Houston Property Management Tips

July 2009: Should You Allow a Tenant to Paint

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Often current or prospective tenants will negotiate with property owners on painting. The owner usually will consent to this with one thought in mind - saving money. However, they do not realize the problems that it can create, particularly if they do not outline any limitations when it comes to the painting. If while showing the pro...

June 2009: When the Tenant Calls

Sunday, May 31, 2009
You employed professional Property Managers to handle maintenance, rent collection, and difficult tenant situations. Then the phone rings and it is your tenant. There can be several reasons for a tenant call. You and your tenant know each other from previous contacts, so the tenant calls you directly. They figure they do not have t...

May 2009: Tune up your investment for spring and summer

Thursday, April 30, 2009
There are great reasons to review spring and summer maintenance. The first is preventative maintenance. The second is to keep your investment in tip-top shape to attract good tenancy. In today's rental market, this is particularly important. In addition, providing repairs can definitely reduce an owner's liability. Small Repairs, Bi...

April 2009: Selling a property with a Tenant

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Property owners face a tricky situation when they want to sell a property but still maintain rental income. No one likes losing income, but keeping a tenant in the property while the property is for sale requires careful consideration. Review the Sales Market It is important to evaluate the Real Estate sales market first. Ask yours...

March 2009: The Illegal Tenant

Saturday, February 28, 2009
The tenants sign the lease and move in. Sometime during the tenancy, another resident appears to be living in the property. This is a clear violation if the rental agreement contains wording that does not give the tenant the authority to do this. This situation can have different scenarios. The legal tenant could have just moved so...

February 2009: Determining Responsibility

Saturday, January 31, 2009
Maintaining a property is important to the investment and normally the property ownerís responsibility. However, there are times when the tenant could be responsible and sometimes that can be difficult to determine. Habitability is Essential Even if landlord and tenant sign an agreement in writing that the tenant is respons...

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