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Breaking Rental Lease

How to Correctly Break Your Rental Lease

The moving process is never fun, especially when it involves breaking a rental lease. Altering a rental lease accurately will make it easier for both you as the renter and us as the rentees. It doesn’t have to be a messy, or difficult process. Let’s take some time to go over how to correctly break your rental lease.

Taking responsibility is important.

  Tenants are responsible for the rent until the end of the lease. Or until another tenant is found and begins paying rent.  Another responsibility includes the fee to advertise and refill the property. The fee amount is one half of the monthly rent payment. It is important to us that tenants know their rights to request and be present at an initial inspection. The purpose for this is to allow the opportunity to remedy any deficiencies in a timely manner. This will be helpful to minimize or avoid deductions from the security deposit. Communicating and obtaining given responsibilities appropriately, ensures a favorable outcome for correctly breaking a rental lease.

Communication is key.

It is vital that we know your plans for vacating the property. With communicating prior to moving out, we can work with the tenant to fill the propertCommunication with your property manager. y with new tenants. We will begin the marketing process for the rental home as soon as the tenant communicates their desire to vacate the property.  Authority Property Management takes action quickly to arrange appointments for prospective tenants to view the home. Keep in mind the more showings allowed, the greater possibility of renting it out quickly.

After giving your notice to break a rental lease, there is still room to revoke or modify the move-out date. To do this, the first contributing factor would be to contact us. We would then work on the approval of the change. If the property is already re-rented, it will be difficult or impossible to grant the request. Whether the decision is to keep the desired date to break a rental lease or revoke it, Authority Property Management is here to help with great customer service.

Notice of Eviction

When Should You Serve a Notice of Eviction?

Are you experiencing conflicts with some of your tenants? Maybe you are dealing with late rent payments. Maybe some of your tenants have crossed the lines laid out in your lease agreement. Maybe you have been made aware of and are concerned that some of your tenants might be engaging in illegal activity. Maybe some of your tenants have made serious damages to your property. Are you to the point where you are tired of dealing with it and are wondering if any of these things could be grounds for eviction? Our team at Authority Property Management would love to help you determine whether or not it is necessary for you to move forward in giving your tenant or tenants a notice of eviction or a notice to Terminate Tenancy.     Notice

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Landlord Versus Tenant Responsibilities

What are Landlord Versus Tenant Responsibilities

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, it is extremely important that you know what your responsibilities are and that those responsibilities are laid out in writing on your lease agreement. Knowing your responsibilities as a landlord or a tenant can prevent majors conflicts and can also prevent you from getting manipulated into an unfair position if conflicts do arise. As property managers in Redding who have years of experience managing properties all over Shasta County, we would like to help you understand what some of your responsibilities might be as a landlord or a tenant when signing a lease.    Responsibilities

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Security video doorbell

Ring: The Newest Trending Security Item

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According to Ring, over 1 million burglaries occur every year in the United States. When it comes to the security of your rental properties, it is better to be safe and invest in security and surveillance systems than to take the chance of becoming one of these statistics. And we have good news for you. If you are still looking for a Christmas/New Year’s gift to give to your tenants, Ring’s Video Doorbell is the newest trending security gift and is a gift that both you and your tenants will appreciate.


Ring’s Video Doorbell is exactly what its title says it is. It an electronic device that replaces a traditional Doorbell, not only become the Doorbell for the house but also becoming a security surveillance system for the front porch and front yard, all due to its built-in camera and motion detector. Ring’s Video Doorbell notifies tenants and property owners when someone is on the property and allows tenants and property owners to see and speak with anyone at the front door. While traditional security systems trigger once a break-in has occurred, Ring’s Video Doorbell prevents break-ins from happening in the first place.


Another amazing fact about this doorbell is that tenants and property managers can get notified and can see and speak to people outside of the home even when they are not home. Whether they are eating out at a nice restaurant or shopping at the local grocery store, tenants and properties owners can still see and speak to people at the front door, giving them the appearance that they are actually home.


The motion detecting feature in Ring’s Video Doorbell is also incredible. Tenants and property owners can set the radius for how far out they want the Doorbell to detect motion, and if anything enters that radius, they will get notified on their electronic devices that there is motion inside the parameter. Security video


If you’re looking for a gift to give to your tenants or are simply looking for great security options for your rental houses, Ring’s Video Doorbell is an incredible option. If you would like more information on security for your rental properties, or if you would like to hire a property manager to manage your rental properties and take tasks like security out of your hands, give us a call at Authority Property Management! We are property managers in Redding and have done property management in Redding and Shasta County for over twenty years and we would love to serve you in any way we can! Give us a call at (530) 410-6085.


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Lawn Care who’s responsibility?

Lawn Care: Is It the Landlord’s Responsibility or the Tenant’s?

Keeping a lawn looking sharp can take a lot of hard work, especially if it is big lawn. The question as to whether or not keeping up with and maintaining the lawn at a rental home is the responsibility of the landlord or the tenant is an ongoing debate. However, as a landlord, you are ultimately the decision-maker when it comes to lawn care. In order to make the best decision for both you and your tenants when it comes to who is responsible for the lawn and how it should be taken care of, it is important to ask yourself some questions so that you can determine those things and communicate them to your tenants as well as include them in your lease agreement. As property managers in Redding who have over twenty years of experiencing managing rental properties all over Shasta County, we would love to help guide your decision by offering some questions. lawn care

1. How much work would it take to maintain your lawn? Evaluating the workload when it comes to maintaining your lawn will help you to know if your tenants can or cannot handle it. Are you just wanting the lawn mowed? Or do you also need trees and bushes trimmed? Do you have a garden or any flowers or fruit trees that need to be kept up with? Depending on the workload involved, you may decide to make it a requirement for your tenants or you may decide that it is too much and that you need to hire someone to do it.

2. Do you trust your tenants to take care of the lawn? This is also an important question because even if you don’t think keeping up with the lawn would be too much work for your tenants to handle, do you trust that they will actually do it? Your lawn might be a priority to you and you might take incredible pride in it, but it might not be a priority to your tenants and they might simply forget about it. The question is: would it be better for you to invest your trust into your tenants or to invest your money into a professional whose income ultimately rides on how well they do their work?

3. What are your expectations as a landlord when it comes to lawn care? It is important to ask yourself this question so that you can lay it out and communicate it clearly to your tenants in the lease agreement and in person. Once you have decided whether you want your tenants to take care of the lawn or you want to take care of it yourself or you want to hire someone to take care of it, that will ultimately  help you determine what you expect of your tenants when it comes to taking care of the lawn. Make sure to lay those things out clearly in the lease and to address them with your tenants in person, especially if you have decided that you want your tenants to maintain it. Most of the time, tenants who are renting do not think about lawn maintenance being included in their rental, so it is incredibly important to address it with them so that they know what to expect.

If you have any more questions or would like more information as to how you can best manage your rental property as a landlord we would love to help you here at Authority Property Management! Feel free to give us a call at (530) 410-6085.

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Benefits of a Home or a Apartment

The Benefits of Living in a Rental Home or a Rental Apartment

Benefits of a Home verses Apartment

 Are you currently trying to find a rental home or an apartment to move into? Are you wondering what the benefits of each living space are and which living space would be more beneficial for you? Renting a Home versus an Apartment are very different and mean different responsibilities for you as a tenant.  If this is you, we would love to help you discover whether a rental home or a rental apartment would be a better move for you. As property managers in Redding who have over twenty years of experience managing properties in Redding and Shasta County, we would like to help make you aware of what we believe are the benefits of living in a rental home versus a rental apartment.

Space

There is no doubt that a rental home has more space than a rental apartment. Depending on how many furniture pieces, articles of clothing, or kitchen dishes and cookware you have, that will be a big factor in determining whether a rental home or apartment would be more beneficial for you. Rental homes often have more room for storage, garage space, attic space, and bigger kitchen storage.

Privacy

Another benefit of living in a rental home versus a rental apartment is privacy. In a rental apartment, you will most likely be in close proximity to surrounding neighbors, and there is no guarantee that they will be quiet neighbors. Living in a rental home provides space and privacy from neighbors and noise.

Customization

Depending on how decorative you are, this will also help you to determine if you would rather live in a rental home or a rental apartment. Rental apartments often have strict regulations when it comes to decorating and customizing your unit. You most likely will not be allowed to paint the walls, hang items on the walls with nails, or change kitchen appliances. This can often make your apartment feel more like a temporary living space rather than a home. However, in a rental home, your landlord may give permission for certain customizations when asked and allow more freedom when it comes to decorating and make the house feel more like your home. If you are trying to find somewhere to live for several years that will feel like home, a rental home might be a better option for you.

Compare Expenses

A huge part of renting a home or apartment is determining what your budget is when it comes to paying rent and utilities. The cost of living in a home or apartment can be a huge factor in determining what decision you want to make for yourself. Some houses can be pricey when it comes to rent rates, but some apartments can be just as pricey. You would be surprised at some of the nice houses that you can rent that cost the same or less than a rental apartment. Do your research and take your time searching for the right place that meets all of your housing needs and is within your budget.

If you are a tenant and would like more information to help you discover what move might be best for you, or if you are a landlord and would like someone to help you manage your rental property, we would love to help you! We do property management in Redding and Shasta County and would love to serve you in any way we can. Feel free to give us a call at (530) 410-6085.

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Storage Space ideas

Creative Ways to Create Storage Space in a Rental     bedroom storage space

When it comes to renting a home or apartment, one of the downsides can be limited or little storage space. However, there are creative ways to create storage in your rental while at the same time making your rental apartment or house feel like home. As property managers in Redding and Shasta County who have over twenty years of experience managing properties in the area, we would like to help you make your rental feel spacious and like home by offering some creative ways that you can create storage in your rental home or apartment.

Hidden storage in furniture

A great thing to get if you live in a rental home or apartment that is small or doesn’t have much space for storage are furniture items that not only make your rental look awesome but have hidden storage space inside of them. One example of this would be getting a coffee table that has drawers or opens up like a chest with plenty of room inside for storing books or other miscellaneous items. Another example of this would be getting small cushioned furniture like a chair or a stool that has room for storage inside of it underneath the cushion.

Shelving

Adding a trendy corner shelf to a living room or a small shelf to a bedroom can create more storage than you may realize, especially if you have a large collection of books or decorative items that you don’t know what to do with. Scattering your miscellaneous items on a bookshelf along with some of your books is not only a great way to store your items but is also trendy and eye-catching.

Hidden storage under furniture

In the same way that you can store things inside of furniture, you can also store things underneath pieces of furniture such as couches and beds. You can pack things into small boxes tubs and slide them far underneath your bed or couch, far enough back to where people won’t notice them. If you want these storage containers to look trendy in case people notice them, you can always find some wooden ones or some vintage-looking ones. Try your local thrift stores or antique stores.

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  Decorative Storage Space

There are also creative ways that you can use decorative items as storage. A great example of this would be filling vintage suitcases with items you need to store and then stacking your suitcases in one of your rooms as decorations or to create a side table. Another example of this is, if your fireplace is not functional or you hardly use it, you can stack books and other items inside of it. This is super trendy and also stores your miscellaneous items.

If you would like more information on how you can create storage or make your rental home or apartment feel more like a place that you own, feel free to call us at Authority Property Management. We do property management in Redding and Shasta County and would love to help you in any way we can! If you are a landlord and would like someone to take the stressful tasks of managing your rental properties out of your hands, we would love to manage your properties for you! Give us a call at (530) 410-6085.

 

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Rental decorating tips

Ways to Decorate Your Rental Like You Own It

Oftentimes, the rules and regulations that come with renting a house or apartment can make the rental feel very much like a temporary living space rather than a home. If tenants don’t have ideas as to how they can make their rental house or apartment feel more like home in the midst of the rules that their landlords have laid out, they oftentimes might not do anything to try and decorate  rental decoratingat all. As property managers in Redding and Shasta County, we want every tenant to feel at home in their rental home. If you are a tenant who would like to make your rental house or apartment feel more like a home you own, we would like to offer you some different ways that you can decorate your rental while still abiding by the rules that your landlord has laid out.

  1. Bring in colorful furniture – Landlords usually do not allow tenants to paint the walls in the rental house or apartment. If you are renting a house or apartment and feel like white walls surround you, one way that you can bring some color into your rooms and make your living space feel more like home is to bring in colorful furniture. It’s as easy as choosing several colors that you feel will accent each other and then painting different pieces of furniture in those different colors. The white walls that you used to dislike will now bring out the colors of the furniture in each room, capturing your attention every time you step foot through the front door.
  2. Dress up your windows – While you may not be allowed to remove or replace the blinds that your landlord installed on your windows, another way that you can bring some color into your house or apartment is to get some trendy curtains that cover up those blinds and accent the colors of the furniture in each room. Curtains are great accessories that easily change the look and feel of a room.
  3. Style your floors with trendy rugs – Is your rental house or apartment covered in the unappealing carpet? Does it feel like there is too much hardwood floor or tile going on in some of the rooms? Large, trendy area rugs are like a secret weapon for decorating a rental home. They will not only cover that shabby carpet that you have to put up with, but they will also get rid of any excess space that you feel in a room.  
  4. Mirrors make everything better – Are there some rooms in your rental that feel like they need a little bit more light? One way you can make a room look brighter and more spacious is by hanging mirrors as wall décor. If you hang a mirror across from a window in your room, the light from the outside will come through the window and reflect back into the room off of the mirror. This will create more light in the room. Mirrors also help to give the illusion that a room is bigger than it actually is.
  5. You can’t go wrong with pictures – Now this is something you can get really creative with. Depending on what style you are going for in your house or apartment, filling up space on a wall with prints in that style will add a lot to a room. Pictures also make a rental feel more like a home because they are personal. Search Pinterest for some ideas in the style you are going for, give it a go and I guarantee you will feel more at home and will have guests eyeing your walls in no time.
  6. Lighting works wonders – Have you ever walked into a room that was dim and all of a sudden felt tired or emotional? The lighting in a room puts off more of an atmosphere than we realize sometimes. If you want to bring some more light into your rooms, it’s as simple as buying some lamps. Depending on the style you are going for, hit up a local store and find some lamps that match your theme and will help to make the rooms feel brighter and more refreshing.  
  7. Add unique accessories – Adding accessories to a room can accent everything that you have going on in the room and can also fill it out. For inspiration, check out Pinterest or the home décor magazine of your choice. Small candles or plants that last for a while, such as succulents or orchids, are some accessories that can make a room feel more refreshing and light-hearted.

These are just a few ideas on how you can work around the rules that your landlord has laid out in order to make your rental house or apartment feel more like a home that you own. If you have any questions or would like information on how you can best take care of your rental as a tenant, feel free to call us at 530-410-6085! We do property management in Redding and Shasta County and would love to help you in any way that we can!

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Deductions from Deposits

Common Reasons Why Landlords make deductions from Deposits

When you move into a rental house or apartment, your landlord will most likely ask you for a deposit before you move in. The deposit amount is usually two to three hundred above the amount of a monthly rent payment. The reason why landlords ask for a deposit up front is so that they can have a safety net and some money to fall back on if any damages are done to the property or the property is not cleaned properly when tenants move out. If you are moving into a rental and want to ensure that you get your deposit back at the end of your tenancy, you can set yourself up well by gaining information on and being mindful of what could cause a landlord to make deductions from your deposit. First and foremost always fill out your move-in check-in list and take pictures.  Your move in check in list is your foundation for your move out and a record of the condition of the property at the time of your move in.  As property managers in Redding, we would like to provide you with some of the most common reasons why landlords end up withholding deposits from tenants.

  • Damages to the property – If your rental is not furnished, this can include damages to any of the major appliances, countertops, floors, walls, bathroom appliances, you name it. If your rental is furnished, this can include all of those things as well as any damages that may occur to the furnishings in the house including couches, chairs, tables, lamps, mirrors, and even decorations. If damages occur to any of the furnishings, your landlord may take it out of your deposit or may personally ask you to replace whatever is damaged. As you move into and live in your rental house or apartment, simply be mindful of the property and treat it the way you would if you owned it.
  • Cleanliness – Depending on your lease, whenever you move out, a landlord will expect you to clean all areas of the house. If you have Roommates, you would want to all take the same care during the move-out, your landlord will do a walk through after you move and will determine based on cleanliness and the condition of the house and yard if there will be any deductions from your deposit.  The easiest way to ensure getting your deposit back is to keep your areas clean throughout the year and then put extra effort into deep cleaning your areas before you move out. You may also request a pre-move out walk through two weeks prior to your move out.  A pre-move out walkthrough is where you and your landlord walk through the property and any possible issues that may be charged to your deposit is pointed out.  Pre-move out walkthroughs are your legal right and a great opportunity to not be surprised when you receive your move-out accounting.  Your landlord or Property Manager will check all aspects of cleanliness of the house, the carpet, and yard and look for any damages that weren’t there prior to your move-in. 
  • Decorations – Be sure to ask your landlord before you put tacks or nails into the walls to hang things. Your landlord may not want holes in the wall and may take money out of your deposit if you hang things that way. Also, be sure to ask before you paint anything. Most landlords will not allow tenants to paint the walls. Make sure to bring up all of these things with your landlord before you make these decisions.

If you have any questions or would like more information on how you can best prepare for renting and moving into your first home or apartment as well as how you can maintain a great relationship with your landlord, feel free to call us at 530-410-6085! We do property management in Redding and Shasta County and would love to help you in any way we can!

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Habits of a successful Property Manager

7 Successful Habits of a Property Manager

Are you new to the property management business? Have you been in the property management’s business for several years, but would like more knowledge and insight into how you can become a better property manager? As property managers in Redding who have more than 20 years of experience, we not only understand what it is like to be new to the property management industry, but we have also learned how to grow and develop and become better property managers with each passing year. We would like to offer you 7 successful habits that we feel great property managers have!

  1. Communication – Clear and consistent communication is key to happy tenants and happy owners. Great property managers communicate in clear and consistent ways with tenants and owners in such a way that both the tenants and the owners feel safe and secure.

  2. Experience – The more you manage properties, the more experience you will gain as a property manager and will be able to apply that experience to the properties you will manage in the future. Having hands-on experience will increase your credibility as a property manager as well as your customer base.

  3. References – When landlords are looking into hiring you to manage their properties, they will want to see that people have had great experiences having you as a property manager. With how often people check reviews before they purchase these days, offering testimonials and references to potential clients can increase their chances of hiring you.

  4. Technology – Great property managers use technology to their advantage! Embracing technology and using it to your advantage can help you organize the properties that you are managing, promote yourself as a property manager, communicate your values as a company, build relationships with your audience, and gain a greater customer base.

  5. Tenant screening – As a property manager, landlords are trusting you with the responsibility of finding great tenants that will not damage their properties. Because of this, it is vital that you screen potential tenants so that the odds of filling the rental home or apartment with tenants who will not end up paying the rent on time or will end up damaging the property are lessened.

  6. Interaction with tenants – The way that you interact with your tenants and maintain your relationships with them can make or break you as a property manager. It is important to have open, respectful, and timely communication with your tenants. It is also important that you take care of repair and maintenance issues in a timely fashion.

  7. Consistency – Consistency is the key to being a great property manager. This means being consistent in your communication and in staying on top of the tasks that you are managing for landlords. Landlords want a property manager who is available and consistent in their communication and services. Consistency builds trust and landlords want a property manager that they can trust.

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If you would like more information on how you can become a better property manager, feel free to give us a call at Authority Property Management! If you are a landlord who does not want to deal with the potential stress that can come with taking care of critical tasks for your property or maintaining relationships with your tenants, you can hire a property manager to take those critical tasks and tenant relationships out of your hands. A property manager will handle the communication between you and your tenants as well as bring resolution to any conflicts that come up between you and your tenants.  Authority Property Management would love to serve you! Feel free to give us a call at 530-410-6085.

 

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