For many, Christmas is a time for giving rather than receiving. Though little ones may be focused on getting everything on their wish lists, others see the winter holidays as an excuse to donate their time and money to causes in which they believe. Whether you’re spending time at a local soup kitchen or donating to your favorite charity, Christmas is the ideal time to share a little of your wealth with the less fortunate.

Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management encourages property managers and landlords to involve their tenants in this spirit of giving. Organizing a canned food drive is an easy and fun way to give back to others. Of course, it’s important to pair with a local organization before you begin collecting anything and everything in your tenants’ cupboards. Contact local food pantries and homeless shelters for guidance on how you can help. They will often give out lists of the most needed items to help guide your food drive.
How do you go about collecting food from your tenants? The easiest way to do so is to put out a sign and box in your community’s office encouraging folks to donate. When tenants come in to pick up packages or drop off their rent checks, point out the effort and ask them to contribute if they can. While this is indeed the path of least resistance, many will find their contributions lacking. Out of sight often means out of mind, and for the tenants who don’t have cause to stop by the office, they may miss the opportunity to contribute.
A more festive option is to promote a holiday caroling event for the community. Post signs and share info about the event online ahead of time, encouraging folks to contribute their voices and their canned goods. Then go door to door collecting food while serenading your tenants! While this may sound fun for some, it is important to know your audience. This is a great tactic for communities with lots of families, but some tenants may be turned off by the soliciting at the door.
However you decide to give back, do so in a way that benefits the needy and brings your community together!
– Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management

 

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Prevent Slips and Falls This Winter

by Scott on November 29, 2017

Temperatures are dropping, and if there is one thing a landlord should do this time of year, it’s take extra precautions to prevent slips, trips and falls on their property. Premises liability law requires property owners to take the initiative and provide as safe an environment possible for tenants and their guests. Failure to do so can result in legal action says Cal Bay Property Management’s Scott Safadi. To prevent injury and resulting lawsuits, add these chores to your to do list:
  • Inspect railings. When a person finds themselves slipping down a stairway, their first instinct is to grab onto a railing. After all, that’s what it is there for, right? Unfortunately, though, some accident victims find themselves clutching at railings that have not been well-maintained. Property owners and managers should do seasonal checks of their stairwells to ensure that they will not give out under the weight of falling accident victims.
  • Texturize your walkways. Even in warmer climates, winter can sneak up on property owners. Whether you live in California or Maine, your property could do with a little de-icing. Add texture to your walkways, whether in the form of salt, anti-slip tape or sand.
  • Declutter your property. After a busy fall, it is easy to overlook the chores that might have gone unfinished around your rental property. Leaves that have gone unraked, branches that litter the ground and shrubs that have become overgrown all create very real trip hazards for your tenants. Take the time to clean up these branches and shrubs to prevent any serious trips or falls.
  • Pick up debris. Beyond shrubs and branches, even leaves can cause an unsuspecting tenants to slip and fall. Through crisp when they first fall from the tree, autumn leaves can become slick and slimy when rain falls. Have your grounds crew do their part to prevent accidents and clear leaves as soon as possible.
There is no surefire way to prevent every slip, trip or fall on your property, but with a bit of foresight, you can ensure the most obvious hazards are taken care of before the coldest months hit. Your residents will certainly appreciate it, and you’ll protect yourself from legal action should an accident occur.
– Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management

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Easy Tips for Making Small Rooms Feel Larger

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When to Hire a Property Manager

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Finding the Right Contractor For Your Property

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Greater Profitability with Long-Term Tenants

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Owning or managing a rental property has plenty of perks, but virtually everyone will agree that the leasing process can be a headache. Advertising availability, holding open houses, taking guests around the property for tours and the complicated background checks necessary to conduct before signing a lease are nobody’s idea of a fun time. Scott […]

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