Don’t Be A Scrooge!

I am often amazed at the number of people who either leave a very small percentage of the bill in gratuity, meaning less than the standard 15-20% or worse, do not tip at all.  Regardless of your views on tipping, many people do rely on monetary gratitude to help make their ends meet and during the holidays, there should be a little something extra for those hardworking folks in the service industry.   If you are unsure about how much you should give, how about a little advice from the experts at Emily Post.

Leaves, Rakes & Leaf Blowers…Oh My!

Welcome to fall in the South! If you are not from around here, you may notice that we are late into November and many of our trees are still holding tight to their colorful leaves.  That means you will be raking and raking and raking well into December.

If you are a resident of Charlotte, the city will pick up yard waste curbside once a week.  To find out what day the City of Charlotte will be in your neighborhood, you will need to contact them directly.  Yard waste should be at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on collection day and within 6 feet of the curb.   Be sure not to block sidewalks and do not place your yard waste near obstacles such as mailboxes, phone poles and vehicles.  Also, do not place your yard waste at the curb any sooner than the day before collection.  A minimum citation of $50 will be charged to your property if you violate this policy.

Leaves should be bagged in untied plastic bags or placed in uncovered trash cans.  Brush should be no longer than 5 feet in length and four inches in diameter.  It should also be separated into piles that are small enough for one person to handle.

Finally, grass clippings should be disposed of in untied plastic bags or uncovered containers less than 32 gallons. Containers or plastic bags should not weigh more than 75 pounds each and clippings may be mixed in with other yard waste such as leaves and trimmings.

For more information about yard waste collection, feel free to visit the City of Charlotte’s website at www.charmeck.org .

Happy yard clean up!

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NEW & IMPROVED!

TRL LogoGood News!  We have launched our super-duper, new-and-improved, state-of-the-art T. R. Lawing Realty website!

Search for a new home or get pinpointed neighborhood information about the Greater Charlotte area or easily access utility information for Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

Our new “Ask a Property Manager” feature will allow our residents to submit maintenance requests and notices to vacate online.  Owners may submit an inquiry about management services and Realtors will enjoy our great rental rate estimator, rental comparables and rental referral form.

Finally, make a payment right from our homepage!  Residents may set up a recurring draft or make a one time credit card payment, while owners may easily submit management fees electronically.

We are very excited to bring our new, easy to use website to the public!  Take a moment to explore all of our new features at www.trlawing.com.

Also, don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook, “follow” us on Twitter AND check out our BRAND NEW boards on Pinterest!

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A Home For Fido

PuppyIf you are a pet owner, you think of your pet as just another member of the family.  That is why it is so hard when you find just the perfect rental home but unfortunately the owner doesn’t permit pets.  This is why it so important to check the box yes to view properties that will accept pets, otherwise you may be left disappointed.

I cannot tell you the amount of letters that we have had to send out to new residents informing them that they had to get rid of their dog or cat because they moved into their rental home without letting us know that they had pet.   The outcome can be a bit messy and expensive if you are unwilling to give up your pet in order to remain in your rental home.  Also, even if you find a home that will accept pets, the owner may not be willing to accept multiple pets. So please be honest and up front about your family’s need prior to making any applications.   If your pet is accepted, please be aware there will a special pet agreement that you must sign in addition to your lease along with a non-refundable pet fee of $200 (per pet, if approved).

A renter with a  disability is permitted to have an animal in their rental home regardless of whether the owner permits pets as long as the animal is considered a service animal. According to the Fair Housing Act with regard to service animals, 3 tests must be met:

  1. The person must have a disability.
  2. The animal must serve a function directly related to the person’s disability.
  3. The request to have the service animal must be reasonable.

Finally, please be aware that we cannot accept certain breeds that may be considered dangerous breeds.  Because owners must carry a special homeowner’s policy to cover rental property, some policies do not accept a certain breed which is why we are not able to allow the following breeds under any circumstance:

  • Akita
  • Chow
  • Pit Bull (a.k.a. Staffordshire Terrier)
  • Presa Canario
  • Rottweiler
  • Sharpei
  • Wolf Hybrids

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact our Leasing Department with any questions that you may have about our pet policies and to assisting you find a home for you and your furry family member.