As pet lovers we understand the feeling one gets when thinking about your furry friends. There is nothing quite like coming home to a happy dog! However, as pet owners, we are also aware of the time and attention properly caring for a pet requires. Though they can be a bundle of joy, pets can also be detrimental to the health of a property. Whats worse, there really is no fool proof screening process to determine whether any tenant is going to properly curb and clean up after their pet. Thus, we are inclined to have a firm No Pet policy at all of our properties. However, we do advise that if an owner is particularly open to allowing a pet on premises to forgo any payment of a Pet Deposit in favor of whats called a Pet Rent. The main difference between the two payments being that A) a deposit must, by definition, be assessed at the end of residency to be returned or forfeited by the tenant and B) a deposit is often a one time, lump sum payment versus a monthly paid Pet Rent. If you or your fellow property owners are especially inclined to allowing furry friends as tenants we support only the use of a monthly Pet Rent to protect you and your asset. Pet Rents can be determined at your discretion and with regards to size,breed, and disposition. It is also easier to reassess this amount in the future should you require an increase. Most importantly, a Pet Rent is just that- a rent- and cannot be demanded via refund by the tenant upon move-out. Don't risk a destroyed carpet, warped laminate floor, or smelly hardwood surface! Protect yourself and your property and ensure that if needed you will be able to replace items with as much mitigated cost to you as possible. Contact us for more information on how you can maneuver this and other tricky aspects of tenancy!
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Bed Bugs are an increasingly common concern in both public and private spaces. They are described as such:
Appearance: Bed bugs have six legs. Adult bed bugs have flat bodies about 1/4 of an inch in length. Their color can vary from red and brown to copper colored. Young bed bugs are very small. Their bodies are about 1/16 of an inch in length. They have almost no color. When a bed bug feeds, its body swells, may lengthen, and becomes bright red, sometimes making it appear to be a different insect. Bed bugs do not fly. They can either crawl or be carried from place to place on objects, people, or animals. Bed bugs can be hard to find and identify because they are tiny and try to stay hidden.
Life Cycle and Reproduction: An average bed bug lives for about 10 months. Female bed bugs lay one to five eggs per day. Bed bugs grow to full adulthood in about 21 days.
Bed bugs can survive for months without feeding.
Bed bug Bites: Because bed bugs usually feed at night, most people are bitten in their sleep and do not realize they were bitten. A person’s reaction to insect bites is an immune response and so varies from person to person. Sometimes the red welts caused by the bites will not be noticed until many days after a person was bitten, if at all.
Common signs and symptoms of a possible bed bug infestation:
• Small red to reddish brown fecal spots on mattresses, box springs, bed frames, mattresses, linens, upholstery, or walls.
• Molted bed bug skins, white, sticky eggs, or empty eggshells.
• Very heavily infested areas may have a characteristically sweet odor.
• Red, itchy bite marks, especially on the legs, arms, and other body parts exposed while sleeping. However, some people do not show bed bug lesions on their bodies even though bed bugs may have fed on them.
Early detection is key in preventing the unnecessary spreading of pests on your property- if you have suspicions that a tenant may have Bed Bugs it is important to proceed with immediate inspection and treatment. Further, as of the beginning of this year, you must be in compliance with the disclosure laws with regards to properly informing all residents of any inspection results. Treating Bed Bugs is no small feat. Appointments require extensive preparation not to mention the need to dispose- yes, dispose!- of all furniture exposed to the infestation. Don’t risk the health of your tenants and your property! If you are in need of assistance in the management of a property you feel may have this potentially dangerous issue please contact us for immediate assistance.