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It Was an Emergency. At Least to Me.

When you signed your lease you were given emails, phone numbers and business hours for your landlord or property management company. And probably also an emergency number unless you’re renting from Mom and Pop. When can you call that number and what is an emergency? Let’s start with what is not an emergency: Locking yourself…

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What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

In the Pasadena, Glendale and Burbank areas where I manage property I recently talked to two property owners who were thinking about putting their homes on the rental market. Both owners were new to landlording and both wanted to talk about worst case scenarios. I get it. If you google landlords, tenants, property management, etc.…

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When No Repairs Requested is No Good

Over the years that I have been managing rental properties in the Glendale, Pasadena and Eagle Rock areas I have seen two extremes regarding tenants requesting repairs. One is the tenant who requests everything possible. A tenant once asked me to send a handyman over because one of the bolts that fixes her toilet to…

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Can Fifi or Fido Move in Too?

In the Southern California areas of Pasadena, Eagle Rock and Glendale where I provide Property Management most owners that I talk to say absolutely no pets in their rental properties. One exception is rental property in West Hollywood as there are more pets than kids in that city and if you don’t accept pets your…

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Are Home Warranties a Good Idea in Rental Properties?

You might be concerned about repair costs in a rental property and it seems as though a home warranty would be a good way to prevent high repair bills. When I am involved in a sales transaction I always recommend a home warranty as it gives both buyers and sellers peace of mind. If the…

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When D.I.Y. Costs More

Are you thinking of hiring a property manager in the Pasadena, Eagle Rock, Glendale area? Are you already managing your own rental property yourself? You might already have long term tenants who pay on time and you ask yourself why should I pay someone to take in the rents and send me the money? It’s…

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Who’s My Partner?

As a Property Manager in Pasadena and surrounding communities I am the agent for rental property owners. I have a fiduciary responsibility to place their interests above my own. So what role do tenants play in my business since I am not representing them and am not their agent? Some owners see tenants as adversaries…

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Who’s Using All the Water?

If you recently got a big increase in your property’s water bill, time to be a detective as multiple factors are in play. Are there unauthorized occupants? Anybody operating a business on the premises such as: car wash, hair salon, etc.? Are there broken sprinkler pipes or heads? Ask your gardening service to check. Your…

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