As a rental property owner, you may be concerned about pets causing damage to your property.  Learn why allowing pets gets you a larger pool of potential tenants, leads to tenants staying longer, and how we help ease your fears with our new Pet Damage Guarantee. Why would you want to allow pets in your…

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Simple Property Management in Grand Rapids COVID-19 Update

The State of Michigan’s eviction moratorium The State of Michigan extended the eviction moratorium last week, so what is the state of the City of Grand Rapids’ rental market in relation to COVID-19? As far as what we are seeing, the rental market in Grand Rapids is good and things are moving. Great tenants are…

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Handling Coin-Operated Laundry in Rental Properties

What should you do with coin operated washers and dryers in your property? Providing an on-site laundry facility in your rental properties is always a plus. The trouble is the upkeep of these machines, especially coin-operated ones. Hire a Professional Laundry Company We suggest you hire a professional company to handle the servicing and coin…

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We at Simple Property Management get asked all the time about how we document the condition of the property at move-in and move-out. Let’s start at the move-in.   Move-In As professional property managers, we use customized software for move-ins. Using software on our phones or iPads allows us to document everything at the property digitally.…

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 Emotional support animals and property management Emotional support animals that are legitimate to help people, and not the emotional support animals who are only used as a way to get out of paying any pet fees. There are a lot of emotional support animal letters available online for you to buy and use. But…

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In this video, Jon Smith of Simple Home Property Management, talks about identifying a real emergency. Provided below are a couple of examples of some emergencies: (1.) Flood – obviously if you can shut the water off and then call us that is the best thing to do, and in the meantime go ahead and…

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In this video, Jon of Simple Property Management, talks about getting your property ready for winter. Pretty soon we are going to have snow, ice, sleet, rain, wind, potential branches falling with all of that and it is very important that you make sure that your property is properly prepared to handle these items. We…

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In this video, Jon of Simple Property Property Management, talks about our company’s late fee charges: what are late fees and when do they get assessed? Our late fee is $50 and it gets assessed after the 5th of the month. So it means, if you pay your rent on the 6th then you will…

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In this video, Jon of Simple Property Property Management, talks about our company’s eviction process: what do we do when the tenant doesn’t pay? The first thing that needs to be done is to assess the tenant’s late charge and then we send them a 7-day notice. This notice really just says that they have…

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Below are the Grand Rapids rental rates for the month ending September 2017.  As a professional property manager in Grand Rapids, MI we are always watching rental rates.  We have consulted with other landlords and property manager companies in the area and these numbers are pretty accurate.  We are all seeing rental rates dip a…

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