There is a new Landlord's Rules and Regulations Book available at www.ArmadilloProperties.com/RulesIt contains clarification on the requirement to leave utilities on until the end of the 5th business day after keys are returned. It also includes new sections on water softener and clothes dryer preventive maintenance, as well as a host of other updates. Read It Today!
A clean system runs more efficiently which SAVES YOU MONEY. Dirty HVAC filters will cause the system coils to become clogged, which can restrict airflow to the point where the system actually freezes (ice will form). It will also cause the drain line to become clogged; forcing the normal condensation that should flow out the drain line to overflow into your home. If either of these happens, the Tenant will be billed for the cost of cleaning the system, extracting any water from the property, and the cost of repairing any water damage to the home. These costs are very expensive. So, change your HVAC filters every 30 days! This will prevent dirty coils and clogged drain lines while keeping your energy consumption low. If you notice moisture in/around the HVAC closet, contact us IMMEDIATELY.
All central heat & air conditioning systems have filters. If you cannot locate yours please call our maintenance department. They will be happy to assist you. If the filter is a washable type, clean and reinstall it monthly. If it is disposable, replace it with a new one every month. Whichever type it is, ensure that it fits snugly on all sides and stays down securely. Contact us immediately if the filter that is in place when you move in is dirty, not the right size, missing, damaged, or installed incorrectly.
Keep grass, dirt, and other obstructions away from the outside unit. Be careful when mowing and trimming not to cut electrical or copper lines, and not to throw grass onto the unit. If needed, switch the unit off and clean it with a water hose.
Keep pests away from the outside unit and/or drain. Ants are attracted to the magnetic field generated by the switches in the unit, and can prevent them from functioning properly. Many pests are attracted to the water coming from the drain line of the unit, and can clog the line, causing water to overflow inside your home. Remember, pest control is a Tenant responsibility, and any damage caused by a failure to control pests can be charged to Tenants.
Make sure pets do not chew on lines running to your outside air-conditioner. Animals like to make resting places around the unit and will chew on these. Hair from these animals also gets sucked into the system coils causing a lack of airflow. Finally, make sure the drain line (usually plastic or copper) is exposed and is free to drain. Do not bend or kink this line. Most drains come out somewhere around the outside unit. Some may be tied into a drain system in your house.As always, contact us immediately if you are experiencing problems with your unit.
Posted (edited version) with permission of the author, Robert Locke.
Why you should add your property manager to your Landlord Policy as an “Additional Insured”
We are not insurance agents. You must talk to a competent insurance agent for reliable information on this subject. These notes are simply guidelines to get you started in the right direction and asking the right questions.
Although we no longer accept credit cards for rent payments, tenants can now pay rent through the tenant portal using our Automated Clearing House (ACH) system. Simply log into the tenant portal, click “Setup Payment Account”, and follow the onscreen instructions. The system will only allow one time payments and there is a $3.50 processing fee per transaction. If you would like to set up monthly recurring ACH payments, that must be done manually in our office. We strongly encourage tenants to take advantage of our recurring ACH payment system as there are many advantages.
For a discussion on the benefits of ACH payments over paper checks, see:
What Are the Benefits of ACH Payments?