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Tips for Annual Rental Property Inspection

From: Joe Cox Property Management Solutions
For: Antelope Valley, Lancaster, Palmdale Ca Rental Property Owners.

1. Pre-inspect your property, make sure all your windows open and close, and have screens.
2. Be sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have new batteries and are operational.
3. Your doors should not stick when opening/closing, locks and handles should be in good repair for security purposes.
4. Electric panels etc should be marked and have safe covers.
5. Meet your inspector at the property with a smile and positive attitude.
6. Bring a pad and something to write with.
7. Ask questions to increase your knowledge of the process.
8. Get your corrections done in a timely manner, reschedule ASAP.
9. Make an ally out of your inspector.
10. This can also increase tenant retention if they see you care.

Renter’s guide to Preventing Mold

From: Joe Cox Property Management Solutions
For: Renters in the Antelope Valley, Lancaster, Palmdale Ca.

Indoor mold outbreaks can cause wall, furniture carpet, drapery, book, and important paper document damage. Molds can also cause allergic reactions, which can become bigger issues if not addressed quickly.

There are a few steps you can take to help reduce the chances of a mold outbreak happening in your apartment.

To reduce the risk of developing mold issues, lower your humidity levels and make sure there is no water coming in. Watch for water leaks in your home. If you see a water stain or wet spot on your carpet dry it up and watch closely to see if it returns. Check under sinks to make sure its not damp there. Every day that mold is not treated is property lost.

Mold spores are easily spotted, even in small colonies. If they are not visible they still give off a musky earthy smell. Check your home for mold if 48 hours has passed since water damage occurred.

If your mold outbreak is fairly small and contained you may want to clean it yourself. Wet vacuum cleaners can help remove water from floors and carpets quickly, helping eliminate the chances of mold outbreak. Once the carpet or upholstery has been cleaned you must clean the vacuum to prevent the mold accumulating in the tank or hose. Damp removal using soap and water is fairly effective but must be dried quickly, and protective gloves and facemask are recommended to avoid allergic reactions.

Carbon Monoxide Detector Update:

From: Joe Cox Property Management Solutions
For: Property owners in the Antelope Valley, Lancaster, Palmdale Ca.

A relatively new California law requires installation of approved carbon monoxide detectors in every existing dwelling unit intended for human occupancy that contains a fossil fuel-burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or attached garage.

This includes installation in single-family homes, condominium units, and apartment units. For single-family homes, approved carbon monoxide detectors must be installed on or before July 1, 2011.

Owners of apartment buildings, condominium units and other types of dwelling units must have the carbon oxide detectors installed on or before January 1, 2011.

It is recommended that one carbon monoxide detector be centrally located outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms and on every level of the home or unit in which fossil-fuel-fired appliances are installed.



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