Deferring maintenance can be one of the costliest moves a landlord can make in the long term. It’s important to stay on top of minor repairs for a variety of reasons. The most important thing is to stop what is now a small repair from becoming a big, expensive repair. That loose screw in the storm door can mean the door can be ripped off in heavy winds. Failure to address that minor leak promptly can mean a ceiling falling down and in conjunction, require mold remediation. These are real-life examples of how a repair that would have been less than $100 turned into a cost of several hundred dollars. (more…)
The Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act was passed in 1974 to streamline certain elements of rental law. Most people associate VRLTA with being more “tenant friendly”. While the act does protect tenants in ways common law leases had not previously, there are also many cases where VRTLA makes it easier for landlords to evict tenants. The act was designed to settle landlord and tenant disputes in a fair and efficient way; favoring neither side. (more…)
Fall is here which means it’s time to tackle your chore list for the season. The mild temperatures offer ideal conditions for much of the work that is needed on the exterior of your home. You’ll be glad you took the time to do it now so when that harsh winter weather sets in, you will have peace of mind that your home is ready for whatever mother nature has up her sleeve. As a property management company, we thought it prudent to provide notes about which of these chores is typically a tenant responsibility vs. a landlord responsibility. Always check your lease if you are unsure.
At Peake Management, our knowledgeable property managers are ready and willing to help with your maintenance concerns (urgent or otherwise) Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. But what about issues that pop up at 5:02 pm on a Friday? Luckily, Peake is equipped with an after-hours emergency service line for just that situation! But…not so fast…the emergency line is for select service calls.
Not sure how to tell if your issue would fall into the “select” service calls category?
Having grown up in both Front Royal and Woodbridge, Miranda Kendle is a proud Virginia native . She finds her happiest moments are spent surrounded by family but when she is going it solo, she LOVES to read a good book. Her lengthy commute into Falls Church limits the free time available to do so which has spurred her appreciation for audio books 🙂
Autumn brings crisp air, warm cider, pumpkin flavored…well…everything, hay rides, foliage and yup…CHORES! There are lots of things that need to be taken care of in the fall to prepare for the long winter ahead. Of all the tasks on your to-do-list, these three are critical… (more…)