Home security systems are typically a no-brainer. You probably have one installed in your own residence. But what about your investment properties? There’s obviously an expense involved with having your rental properties monitored, and many landlords decide to forego that expense to maximize their profits.
We encourage landlords to consider installing home security systems in all of their rental properties for a number of reasons. First, many insurance plans offer a discount for properties that are covered by a monitoring plan. Those discounts add up, and can offset the expense of equipment, installation and monitoring.
It may seem like it would be better to allow your tenants to install equipment if they wish to add a layer of security beyond the functioning door locks. However, few tenants tend to add home security systems because of the expense, and the end result can be a vulnerable asset and unnecessary risk to the occupants of your property.
Speaking of your tenants, having home security systems preinstalled makes your property much more attractive to prospective tenants. Don’t underestimate the value of making prospective tenants feel that safety and security are your priorities as a landlord. Remember, you and your tenants are essentially opting into a relationship - and anything you can do to build trust and respect is a good thing.
And finally, new technologies have made it much less expensive to install viable home security systems. Some systems will even offer the equipment for free or at an incredible discount provided you sign up for their monitoring plan. And monitoring isn’t a back breaker, either. Many plans come in under $20/month… and since we’re talking about your investment property… we feel like that’s a great investment.
If you’d like to discuss home security systems with us, we’d be happy to offer our thoughts on the best system for your specific needs. Contact us here.
So you’ve got yourself an investment property, and now it’s time to navigate the world of rental listings to tell the world about your vacancy. There are a few tips that we can offer to help you attract not just prospective tenants… but the RIGHT tenants.
The first tip we can offer for rental listings is the proper use of localized keywords. Keywords are critical for rental listings because they are essentially “Google food”. If you want to climb the organic search results ladder, then finding the keywords that people are actually searching for is important. And when you’re doing your research, make sure that your rental listings include localized keywords to take advantage of the geo-search elements of Google.
Rental listings with high quality photos absolutely perform better than those with more of an amateur appearance. We suggest that quality is directly related to the photographer more than the actual camera equipment. With today’s technology, it’s possible to take great photos with your cell phone… but what separates some rental listings from others is the composition of the photography. And for that, we strongly recommend that you go with a professional photographer.
And finally, rental listings that draw attention to the amenities of the property tend to perform better than those who simply assume that prospective tenants already know what’s included. If your master bath has jets, make sure that you mention it. If your kitchen has accent lighting, tell your audience about it. This may seem obvious, but we’re constantly surprised at how many rental listings don’t call out the property’s highlights and features.
As Denver’s preferred property managers, we’d be happy to help you develop your rental listings for maximum expected benefits. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have here.
Many times renters feel like they don’t need or want renter’s
insurance. They view it as just another
way for landlords to line their pockets with [our] good money. This article
will clear up a few misconceptions about renter’s insurance, and why you really
should carry it if you’re renting a home or apartment.
Most landlords make it mandatory for the renter to carry
renter’s insurance. However, the fact is, they don’t see a penny of your monthly
premium or any of the payout should there be a need to file a claim. So why
make it mandatory? In this case, it’s really for your own good.
While it’s true that landlords carry insurance as well –
that insurance covers only the structure and land. It does not cover any of the
items or personal property within the home itself.
An often-quoted misconception is that renter’s insurance is
an expensive consideration. In most
cases, the monthly premiums are less than $20. That’s nothing compared to the
average tenant’s “stuff value” of over $20k. You see, everything under the roof
has value – and you have the right to claim it for it’s replacement value. That’s
your entire CD collection, books etc. Even your kitchen appliances have a value
– and you know you’re going to need that spatula sooner, rather than later
after an accident.
Here are some of the questions that you should ask you insurance carrier:
- Will my insurance cover items that I “share”
with my roommate(s)?
- Should I video tape or take photos of my
- If so, which ones?
- What is the difference between “replacement cost”
and “depreciated cost” coverage?
- Will I be notified of any rate increases, etc?
There are many places tenants can cut corners to save a buck
or two. Renter’s insurance is not one of those places.
If you’d like help with setting up renter’s insurance, we’d
be very happy to help make a referral to a quality insurance agent.
We all want to believe the best of people – especially tenants who occupy your rental property. And whether the term of the lease has expired, or the lease agreement has been violated in one way or another; if a tenant decides to stop paying but wishes to remain in occupancy of the building – it pays to have a professional property manager to get them out legally.
In the state of Colorado, the first thing you want to do is serve the tenant with a Demand for Compliance or Possession Notice (JDF 101) or a Notice to Quit (JDF 97). You must then wait a certain period of time to go by.
If the tenant had been paying rent, there are differences in the timeline, based upon how long they have been paying. If they’ve paid for more than a year, then you must give them 91 days to vacate. If they’ve paid six months or longer, but not yet a year, then you must offer them 28 days to leave. If they’ve paid for a month or more, but less than six months, you must give them 7 days. If they’ve paid one week or longer, but less than a month, they are afforded 3 days. And, if they’ve paid less than one week, you may give them 1 day to vacate the premises.
In certain circumstances where the tenant has become belligerent, you may need to execute a Complaint in Forcible Entry and Detainer (JDF 99) plus a CRCCP Form 1A (Summons in Forcible Entry and Unlawful Detainer) as well as a CRCCP Form 3 (Answer Under Simplified Civil Procedure).
There will be various fees associated with the filing of these documents as well as associated copies for the court and the tenants. Once you file and pay these fees, the county clerk will schedule a hearing (typically 7-14 days from the point of filing). Tenants must be given a minimum of 7 days between the sate they are served the summons, and the actual court date.
The tenants must show up in court, or you may receive a summary judgment in your favor. If they do show up, they may request a jury trial. Here in Colorado, the judge may require you to enter mediation as well.
Once you do receive a summary judgment, you can file for possession of the property with a Motion for Entry of Judgment (JDF 104). If, after 48 hours, the tenants have still not vacated the property, you may complete a Writ of Restitution (JDF 103) and that’s when the court will order the Sheriff to execute a forcible removal from the property.
All of this is typically frustrating for the landlord, and is best handled by a professional property manager. Here at Legacy Properties-PM, we are well versed with the laws, and are able to handle all of these procedures, should they ever become necessary.