Thursday, March 27, 2008

You've Been Red-Listed

I'm not quite sure what "red-listed" means, but it's a good term that just slipped out while talking to once again another nut-job in this property management business.

Last week, we had a Tenant and her sister come by and fill out and application for one of our smaller units. She told us that it would be her and her sister living there. Oh and the boyfriend too. The boyfriend wasn't discovered until later after prying a little bit and asking more questions. The tenants listed an address here in Springfield of an apartment they were living in as a current address. Then, they listed another woman's name as their current landlord. When we called the "current landlord" listed to check references, we reached a woman who couldn't quite give us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. (We could just tell). Now this "current landlord" said that the home was a single family home and the tenants lived upstairs, but the address listed an Apartment K number. So we decided to investigate a little bit further. It was a nice day, and we drove over there. We saw no single family home. This is what we saw:

Like I said...this ain't no single family home. So we check into it at the property manager's office on-site. When we explain the situation, she (the real landlord) gets a surprised look on her face and sure enough, she tells us that the "current landlord" listed on our application is one of her tenants. Another a-ha! moment for us!

So we stir it up a little bit more, and we decide to call the fake landlord back and ask her more questions about her single family home. We tell her that it's not quite what we envisioned as a single family home, and she has the audacity to say "well did you check the east or the west side?" Huh?!

After confronting the fake landlord about her lies, we decide to red-list her and the tenants that had applied for the property. Red list is our way of putting together a list of fraudulent people. Therefore, this serves as a warning to all red-list quality people out there. Once again, don't mess with Dizmang Properties.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Desperately Seeking Sump Pumps!

This blog really isn't the weather channel blog. But for some reason I seem to keep writing about snow, ice storms, a crazy pendulum swinging temperatures. Believe it or not, weather plays a huge part in managing over 200 rental properties.

Over the last 24 hours, Springfield has received 7+ inches of rain flooding out roadways, bridges and basements of homes. Yep, it even made national coverage on The Today Show this morning...only I don't get it....why didn't they send that yummy Matt Lauer to our neck of the woods??

Our 9-1-1 Tenant Emergency Line was ringing off the hook last night and this morning. We have several basements flooded causing hot water tanks and furnaces to quit working. Of course, it also adds up to Tenant complaints, but that was to be expected.

So now we are desperately seeking sump pumps! All the local hardware stores are out. We try our hardest to get our Tenants problems fixed quickly. However, at times like this we certainly appreciate their patience. We'll get you fixed up as soon as possible. Just keep your floaties on.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A Company with an Attitude

Property Management can be a tough business. It can be hard when there are some Tenants that lie to you, destroy your house, don't return your phone calls and even worse...don't pay their rent. But if you have the right attitude you can certainly deal with anything that a quirky Tenant throws your way.

Therefore, I love this company's subliminal attitude..."F-Them". Do you know how many times I wish I could just throw that out there to some of our Tenants? (What?? Like that's a big surprise?)

It's probably completely unintentional and in fact, I have heard that this company is a really good property management firm. You just can't help but smile when you read their sign and think, I wish I had thought of that company name.

Don't act surprised by my attitude. You've read this blog. Whether you're a Tenant or a Property Manager, you've thought this at one point. The whole attitude is a two-way street. So, we drop the attitude and adhere by The Golden Rule and we'll all get along. Yeah right. EFTHAT. :)

Photo Credit: PatrickSays. Thank you!