Archive for January, 2013

Timely Repairs are possible with your Landover Property Management Firm

Friday, January 11th, 2013

rental property managementAs a landlord, you have a legal obligation to keep your rental property or properties habitable. This means making timely repairs and conducting regular maintenance to keep the rental property or properties in tip top shape.

The definition of a habitable property is one that “has adequate heating, water, electricity, cleanliness, and is structurally sound.”

If you fail to repair any problems after receiving a request from your tenant, several things can happen:

1. Your tenant can elect to withhold rent until the problem is properly dealt with.

2. If the repairs are not done in a timely manner, your tenant can opt to hire an outside contractor to make the necessary repairs. The cost of these repairs will be deducted from the rent.

3. If the problem in question violates and state or local building or health codes, your tenant can opt to report you to the local authorities. This could result in a work order, heavy fines, or other penalties.

4. If the problem in question is not repaired in a timely manner and affects the livability of the rental property, your tenant could opt out of his/her lease without warning.

Rental Property Maintenance Tips

1. Heating and plumbing problems should be dealt with as soon as possible, typically within 24 hours after the issue was reported.

2. All other problems should be dealt with within 48 hours after the issue was reported.

3. Remember, as a landlord you should always give advanced notice (24-48 hours) to your tenants before entering the rental property. You are not permitted to show up unannounced unless there is an emergency, like a fire or flood.

4. Rental property rules differ from state to state and from city to city. So be sure to consult local codes regarding rental properties in your state and city. You can find this information at your local building or housing authority.

Potomac Valley Management: Your Landover Property Management Firm, specializing in the Maintenance of your Rental Properties

At PVMGT, we provide complete maintenance services 24-hour, seven days a week. This means we are available whenever you need us. If a pipe bursts at midnight, we are here. If your HVAC unit stops working at 3am, we are here. Just pick up the phone and give us a call. We take great pride in providing full service property management, from management and leasing to marketing, tenant placement, rehabilitation, and maintenance.

Potomac Valley Management’s goal is to protect the value of your investment by helping to maintain the property to your standards.

Hopefully you have found these Quick Tips & Best Practices useful. If you have any questions, please contact Potomac Valley Management by calling 1.877.390.4090 or visit PVMGT.com today!

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Basic Household Maintenance Tips: Preventing Ice Dams

Friday, January 11th, 2013

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam occurs after it snows when the roof becomes warm enough for the snow to begin to melt. This melted snow then runs down the roof, under the snow cover, and eventually refreezes along the roof overhang, forming a sort of dam.

ice dams

Why is an Ice Dam bad?

Ice dams block the natural flow of water from your roof, preventing it from ever reaching your gutters. Instead, water builds up behind the ice dam and eventually finds its way under your shingles and into your home.

How can I prevent an Ice Dam?

There are three primary ways to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof:

1. Have a home energy auditor visit your home and identify any problematic air leaks or areas of inadequate insulations.

2. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends minimizing the amount of heat allowed to reach the roof deck. You can do this by sealing interruptions in the ceiling vapor retarder with air-impermeable materials or by adding a continuous ceiling air barrier.

3. Properly ventilating your attic will help remove excess heat and keep the temperature of your roof deck from rising.

Hopefully you have found these Basic Household Maintenance Tips useful. If you have any questions, please contact Potomac Valley Management by calling 1.877.390.4090 or visit PVMGT.com today!

Happy New Year from everyone here at Potomac Valley Management!

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