Summertime Tips for Landlords
You should be sending out seasonal letters, communicating with your tenants what is expected to care for the property. A gentle reminder can go a long way to protecting your property against the damaging effects of summer – especially here in Texas! If you are wondering what exactly you should be requesting of your tenants, we have some ideas listed below!
After the bursting blooms of spring have faded, trees, grass and bushes are in full growth! It should be clear in the lease you have with your tenant who exactly is responsible for keeping everything trim and tidy. Grass lawns will need to be mown, trees and bushes will need to be kept in check and it’s the time of year where weeds will spring up in the side yards if left unattended. While a property “gone wild” is not exactly physically damaging, it could violate local HOA and City statutes, which can result in fiscal damages in the form of fines. Some creeping vines are as aggressive as they are attractive, and can split picket fencing, collapse chain link fencing, compromise the mortar of brick houses and force their way into cracks – which will damage the property! It’s much easier to maintain landscaping than it is to repair its damages.
Lock Up for Vacation
Many of us haven’t been on vacation in a while, so it’s only natural that a few precautions may have been forgotten! Remind tenants that they will need to protect the property if they decide to leave for a trip. Locking all windows and doors is the first step in preventing a break-in, but also making sure their security system is in order and that the property doesn’t seem unoccupied. Whether that’s leaving a light on, having a relative drop by the home, or parking a car in the driveway – every tip helps!
Not every property can accommodate a barbeque, most often due to space. But when the sun’s out, the grills come out so you’ll want to have established the rules for your property. When, where, and how a grill can be operated (if allowed) will best inform the tenant on how to reduce injury to themselves, overhanging trees, and the property itself. Many HOAs have rules regarding how a grill can be stored on the property (out of sight!) in order to maintain a neat appearance to anyone driving through the neighborhood.
Be Aware of HVAC Issues
When the first hot day of summer rolls around, your phone will be ringing with tenants reporting that their A/C doesn’t work. Regular inspections, as well as regular maintenance, will prevent most of these calls. However, reaching out to your tenant lets them know that you are aware that it could be an issue, and are proactive in seeking a solution! Inform your tenants that cranking the A/C may do more harm than good, and that a moderately cool temperature will help their air conditioning last all summer long. A summertime inspection is a great opportunity to address not only HVAC issues, but anything to do with pests, insulation, wiring, the integrity of decks and fencing and other damages.
All of the above are true of both single family homes and multifamily, but there are special considerations for multifamily residents! Common areas and pools are going to see an influx of resident traffic. Quiet hours may need to be established in order to keep the peace during long, hot nights. Pool rules will need to be enforced for the benefit and safety of all residents and visitors. Communicating consistently with your residents will assure them that their health and safety are being taken into consideration, and that shared amenities are available for all residents to use safely and without issue.
As the temperature rises and rental season gets into full swing, you may find yourself inundated with a combination of applicants, maintenance and repair. With every year getting hotter, and the highly competitive rental market in the Dallas / Fort Worth area you are certainly having to work out your landlord muscles! Interested in letting someone else take on the hard work while you reap the benefits of a passive income?
Contact Frontline Property Management today! We have the experience to handle your investments through any season, and protect your frontline to protect your bottom line!