How to Prevent Winter Water Damage

The destructive power of water is often overlooked until it affects you directly, which is often the case with winter water damage. This type of damage is sneaky, because frozen water doesn’t seem particularly dangerous and works very slowly, but it can cause massive problems from melting and expansion.

In order to avoid dealing with this problem, these are a few preparations you can make during the fall and winter months to keep your property safe and dry. Being proactive with the required maintenance is also a great way keep tenants happy:

Clear Out Ice Dams

Ice dams are walls of ice that form on your roof when water runs down and refreezes in the same spot on the edge of the roof. Because the dam doesn’t let water move past, it can force the water inside your home, causing quite a bit of expensive damage.

The best way to clear out these dams is to make sure they don’t form in the first place. Clean your gutters so there’s nowhere for water to pool up and freeze, and make sure that any rooms below the roof are well insulated to try to keep the heat inside instead of escaping to cause more melting and refreezing. You might also consider extra measures if you’re in a particularly cold climate, like installing gutter guards or water-resistant materials below your roof.

Watch Out For Frozen Pipes

Water in pipes can become frozen when they’re near colder temperatures (like in attics) or even completely exposed to the weather. This frozen water can then cause a pressure buildup between the ice blockage and the closed faucet – consequently, your pipe bursts and causes a mess of damage.

Keep your pipes clear of freezing problems in a few different ways. You can wrap insulation around them, caulk any cracks or holes near them, and occasionally run water through pipes that seem particularly liable to freezing.

Look For And Fill Gaps

We’re not just talking about gaps around pipes here; almost anywhere there’s a gap, opening, or crack in your structure (like around windows or even in your paint), water and frost can find it. What usually happens next is that the frost keeps accumulating and expanding to the point where the gaps only become bigger.

Do a thorough outdoor inspection of your property and note the places that need to be fixed. Run to the hardware store and pick up caulk or other filling material that will withstand the temperatures and exposure, and fill in the holes when the temperature will help set the material properly.

Trim Trees

Ice forming on trees may not seem like a big deal, but falling tree branches can do serious damage to your property, vehicles, or even to yourself and others. The situation only worsens if you live in an area prone to ice storms where trees can rapidly become encased in layers of frozen water.

Before you get too much snowfall or ice, make sure you remove any dead branches off of your trees, as well as limbs that should be trimmed in general. If you don’t know how to do this yourself, don’t hesitate to hire a professional trimmer. The cost may seem unnecessary at first, but you’ll appreciate not having to pay for the problems your neighbors are dealing with because they didn’t take care of their trees.

Keep Walkways Clear

Everyone knows that ice on walkways is dangerous because people can slip and fall, but water does far more damage than that. No matter what your walkway or driveway is made of, failing to clear off ice and snow will cause it to crack and heave.

Clear away any snow that falls on your walkways, and put down salt to help melt the ice. If you have large accumulations of ice that you simply can’t remove for some reason, rope off the area and put up warning signs so no one walks on it.

Don’t let the slowness of winter water damage fool you into thinking that you don’t have to take preventative measures. Following all the steps above will help ensure you keep a safe, dry property when winter comes around, helping you maximize the return on your rental.

When to Draw the Line With a Bad Tenant

Managing rental properties may be one of the more stable jobs in the world (people will always need a place to live), but it comes with its own unique set of challenges, the most prominent being tenant management. Knowing how to deal with a bad tenant is crucial in ensuring your property remains well-kept, the community safe, and your overall reputation as a landlord protected.

Drawing The Line

If you know you have a bad tenant you need to deal with, take a moment to think about the measures you’re going to take with them.

How “bad” is bad in this situation, and does it require a reprimand or possibly an eviction? Don’t pursue eviction unless necessary; it’s a costly affair that drags in lots of legalities, and some tenants/situations simply aren’t “bad” enough to warrant this move.

Where you draw the line is ultimately up to you, but a solid tenant management practice is to make sure that a bad tenant clearly knows what your lines are and how they can fix the situation if they step over those lines. Dealing with unnecessary complaints can really eat a large chunk out of your time, so be sure to set ground rules on what will be tolerated.

When To Draw The Line

Some familiar lines need to be drawn no matter what your tenant situation or your tenant management style. These are instances that most landlords would agree call for a formal reprimand, or at the very worse (if the bad tenant continues to offend) warrant eviction.

If you have proof they’ve broken terms of the lease agreement

Agreements shouldn’t be trifled with by either party, but some tenants still try. Maybe they’re keeping a pet in a no-pet apartment, and you have video footage of them entering the apartment with the animal. No matter the situation, firmly remind the bad tenant of the lease agreement terms and give them a set date to fix the offense.

If you spot borderline behaviors that are repetitive

Borderline behaviors can be anything from bouts of anger to depression, or even addictive habits. Depending on their severity, these behaviors can affect a tenant’s ability to pay you on time or keep the property clean. If a tenant’s behavior issues reach this point, you have every right to tell them you expect professionalism and reliability in your interactions and won’t tolerate their behavior should it continue to affect the relationship.

If they are avoiding you and not returning your calls

Probably one of the trickier aspects of tenant management, avoidance and lack of contact can be caused by any number of factors. However, a bad tenant is usually avoiding you on purpose, so formal warnings are more than called for here. Remember as the landlord, your job isn’t necessarily to find out why they’re avoiding you, but instead to get them to contact you.

If a single check bounces

It may sound harsh to draw the line here, but a bounced check always means your tenant is in trouble, even if they’re just bad at keeping track of their finances (which still isn’t a great quality in a tenant). You don’t want to deal with even more bounced checks in the future, so nip this problem in the bud right from the start. You just might have someone who thinks their wallet is bigger than it actually is.

If you notice damage to the outside of the property

Outside damage is unsightly and reflects poorly on you, not just the bad tenant. Sometimes, outside damage can indicate that the renter doesn’t bother to take care of the inside, either, so addressing the problem immediately is a good tenant management technique to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Be Proactive

Dealing with problem tenants is never fun, but addressing them the moment you see them doing something wrong will help get issues taken care of more efficiently than putting them off. You can also do your best to avoid bad tenants by making sure that whenever you’re looking for a new tenant, you screen them up front and you lay out all expectations and rules as clearly and simply as possible. It’s more work for you during the search, but it can save you a lot of hassle, headache, and money as you move forward.

And if you ever feel your lines need to be re-drawn or clarified, make sure your tenants all know about them, either by having them sign a form that says they received and agree to the new rules, or by having them email you directly. Tenant management is definitely one of the challenges of managing property, but if you do it smartly and maximize your return, you’ll find you have less bad tenants to deal with and a higher income in the long run.

5 Tricks to Brighten Up Your House For a Renter

When a potential tenant walks into your rental unit, they are asking themselves: “Can I see myself living here?”

There are many things you can do to make sure that person says yes, but one of the most effective things you can do is to brighten up your space – it gives it energy and makes it seem larger than it actually is. Not only does it make it easier to get a renter, it also helps you maximize the return you get from your unit.

Here are five things you can do to brighten up your house for a renter.

1. Paint

If you already have a color on your walls that helps brighten a room – wash and clean all of the walls thoroughly. If you don’t, consider a fresh coat of paint.

When you’re using paint to brighten up a room, there are some tips you should follow:

Don’t paint the room white. White actually needs lots of natural light to keep a space bright. Painting a room that lacks natural light white will make it look institutional and defeating.

Use full spectrum paint. Full spectrum paint does not use black to darken or change colors. Instead, it uses mixtures of other colors to get the exact color your want and it is loaded with pigment. No black and more pigment makes it easier to reflect light.

Go with eggshell. An eggshell finish will help reflect even more light and will go just a little bit further when you’re trying to brighten up a room.

2. Keep Surfaces Clear

If you’re showing an apartment or unit with tenants currently living in it, ask them to make sure counters and spaces are free of clutter – even get them to tuck things away, if they must.

When there is more clutter in an area, light is drained because it’s harder to get it to reflect. Too much clutter will make your room seem more dim than it actually is.

3. Darken Floors

Though this sounds counterintuitive, it works. Darkening your floor can really help magnify the lightening effect caused by painting a room a lighter shade. The contrast between the dark floor and light walls is what really makes this tactic work.

4. Change Light Fixtures

I only recommend this if there are serious renovations happen, but it’s effective. Pot lights can brighten up your home and are a fairly budget conscious way to make a big improvement.

It’s not only the type of fixture that matters, but where they are positioned. If you’re building a new unit or, again if you’re undergoing renovations, ensure that all fixtures are evenly distributed. Ignoring this advice will create dark corners in a room and those will make it even harder to brighten an apartment.

5. Add Reflective Accents

I know not every landlord will work on accents in a space, but just adding a few for a showing can help. The easiest way to do this is to hang a mirror, as large as possible, across from a window. When you arrange this layout, it looks like you’ve added a second window to the apartment.

The brighter your space, the easier it will be to rent it out. It might take some work, some elbow grease or a few renovations on your part, but it will be worth it – it will pay off.

6 Common, Unnecessary Complaints That Drive Landlords Crazy

Being a landlord is great, right? You have perfect tenants who give you money every month, on time, and there’s never a problem.

Here’s the thing – it can be great, but it’s only going to work out well if you know how to properly screen your tenants and market your properties. If you’re not careful or you don’t do a thorough assessment of each tenant, you could easily find yourself dealing with a problem tenant.

I don’t even necessarily mean a tenant who doesn’t pay, but a tenant who makes absolutely unreasonable demands and complaints that drive landlords foolish. Here are some of the ones I’ve heard:

1. “Fix this in the next hour or else!”

You pick up the phone and that’s what you hear: “Fix it now!” Because, you know, you don’t have anything else going on in your life. You don’t have a kid’s baseball game or a dinner date with your husband or wife and you definitely don’t have another job.

Oh, wait. Yes, you do.

Some tenants believe that their problem needs to be fixed immediately. Granted, some problems are emergencies, but most aren’t. A common mistake made by first time landlords is to rush to fix everything, but that shows the tenant that – no matter the problem – you’ll be there in the drop of a hat.

Make sure you know the regulations in your area, set expectations with your tenants, and you can help avoid this problem.

2. “The guy across the street has a dog who won’t stop barking.”

Though it’s nice your tenant thinks you can control anything and everything – you can’t. Try and remember that complaints about neighbours aren’t your responsibility and the best thing to do is to point a tenant to the proper local authority to deal with problems like this.

Sometimes complaints like this arise from a personal dispute between your tenant and the person next door – it’s best to stay out of it and let the tenant and the authorities deal with it.

3. “My toilet is plugged.”

I’ve heard of tenants without plungers assuming that a landlord should be the one responsible for unplugging their gross toilet. And a backed up toilet is just one example. Tenants make all sorts of nasty requests to landlords – plugged toilets and backed up garbage disposals are just the beginning.

These complaints – that at best could be classified as minor maintenance – can be a bit more mundane. Some tenants will blow fuses or snap handles off cupboard doors and think you are the one who should come and fix them.

Most of these complaints aren’t your responsibility to deal with, but I think they complain just to see if you’ll actually deal with it.

4. “The person below me is cooking something that smells nasty.”

When people first move into an apartment, sometimes they have a hard time adjusting. They aren’t used to the lives of strangers being able to impact them so easily.

A really common complaint that landlords get comes from a cultural or culinary clash of the senses – “Something from the other apartment smells nasty.” The thing is – unless they’re cooking meth or doing something else illegal to produce the odor, you, as a landlord, can’t really do much about it.

In fact, a landlord intervening can often make this problem worse. It’s best to encourage your tenant to politely talk to the other tenant and, if possible, have them work something out. This is a people problem, not a legal one.

5. “You’re violating our lease.”

If you’re a new landlord, you might have accidentally strayed. If you’re a seasoned landlord, you probably haven’t. If you have actually violated your lease you need to correct the problem, but be certain to double check everything before you act.

Tenants use this line a lot because they think it will give them more power when negotiating with you when, in fact, all it does is annoy you.

This problem can get worse because some tenants will take this a step further and say they’re withholding rent because you’ve violated the lease. What they don’t know is that there are either very few (or even no) instances where they are allowed to withhold rent because they are in a dispute with you. If they’re living in the space, they have to pay.

6. “We didn’t clean the stove, but I still don’t know how the fire started.”

Too often tenant neglect can cause serious damage to your property. The quote about about a fire on the stove is one I’ve heard before.

“Sure, we’ve lived here for three years and sure we’ve never cleaned the stove – there’s no way the fire was our fault,” says the tenant. I really hope you don’t ever buy that logic.

It doesn’t have to be as serious as a fire, but I’ve heard of tenant neglect causing mold or infestations. These are problems that need to be addressed and you need to be able to prove the tenant was at fault.

Tenants like these can be very hard to deal with. It can really make the extra money you earn from your property not seem worth the work.

As a landlord, what complaints drive you crazy? Leave a comment below and let us know.

7 Ways To Spend Rental Income

Rental income is one of the steadiest ways to create an additional income stream. However, when it comes to spending that money, you need to be smart about it.

With infinite options out there, picking the right option is crucial if you’re going to make the most of your money. Here are some alternatives you should consider as you think about how to spend your rental income.

1. Pay Down Your Personal Mortgage

When you have the money, you could consider paying down your own mortgage faster – get rid of it as soon as you can. There are plenty of ways to accelerate the progress of your mortgage payments. You could increase either the payment amount or the frequency of payments (biweekly instead of monthly) or refinance to a shorter-term loan.

It’s a great feeling to be debt free – your rental income can get you there faster!

2. Build Up Your Portfolio

If you’re renting, you clearly own property. Now you could consider using your new income stream to invest in stocks and bonds to diversify your holdings. The key to smart investing is making sure you don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Having a diversified investment portfolio lets you to take greater advantage of the myriad of investment options and reduce your risk.

3. Make Some Renovations

You can look at renovating your home as either an expense or an investment. Most people tend to think of it as the latter. Not only is renovating your home a solid long-term investment, but it’s also a great way to make your home more comfortable and appealing.

It increases the value of your home, can reduce your maintenance costs by making it more efficient and, most importantly, it gives you a chance to make your space your own.

4. Take A Trip

All your spending doesn’t have to be an investment, sometimes it is great (and necessary) to take a break and treat yourself to a relaxing and invigorating vacation. Explore excotic places, meet new people, see different cultures, spend time with family or simply break free from the monotonous routine of work.

5. Give Some To Charity

You don’t need to spend all your rental income on yourself. What is the point of having it all if you don’t share with those who could use your help? There is plenty of evidence suggesting that giving to a cause you believe in can make you feel happier.

Find a cause that is close to your heart and donate what you think would help. At the end of the day, seeing that your money helped someone can make you happier than spending all of it on yourself.

6. Invest In Your Kids

Investment comes in all forms. One of the biggest investments you can make for the future is the education of your children. Education isn’t cheap and counting on a scholarship isn’t really responsible financial planning.

If you have the financial means, supporting your children could be the right thing for you to do.

7. Buy Something Nice

If none of these big options seem to click, you can always spend your rental income on getting one of the things on your wishlist. It doesn’t mean you have to overindulge yourself. Sometimes there’s something you just want and, with rental income, you’ll have a better shot at getting it.

With so many great options available, it is crucial to prioritize your preferences and go for what matters most to you. Whichever option or options you go for, just remember to have a well thought out plan.

5 Ways To Maximize The Return Of Your Rental

Rental properties can bring in extra money for you and your family, but you can really maximize your rental income by taking a few steps. Some of the actions you can take will improve the unit itself and others are about making you a better property manager.

Here are five ways to maximize the return of your rental.

1. Know When To Increase The Rent

The most obvious way to increase rental income is to increase how much rent one of your tenants pays. There are two big things you must consider as a landlord when it comes to increasing rent:

  1. You need to know how much notice you are required to give tenants

  2. You also need to know how much you can release rent by – it is common to have rent increases capped, sometimes at 2.5 or three percent

You also need to know that rent increases can chase away good tenants if you aren’t careful – you need to walk a very fine line. If you want to increase the rent without losing a good tenant, simply explain that your costs are rising and you need to make sure that you keep up. If you explain it well and your price is equivalent to similar quality rentals in your area, you likely won’t lose a good tenant over a rent increase.

2. Renovate

The single most important thing you need to do as a landlord is to make sure you property looks inviting and livable.

David Williams, over at Landlordology, says it well, “When a potential tenant tours the property, they are asking themselves a very important question: ‘Can I see myself living here?’”

Williams has some great advice for landlords looking to renovate:

  • Repair or clean things before you replace them because it may end up costing you much more in the end

  • Kitchens and bathrooms are the easiest way to “Wow!” your potential tenants

  • Paint every five years

  • Invest in minor landscaping

It all comes down to creating bright, open and livable spaces – some simple rules to create spaces people will enjoy.

3. Reduce Vacancy Rates And Durations

You aren’t making any money from vacant properties. Both the frequency and duration of vacancies are problematic because they drive down your revenue.

Reducing vacancy rates and duration is a responsibility that falls squarely on your shoulders as a landlord. To reduce the number of vacancies you have, you need to:

  • Properly screening your tenants – it will help spot potential problem tenants before they ever sign a lease.

  • Keep your properties well maintained

  • Respond to tenant complaints quickly and completely

  • Make sure that rent increases are handled properly

Reducing the length of vacancies depends on being able to show, screen, and negotiate effectively and efficiently. This is where many people have trouble because many landlords have full time jobs. If your rental is a side business or an extra stream of income, putting the effort into renting out a vacant unit can be very demanding. The easiest way to deal with this problem is to turn to professional landlord services for help.

4. Reduce Overhead

Reducing your overhead costs can be a very effective way to increase the return your rental generates. It’s so effective because its impact is felt from month-to-month or quarter-to-quarter – it continually adds up.

Refinancing at a better rate is possibly the best way for you to reduce your costs because it is the shortest path to reducing your monthly payments.

You can also make sure your rental more efficiently consumes resources – like electricity or water. If you pay for electricity and heat, making your unit more energy efficient avoids costs now, but also makes it easier to handle future electric and gas increases. If you cover water, install toilets and showerheads that use less water.

Decreasing your overhead will really help you in the long run as the savings continue to add up.

5. Maximize Tax Benefits

As a landlord, the tax system is really stacked in your favor.

Douglas Hsiao writing for the Washington Post said, “Tenants get virtually no tax benefit from renting, while landlords benefit more than virtually any other taxpayer, because they have feet planted in two tax-favored worlds — business and real estate.  As a result, over many years of renting, I have paid little if any additional income taxes for my Dupont Circle apartment.”

I can’t guarantee you’ll be this successful, but hiring a professional accountant can help you identify all of the possible tax benefits and consequences of your decision to become a landlord.

Maximizing the return provided to you by your rental property is the ultimate goal. These are some steps we know work, please steal our ideas.

6 Reasons To Screen Potential Tenants

Screening tenants means increased costs and a few extra steps when you’re trying to fill a vacant rental.

However, we firmly believe that screening tenants is well-worth the cost and wanted to share six reasons why.

1. Once Bad Tenants Are In, It’s Hard To Get Them Out

Different states have different regulations and laws relating to eviction. They all have one thing in common: evicting a tenant, regardless of the state you’re in, is complicated and costly.

First, you need to know the reasons you are allowed to evict a tenant in your area. Some common criteria are failing to pay rent, violating specific terms of a lease, using the rental unit for unlawful purposes or if you know they are damaging the unit.

There’s no guarantee these conditions apply to your area, but if you need to evict a tenant, they are the first thing you need to know.

Next comes the paperwork and the courts. You have to file the proper forms with the right authority; otherwise you won’t be able to legally evict them.

2. You Might Have Someone Who Thinks Their Wallet Is Bigger Than It Actually Is

So, you have a really nice unit. It’s pricey and high-end.

A couple shows up. They are well-dressed, drive a nice new car, and are gainfully employed.

You have a choice between this couple and couple number two. The second couple shows up in a late model vehicle, are gainfully employed, but don’t look as polished as the first couple.

Who do you rent to? Based on what you see on the surface, you’d probably think couple number one was your best bet.

However, think about it this way: their lifestyle might not match their income. Maybe their lifestyle was funded by debt and they really don’t have much money. If this is the case, they may be able to afford the pricey rental for a while, but soon their checks might start bouncing – you don’t want that.

Screening people will help give a truer picture of a prospective tenant’s financial situation and can help you see past the surface appearance of potential tenants.

3. Weed Out Job Jumpers

If you are taking applications for a new unit, you will likely get one from someone new to town. They have a new job with an exciting new company and they need a place to rent.

How many times has this person moved to a new town because of a new job? How frequently does he move from place-to-place?

Screening potential tenants includes their employment history. If you see someone who moves from job-to-job a lot; it’s a red flag. Having high tenant turnover means having to go through the cost and burden of finding a new renter far too often. Renting to job jumpers is an easy way to find yourself in this situation.

Don’t get me wrong, just because someone has moved a lot doesn’t mean that will be the case with you – it is a red flag, though. If you see it, ask them more questions. Find out why the left previous jobs, what’s attracting them to the new job, and what they think about your city.

4. You Won’t Get Deadbeats

Not everyone who makes good money pays their bills on time. Some people – for some reason or another – struggle. Their money is constantly late, they have trouble meeting deadlines or they might just all together not pay.

This is another headache because it’s a waste of your money and effort to chase these people down for money.

Running a check on prospective tenants will help you weed these people out.

5. Avoid Hardened Criminals

Not everyone with a criminal record is going to cause you trouble. But, every now and then you’ll screen a tenant who has a long and detailed criminal history. Those are the potential tenants you really want to avoid.

Again, this ultimately comes down to you as the landlord making a judgement call about a person. Your ability to make a decision, however, is directly tied to how much you know. You need to know if someone just had a minor run in with the law when they were young of if they have multiple convictions for serious offenses.

Screen potentials and you’ll be empowered with the knowledge you need to make these kinds of decisions.

6. Prevent Overcrowding

Different places have different rules for how many people are legally allowed to occupy a certain space. You, as a landlord, must make sure your units are not overcrowded. If something were to happen, and someone were to get hurt, you could be held responsible.

Ask people how many individuals – minors and adults – will be living in the unit they want to rent. Some may not be honest and forthright, but others will. If someone is looking to place too many people in an apartment with too little space, you have a couple of options:

  1. Flat out deny their application

  2. If you have other units, find one of appropriate size and show them that place

If you handle the situation properly, you might be able to save a deal and fill a vacant unit.

I’m sure you’ve already had a run in with a bad tenant. It happens and if you are a landlord for a long enough time it’s unavoidable. However, screen potential tenants and you’ll get the information you need to make an informed decision.

How Pets Cost Arizona Landlords Money In The Long Run

The majority of prospective tenants are pet owners now days, and as a property owner it is a scary situation allowing pets into your home. Although having a “no pet policy” will affect the timeliness of renting out your property as this does limit the interest in your Arizona rental property, which can be managed by an Arizona property manager. However, a valid argument arises that it will save you more money in the long run.

Allowing a pet in your Arizona rental, which can be managed by an Arizona property management service, comes the obvious damage concern that can occur throughout the duration of the lease. Everyone believes that their dog or cat is well behaved and house-trained, however that can’t really be determined prior to them moving in. Most property damage caused by pets pertain to flooring/carpets, ranging from stains to ripped and scratched flooring. Blinds and screens are also a popular play toy for most pets as well in-ground irrigation systems and landscaping.

When it comes to carpets, most tenants agree to have the carpets professionally cleaned upon moving out. However, most owners are unaware that a professional carpet cleaning does not remove all allergens and dander from the property. To remove the allergens and dander from the property entirely after the tenants move out, the owner will need to have a thorough deep cleaning of the property. This includes blowing out the air ducts as well to remove all pet hair and dander free from the property, and most likely the tenants will not have this done prior to vacating.

Another cost that owners are not aware of is the increased insurance costs. Most insurance companies have a breed list that will exclude dogs who may be considered a dangerous or destructive breed. It is very important when considering a pet, to contact your insurance company to be aware of the restricted breeds and to be informed on the additional insurance costs.

In addition to looking into the insurance costs, it is important to look at the State and local City laws to determine the responsibility and liability that you are about to take on when agreeing to a pet in the property. In some ordinances, both the landlord and tenant will be liable in case a dog attacks someone.

As you can see there are pros and cons when considering a pet into your rental. Allowing a pet, will prevent a long market time in most cases. The alternative brings on additional costs and liabilities. If you have further questions about renting your Phoenix rental property with pets please contact Renters Warehouse Phoenix, an Arizona property management company.

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Renters Warehouse AZ Eviction Process

EVICTION! The one word that most property owners and tenants both dread. It is crucial to rely on your property management company to comprehend and initiate this timely, dreaded process. At Renters Warehouse Phoenix, a Phoenix property management service, we take this process out of your hands and handle it thoroughly until it is completed. All we need from you is the authorization to move forward with the proceedings. Renters Warehouse Phoenix, a Phoenix Arizona property manager, uses one of the most experienced Real Estate Attorney’s in the Valley, and in result have never lost an eviction hearing.

The process is made simple through Renters Warehouse Phoenix, a Phoenix AZ property manager. On the 6th of each month, we send out 5 day notices to all tenants who are delinquent on rent. After allowing an additional 5 days for certified mailing, the 5 day notice will expire on the 16th and we can begin processing the eviction with the approval of our owners. The last step for the owner is to provide the upfront costs for the eviction. For $425, Renters Warehouse Phoenix, an Arizona property manager, and our Attorney’s will handle everything else for you and get your tenant removed from the property or have them paid up in full, including the costs of the eviction. At this point, Renters Warehouse Phoenix, a Phoenix real estate property management company, will not accept any partial payments from the tenants to avoid the eviction. However we must accept payments in full and the eviction will be canceled.

We, as a Phoenix Arizona real estate property management service, will produce all of the necessary paperwork and provide those documents to the Attorney. Our Attorney’s will process everything to the appropriate court and receive a court date as well. The court date will award us the judgement, if the tenant does not show or the Judge rules in our favor. The judgement will require the tenant to vacate the property within 5 days after court. At this point, we do not have accept any amount of money, but can still make an agreement to satisfy the judgement upon full payment of the judgement. If the tenant does not make any arrangements or vacates, we file a Writ of Restitution for the Constable or Sheriff to remove the tenant from the property. There is an additional cost to file the Writ of Restitution in the amount of $161. You will also be required to cover the costs of the locksmith to change the locks at the property, typically around $85. If personal property remains in the property, you must hold the tenant’s property for 21 days, beginning the day after the writ is served. It may be held at the property or be removed and stored. At the end of the 21 days, the property may be disposed or sold, however the proceeds must go towards the amount owed to you.

As you can see this is a very lengthy, strenuous and expensive process. To make sure that it is done correctly, Renters Warehouse Phoenix, a Phoenix property management company, offers this great service to you as well as their outstanding resources to make this process goes as smooth as possible. If you are faced in a situation where you need help, you may contact Renters Warehouse Phoenix, an Arizona property management service, for assistance while electing to sign up with our management services. Visit www.renterswarehouse.com to learn more or call 480-626-2226.

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The Importance Of HOA Compliance With Your Phoenix Rental Property

In Phoenix, Arizona most single family homes are in an established Homeowners Association (HOA).  These associations usually come with very strict regulations when it comes to the condition of the community and they keep a very keen eye out for violations.  It has been known that HOA’s are more strict on known rental properties, as they tend to bring down the property values.  With this in mind, it is important that you as a homeowner keep up on the Notices that you receive pertained to your rental property.  This is one of many reasons to hire a Phoenix Arizona property management company to handle the stresses of managing a Phoenix rental property.

The advantage of hiring a Phoenix property management service is to handle all of the issues that arise, including HOA violations.  Most violations in the Phoenix area are in regards to weeds and overgrown landscaping.  As the homeowner, you will receive notices regarding violations.  These violations can typically be sent to two different locations and it is important to have a letter of Notice to be sent to your Phoenix property manager as well.  This allows your Arizona property management company to get a jump on the issue, as it can take some time to forward Notices to the  company.  Most HOA’s only allow a certain time frame for your property to comply to the regulations, so this step will allow some additional time for your Phoenix management company and the tenants to comply to the violations.  Non-compliance can lead to fines and possible litigation.  Unpaid fines can lead to liens on the property as well.

The best way to eliminate the stress of these issues is to contract a landscaping company to maintain the landscaping bi-weekly.  Your Phoenix real estate property management company will be able to coordinate those services for you and offer you discounted pricing for monthly services.

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