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Property Management Blog

How to Create a Level Ceiling

If you are renovating an older property, that was originally done with plaster, you may need to level the ceiling before you can hang your drywall. Drywall is not as flexible as plaster, and you may need to take steps to ensure it is installed properly, and lasts well for the long term.

How to Properly Cap a Window

Many of the properties we manage are within the city of Philadelphia. As such, we encounter many older buildings. A common is we see with them is improperly capped windows allowing water to infiltrate or deteriorate the building. When capping windows, care should be taken to ensure that the capping is directing water away from the buildin...

What’s this New Lead Test Law in Philadelphia?

If you own rental properties in the city of Philadelphia, you may have trouble renewing your rental license if you do not have a Lead Free or Lead Safe Certification. Starting in October, 2020, some zip codes within the city required one of these certificates in order to renew your license. All zip codes will require this by April of 2022...

Learn more about the Required City of Philadelphia Certificate of Rental Suitability

Did you know that if you own a rental property in the city of Philadelphia, you must provide your tenants with a Certificate of Rental Suitability within 60 days of the start of their lease? On this Certificate, you as the owner sign and certify that you have provided the tenant with a copy of the Partners in Good Housing Handbook, and th...

How to Keep Your Tenants Happy

Investments properties are the most lucrative for the owner when the tenants are happy, pay rent ontime, and treat the property well. No one likes to lose a good tenant! If you want to enjoy long relationships with your tenants, follow these tips for keeping them happy and ready to renew that lease.1. Communicate: The best way to ens...

Working with Tenants During COVID-19

COVID-19 has affected all of us, and left many people on unemployment or with reduced income. As property managers and owners in the 2nd month of a stay-at-home order, we may be getting calls from tenants who are struggling to pay their rent. At the same time, our owners typically have mortgage and other expenses associated with the home....

Did you know you often need special licensing to rent your home?

Most townships and municipalities require special licensing in order to rent out an investment property, apartment building, or to turn your own home into a rental. What licensing do you need? Unfortunately, this varies from township to township, so you will need to call your individual township or municipality to find out, or work with a...