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By GoldenWest Management

Thanks to the demand for Las Vegas Rental Property, you decided to buy another rental, but then there’s a problem.

After advertising your rental on and offline you haven’t received any applications from prospective renters yet and you’re starting to wonder if there’s something about your property that’s potentially scaring renters away.

In today’s post we will help you to look at your Rental Property  with a fresh perspective. As experts, GWM sees hundreds of homes every month on the rental market, so you can see right away  if there are one or more areas of your property that are scaring away potential renters or not.

Bad Curb Appeal

Traditionally one of the first areas with any property that can scare potential tenants away is bad curb appeal.

If the landscape surrounding your rental property in Las Vegas has overgrown bushes, shrubs, trees or grass, and there is trash strewn around the yard, then prospects aren’t going to bother to stop the car.

One suggestion is to desert scape the front yard with a few arid plants for a touch of the oasis feel. Have a gardener come by once a week for a mow and blow at least till the home is rented. If this takes a month, you won’t pay more than $100 for a nice clean exterior.

Make sure the house numbers and trim are freshly painted and all the exterior lights function. Wipe away cobb webs near the entrance to make it inviting.

The Inside of Your Rental Needs Some Sprucing

After enhancing and improving the curb appeal for your Las Vegas Rental property the next step is to improve the inside of your rental by doing the following:

  • Paint interior walls – two tone paint has gotten the best feedback:
    • colors like tan, Navajo white, or greys for walls with swiss coffee color for ceilings and baseboards and trim
    • Whenever possible steer clear of flat paint…it gets dirty quickly, go with an eggshell or satin
  • Professionally Clean carpets and floors.
  • Caulk bathrooms, showers, sinks…it makes them look cleaner
  • When possible Remove and replace dated fixtures (stove, dishwasher). Stainless steel, is the best followed by all black or all white depending on your cabinet and countertop colors.
  • Add Deodorizes (plugin’s when possible) to upstairs and downstairs. A sweet breeze versus a musty smell is important.

There is no need to completely remodel you’re the home, although you may get that itch. Its all about light and bright and clean. Prospects will come if your home shows that it is cared for.

Get Professional Las Vegas Rental Property Management

To learn more about things you can do to increase the value of your Las Vegas Rental Property, or to learn more about the property management services we can offer you, contact GoldenWest Management today by calling us at 702-685-7696 or click here to connect with us through our website.

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By GoldenWest Management

It’s 2015 and your friends and family members encouraged you to purchase San Diego Rental Property, so you bought a multi-family unit and are ready to start renting.

When leasing to your first Tenant, ask yourself how familiar you are with the Landlord-Tenant laws for our state?

Today’s post cover’s just some of the Landlord-Tenant Laws for that you may want to consider when working with prospective Tenants who are interested in your San Diego Rental Property.

Support and Service Animals

Surprise!!! There is no difference in the eyes of the Housing Authority anymore. Don’t make the mistake of denying a prospect with a Pet after they disclose to you that it is a support animal (of any kind): Emotional support, service animal, etc…The ADA statutes require that you treat that animal as if it were a “wheelchair” meaning you need to make “reasonable” accommodations. If you don’t heed this warning, HUD and the California State Attorney General will be knocking on  your door!

Registered Sex Offender Database

When creating a new rental agreement you must include the following verbiage in your rental agreement:

“Notice: Pursuant to Section 290.46 of the Penal Code, information about specified registered sex offenders is made available to the public via an Internet Web site maintained by the Department of Justice at www.meganslaw.ca.gov. Depending on an offender’s criminal history, this information will include either the address at which the offender resides or the community of residence and zip code in which he or she resides.” (Cal. Civ. Code § 2079.10a)

Tenants and Utilities

Before a tenant signs a new rental agreement you must disclose to them if they are responsible for paying gas, electric or other utilities including what the cost is for those utilities just so the tenant can know if they can afford to pay rent plus utilities in their monthly budget. (Cal. Civ. Code § 1940.9)

Toxic Mold Disclosure

Did you know that before you can rent to a new tenant you must disclose to them if your San Diego Rental Property has toxic mold or not? (Cal. Health & Safety Code §§ 26147, 26148). If you have had major water damage or past complaints of mold, and you don’t disclose this…you could be liable for a lot, including health costs, an environmental specialist, lost rent and moving/storage costs for the Tenant.

This is important to know because mold that exceeds exposure limits which are permissible has been known to post serious health risks and must be dealt with.

Non Smoking Policy

In this day and age it’s not uncommon for most San Diego Rental Property to have a no smoking policy.

If your decision is to not allow tenants to smoke on your property, you must outline this in writing, and provide tenants with specific instructions for where they can smoke on site, just so you can have assurance that your Rental Property In San Diego will be smoke free once you decide to rent it in the future.

Helping San Diego Rental Property Owners

If you think its smart to save a few dollars “managing your own property,” review the above and think about if you had any clue these were REQUIREMENTS in a lease. GoldenWest Management knows Landlord-Tenant laws in San Diego, and if we aren’t sure, we have legal counsel that deals with this EVERYDAY at our disposal. Call us to learn more about our affordable property management services, contact GoldenWest Management today by calling us at (858) 792-3442

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By GoldenWest Management

You just purchased another Phoenix Rental Property and your life is starting to get busier than ever before.

With managing your properties, investments, and family life, there’s not a lot of time left in the day for you.

Instead of continuing on running your business this way, and sacrificing quality personal time for yourself, here are three reasons why you should hire a property manager.

#1 – Efficient Management of Your Phoenix Rental Property

From handling potential tenants, work orders, repairs, rent collection and all of the other day-to-day responsibilities which come from managing a Phoenix Rental Property you can count on GoldenWest Management to efficiently manage all of your rental properties.

#2 – We Will Save You More Time During Your Day

When you decide to use GoldenWest Management to manage your Phoenix Rental Property you will have more time in your day to live your life and enjoy all of the benefits that come from owning income property.

#3 – You Will Save Money

Another benefit which will come from using GoldenWest for your property management needs is that you will save money with us since you won’t have to deal with issues like tenant calls in the middle of the night or the hassle of having to drive out to your properties for repairs or maintenance issues.

With GoldenWest Management on your side you will have confidence that your Phoenix Rental Property is being efficiently managed so you can focus on growing your portfolio of income properties.

To learn more about the property management services we can offer you contact us today by calling (858) 792-3442 or click here to contact us online.

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As we approach Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, we would like to wish all of our property owners and tenants a joyous and safe holiday.  Please note that if you do run into an issue with your property, you can use the traditional channels for requesting a repair.  Our offices in San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas will remain open all week except for Christmas Day (12/25) and New Year's Day (1/1).  Thank you for your patronage, and we hope these holidays find you well!

The Las Vegas office has been busy gearing up for the holidays.

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Tomorrow, Thursday, November 27th, 2014, we celebrate Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, family, and gratitude for the many blessings we have as Americans.  We will not forget all of the sacrifice required to bring the many freedoms and privileges we enjoy today.

As a property management company, we are very thankful to be able to serve our landlord and tenant customers in the Phoenix, San Diego, and Las Vegas areas.  Thank you for your loyalty and patronage.  We look forward to a peaceful and happy holiday season.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to serve you better.

Please note that in observance of Thanksgiving, our offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.

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One of the biggest disappointments a tenant will face in a rental property transaction with a property manager or landlord is when he or she opens up that check for their returned security deposit.  We've seen and heard about many times where tenants were not happy with the return.  This is unfortunate because, as we've stated in previous articles about security deposits, losing a security deposit is completely preventable.  Disappointment over security deposits is typically a result of the following: ...continue reading

"What is a Utilities Addendum?"  This was a question recently posed to one of our offices.  As a way to inform all of our landlord and tenant customers interested in this topic, we're answering this question through our blog.  Here's our take on the utilities addendum - A utilities addendum might be something that is added to the lease for the following purpose:

Adding the monthly amount of a utility bill, usually one that can’t be placed into the tenants' name but that they are responsible per the lease, to the monthly rent.

 

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We want to take this moment to say "Happy Birthday" to the United States Marine Corps. Today, they turn 239 years old.

Tomorrow is Veteran’s day.  The Goldenwest Management offices will be closed in observance of this day and out of respect for all those who have ever put on a uniform in defense of this great nation. Whether it be a fellow employee, a loved one, a sister/brother, parent or grandparent, we want to say thank you to you and your family.

Many gave some, some gave all.

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