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Landlord Tenant Laws in Seattle Every Self Manager Needs to Know

Dave Poletti - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

When landlords and investors hire a professional property manager to protect and maintain their rental properties, they often do so because the laws are so detailed and complex. As a landlord, you are required to pay attention and obey a number of federal, state, and local laws. If you don’t know these laws, or you don’t have a system in place to keep up with the updates to the laws, you’re putting yourself at risk for lawsuits and claims from tenants.   Read More...

Handle Maintenance Requests like a Pro – Property Management Seattle Advice

Dave Poletti - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Maintaining your rental property is an important part of being a landlord for two major reasons. First, it keeps your tenants happy, and happy tenants will pay their rent on time, help you take care of the property, and be more willing to renew their leases. Second, maintaining your property increases the return on your investment because it protects the condition of your home and increases its value. When you get a request for maintenance, there are a few things you need to make sure you’re doing.   Read More...

How to Advertise Your Rental Property Like Seattle Property Management Companies

Dave Poletti - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Advertising your Seattle rental property strategically will make the difference between finding a highly qualified tenant and suffering through a long vacancy period. The goal is to get your property in front of as many people as possible, and to attract a large pool of interested tenants from which to choose.   Read More...

How to Avoid Fair Housing Mistakes When Tenant Screening – Property Management Seattle Education

Dave Poletti - Thursday, June 02, 2016

Fair housing laws are in place to protect classes of people against discrimination when it comes to rental housing. When landlords violate these laws, it’s often because they don’t completely understand them. Avoid mistakes with fair housing by following these four tips.
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Seattle Property Management - Changes in Security Deposit Law update

Dave Poletti - Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The real estate industry was was instrumental in changing the required timeframe for security deposit settlements from 14 to 21 days effective June 9, 2016.This means Landlords have more time to make an accurate and final accounting within a timeframe that is more reasonable. One important pitfall to be aware of however is that most leases have the old ( 14 day ) language built in to the contract which may take precedent over the new law unless the lease is updated to reflect the 21 day timeframe. If you do not change the language in your lease, you may be held to the old 14 day requirement unless you make a modification to your lease document even though the law changes.  Read More...

Seattle Landlord Update - Local Seattle landlords face Fair Housing discipline

Dave Poletti - Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Civil Rights department of Sеаttlе has rесоrdеd diѕсriminаtiоn сhаrgеѕ аgаinѕt 23 lаndlоrdѕ after a progression оf sting ореrаtiоnѕ went fоr finding inсlinаtiоn against rеntеrѕ.   Read More...

Should I rent my property Furnished or Unfurnished?

Dave Poletti - Wednesday, August 05, 2015

We are often asked by property owners interesting in renting out their homes or a condominium is whether they should or could rent their property furnished as opposed to unfurnished. This is often due to a transfer out of town and not wanting to put the furnishings in storage.   Read More...

Seattle Rental Property Maintenance for Landlords: Emergencies

Dave Poletti - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

As a landlord in Seattle, you’re going to have to deal with occasional emergencies, even when your property is well maintained and in good condition. Inevitably, there will be a water heater leak, a breakdown in the heating system or a tree that falls onto the roof. It’s important that you respond quickly and properly.  Read More...

Should I Remodel Before Renting – Seattle Landlord Advice

Dave Poletti - Tuesday, July 07, 2015

We get a lot of questions from landlords and property investors who want to know if they should remodel their properties before putting them on the rental market. It really depends on how your home looks to prospective tenants, and whether you have the necessary money to invest in large upgrades and updates. Make the repairs and upgrades that will attract more tenants and bring you more rent, but forget the big projects that won’t matter to tenants.   Read More...

Crime Prevention for Your Seattle Rental Property

Dave Poletti - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Seattle is routinely ranked one of the safest large cities in the nation, but no neighborhood is immune from criminal activity. The best way to manage the risk of crime is to prevent it, and you can protect your rental property and your tenants by ensuring your home is not an easy target for criminals.   Read More...


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