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Pittsburgh Property Management - Tenant Maintenance Responsibilities

A tenant must share some responsibility for maintenance. As a landlord or property manager, we should be clearly laying out what items a tenant is responsible for maintaining in the lease, so that when contractors must be sent out you have a clear way to bill tenant for misuse or neglect. Below are the 9 things that tenants should be resp...

Pittsburgh Residential Property Management - Rental Scams

By Davis Pratt, PMI Public Relations SpecialistImagine finding a great rental home for a young family; the location, size, and price range are all ideal for their needs and they even like the layout and color scheme. Everybody is happy until moving day, when you find a different family you’ve never met living in the house you’...

Pittsburgh Residential Property Management - Inherited Tenants

Inherited TenantsWhen taking over management of a property, it is common that it will come with tenants in place.  Now these tenants suddenly become your tenants.  This can be mutually beneficial to both parties.  For the manager, you don't have to immediately spend time marketing the property and attracting new tenants...

The Most Important Part of Screening Tenants

How would you define a perfect tenant? We would suggest a perfect tenant is gainfully employed and can afford 3x the rent. They also understand the rent is due on the 1st and perform as such. They show a record of stability that suggests they will continue to be gainfully employed and pay rent on time. Their cleanliness and housekeeping s...

Allegheny County Real Estate: Assessments and Appeals

Once again, the predatory and discriminatory practice of school districts and municipalities appealing new property owner’s assessments is in the news. And once again, it’s bad news for new property owners. As reported here in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story, a local judge once again got it wrong and sided with the taxing bodies. ...

HOA Basics: How to Handle Delinquent Payments

Collecting assessments in a timely fashion ensures the operations of managing and maintaining the community continue un-impeded. Assessments (sometimes called dues or maintenance fees) are defined as the owner’s obligation to a community association during a given time period. These assessments cover an owner’s share of the common e...

HOA Basics: The Reserve Account

A wise person once said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - a little precaution before a crisis occurs is preferable to a lot of fixing up afterward. Therefore establishing, budgeting and funding your reserve account is very important to proper HOA financial management. The reserve account consists of funds put aside – ...

A Night with the ACRE of Pittsburgh

“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” -Mark Twain Mark Twain’s advice certainly rings true for real estate investors. Real estate is a finite resource and for new players to the game it can seem like all the good deals have already been made. But, I’m quickly learning that investor clubs are an invaluable res...

Trusts and Real Estate Investing – Yeah Baby!

Just like Billy Joel sang back in 1986 – It truly is a matter of trust! I attended the local Pittsburgh REIA (Real Estate Investors Association) monthly meeting at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center on February 20, 2018. It was my first experience with this club or any real estate investor club. On this night the key note sp...

How to Manage Security Deposits

Property managers should always require a refundable security deposit in residential property management properties. This deposit should be kept in a separate account for trust or escrow funds and will be returned to the tenant in part or in full once the tenant has moved out. Security deposits are often the most hostile subject...


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