Upgrading some appliances to get more rent
I think there are a lot of reasons why it is a pain in the butt to be an apartment property manager.
I have been in the industry for the past 15 years and it never gets any easier.
I constantly have to deal with complaints from tenants that are upset by the conditions inside of the apartments. This week we had problems in three different apartments at the same time. The problem is due to all of the air conditioners. They were installed around the same time and they are naturally going bad at the same time. The air conditioners have been in those apartments since I was a manager and that has been a long time. I tried to talk to the owner of the property about the appliance problems. I suggested that we go with a different type of air conditioner. I even got some estimates from a local HVAC companies so I could for the owner with a few different options. The guy is a greedy miser who would rather keep the money in his pocket then upgrade any of the appliances in his apartments. I believe we could get more in rent each month if we had up-to-date heating and air conditioning appliances. Even some of the refrigerators could use an update. I know there are three different places in town where you can buy refurbished appliances and most of those items would be better than some of the machines in these old buildings. I hate to hear all of the complaints, but there isn’t anything that I can do to fix the problem without the help of the owner.