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Industry Advisors: Insurance Tips For Landlords and Tenants

When it comes to landlord and renter’s insurance policies, we hate to see people learning about their policies or lack thereof once it is too late.  Information is key, so we asked Heidi Doebel with Allstate insurance if she would share some tips that tenants and landlords need to know before the time comes to make a claim: Tenants: Renter’s insurance covers liability up …

Macgyver Is Best Suited For Your TV – Not Your Rental

The maintenance cycle of a property never ends.  Something always needs repairing or maintaining, and repairs always seem to cost more than one might anticipate; especially if it is being done right.  When working with owners, we usually try to give an estimate of what a repair will cost, but we have to add the caveat that we can’t always predict what we will …

Flushing Your Hard-Earned Cash

When we talk to tenants and owners about clogged toilets, images of plungers and buckets come to mind.  While your common toilet clog can be unpleasant to varying degrees, what we are focusing on today is the uncommon toilet clog. Toilets and the connected plumbing can become clogged with toilet paper, “flushable” wipes and cleaning products, hygiene items, and all kinds of other things …

Address Change

We have an update to our street address! We are still located in the same office upstairs from Westlake Properties, but Suite A has been newly assigned to our space.  Anything mailed to our street address should now be addressed as follows: Jenkins Davisson LLC 21420 Willamette Drive Suite A West Linn, OR 97068 Our PO Box is still our primary mailing address, so …

The Dreaded Drug Lab

A primary reason regularly cited by property owners seeking professional management for their property is the risk of extreme tenant abuse of their property. Among these possible abuses is the dreaded drug lab. According to the Oregon Department of Public Health, over half of drug lab properties discovered are on rental properties, and property owners are ultimately responsible for the cleanup and its costs. * …

dRAT, Halloween Is Over!

Decorating with pumpkins is part of what makes Halloween fun, but it is never as fun to take away decorations as it is to put them out in the first place. You might find that your tenants drag their feet when it comes to post-Halloween cleanup. Besides the eye sore that decaying pumpkins create, it is important to remember that they also draw rats. …

Documenting Damage

A security deposit helps put your mind at ease when it comes to tenant damage, but when it comes time to collect, things can get sticky.  If you have ever watched Judge Judy, you have probably seen a landlord and tenant doing battle over whether or not the tenant should be charged for damage to the rental unit.  This is why the preparation you …

Renting Month-to-Month vs. Leasing

When dealing with a vacant rental property, it is common to focus solely on moving a tenant in.  However, it is equally if not more important to look ahead to the time when the tenant will be moving out.  One of aspects of moving out that you need to ponder is the rental terms you want to offer. If you are about to rent …

Maintaining Front Loading Washers

If you provide tenants with washers and dryers – specifically front loading models – it is important to keep in mind that while these units are more efficient, they require more attention than your average top loading models. When walking new tenants through units with these types of washers, it is important to be sure that they understand the role they play in keeping …

Wielding the Tool of Craigslist

In the Portland area, the most important place to advertise a rental vacancy is on Craigslist.  Some homeowners are surprised to hear this, but it is where the vast majority of tenants are looking.  I can employ a wide variety of advertising methods, but Craigslist is where the majority of my calls will come from, regardless of where the house is specifically located. Craigslist …