How to Avoid Ice Build Up on Roof Gutters

April 1, 2021

  Maintaining a property is not a one-day job where you will just wipe the windows or mop the floors to avoid dirt accumulation. Landlords, property managers, and tenants should work hand in hand to make sure that the property has a good curb appeal and is maintained well.   In property maintenance, cleaning of…


Should we allow tenants to leave personal belongings in the basement

March 29, 2021

  We manage hundreds of multifamily properties across greater Boston and what that means is lots of basements that must be cleaned, organized, and secured.  In relation to that, we often get this question: “Should we allow our tenants to leave personal belongings in the basements of the houses that we manage?” The answer is NO.…


Where to Place Fire and Carbon Detectors

March 26, 2021

    Safety is the utmost concern when it comes to both your property and our residents. One of the biggest things that we have to make sure is that we take care of it. And we comply with the smoking carbon detector requirements in the city.    What we’re going to do is we…


Benefits of Installing a Coin Laundry

March 23, 2021

  One of the most common questions that we get asked as a landlord is, “I don’t have laundry in my building or I have normal laundry that isn’t coin-op, should I switch or install coin-op laundry?”  In every single building that we manage, we always switch to coin-op laundry and we’ll tell you why.…


Who Should Pay the Public Utilities?

March 15, 2021

  Paying of public utilities such as water and electricity can cause confusion to some landlords. In this article, we’re going to be covering whether you can have tenants pay the public utilities.   Can they pay for public utilities?     The answer is NO. Typically, what will end up happening is that each…


How to Certify Fire Escapes in Boston

March 15, 2021

  Last year, the Department of Fire Services recorded at least 29,461 fires in the state of Massachusetts. 16% higher compared to 2019 causing 44 civilian deaths, 245 civilian injuries, 594 fire service injuries, 854 arsons, and $266 million damage in properties. The top three causes of fires are smoking, electricity malfunction, and unattended cooking of…


Is Rent Collection Possible When Tenants Don’t Have a Bank Account?

March 11, 2021

  We want to be very conscious that some tenants are unable to open up bank accounts and they may request to pay in cash. That sounds very tempting because it gives landlords more flexibility of saving what they earn. Yet, that’s not the right way to do things.   Can property managers accept cash?    …


Is Emergency Light Testing Required?

February 22, 2021

    With every single commercial building, whether it’s in a condo association, bigger commercial buildings, or even on multi-family homes, there is emergency lighting.   Did you know that emergency lighting has batteries? Sometimes, they are also hardwired but there are batteries within the lights and they have to be tested all the time. When…


How to Handle Rental Properties with Oil Heat

February 21, 2021

    In today’s article,  we’re going to be talking about how to deal with tenants and units that have oil heat. This is different from gas heat because there’s a tank. This tank needs to be filled with oil, or the heat. Or maybe the hot water. Or both won’t be able to actually provide…


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