Checklists, Tools, and More

What to Do about Hoarding: Tips for Property Managers

What to Do about Hoarding: Tips for Property Managers
Hoarding was officially classified as a distinct mental disorder in 2013, but property managers have been dealing with it as a fair housing issue for several years. This IREM checklist will help guide you through working with a person with a hoarding disorder in your multifamily property. The checklist features information about hoarding disorder, possible reasonable accommodations, and some words of caution related to this sensitive issue.


Property Checklist during Halloween

Halloween - What is Haunting Your Property?   (View Now)
Ever wondered what ghoulies, ghosties, and things that go bump in the night might be haunting your properties? IREM has a new interactive tool to help you figure it out. But beware – you never know what might be lurking in dark corners, especially on Halloween!


Flooding Checklist

Water Scarcity and What You Can Do   (View Now)
Are water costs rising in your area? If they’re not now, they could be soon. Water is essential to effective property operations, and rising water costs could make your current water use levels unsustainable. Worse, water shortages could have cataclysmic effects on not just our properties, but on our society and way of life.


Flooding Checklist

Mold - Detection, Prevention and Remediation   (View Now) Is there mold on your property? Undetected and untreated, mold can cause health issues and considerable property damage. Mold occurs naturally in the environment but it grows in areas of excessive moisture. Mold and mildew exposure may trigger allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.


Flooding Checklist

Flooding Checklist - What to Do After a Flood
Flooding is one of the worst natural disasters that a real estate manager may have to deal with. Here are some suggestions for how to avoid additional issues as you begin picking up the pieces after flooding on your property.


Restrict Firearms

Restricting Firearms on a Property
A primary duty of the property manager is to ensure a safe home, workplace, or shopping area for residents, tenants, and their guests. You may believe that the best way to accomplish this duty is to restrict the possession of firearms on the property.



Mentoring Program
Mentoring programs in real estate management are an effective way to gain a competitive edge as they use existing resources to develop leadership skills and promote employee engagement.


Lease Office Buildings

Leasing Medical Office Buildings
The healthcare industry and healthcare real estate have changed dramatically in the past several years. Healthcare reform, the recession, lower reimbursements and other issues continue to drive changes. Almost every aspect of Medical Office Building (MOB) properties is unique, so a brief overview of key information is presented


Winter Maintenance

Winter Maintenance
The dead of winter is upon us, along with the potential for severe winter storms, heavy snowfall, and extreme cold. Snow, ice, and freezing rain bring a host of safety hazards and other concerns. Plunging temperatures may cause frozen or burst pipes, often with extensive and costly repairs.


Calculating Absorption

Calculating Absorption
Absorption is the amount of space or units leased within a market or submarket over a given period of time (usually one year). Absorption considers both construction of new space and demolition or removal from the market of existing space. It represents the demand over a specified period, contrasted with supply.


After Tax Cash Flow Analysis

After-Tax Cash Flow Analysis
Taxation can have a significant impact on the cash return produced by investment real estate–both during ownership and at sale. Real estate managers have a responsibility to help owners achieve their financial goals for their properties. Thus, real estate managers must be aware of the tax laws that affect real estate.


Tenant Appreciation

Resident and Tenant Appreciation Events
What are you doing to show your appreciation for your residents and tenants? Do you use the same events year after year? Mix things up by incorporating the following special days, weeks, or months from the 2013 Chase’s Calendar of Events into your resident and tenant retention strategy!


Homeowners Association

Management and Board Responsibilities: A Checklist for Homeowners Associations
Residents who purchase units in condominiums, townhomes and co-ops, don’t always understand the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors and the Property Management Firm. This checklist provides some insights.


Prevent Legionnaires

Real Estate Manager Checklist: Legionnaires' Disease
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia contracted by inhaling tiny droplets of water containing the Legionella bacteria.



Hurricane Sandy: After Disaster Strikes
While a comprehensive emergency and disaster plan reduces the threat of emergencies, there’s only so much you can do ahead of time. Once a disaster strikes, it is critical to reduce further risk through control and mitigation of recovery operations.


Fire Safety

Don't Get Burned: Fire Safety
Colder temps are here, which means people are staying inside, firing up fireplaces, turning on space heaters, and cooking more. This means the risk of fire may increase on your properties. As a property manager, it’s important to educate residents and tenants, and your own employees, on the importance of preventing fires and what to do in case of fire.


Halloween Safety

Boo! Is Your Property Ready for Halloween?
As the end of October approaches, jack-o-lanterns appear and candy is at the ready. How will you address the holiday at your property? Halloween presents an opportunity to promote community, ensure safety for residents, tenants, and guests, and curb the potential for vandalism at your property.


Win Cold Flu Season

Winning the Fight: Cold & Flu Season
The cold and flu season has begun, but it’s not too late to prepare and prevent cold and flu from settling into your properties and your office. Quick overview of things you, as a real estate manager, can do to help fight the spread of cold and flu at your properties and in your own office.


Prevent West Nile

Real Estate Manager Checklist: West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne infection that is a potentially serious illness. Refer to the following checklist for suggestions on how to curb the breeding of mosquitoes on your properties, and educate the residents and tenants you serve.