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Should My Landlord Pay for Pest Control?

One of the more common questions that many tenants have is whether or not they should pay for pest control or if it is the responsibility of the landlord. The quick answer is that it is neither the specific responsibility of the landlord or the tenant. As a tenant, one of the things that you will need to discuss with your landlord is the issue of pest control and whether or not it will be covered in your lease. Making sure that your landlord covers pest control is a topic that you will have to discuss as you renew your lease.

There are however, certain cases in which a landlord will make an exception and help you out. If you are suffering with a pest problem you should let your landlord know because even if it isn’t in your contract it may be something that they are willing to help you out with, just to say thank you for being their tenant.

If your contract does state that you have coverage for pest issues but you still aren’t able to get help form your landlord then you should talk with the other tenants and see if they are having similar problems. If you find that they are going through the same thing then you can all voice your troubles together which will help you to put some pressure on the landlord and get them to take action.

Here at RPM East Valley we pride ourselves on being extremely responsive to tenant issues and helping residents get the aid that they need. If you are looking for a positive experience with your rental, we can help. Contact us today to find a property that suits your needs and helps you to find a long-term housing arrangement. (490) 719-1243

How to Price a Rental Property

One of the keys to getting a rental property off the market and filled with quality tenants is to price it correctly. For those that want to make the best move and set the right asking price on their rental unit, here are 3 tips that can help:

1.  Consider the size-

One of the biggest factors that comes into play with pricing a rental is the size of the unit. In general, the larger the home, the more money you can charge for it. Something that most tenants are looking for is space. They want to be able to feel comfortable in their own home and have room to move around.

2.  Think of the location-

Properties that are in highly desirable locations will be able to charge more for monthly rent than those that are further away. If you are fortunate enough to own a rental property that is sitting on some prime location then you are probably grinning at the potential to earn some extra money. Be sure to spend a fair amount of time checking out comparable rentals to see what they are charging.

3.  Speak with a property management company-

The easiest way to price your rental property competitively is to work closely with a property management company. They will be able to assess the current market and help you decide on a price that will help draw attention to your property and get it filled quickly. In addition to helping you price your rental they can also help you to market your property and get it in front of a larger audience. A property management company will also be able to help you with the preparation of the legal documents like your lease. If you want to know that your property is in good hands then a property management agency can give you the piece of mind you need.

If you need help pricing your rental or listing it, contact RPM East Valley today at (480) 719-1243. Our experienced team can help you fill your rental with high quality tenants.

RPM East Valley Named as Finalist for Prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award

Our entire staff here at RPM East Valley is excited to announce that we’ve been selected as a finalist for the W.P. Carey School of Business Spirit of Enterprise Award.

The award, now in its 16th year, honors firms for ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship. We are one of 10 businesses in the State of Arizona selected as a finalist for the award, which is based on creating positive culture both internally and in the community as a whole.

Our nomination for the award reads:

Real Property Management East Valley is a full-service residential property management company that grew to a multi-million dollar business in less than five years. This family-owned firm prides itself on positive client referrals, which have led to about 40 percent of its new growth, as well as involvement with community groups, including the Boy Scouts and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Divers Posse.

Everyone here at RPM East Valley is grateful for the nomination and looking forward to the annual awards luncheon on November 1, when the winners will be announced. Past winners include well-known names like Cold Stone Creamery, Ollie the Trolley and Sundt Construction.

A big thank you to our clients, family and friends for all the support and dedication that has helped us grow our business and earn this recognition.

3 Ways to Rent your Property Faster

One of the first challenges that rental property owners will face is that of finding new tenants. If you are looking to speed up the process of finding tenants, here are three tips that can help:

1.  Work on the curb appeal- One of the first things that you can do to make a difference in how fast your property is filled with paying tenants, is to spruce up the curb appeal. If your property doesn’t give off a good vibe as people approach then they may not even be interested in seeing the interior. You want the property to invite people in and help them feel welcome. Making a small investment to improve the curb appeal of your rental property could pay off by helping you to find renters quickly.

2.  Price competitively- If you want to see your property fly off the market you have to price competitively. Whether or not you realize it, owning a rental property is like owning a small business. You need to recognize who your competition is and price your product (in this case your home) competitively. Otherwise you will have a hard time finding people who are willing to pay what you are asking. From time to time you may have to be willing to reduce your profit margin in order to stay in business.

3.  Work with a property management agency- One of the easiest ways to get your property rented quickly is to work with a property management company. An experienced property management agency will be able to leverage their large network and years of industry experience to show off your property. They have several resources that can help them to spread the news that your property is on the market and help you target interested buyers.

If you want help getting your property rented quickly, Real Property Management East Valley can help! Call (480) 719-1243 today for a free quote.