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Daylight Saving Time and Smoke Alarms

smoke alarm

This weekend we have the move to daylight saving time. For many this can be a challenge as we give up an hour of sleep. It may take a few days to get accustomed to the change. One other reminder is to check those smoke alarms. Many homes also have CO alarms. The semi-annual time change is the perfect time to change the batteries in those alarms as well.

Enjoy the longer days as we wait for the sunny warmer days ahead.

Seattle Views

Seattle viewSeattle views are spectacular. Those of us who have lived here for a long time know this is true. If you’re a newcomer however, or if you just don’t get into the city that much it can be hard to figure out where to go and what to look for. The Visit Seattle website shares lots of great places for spectacular views. They range from the Space Needle, to the Seattle Public Library and even the glass wall atrium at SeaTac airport. Check them out, you might even be able to add places of your own. Spectacular Views In Seattle

Kit MacPherson Designated Broker/Owner

Kit MacPherson

Designated Broker/Owner

Kit started her real estate career 1980 after graduating from the University of Puget Sound. In the early 1980’s she began working in the Relocation Division of MacPherson’s Inc. Realtors. She opened their REO division and was the corporate contact for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac listing hundreds of Repossessions. She began buying real estate in her twenties and has become a successful real estate investor. This knowledge in owning and managing properties is what Kit has based the foundation of Maple Leaf Management LLC on. She believes that property managers need to listen closely and carefully to their clients and speak honestly to set realistic expectations and to help make educated decisions. She has developed a team of professionals that are second to none in the area.

Kit enjoys traveling with her family, cooking, walking with friends, laughing with co-workers and reading a good book.

Who Are We At Maple Leaf Management?

Maple Leaf Management

Who Are We At Maple Leaf Management?

We are a team of dedicated, experienced, and highly successful women that have a passion for helping others. Our philosophy is to consistently deliver reliable service with attention to detail in order to provide peace of mind for all of our clients. We listen in order to meet needs and investment goals. We are in a people business and we enjoy people.

We find it exciting when one of our tenants has a new baby, or our owner finally has enough time to go on a worry free vacation. We embrace technology and love changing up our procedures to accommodate innovation. We foster relationships built on solid communication of integrity and mutual respect. We value each and every one of our relationships and, we really enjoy having fun!

We look forward to working with you!

“Our reliable service ~ your piece of mind”

Normal Wear and Tear – Dirt and Pet Damage

normal wear and tear dirt floor

What is normal wear and tear for dirt and also for pet damage?

Pet Damage and Dirt and Grime:

Pet damage is a possibility when you rent to tenants with pets. Not all pet owners will have pets that create damage to a unit. Stains in the carpet, holes in the yard and scratched floors or chewed walls or doors are not considered normal wear and tear.

Tenants should leave a unit clean when they move out. The same condition of clean as when the moved in.  Clogged drains, filthy bathtubs and sinks, food in the fridge and piles of trash are all examples of things beyond the description of normal wear and tear.

While there may be exceptions to all of these normal wear and tear items, at Maple Leaf Management we try to be clear about the condition of the unit both at move in and move out. We also try to be clear about our expectations. We document the condition both with a written condition report and pictures. Our goal is to do a great job for both our owners and for our tenants.

Tenant Protection from Seattle City Council

smith-2Btower-2B2According to the Seattle’s Renting Crisis Report from the Washington Community Action Network, “48% of individuals who pay for rent with Social Security Disability Insurance or Social Security retirement income said that discrimination prevents them from having successful rental applications.”

In addition to not allowing discrimination based on income sources, Seattle has passed legislation to include the following protections:
1. First-Come, First-Served Screening Practice. Prevents housing providers from giving applicants with alternative sources of income a lower priority. It requires landlords to review applications one at a time, on a first-come, first-served basis.
2. New Eviction Protections. Ensures that tenants can fully utilize community resources to prevent eviction. Landlords will be required to accept pledges from community-based organizations to remedy nonpayment of rent if funds are received within 5 days of an eviction notice.
3. Preferred Employer Programs Banned. Encourages landlords to offer non-discriminatory move-in incentives. In 2015, both media and community members reported discounts on deposits and other move-in fees for rental applicants working for preferred employers. The Seattle of Office of Civil Rights recently concluded that some preferred employer programs that provide discounts or other terms and conditions in rental housing to certain groups over others may constitute discrimination under Seattle’s Open Housing Ordinance (SMC 14.08).

Normal Wear and Tear – Appliances

normal wear and tear - appliances

What is normal wear and tear for appliances?

Appliances:

Any appliances that have been  supplied with the unit  will age and eventually break down. This includes such items as air conditioners, furnaces, stoves and washers and dryers. The question of course is to determine if the appliance wore out on it’s own or if it was damaged by the tenant either by intent or by improper use. At Maple Leaf Management we keep in close contact with the owners and tenants so we can keep records and pictures of appliance condition and history.

Normal Wear and Tear – Walls and Doors

scratched wall and door jamb

Let’s continue our discussion of normal wear and tear on walls and doors.

Walls and Doors:

Faded paint or wall paper is considered normal and tear. If there are a few small holes, or a mark where the door handle hits the wall this is usually considered normal wear and tear. These items can be easily repaired. If however there are pen or crayon marks on the walls or deep gouges or dents that require more than a quick repair, this  would be more than normal wear and tear.

The same can be said for doors. If a door is hanging from hinges or needs to be replaced o it’s beyond the scope of normal wear and tear and can be deducted from a tenants security deposit.

At Maple Leaf Management, we take move in and move out photos to document the condition of wall and doors as well as having a written report. This will help us determine if we need to retain a portion of the security deposit for repairs.

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