Posted: 10/8/2014 11:06:45 AM by Jon Smith
Filed under: Maintenance, Owners, Professional Management, Rental Properties

Evictions! Part 2

Once you win at court, the tenant has a certain amount of days to pay.  If they do not pay, then you file again with the court. Once the court sends you back paperwork, either you will call the court officer or the court officer will call you to schedule a time to move the tenant out... Read more..
Posted: 9/11/2014 7:30:41 AM by Jon Smith
Filed under: Owners, Professional Management, Rental Properties

Evictions! Part 1

Evicting someone can be tough.  You have a relationship with the person- sometimes it can be a personal friendship.  The tenant then doesn’t pay and you feel terrible about evicting your friend. OR you may not know the process of evicting... Read more..
Posted: 9/5/2014 4:07:15 PM by Jon Smith
Filed under: Owners, Professional Management, Rental Properties

Water Bills

Water is always a challenging issue when leasing out your home.  MOST cities in West Michigan and elsewhere have laws in place so that the water stays with the property, not the tenant.  That means if the tenant moves and doesn’t pay their water bill, then you (the owner) must pay it... Read more..
Posted: 8/21/2014 10:58:31 AM by Jon Smith
Filed under: Owners, Professional Management, Rental Properties, Utilities

Lowering Maintenance Costs

Many of our owners ask us what they can do to lower their maintenance costs.  There are a couple things that we strongly suggest doing.  Some work on only single family homes, and some will save money on all types of investment properties!

  1. Garbage Disposal- These may be nice to have in your rental property, but they can cost hundreds in maintenance costs if/when they break down.  Garbage disposal’s generally do not raise the rent for the property, and if someone has not used one before, they can easily clog the drain pipe...
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Posted: 8/19/2014 3:05:36 PM by Jon Smith
Filed under: Maintenance, Owners, Professional Management, Rental Properties
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