to be rinsed with water and allowed to dry before replacing.
9) Keep a look out for clogged gutters when it rains. Please contact our office if you notice water spilling over the gutters, or growth sprouting from them!
If you have any maintenance concerns for your yard or 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.
Beneficial Change in Terms Upcoming
RMA will be making a change in terms that will effect the Late Fee Program and online payment service in a way that will benefit you.
Look for official notification with details in November.
HOAs – Do You Know the Rules and Regs of Your Community?
By Athena Savoglou
A Homeowners Associations, or an HOA, is an organization made up of community board members, which governs the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCRs) for a subdivision of properties. Anyone who rents a property in a subdivision that is governed by an HOA must abide by the HOA rules. The rules are enforced equally among all residents and must be adhered to by everyone.
Per a popular Boise area HOA management company, the aim of the association is to “[protect] property values and [improve] the neighborhood. The covenants, conditions and restrictions of an HOA tend to the cleanliness and upkeep of the community and its common areas, club house, pool as well as architectural control, road maintenance, plowing, and other tasks that keep the community operating smoothly. Within the CCRs there is a section dedicated to “rules and regulations”. This section will set out guidelines for the individual residents’ behavior and maintenance of their own home and yard so as to assure a cohesive community where residents respect the right of others to peaceful enjoyment of their home.
These “rules and regulations” are enforced by the HOA and offenders will be fined. If a tenant in an HOA is cited for causing a disturbance or breaking some other rule, such as parking in a restricted area, or leaving trash cans out on the street after weekly pick-up, the HOA will report the offense to the property manager. This complaint will be handled as a violation of the lease agreement, which can carry fines and potential eviction depending on the severity of the offense.
Whether you have an HOA or not, it is good to keep up with the cleanliness and maintenance of your property and be considerate of your neighbors. If you have any questions as to the specific details of your HOA’s Rules and Regulations, you can refer back to your move-in documents or contact the board.
If you are not sure who to call, feel free to contact RMA and we can point you in the right direction.
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