Archive for the ‘Managing Rentals’ Category

Personnel Tales from a Detroit Property Manager: HR Edition

In the past, we’ve written posts about the challenges of dealing with owners, tenants, vendors, contractors, city inspectors and more. Well, we also have to deal with our own workers. So,...

The 3 Most Common Eviction Mistakes DIY Landlords Make

Don’t make the mistake of thinking a tenant doesn’t have the funds to sue you. Eviction is the legal process whereby a landlord regains possession of his rental unit, typically for nonpayment...

Maintenance Lessons Courtesy of the Polar Vortex

Winter is always a busy time for the Maintenance crew, and the kinds of work that need doing in the winter tend much more toward ‘emergency’ This year, Metro Detroit got really cold. The...

Information Overload in Property Management, Part II

You know that you managed your priorities well when you’ve set aside a “ready to be interrupted” time in your work schedule. So last time, we talked about what ‘information...

Information Overload in Property Management, Part I

Have you ever suffered from the dreaded business disease called “infobesity? The single biggest challenge of our collective jobs in property management is dealing with the raw amount of...

DIY Landlord Tips: Evicting a Tenant with Heart

When you do have to evict someone, you do it with heart. Make no mistake: evicting a tenant is hard. It takes an emotional toll on you, even if you didn’t have the best relationship with the...

DIY Landlord Tips: When to Send an Eviction Notice to a Tenant

The reality of evicting an unexpectedly difficult tenant might take the lord out of your landlording. When you’re a property management company dealing with lots of tenants, you see patterns...

DIY Landlord Tips: When They Don’t Pay On Time

You did the best that you can to encourage tenants to pay rent on time, but alas, they still pay late! It’s easy, as a DIY landlord, to slip into a less-formal relationship with your tenants...

DIY Landlord Tips: Setting Up Fees and Payments

If you don’t want to return their funds, you can’t legally call them a “deposit”! As a do-it-yourself landlord, there are a lot of small lessons that are often learned too late by trial and...

Everyone at a Property Management Company is a Detective

Property managers have a particular set of skills…. Here are a couple of short anecdotes of times when someone at our property management company had to do some genuine detective work in order...