Abandonment Issues

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Abandonment Issues

Here’s a question from a Nevada property manager I think most of us can relate to:

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“I just evicted a tenant for non-payment of rent. It’s obvious to me that he took what he wanted, and left the rest. You wouldn’t believe this mess! Some of the junk he left is actually useable, which is a fortunate twist. I’m not sure where he moved, but I’m really glad he’s gone. It’ll cost me about $3,000 to put this place back together. His deposit was that much, so I’m only out the rent. I’m just glad to be done with him.  I AM done with him, aren’t I?”

Maybe you are, maybe you’re not. Chapter 118A.460 of the Nevada Revised Statues (Landlord and Tenant: Dwellings) applies to disposal of property abandoned by the tenant in residential properties. Even if it’s clear the tenant isn’t coming back, and even if he still owes you money, ignoring these rules could cost you a bundle. Continue reading “Abandonment Issues”

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Modifications for Residents with Disabilities

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Modifications for Residents with Disabilities

This week, I’ll be teaching a class in Reno on the subject of accommodating residents’ needs when a disability requires either physical changes to a dwelling unit, or exceptions to the housing provider’s rules and policies. In preparing for the course, I ran across an exchange I had with a property manager a few years back:

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“I manage a 5-unit building, all one level, that is about 9 years old. A prospective renter who is in a wheelchair told me that I need to widen the entry door, and install a ramp going in the front door. He also asked for grab bars to be installed in the bathroom. He said I have to do these things at my own expense. I thought modifications were supposed to be paid for by the person with the disability. What should I do?” Continue reading “Modifications for Residents with Disabilities”

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Manager’s Resources

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Below are links to a few forms and resources you may find useful.  Please be sure to check with your Broker and/or attorney before utilizing any new forms, contracts, or procedures.

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