Some tenants can make you question your career choice as a property manager, but being a property manager can be an extremely rewarding profession, financially and personally. You have a unique opportunity to develop relationships with some unique and wonderful people.
Sometimes, you are lucky enough to have your best tenants stay in a property for much longer than many others. Tenants are tenants though, and they all do move out eventually.
Turning over rentals gets complicated easily, and unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for tenants to leave furniture and other items behind. Here’s how property managers can make the transition a more seamless experience.
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What to Do When a Tenant Leaves Behind Property
While part of being a property manager means doing some cleaning up behind recently vacated tenants, you usually don’t expect to have to move their furniture and take out mountains of their trash.
But if someone moves out and leaves belongings you need to research options and find out what laws may bind you as a property manager.
Understand the Law
Your lease agreement should cover the tenant returning the unit to as close to its original condition, which includes not leaving furniture or other property behind, unless otherwise agreed upon.
Tenant property is considered any personal items brought anywhere onto their rented property (including garages and yards, per lease agreement).
Before deciding on what to do with tenant property left behind, refer to your state’s laws. For example, Tennessee law states the landlord must store tenant property for at least 30 days and the tenant amy reclaim their possessions in that time.
Property Management Junk Removal
With so much work to do already on your plate–advertising, screening tenants, listing vacancies, calling contractors, and preparing for viewings–the last thing you have the time and energy for is getting rid of all the junk that was left behind.
Luckily, there are residential junk hauling services for property managers that are affordable and on-demand. Junk removal management can be easy now!
Junk Removal Companies for Property Cleanouts
Here are some examples of less-than-desirable tenants who might cause situations in which you would benefit from hiring a junk removal company such as LoadUp to do the task for you.
Clean out services pricing depends largely on the size of the job. A three-bedroom apartment on the third floor will cost a bit more than a one-bedroom ranch, but in the end, home and apartment junk removal services will save you time and money.
Eviction Clean Outs
Many times, these tenants don’t have the time or money to pack everything up and take it with them or to properly dispose of the things they don’t want to keep. Of course, quite a few of these types of tenants leave their junk behind because they just plain don’t care. Whatever the reason, you’re still the one who is left to handle the problem.
Hiring a junk removal company like LoadUp to remove and dispose of the items the tenant left behind is a smart move in this situation. Eviction clean out prices vary based on the number of items and the difficulty of the job. However, it will save you several hours’ worth of hard work and will prevent you from potentially having to handle some pretty gross trash.
While renting out property in college towns can be very lucrative, there have been plenty of horror stories told by property managers about having college students as tenants. Since this is most likely their first time living away from home and they tend to be a less mature demographic, students can be notorious for causing damage to property and leaving their belongings behind when moving out.
Since renting in a college town also means a high tenant turnover rate, you’ll want to seriously consider hiring a junk removal company to get the property cleaned out quickly so you can get it ready for the next tenant as soon as possible.
LoadUp offers junk removal within 24 hours of booking, making the time your property is vacant (and not making money) much shorter than it would be when hiring other junk removal companies to do the job.
Friends & Family
Many landlords have fallen into the unfortunate trap of renting their property out to friends or family members who turned out to be less ideal tenants than originally expected. Because there is an already existing personal relationship, this can make it easier for the tenant to take advantage.
They may assume that it’s okay to abandon their unwanted and unused stuff on your property, giving the excuse that they’ll be back to get it soon, or maybe just choosing to ignore you and refusing to return your calls and messages.
This is most likely the most painful situation in which you would need to call a junk removal company to help you reclaim your space, but also a necessary one.
While you may not want to burn any bridges in your personal life, you also depend on the income your property could be generating instead of serving as a glorified storage facility.
Especially in California, getting rid of squatters can be one of the most horrific experiences of your career as a property manager, possibly even of your life.
You’re going to want to call in a professional junk hauler in this situation for the same reasons as in the case of an eviction, but this situation is like having an eviction on steroids. Once you’re finally able to force them out, most squatters will completely trash the property before vacating it.
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Best Property Cleanout Service
Unless the state your property is located in specifies the amount of time, many property managers will give tenants 7 to 10 days to pick up their property.
If the property hasn’t been claimed within the time given, you’re usually allowed to get rid of it in whatever way you see fit. Unfortunately, in these cases, these tenants tend to take care of their belongings about as well as they take care of your property.
Finding items in good enough condition to sell or even donate would be a miracle. You could likely have a good amount of the material recycled, but this requires a trip to the local recycling facility in addition to the trip to the dump you’re going to have to make.
If you don’t own a vehicle equipped to handle this sort of task, and no way to borrow one, calling a junk removal company like LoadUp may be your only option since truck rental companies won’t let you use their vehicles to haul things to a landfill.
Residential Junk Hauling for Property Managers
Another, more pleasant reason LoadUp would be a good choice to call for junk removal would be in the case of property upgrades. In order to keep property value and cash flow high, you’ll want to be sure to stay on top of amenity trends in the market.
One simple, relatively inexpensive way you can do this now is by making some popular upgrades to a few spaces in your rental properties. LoadUp takes a wide range of junk items and materials, cutting out the cleanup in any renovations you do on your property.
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Help Your Property Management Business Grow
More and more property managers are turning to technology to help them complete day-to-day tasks and long-term projects. LoadUp easily integrates into this digital workflow, offering easy online booking and a free app for tracking your pickups.
Another benefit is receiving up-to-the-minute text messages and emails that let you know when to expect your pickup team to arrive, so you can meet them at the rental property and not have to spend precious hours waiting around. Once the pickup has been completed, you receive a link to fill out an easy, online review of LoadUp’s services.
Opting to have a junk removal service get rid of unwanted items and materials from your rental property can seriously streamline your work as a property manager or landlord.
While hiring a junk removal company at all is a smart move, LoadUp significantly speeds up the process by accepting electronic payment, offering outdoor pickup so you won’t have to wait around, and giving you upfront pricing without the added step of on-site estimation.
You already know that hiring a junk removal company to help with your property cleanout will be of great benefit to you. Maybe the greatest benefit of booking LoadUp to haul away all that junk is that you’ll be hiring fully insured and background-checked professionals who will leave your rental property even nicer than they found it.
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