2012 Hopebuilders 5K

Congratulations to approximately 15 brave members of our staff and their families who stepped to the Start Line on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012 for the 2012 Hopebuilders 5K  and, a little while later, also crossed the Finish Line.   As importantly, our staff helped raise more than $3,400 for a very worthy cause.

 

Accessibility for Renters

It is always a good to remember to review and stay in compliance with fair housing issues in the property management business.  This website gives a good reminder on accessibility for rental properties. 

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/disabilities/inhousing

According to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing providers are required to allow persons with disabilities to make reasonable modifications. A reasonable modification is a structural modification that is made to allow persons with disabilities the full enjoyment of the housing and related facilities.

Examples of a reasonable modification would include allowing a person with a disability to: install a ramp into a building, lower the entry threshold of a unit, or install grab bars in a bathroom.

Reasonable modifications are usually made at the resident’s expense. However, there are resources available for helping fund building modifications. Additionally, if you live in Federally assisted housing the housing provider may be required to pay for the modification if it does not amount to an undue financial and administrative burden.

Rental Management Company T.R. Lawing Realty Acquires Property Management Portfolio from Realty World

Charlotte rental management company, T.R. Lawing Realty, Inc. announces the acquisition of Realty World Genesis’ property management portfolio, in a deal that was finalized earlier this year.

The portfolio consists of 140 new clients who own 170 investment rental homes. It had been previously managed by Tony Brown Jr. of Realty World Genesis.

“We are happy to reach this deal with Realty World to purchase and service these accounts. These customers can now benefit from our processes and 50+ years of experience. At the same time, it allows Tony and his team to focus their considerable talents and efforts on real estate sales,” says Tommy Lawing, CEO.

T.R. Lawing Realty is a full service property management company, based in Charlotte, N.C., serving Mecklenburg and the surrounding counties. A family-owned company, T.R. Lawing has specialized in managing and leasing rental homes in Charlotte and beyond for more than 50 years. The company serves individual owners and renters from its Charlotte offices in Elizabeth, Birkdale/Lake Norman and Providence/485. To learn more, go to: www.trlawing.com.

Rental Insurance

In the movie “Meet the Fockers”, a man rents a car and when the subject of rental insurance comes up he is not sure he should get it because he heard it was just a waste of money.  Of course his wife says she doesn’t think it’s a good idea to not get it, but the rental agent whispers over the counter about how it’s just another way for the company to make extra money and agrees it’s a total waste of money.  Of course (if you have seen this movie) mayhem ensues and a brick ends up through the windshield of the car and the man immediately regrets not getting the rental insurance.  As renters, we tend to think of rentals as temporary and don’t wish to invest any more than we really have to but what if…

Homeowners are required to carry homeowners insurance to protect them if something not only happened to their property but if something happened on their property.  What it won’t cover is YOUR STUFF!!  What if everything went up in flames tomorrow, leaving you with only the clothes on your back?  Look around at all of your stuff.  You know the TVs, the audio visual equipment, the computers, Grandma’s earrings, etc.  What would happen if it was all gone in an instant?  Are you financially prepared today to go out and replace it all and start over?

Renters insurance is essential for tenants.  The cost is unbelievably low and is not worth the risk of not having it. In fact, just this morning I heard one insurance company offers renters insurance for $4 a month if the insured already has auto insurance through the company.  I can find $4 a month for renters insurance, how about you?