Maintenance

Keep Detailed Maintenance Records to Defend Against Mold Lawsuits

May 24, 2018    

A recent lawsuit filed on behalf of 400,000 residents against the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the nation’s largest public housing authority, asked the judge to appoint an independent monitor to oversee operations because the agency failed to provide tenants with heat and hot...

When to Do Mold Cleanup Yourself and When to Call in the Experts

February 28, 2018    

IRS Section 42 requires that LIHTC units be maintained in a habitable condition and in a rent-ready state. One issue that repeatedly comes up in many physical inspections of LIHTC sites is the presence of mold and mildew in units. Many sites implement a preventative maintenance program to stop...

Train Staff on How to Respond When Passenger-Filled Elevator Breaks Down

December 28, 2017    

If your site has an elevator, it’s important that your staff know the proper steps to take when a passenger-filled elevator breaks down. Elevators can and do malfunction, more often than most people may like to think, sometimes resulting in injuries. An owner is subject to premises...

Use Inspection Checklist to Reduce Risk of Preventable Fires

November 30, 2017    

Although you may not be able to prevent many resident-caused fires, other types of apartment community fires are easily preventable. Owners or their maintenance staff should conduct monthly fire inspections of areas and items that are potential fire hazards. If your maintenance staff conducts...

Eight Site Improvements to Reduce Water Usage at Your Site

July 15, 2016    

Clean, safe water is a precious resource that we all need to survive and often take for granted. But as droughts and water-rationing measures in states like California affect water supplies and usage for millions of people, responsible owners and managers everywhere are starting to take steps to...

Follow Six Tips When Painting at Your Site

May 31, 2016    

As a tax credit owner or manager, you must stay on top of your site’s painting needs. The tax credit law requires sites to be suitable for occupancy and free from health, safety, and building code violations. If your state utilizes HUD’s uniform physical condition standards for your...

How to Avoid Falling Victim to Oil-Shorting Scams

November 30, 2015    

If your site utilizes heating oil as a fuel for furnaces or boilers at its buildings, you should take steps to ensure that you aren’t paying for more oil than is being delivered to your site. Unscrupulous oil companies can trick owners about the amount of fuel that’s delivered to a...

Perform 12 Maintenance Tasks to Get Your Site Ready for Winter

October 29, 2015    

You and your maintenance staff have different issues to tackle during each season of the year. In the fall, most sites need to prepare for winter. But because some of the things that should be on your “to do” list for fall haven’t been done in an entire year, it’s easy to...

Set Emergency Maintenance Procedures to Avoid Damage, Confusion

October 30, 2014    

Residents’ maintenance needs can vary greatly, from changing a hard-to-reach light bulb to fixing an overflowing toilet that’s flooding a bathroom. Some of your residents’ maintenance requests, while important, may not be emergencies. But other residents’ requests may...

Use Inspection Checklist to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

September 30, 2014    

One of the most important things you can do before winter settles in at your site is to inspect your roof. That’s because most roof damage occurs during winter. Harsh weather conditions—such as heavy rain or snow, strong winds, and extreme temperatures—can cause substantial...

Follow Four Tips to Prepare Boiler for Heating Season

August 26, 2014    

With the approach of the fall heating season, it’s a good time to consider the steps that need to be taken to get your heating system online for the upcoming cold weather. Increasing oil prices have alerted many owners to the basic fact that an inefficient boiler will waste unnecessary...

Five Steps for Responding to Water Intrusion Emergency

May 30, 2014    

Reports of water leaking from a bathroom ceiling or other types of water intrusion in a unit are serious complaints that deserve your immediate attention. Sometimes a pipe may break, in which case a household is not at fault. Other times, a resident’s child may have thrown toys down the...

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