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Pros and Cons of Keyless Entry for Apartment or Multi-Unit Buildings

As rental properties continue to include more modern and convenient features, keyless entry systems are popular. They don’t require a physical key and can instead have a programmed code, which both locks and unlocks the property’s door. While some systems have a backup key or remote, others rely exclusively on codes. There’s no question that […]

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What Do Renter Pet Deposits Cover and How Much Should You Charge?

Deciding whether to accept pets as a landlord can be challenging. While you’re obligated to accept service animals, you’re otherwise free to deny pets or place restrictions on the type of animals you approve. That being said, the majority of renters today have animal companions, and choosing to accept them means you can increase your […]

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Professional Property Management Services Give You the Best Value When It Comes to Maintenance

Your income property is an investment, but unless you’re effectively managing all your costs and netting your best rental income, it can be hard to see a significant profit. This is especially true when it comes to maintenance costs, whether emergency or routine. Handling your income property yourself can make maintenance a hassle. By hiring […]

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Understanding Property Maintenance Responsibilities for Landlords, Tenants, and Property Managers

Maintenance is one of the most important parts of having an income property in Washington, DC. But it can also be one of the most challenging. Knowing which responsibilities belong to you as a landlord and to your tenants is essential to keeping everyone happy and your property running smoothly. All maintenance responsibilities should be […]

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Does a Washington DC Landlord Have to Accept Roommate Requests?

As the demand for housing grows and the price of rental properties increases, roommates are becoming more and more common. Your tenant is likely requesting a roommate because it’s convenient for them—someone to share the bills and help take care of the apartment. As long as you’re still receiving your rental income, you may think […]

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What to Know When Renting Out a Furnished Income Property

Furnished income properties in DC are a great way to make more on your investment while attracting a higher number of renters. People love the flexibility and freedom that furnished units provide, and if you’re renting to students or have short-term lease options, furnishings are a must. But furnishing your income property has its challenges. […]

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Is It Better for Landlords in DC to Provide Furnished or Unfurnished Properties?

Deciding whether or not to furnish your income property is a big decision. There are pros and cons to each choice, and it’s really about knowing who your ideal tenant is. Considering your location, unit size, and the rent value can help you decide if furnishing your unit will be beneficial or a waste of […]

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What DC Landlords Should Understand About Section 8 Vouchers

The Housing Choice Voucher Program—formerly called Section 8—provides vouchers to qualified people to help cover their rent. The government typically provides these vouchers through the DC Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). However, they may also be provided through a non-profit organization. With a Section 8 voucher, the government or another entity will cover […]

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Tips for Showing a Rental Property Virtually

Technology has been an immense help to those staying home as a result of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. From healthcare appointments to team meetings, technology has empowered many people to stay connected and keep doing their jobs. Real estate is no different, and when you have an income property that’s on the market, COVID-19 […]

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How to Show a Rental Property in the Age of the Coronavirus

Peak rental season is upon us, yet with stay-at-home orders and other coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in place, showing your rental unit is more challenging than ever. While it’s not realistic to do in-person showings of your rental property at this time, you can still show your unit to potential tenants while abiding by public health […]

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Recommendations on How Washington DC Landlords Can Deal With Bad Tenants

Out of all your responsibilities as a landlord in Washington DC, dealing with bad tenants is arguably one of the most challenging ones. No landlord wants to have to navigate a relationship with bad tenants, whether they aren’t paying the rent, are endangering the community, or are always complaining. But what can you do about […]

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What Landlords Should Do When a Tenant Leaves Belongings Behind in Your DC Property

Being a landlord in the nation’s capital often means dealing with leftover tenant belongings at the end of a lease or after an eviction has taken place. Whether or not a tenant has voluntarily left the property, people frequently leave behind items or trash that they don’t want to take with them when they move. […]

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How Do I Find a Good DC Property Management Company Near Me?

Deciding to work with a property management company is an easy decision, but finding a good DC property management company isn’t always that simple. The professionals you work with will determine the fee you pay, the service you receive, and how profitable your investment is over time. Working with the right property manager is essential […]

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The Top Three Factors That Make a Great Investment Property

An investment property can serve you well for many years to come, but when making such a purchase, it’s essential to know what makes a particular property a great investment.  While factors will vary somewhat based on the type of property—for example, a house, condo, or apartment—it’s still crucial to evaluate all aspects before making […]

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The Importance of Having a Property Manager to Help You Navigate Inclement Weather

When you own an income property, having a plan in place for extreme inclement weather or a disaster is essential. To protect your tenants and your property, it’s always beneficial to have a professional property manager in your corner to prepare for, navigate, and recover from events such as these. Whether it’s reviewing your emergency […]

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Types of Background Information Landlords Should Know About Their Renters

When processing applications from potential tenants, it’s important to know certain types of background information so you can make the best choice for your new renter. You may get a good first impression of a tenant, but unfortunately, you can’t always rely on your impression to make the right decision. Doing your homework when it […]

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Challenges Associated with Transitioning a Washington DC Primary Home into a Rental Property

If you’re moving or traveling and want to transition your primary home into a rental property, there are a few key steps you need to take. Having an income property is great. Still, in order to reduce your liability and create a sustainable investment, you have to check off all the necessary steps to turn […]

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When Hiring a DC Property Management Company, What Do Your Fees Cover?

Managing a rental unit or several units takes time and effort that many people simply can’t dedicate to have a successful income property. Turning to an experienced DC property management company can make life easier for both you and your renters, allowing you to stress less about your investment. But what should you expect when […]

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FAS Protects Your Investment Property with Proactive Notification of Tenants

You take precautionary measures when it comes to your investment property, but did you know that tenant notification should be among them? Proper notification for your tenants can not only help protect your investment property, but improve communication between you and your tenants for a sustainable, mutually-beneficial relationship. At FAS Management, we know that the […]

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What DC Neighborhoods Represent the Strongest Rental Markets?

With over 11,000 people moving into Washington DC every year, there’s certainly a demand for places to rent. People are looking for neighborhoods that provide a mix of quiet spaces, access to public transportation, and exciting things to do and see on the weekends. What DC neighborhoods represent the strongest rental markets? The following areas […]

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What Are Property Management Fees and What Do They Cover?

A property manager can increase the value of your investment property by providing their professional insight, experience, and efficiency for long-lasting and sustainable success. While property management companies do charge fees for their services, they’re often well worth the expenses, headaches, and time that comes with running your own investment property. So what are property […]

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Understanding How FAS Provides Service and Value to DC Property Owners

Property managers handle many daily tasks that are invaluable to income property owners. A property manager plays an instrumental role in keeping your investment safe and your tenants satisfied. From handling emergencies to screening renters, the right property manager increases the value of your investment property in DC. FAS Management has been in business since […]

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