Property Management Education
Visit our property management blog when you’re looking for landlord advice and investment help. We talk about the daily details of property management; from tenant screening to preventative maintenance. We also share some insight about how to successfully invest in the Washington, DC market.
Don't Require Tenants to Have Insurance? Here's Why You Should If you’re not already requiring that your tenants be covered by a renter’s insurance policy, you should think again. Accidents occur and if the tenant does not have insurance, they may not have the funds...read more
In our last post, we shared six tips to help first-time landlords hit the ground running. This month we’re sharing six more tips to help you find your ideal renter, create your lease and manage your property once it’s rented. 1. Perfect Your Application Process While...read more
Becoming a landlord can happen by choice (as an investor) or by chance (not intentionally), but either way it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you handle the responsibility of being a first-time landlord...read more
Know where landlords usually go wrong so you can do it right! We recently posted the top 3 mistakes DC landlords make, and today we’re sharing three more things that often trip up property owners who want to start renting. By learning where landlords commonly go...read more
Extreme and unpredictable weather events like the recent Polar Vortex have been impacting our area this winter and are likely to keep happening. As news reports announce impending doom, communities prepare for the impacts of wild winter weather. While that can mean...read more
Thinking about becoming a landlord? Don’t make these mistakes! If you’re thinking about renting out a property you own, you might want to think twice. Managing a rental property isn’t as easy as you may think. And tenant laws in DC make being a landlord a complicated...read more
High-Profile Eviction is a Good Reminder: Do Not Lock Out Your Tenant in DC A DC couple is in hot water this week because of a high-profile eviction. CNN is reporting today that the landlord who rented a room in their Capitol Hill House to the EPA head, Scott Pruitt,...read more
The following was published 10/24/2013 in Metro Weekly. Many potential sellers in the last few years have had to face the question of whether to sell or rent out their house or condo. This has been a particularly difficult situation coming on the heels of record...read more
Did you know that all rental units in the District of Columbia are automatically subject to rent control unless they registered as exempt? Under the Rental Housing Act of 1985 and subsequent amendments housing providers (landlords) are responsible to register their...read more
This past week the District of Columbia Department of the Environment issued new lead based paint disclosure forms that fulfill the District’s disclosure requirements as well as some of the federal disclosure requirements. The District's definition is more restrictive...read more
How do good property managers help to reduce the risk of problem tenants in your property? They assist you with a thorough screening of potential candidates using objective tools and smart systems. People who apply for your rental should not be considered without...read more
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