Investors - How Do You Educate Your Tenants?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#RA-0003085 PA#RS347136

Investors -

How do you keep your tenants in the loop about what they need to do to maintain your property while they live there? Do you have a standard checklist? Send out reminders about maintenance at certain times of the year? 

Brought on by a "close to home" incident of inadequate heat in a college rental property and pipes that froze, it made me wonder. When college students live in the dorms, they're given checklists and get periodic reminders (probably via text) about things to do and not do. 

 

So what do you, as an investor, provide for your tenants? 

Do you have any checklists that you can share?

 

Comments (2)

Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Monica. A checklist and reminders are great ideas. When I was a landlord in two families, I put in the lease the maintenance things tenants were required to do. The furnace needed to be bleed monthly and I paid a plumber to to come and show them how it was done.

Jan 12, 2018 09:16 AM
Monica Hill

Smart things to put in the lease. I'm seeing repeated instances where people signed a lease but... out of sight, out of mind... they forget what was on the "to do" list.

Jan 12, 2018 11:46 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

I have a listing where the owner was not local and the tenant rampaged over the property, broke the attic padlock and destroyed the owner's property, and then took him to court to get back her deposit. Luckily the JP Court saw the pictures of the ruination of the house and sided with the owner. I don't think I could take being a landlord. You need nerves of steel.

Jan 26, 2018 07:26 PM
Monica Hill

I think landlords have to prepare for the worst and I agree, you need nerves of steel at times. Sorry for your client's loss!

Jan 26, 2018 08:06 PM