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January 23, 2013

Michael asks…

Is this a good plan to put a stop to a filthy bum digging around in the dumpster at my apartment complex?

Should i booby trap some of the junk in the dumpsters? Nothing that would hurt this bum TOO much, but to punish him for digging around in the trash?
what are some good ideas :)

Administrator answers:

Go get a bungee cord and wrap it around the lid of it.

Robert asks…

How can I have a yard sale while living in an apartment complex?

I live in a complex and I have no garage or yard. I am planning on moving and have some stuff I would like to get rid of, but how can I do this? I don’t know anyone with a yard or garage and I am not interested in selling anything online. Any advice?

Administrator answers:

Talk to your neighbors in the complex and have a community yard sale in front of the complex. We did that once and it gets more people coming in for the sale.

Betty asks…

Can the manager of an apartment complex show an apartment when it is still occupied up to Dec 1st?

The renter is planning on moving the middle of November and will still have their personal belongings in the apartment.
Their rent is paid for the month of November until December 1st.
Should they let the manager show the apartment even though their lease is not up til December?

Administrator answers:

Not until the keys are turned in Nov 31st-Dec 1st

Linda asks…

What are some drawbacks/advantages ( if any ) in living in an apartment complex with elderly people?

i found a luxury aprtment complex i plan to lease but when i checked its ratings, many said the apt was filled with ppl over 45, 55. Are there any security issues? Is there something i am missing?

Administrator answers:

I would think it would be safer. I’ve lived in complexes with mostly older people and in complexes that were mostly single people under 25.

The younger crowd was more fun, there was always a party going on somewhere. And no one complained much about noise. The downside was there was always a party going on somewhere. So it was always noisy. Cars were coming and going from the parking lot 24 hrs a day, so no one noticed when thieves came into the parking lot and broke into cars.

The older people did not party and kept to themselves it was quiter and (I was in college at both apartments) no parties going on anytime. My grads improved. Our cars weren’t broken into because some of the retired people were there all day and cars moving in the parking lot late at night were usual.

Steven asks…

Random question about apartment complex laws, codes, etc. Is it legal to live in it by yourself?

For example, if I wanted to buy a duplex and knock out a few walls, making it my own, could I do that? Heck with that, how about a whole apartment building, 6-12 apartments or whatever? Or more?

Not that I’m planning any of this . . . just curious.

Administrator answers:

As long as you get building permits you can do what you want. Knocking out walls is tricky, because you have to prove the structure will still be sound when you are done.

Chris asks…

Is it advisable for someone who just hit the “legal age” to manage their own apartment complex?

The building is legally under my name. What would I expect if I were to be the full-time property manager of my apartment buildings? I highly doubt that complaints will be an issue since EVERYTHING is entirely remodeled [from heating system to plumbing], satisfactorya, and triple-checked [by me] so that every inch is virtually bug-free, problem-free, and complaint-free. Keep in mind that I’m still in the midst of my compulsory education, but I have no problem with school.

I live in an apartment building myself, but I don’t get along well with the manager and owner. Asking them a few questions is out of the question. I’m planning on moving to my building soon as well since my school/university is close.

Also, if I do hire a property manager, as the legal owner living in my own building, I DO have the right to keep my own unit’s extra “management keys” restricting them from accessing my unit. Of course this is assuming that I’ve laid out the terms with my lawyer and said manager.
I don’t plan on asking any of my relatives to handle the management in hopes of avoiding future family disputes.

Yes, I own three apartment buildings.
Apt 1: has 10 units
Apt 2: has 25 units
Apt 3: has 50 units
I’m taking a Pre-Med course though. Planning on becoming a doctor. How will this work out?
Singing in the streets for money is part of a charity-work I was thinking of. I guess I forgot to add that bit out. Please don’t start drawing your own conclusions.

Administrator answers:

Since you are still in school i highly recommend using a professional management company.
Do not pick a cheap one, pick a good one. Cheaper quality management companies can give you hassles like tenants.
Major concerns in property mgmt are: maintenance and renting out units to screened tenants.
I know since i have been a property manager and answered calls in maintenance and set up appts.
Yeah, just wait til you get those late night weekend calls from tenants to fix their sink, toilet not working, physical altercations with spouses, boyfriend/girlfriend yelling..etc. Believe me, it happens everywhere.
These are issues which cannot wait so you must coordinate a trusted company to come out and do it or if you’re a handyman you do it but still time out of your day / night. Now, i work behind the scenes..good luck.

Daniel asks…

My apartment complex is having an inspection in a few days and i have alot of carpet damages and tile damages?

What will they do if I am not planning on moving out? Will they wait until I do to charge me for it?

Administrator answers:

All the Inspector cares about is the safety and integrity of the apartment. He doesn’t care if your apartment is clean or tidy.

I doubt he will care about the broken tiles unless they pose a safety issue. If the tiles are on the shower wall, he might want them replaced to protect the wall. If they are on a floor, he might want them replaced so no one trips on them.

He won’t care about the carpet unless it poses a trip hazard. He isn’t going to care if it is simply worn out or ugly. :)

Either way, I doubt you will have to pay a dime. Usually it is the Landlord’s responsibility to fix any problems, not the Tenant’s.

Inspectors normally look for things like

- frayed wires
- broken screens, windows, doors
- missing or non-working smoke alarms
- gas leaks

They absolutely do not care if you have a cluttered living room or if you have dishes in your sink.


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