Monday, April 17, 2017

Benefits of Spring Cleaning Your Boston Rental Property

The Boston winter with its snow, ice and frost is over and done with. Now is the time to clean up the mess!

As soon as you, a Boston landlord, see daffodils blooming, it’s time to think about what damage the winter may have caused to your rental property.

In this article, learn why it's to your benefit to pay attention to spring maintenance and cleaning both outdoors and indoors.

While you are paying attention to the common areas of your building, also learn how to encourage your tenants to report any problems in their individual apartments so that these can be taken care of in a timely fashion.

Why Spring Cleaning Will Benefit Your Property

Implementing sound inspection and cleaning practices each spring keeps your tenants safe and happy and increases the value of your property. Why? Happy tenants are less likely to seek alternative accommodation.

A Boston spring is the beginning of the turnover season in Boston apartments, so by encouraging your residents to stay, you will reduce the wear and tear on your building caused by people moving in and out.

And, don’t forget about curb appeal. Well kept outdoor landscaping and a clean, well-maintained building are what prospective new tenants will immediately notice. An attractive exterior appearance will help to keep your units fully rented.

Tips For Landlords In Boston and Other Cities

Spring Cleaning Exterior Checklist

  • Inspect your building’s roof and look for any signs of damage.
  • Remove debris from gutters - water damage can result from clogs. Repair any breaks.
  • Remove tree branches that have grown too close to the roof.
  • Inspect your building’s walls and patch any cracks.
  • Check your exterior paintwork. Make any necessary repairs and maybe go for a new look to increase curb appeal.
  • Note any damage to windows and doors. Seals may have cracked in extreme cold and caused water damage and drafts. Clean the window panes.
  • Repair broken or rusty hinges, ensure that doors latch, and replace old locks that might cause security risks.
  • Check swimming pools for damage and give them a thorough cleaning.
  • Clean up common spaces like garbage and picnic areas.
  • Examine driveways, fences, decks and patios then thoroughly spray to get rid of salt, sand, and de-icer residues. Fill any holes, cracks, or gaps.
  • Trim bushes and replant flower beds.
  • If you have lawn areas, check that your mower and weed cutter are clean, gassed up and ready for the first spring cut.

Spring Cleaning Interior Checklist

  • Inspect interior paintwork. Make any necessary repairs or try a fresh new color.
  • Steam-clean all floors and carpets.
  • Hire a professional to clean and service your HVAC system to ensure that it’s running efficiently and that you are saving on energy costs.
  • Replace burnt-out light bulbs
  • Inspect electrical breaker boxes and replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.
  • Look for drainage blockages in laundry areas and check that coin-operated washers and dryers are operating normally.
  • Search for signs of rodents, termites, fleas, and other insect infestations.

Involve Your Tenants

Of course, while you are spring cleaning your Boston property, you would also like to remind your tenants that spring cleaning season is here and maybe provide them with an incentive to spring clean their individual apartments.

For instance, you could offer to pay half the cost of a cleaning service. This will help to ensure that your rental property apartments stay free of dust, mold, and bugs. One problem you don't want is bedbugs.

Before the cleaning service arrives, you might even send tenants a helpful checklist. Some ideas for this are:
  • Vacuum underneath and behind the refrigerator. Give the interior of the refrigerator a thorough cleaning and toss out expired foods or foods that have been in the freezer for more than a year.
  • Go through closets and set aside clothes that haven’t been worn for several years. These items can be collected for a building wide garage sale, the proceeds from which will go to a local charity.

Need Help With Your Annual Spring Cleaning?

If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the work involved in spring cleaning and maintenance, the best property management company in Boston is here to help you before the hot Boston Summer arrives and year round.

Contact us to see how we can assist you to beautify and manage your property year round.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

What Millennial Renters Want in Boston, MA

Boston property managers regard millennials as desirable tenants because they tend to be long-term renters who are not looking to buy a home soon and move out.

But how do you attract millennials to live on your property? What do millennials want from an apartment?

If you are you a Boston landlord looking for millennial tenants, you need to know what millennials are looking for so that you can meet (or even exceed) their expectations.

If you are millennial renter looking for a modern, technologically up-to-date apartment, it’s helpful to know what amenities to look for so that you won’t find you’ve made a mistake after moving in.

Who are Millennials?

Millennials are young people of the 21st Century and desire high connectivity to the internet and environmentally-conscious ways to live their lives.

They are born between 1977 and 2000. They make up 25% of the population.

The Future of Millennial-Style Apartment Complexes 

Millennials own fewer cars than previous generations, so millennial complexes are ideally situated for walking or taking public transportation to shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Millennials are comfortable with efficiently designed studios and one-bedrooms. Micro kitchens are also ok as long as they contain the latest in kitchen technology.

The ideal apartment complex for millennials will include the following:
  • A social room for hanging out. 
  • An entertainment space with a big screen for watching movies. 
  • Wellness facilities with fitness on demand videos. 
  • Ground floor commercial space such as a coffee shop. 
  • Digital programs that make life easier. An example is LaundryView, enabling the user to note how many washers and dryers are available and to receive a text alert when the laundry is done. 

Boston’s Millennial Villages 

For millennial renters finding an affordable space in Boston is not easy. One solution that Boston has come up with is the millennial village.

The city is proposing to build 10,000 or more small units of housing close to public transportation with shared common spaces and ground floor amenities.

Technology: The Number One Requirement for Boston Property Managers 

Property managers absolutely must be online to connect with millennial renters. A “modern” property manager understands that millennials prefer to communicate with texts or emails rather than via phone calls.

The internet is the millennials’ first-choice tool for everything from finding an apartment to ordering food delivery.

They do not look through newspapers and circle apartment listings with a magic marker so don’t place rental ads that way; instead, make use of real estate websites that can connect a searcher with your website where millennials can look at and apply for your available units online.

Once millennials become your tenants, you must make it possible for them to pay their rent and make maintenance requests online.

It’s also advantageous to showcase everything about your property that is eco-friendly on social media as millennial renters care about their environmental impact.

A Checklist for Landlords and Millennial Renters 

The following is an ideal list of what property managers need to have in place and what millennial renters should look for in an ideal apartment.
  • Cable and internet accessibility, complex-wide Wi-Fi, and a multitude of indoor and outdoor electrical outlets for charging mobile devices. 
  • Low-flow, water-conserving toilets, and shower heads. 
  • Energy-efficient appliances and programmable thermostats. 
  • Solar panels, wind power, or other sources of renewable energy. 
  • Energy-saving light bulbs. 
  • Good insulation to slash utility bills. 
  • Recycling and composting services on site. 
  • Laundry facilities and dry-cleaning drop-off/pick-up. 
  • Pet-friendliness – the majority of millennials own pets. 

Why Modern Rental Units are Good for Both Landlords and Millennial Tenants 

If you are landlord interested in upgrading your rental property to attract millennials, the initial expense of modernizing your complex will pay off over time by increasing the value of your property.

Your investment in improving your building will result in happy tenants who keep renewing their leases and reducing apartment turnover.

Find a Good Professional Property Management Company 

As an experienced property management company in Boston, Premier Property Solutions understands how to manage a property with millennials in mind.

We will take over the responsibility of managing your property so that both you and your tenants are happy in a modern, well-functioning building. Please contact us to see how we can help you.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Why Property Maintenance is Important: Tenant Rights and Landlord Responsibilities in Massachusetts

If you are a Massachusetts landlord, proper maintenance of your real estate investment will keep your property in good shape and also avoid friction between you and your tenants. 

If you are a Massachusetts tenant, it is useful to know your rights so that if your landlord fails to maintain the property you are living in, you are aware if what steps you can legally take to remedy the situation.

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, you can use this article to better understand landlord and tenant responsibilities and rights in Boston, MA. 

Why Good Property Maintenance Makes Both Parties Happy

If you are a landlord and your tenants are satisfied with the way you maintain the property they call home, they are more likely not to be late with their rent, to take care of their units, and to renew their leases. You, as a landlord, will reap the benefits of low tenant turnover (resulting in fewer vacancy days) and a more consistent cash flow.

Property Maintenance Tips for Boston Landlords

Seasonal inspections and maintenance and taking care of small problems promptly before they turn into bigger ones will save you money over the long term.

A good idea is to set aside one or two months of rent per year (more for an older property) to cover maintenance costs. If you have a vacancy, make sure the rental unit is up to code and appealing to prospective new tenants so that it rents quickly.

Your Obligations as a Massachusetts Landlord

As a landlord in Massachusetts, your responsibilities include the duty to provide the following:
  • Habitable premises in good repair and free from infestation.
  • Adequate heat, electricity and hot water.
  • Necessary kitchen appliances in good working order.
  • Good plumbing and working toilets.
  • Maintenance of all exits to the property which should also be free of obstructions.
For a more detailed explanation of your duties, please consult the Massachusetts Consumer Guide to Landlord Rights and Responsibilities.

Your Rights as a Massachusetts Tenant

All tenants in Massachusetts have the legal right to live in a rental property that is kept in good condition and meets basic standards with respect to Massachusetts health and safety regulations.

If your landlord fails in his responsibilities to fix major problems, such as a broken heating system or a leaky roof, you have legal rights, including:
  • Withholding rent until repairs are made.
  • The right to “repair and deduct” – i.e., you can hire someone (such as an electrician or a plumber) to fix a serious defect in your rental unit (or buy what is needed to make the repair and do it yourself) and deduct the cost from your rent.
To read about your tenant rights in more detail, please click this link to the Massachusetts Consumer Guide to Tenant Rights and Responsibilities.

What Massachusetts Tenants Should Know Before Making Rent Deductions

Before deciding to withhold rent or take advantage of repair and deduct, make sure that the circumstances justify your taking the action. You need to know the following:
  • What maintenance emergencies are more important than others.
  • When a lack of maintenance qualifies for rent withholding or repair and deduct.
  • The length of time you must give your landlord to fix the problem and what written notice to give him before you can take action.
  • How much rent you may withhold or deduct, how often you can do so, and whether you need to pay the withheld amounts into an escrow account.
  • What your protection is from landlord retaliation (e.g. terminating your lease, raising your rent, or locking you out of your apartment).

Remember to Check Local Boston Rules

Local housing ordinances for your particular Massachusetts town or city should be consulted for regulations covering tenant rights.

Find your local building or housing authority by contacting your mayor or city manager’s office or viewing your city or county website.

Find a Good Property Management Company in Boston

Premier Property Solutions can take all the worry about managing your Massachusetts rental property off your hands, including the handling of maintenance requests from your tenants.

We will take all the burden of maintenance off your shoulders ensuring that maintenance issues are taken care of efficiently and promptly and that you have happy tenants. Please contact us to see how we can make your life as a landlord a lot easier.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 Condo Price Forecast for Boston

In 2014, we took a critical gaze at a Wall Street Journal article that stated the average cost of operating a condo building has increased by 25% over the last decade.

3 years later in 2017, we are ready to reassess the Boston housing market to give you the most up to date forecasts for condo sales.

By scouring reputable sources of analyses on the Boston housing market, this article summarizes a forecast of what can be expected in the 2017 Boston Housing market.

Notable Changes in Condo Prices in 2016

2016 was a big year for change and action. A new president was elected and the Boston real estate market continued to grow with the opening of the Millenium Tower. These and many other factors will affect our forecasted prediction for the Boston Housing Market in 2017.

Condo Prices Still on the Rise in Boston

Overall, 2016 saw a large rise in condo prices. "The condominium market experienced increased sales, as 11,142 units were sold, a 4.7 percent increase on the 2015 total of 10,643," reports The Greater Boston Association of Realtors (GBAR). This report summarized that "the condo market median sales price rose 7.8 percent in 2016."

The Millenium Tower is Opened for Residency

Another important event for the condo market was that the Millenium Tower was opened for residency. A record was broken for condo sales when the penthouse condo sold for $33 million dollars! In October of 2016, this caused condo prices to reach an all-time high.

Housing Developments Continued to Open

In 2014, we mentioned that developments would continue to create a diversity of options, not just for inner-city housing purchases, but also for the suburbs. 2017 will see a great increase in housing developments in Boston which could potentially cause condo prices to go down later in the year.

What causes condo prices to rise?

Even without the opening of the Millenium Tower, condo prices would still continue to rise. Many complex factors affect the growing prices of condos but more than anything, condo owners are continuing to upgrade their facilities to increase their return on investment.

As condo amenities become more luxurious and modern, it is unlikely that we will see a significant decline in condo prices anytime soon. 

Here are some common upgrades to condos that have really rack up the price (good to consider if you are ready to sell your condo for a return on investment): 
  • Adding tennis courts, gyms, and swimming pools significantly increase the maintenance.
  • Added amenities require concierge and security personnel.
  • Rising property taxes are also a driving factor in most areas (including Boston).
Also important to remember is that not all condo fees are equal! Fees vary depending on the condominium's amenities, the age of the building, the number of units as well as the size of the resident's unit. 

A Tentative 2017 Condo Forecast

Several sources warn that prices could decline mid-2017, as the quantity of condo listings increases in the spring. So what does this mean? Simply put:

Sell now while the prices are high. Wait until the listings drop in the Spring to buy.

As some analysts suspect, the price rises of Boston condos in the winter could be mainly due to the limited listings. The supply and demand of economics also applies to condos. In this case, if there are less listings, there is less competition, so sellers are able to charge more than normal.

Forecasting a Good Year for the Housing Market 2017

According to sources, the US housing market as a whole is looking up in 2017. If you aren't sure why you should be hopeful, consider these reasons that 2017 could be a potentially good year for the housing market:
  1. A new president could indicate a trend towards government deregulation.
  2. Mortgage rates are rising steadily, but not too steadily.
  3. For most cities in the US, there is a lowered risk of a housing crash.
  4. Millenials! Remember them? They are reaching their optimal home-purchasing age.

Today the average cost of a condo in Boston can range anywhere from $370,000 to 3 million. 
As a property management company in Boston with 100's of buildings under management, Premier Property Solutions looks forward to a successful year with many changes in management. 

Give Us Your Opinion

As experts predict an upswing in condo prices in 2017 across Boston, does this mean this is the right time for condo owners to sell? Should a prospective condominium buyer wait until the spring to purchase for a lower price once the listings increase?

Tell us what you think!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Staying Safe Around the Holidays in Boston

There is nothing quite like all the good cheer and joy associated with the holiday season. When friends and relatives get together to celebrate the season and leave behind the cares and concerns of jobs and other priorities.

Amid all this good cheer, though, it's good to keep in mind some points about holiday safety in Boston, so nothing spoils the mood. Unfortunately, some individuals see the holidays as a time to take advantage of others.

With this in mind, all Boston area residents would do well to remember some of the following precautions and keep the season safe. From a property manager in Boston, here are some easy safety tips to help you enjoy your holidays both inside & outside your home.

Holiday Safety Outside the Home

Once you step outside the safety of your home or apartment, there's literally a whole world of things that can go wrong during the holidays.

From weather to robbery to driving under the influence of liquid cheer, there are any number of ways that a good time can quickly be transformed into a holiday nightmare. Here are the best tips we have to keep you safe outside of your home.

  • Dress Appropriately - this might seem pretty obvious, but on a given winter day in Boston, the weather could range anywhere from spring-like to blizzard-like. Before you venture outside, it would be good to know which kind of weather you're walking out into. This means wearing layered clothing in cold weather, protecting your face, and having suitable footwear which can grip surfaces. 
  • Protect Yourself from Theft - when you travel somewhere, make sure your wallets are secure and purses are not left sitting anywhere, making them susceptible to easy theft. It's best to not  carry large sums of cash either, just in case the unthinkable does happen.
  • When you’re out shopping - remember to leave the lights on in your apartment, and maybe even leave the radio playing to give the illusion that someone is home. When you're Christmas shopping, don't get in a situation where you're carrying a number of boxes or bags, because someone can easily dash off with those shopping bags.

  • Child safety - don't let children get lost in the holiday crowd, and when you're out in a busy area, make sure to discuss a plan beforehand which identifies a place to meet, in case you should become separated for any reason.
  • Vehicle safety - even if it happens to be a super-cold day, you shouldn't leave your vehicle running while you 'quickly' run into a store for something, regardless of whether someone is in the car or not. If you're moving on to another store, make sure you don't leave your bags and boxes exposed to view in the car while you're inside.
  • Celebrating and partying - holiday driving can be one of the riskiest times on the road, not only because of potential weather issues, but because a lot of other people may be coming from celebrations, and are not as alert or responsible as normal. If you're hosting a party, make sure no one leaves intoxicated, and if you're attending one, be sure to eat something substantial before drinking.

Holiday Safety Inside Your Home

Most people feel very safe inside their own residence since all those external dangers discussed above are largely neutralized.

However, there are still some hazards to be aware of. Decorations add a great deal to the holiday spirit, but they also provide many opportunities for accidents. Here are the best tips and tricks we have to keep you safe inside your home during the holidays.

  • Have a functional fire extinguisher - in case any kind of fire breaks out, you'll want a working fire extinguisher which has been regularly tested.
  • Don't leave food in the oven - many fires in the past have started because something was left in the oven over a long period of time and forgotten. 
  • Don't leave candles lit - most of the time, a candle will just burn itself out right in its holder - but if you leave it burning while you're out shopping, that might be the one time in ten that a flame spills over the holder.
  • Water the Christmas tree - be sure that your Christmas tree is well hydrated, so it doesn't become overly dry in the de-humidified air of your apartment, making it a huge fire hazard.

  • Don't overload electrical outlets - when you have lots of holiday lights and gadgets that require electricity, you might be tempted to overload your outlets. This can create a dangerous situation, perfect for sparking a flame.
  • Remove frayed wires - especially on older Christmas ornaments and lights, frayed wires can be a hazard, so these should all be examined before usage.
  • Supplemental heat sources - make sure your fireplace is clean and the flue is unclogged. If you use portable heaters, make sure they're not stationed near anything flammable, and that they're not left running for hours at a time. Along those same lines, make sure your CO detectors are in good order.
  • Make sure smoke detectors work - Massachusetts law says there must be a functional smoke detector outside every bedroom, at the bottom of stairways, and at least one on each level of a home. This is an easy tip to make sure you are aware if any fire does break out.

Stay Safe and Spread the Holiday Spirit

All in all, the holidays are a great time to not get away from your worries and spend time with those who mean the most to you. Following the tips above will make for a stress-free and joyous holiday season.

We want you to enjoy yourselves and help prevent any safety issues from happening. From everyone here at Premier Property Solutions, we hope you have a safe and beautiful holiday with your friends and family.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Pets in Boston - Tenant and Property Owner Tips

It's safe to say that most cities today are pet-friendly!

Boston is no different. Our pets have increasingly become a part of the family, so accommodating this new normal is something that many property managers in Boston now recognize.

If having a four-legged family member in residence is a top priority, there are certain things that both landlords and tenants should keep in mind so that there aren't any misunderstandings.

Here are several tips about pets in Boston rentals for both tenants and landlords.


Tips for Tenants

What should you do when you get a pet in Boston?
Owning a pet is a big responsibility. If you're going to live in Massachusetts, you'll also need to adhere to some legal requirements. The first order of business is to register your dog each year, which also requires that you keep them up-to-date with shots. You will also need to adhere to leash laws and pick up your pet's waste from public places. Finally, finding a pet-friendly apartment in Boston should also be a top priority.

Can a landlord in Boston ask for a pet deposit?
Yes, a landlord in a Boston rental can ask you for a pet deposit as long as it is less than one month's rent.  The deposit must act as a regular deposit, which will be returned to you, less damages, once you move out.



Can a landlord in Boston charge extra in monthly rent if you have a pet?
Yes, a landlord can charge you extra for rent to compensate for having a pet. However, this is an arrangement that you must agree to in your rental agreement.

Can a landlord in Boston evict you if you have a pet in a non-pet apartment?
Unless you fall under the protections of the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA), your landlord can evict you if you violate the terms of your lease.  This means that, if you're living in a non-pet apartment and decide to get a pet, your landlord can obtain a court order for your eviction.


Tips for Landlords

What are the best rules and limitations to apply to tenants that have pets?
If you decide to make your apartments pet-friendly, have clear expectations that are detailed in writing. Require that animals be spayed or neutered and don't restrict tenants to one pet or ask for such things as debarking or declawing. Don't allow pets to be tethered outside and do ask that cats be kept indoors.

Why should you consider allowing pets in your Boston apartments?
If you want to expand your reach and keep your occupancy rates up, making your apartments in Boston pet-friendly is the answer. Apartments that accept pets can not only bring in more renters, but the Massachusetts Animal Coalition reports that these tenants will both stay longer and be more stable.

How can I handle pet-related issues such as damage or poor pet ownership?
When there is a nuisance case, the burden of proof generally falls on the landlord.  Your best course of action is to prevent problems before they occur.  Ask for references from previous landlords and evaluate each tenant on a case-by-case basis. Have clear rules in place and don't just interview your prospective tenants but also insist on meeting their four-legged family members before signing a lease agreement.


Boston Pet-Friendly Neighborhoods

When you have a pet, your choice of neighborhood should consider their needs in addition to your own. Specifically, dogs need parks and green spaces, and pet-friendly businesses are always a plus.

As a landlord in these already popular neighborhoods, you can capitalize on the pet-friendly businesses and communities that have been established by allowing pets in your rentals. Here are several of the most pet-friendly neighborhoods in Boston to add to your list.

Back Bay/Beacon Hill/Midtown - These areas give you access to some of Boston's largest parks, including the Boston Public Garden and the Commonwealth Mall.  The area is massive and should provide plenty of rental opportunities.

South End - Not only are there some great restaurants and businesses here, but you'll also find 13 parks on the tree-lined streets, a dog bakery, and Boston's Animal Rescue League in this part of town.


The Charlestown Navy Yard - Just one mile from downtown Boston, the Navy Yard has been described by some as a 30-acre dog park with plenty of open spaces.

South Boston - "Southie" is home to South Boston Bark Park as well as several other green spaces, a beach, and the entrance to the Boston Harborwalk.

Boston Dog Parks

The city of Boston has six off-the-leash dog parks where you can allow your four-legged bestie to roam with like-minded furry friends. Whether you are a renter or a landlord in Boston, proximity to any of these pet-friendly spaces is certainly considered a plus.

Boston Common - This 50-acre park has set hours when pets can be off their leash, but leashed pets are welcome anytime.

Peters Park - Located in the South End neighborhood, Peters Park has both an off-leash dog park and a separate area for smaller dogs.

Carlton Court Dog Park - This dog park in Back Bay provides a simple fenced-in off-leash area for pets to roam free.



South Boston Bark Park - A Southie treasure, the South Boston Bark Park has a separate area for large and small dogs, trees, tunnels, rocks, and benches for mom and dad.

Richmond Street Dog Park - Located in the North End, this is a popular fenced off-leash park that is maintained by a local community group.

Channel Center Dog Park - This simple dog park is located in the Fort Point neighborhood of South Boston.

Allowing pets at your rental property is a big deal. Now more than 55 million households in the U.S. own a dog, and 66 percent consider their pets to be family members. Many qualified tenants won't give you a second look if your apartments don't take pets.


If you're a pet owner, be sure to clearly understand your landlord's policies regarding pets. A good property management team is also helpful to ensure a positive and lasting experience in your Boston apartment.

Monday, October 24, 2016

How to Conserve Water in Boston Apartments

No matter who pays the water bills in an apartment it benefits everyone when less water is consumed.

Conserving water in apartment buildings protects one of the Earth's most precious natural resources, but it can also save money in the long run for both tenants and landlords.

Along with reducing water waste and expenses, water conservation steps can also help to keep the planet healthy and safe. Below are a few eco-friendly property management solutions to help landlords and tenants work together to conserve water.

Water Saving Tips for Apartment Tenants 

Even though apartment dwellers usually consume less water than stand-alone homes, there are many things renters can do to consume less water.

The following eco-friendly and sustainable property management steps are easy to take and can make a significant difference in the amount of water consumed on a daily basis.

Bathrooms

  • Take showers instead of baths, since bathtubs usually require about 50 gallons of water to fill.
  • Reduce shower times by one or two minutes to save up to 700 gallons per month.
  • Turn off water when brushing your teeth or shaving to save about 3 gallons of water per day.
  • Never place trash in the toilet, since each flush uses about 1.6 for a water-saving toilet to 7 gallons of water for a conventional toilet

Kitchens

  • Scrape dishes with a spatula or a used napkin to limit pre-rinsing.
  • Wash dishes in a full dishwasher instead of by hand.
  • Fill containers with soap and rinse water for hand washables instead of running water.
  • Use sprayers and vegetable brushes to clean food.
  • Do not use your garbage disposal to get rid of food.
  • Defrost foods in a refrigerator, microwave, or cold water bowl instead of running water.

Laundry

  • Wash only full loads of laundry to use less water and to reduce energy costs in Boston.
  • Avoid washing clothes and other types of laundry unless truly needed. For example, use or wear bath towels and clothing at least two times unless they smell bad or are stained.


Outdoor Areas 

  • Collect water used for boiling eggs, steaming vegetables or while waiting for it to heat up in the kitchen or shower to water grass, plants, flowers and trees on your patio or balcony. 
  • Save rainwater in a cistern, rain barrel or other type of container to water greenery.
  • Choose drought-friendly plants so that you will not need to water very often.

Touch Base With Your Landlord

  • Report any type of leak to your landlord, including dripping faucets, seeping plumping joints or running toilets. Also contact your landlord right away if you notice broken sprinklers, washing machines or pipes.
  • Notify your landlord if you observe any type of water waste. For example, let your landlord know if gardeners use water to clean pathways rather than sweeping with a broom.


Water-saving Tips for Landlords

Promoting eco-friendly property management practices can help landlords streamline their operations and save water and money for everyone.

In addition, renters are more likely to consume less water if landlords take the steps below.


Promote Conservation Habits

Make sure tenants understand that you support water-saving measures and other earth-friendly conservation efforts so they feel comfortable contacting you with their water conservation issues and suggestions. Preventative maintenance to mitigate common HVAC problems or burst pipes can help to keep everyone safe from issues.

Encourage tenant water conservation efforts by posting the above tips in a common area.

Plumbing and Water-Saving Appliances

  • Fix any reported leaks, seeps or drips as soon as possible.
  • Install low-flow shower heads and water-saving faucet aerators.
  • Place low-flow toilet, since they use only 1.6 gallons for each flush and can save thousands of gallons of water per year.
  • Install water-saving dishwashers.


Landscaping

  • Design outdoor landscaping with drought-friendly plants, flowers and grass to reduce overall water consumption and include automatic shut-off devices on irrigation systems to prevent water systems from operating during inclement weather.
  • Make sure gardeners use hoses with shut-off nozzles and incorporate efficient outdoor watering schedules to prevent water runoff and water waste. 
  • Advise gardeners to keep mower blade settings high so that longer grass to prevent water loss and protect roots from harsh weather.
  • Mulch any plants, trees or flowers to reduce water evaporation and weeds. 


Eco-Friendly Property Management


Premier Property Management is an eco-friendly and sustainable property management company that can help keep your investments solvent. Whether you decide to save money on new water heater efficiency standards or take steps to reduce water waste, green habits like these can help you earn the respect of the community, reduce your impact on the environment and preserve your working capital.