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Self-Managing Isn’t What It Used to Be – COVID Concerns!

Michele - Monday, March 15, 2021
Property Management Blog

One year has passed and the negative impacts of COVID-19 are still prevalent. At RPM Direct, LLC we are taking every necessary safety precaution to keep our tenants safe as well as putting all our efforts toward providing our property owners with the quality service they deserve. During the peak of COVID-19, our property management team developed systems and processes to keep business running smoothly and efficiently. If you choose to self-manage your property during this difficult time, here are a few things to keep in mind. 

1. Eviction Moratoriums

Eviction moratoriums have been put in place across the United States making it more difficult for landlords to evict tenants due to unpaid rent. State and local jurisdictions have also passed new laws and implemented new guidelines. Although these moratoriums have made it more difficult to evict tenants, RPM Direct, LLC has been able to continue evicting when necessary but with a longer timeframe than our clients are accustomed to.  It is critical that landlords understand how to navigate the new Virginia Laws that have been put in place as the result of COVID.

2. Backordered Appliances

With many supply chains being affected by COVID-19, appliances are on lengthy back order and can take months to arrive. This can result in upset tenants seeking an adjusted rent. Having a property manager on your side can alleviate the stress of tenant requests that you may not be able to complete on time.

3. Service Vendors

It is common knowledge that many small businesses have experienced the negative effects of COVID-19, including service companies. With new health protocols in place, turnaround time has increased, making it more difficult to receive quick service. More than 12 years in business has allowed us to create connections with a wide variety of vendors, making service calls the least of our worries. 

4. Property Showings

If your tenant chooses not to renew their lease, you may find yourself searching for a tenant longer than desired, leaving you without rental income. By the time your current tenant has left and new ones have viewed your property, weeks could have passed. At RPM Direct, LLC, we have developed a way around this with and have run into little to no issues with this process. Potential tenants can view the property with the assistance of an agent and using COVID safety protocols or choose to rent the property sight-unseen.

Having a team of property managers during these troublesome times can take the stress out of renting your property. RPM Direct, LLC is a property management company located in Woodbridge, Virginia. We specialize in providing full-service solutions to owners and investors. We manage Virginia properties located in Woodbridge, Lorton, Manassas, Springfield, Dumfries, Occoquan, Stafford, Bristow, Triangle, Gainesville, Quantico and Fredericksburg. Want to learn more? Contact us today!