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Educating Yourself

If you are a homeowner managing your own properties, online courses can be very beneficial if that type of learning works for you.  If you like learning from written material, onlineed.com is the best site we have encountered for taking online classes pertaining to the State of Oregon.  We have taken classes via other providers that were pretty disappointing both because of the design …

Landlord FAQ

As a landlord, you have probably heard numerous nightmare stories about tenants that have raised concerns as you rent your own property.  As you set expectations for your tenants and/or create policies for your property, it is important to understand the lay of the land so-to-speak.  Here is a list of common landlord questions we encounter, and the answers that may help you better understand …

Tenant Gardening Part 2 – Outdoor Options for Small Spaces

One of the most satisfying experiences is eating vegetables from your own garden. If you’re lucky enough to have a sunny porch or balcony in your rental, then you can grow food. Even if it’s small, think creatively about how to use vertical space. Hanging planters can also be a good option. To get started, you will need: Suitable containers/pots (must have drainage holes) …

Tenant Gardening Part 1 – Excellent Indoor Plants

Most renters don’t have the option to have a full-fledged garden, and many don’t even have the option of a raised bed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow something. There are many indoor plants that are easy to care for and many don’t even require a lot of sunlight. Here are a few of our favorites: Prayer plant (Maranta leucoreura) This unique plant …

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 …

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 …