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Maintenance

How to Keep Your Site Safe During Blizzards

November 8, 2011    

Last winter many parts of the U.S. experienced record-breaking snowfall. In January, a monster winter storm took aim at a third of the nation. It laid a path of heavy snow and ice from the Rockies to New England, followed by a wave of bitter cold that affected millions of people. Cities...

EPA Forgoes Third-Party Lead Paint Clearance Testing Requirement

August 14, 2011    

On July 1, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected its own proposed rule that would have mandated additional responsibilities for site owners and managers under the Lead Renovation Repair and Painting (RRP) rules, which apply to buildings built before 1978. The proposal would have...

How to Ensure Proper Installation of Window A/C Units

August 14, 2011    

Due to record heat waves set in many areas of the country this summer, you may have noticed an increase in the number of residents installing air conditioners in their windows, especially if your site has no central air conditioning. Unfortunately, residents don't always install them...

Five Tips to Prevent Graffiti from Devaluing Your Site

April 9, 2011    

Graffiti is the most common type of property vandalism (35 percent), according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. It is more than a nuisance to site owners and maintenance staff. Graffiti has a negative impact on residents, prospects, and the surrounding community by reducing the curb appeal...

Sustainable Landscapes Offer Sites Long-Term Value

February 3, 2011    

Creating positive curb appeal is essential to attract eligible candidates to your tax credit site and combat negative perceptions of low-income housing among the local community. You may think that an expansive, rolling green lawn contributes to your site's overall attractiveness, but...

Protect Residents from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

January 12, 2011    

Site owners and managers beware: This is the time of year when accidental carbon monoxide poisonings peak. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that's produced when fuel is incompletely burned. In the winter months, faulty furnaces and fuel-burning appliances, and snow-covered or...

Prevent Mold Growth—and Fear—at Your Site

October 23, 2010    

The headlines are alarming. It has become all too common to see reports about “toxic mold” shutting down buildings, or about families fleeing from “black mold” in their homes. These types of stories have fueled public hysteria leading to skyrocketing mold-related lawsuits...

Protect Residents with Regular Balcony Inspections

May 31, 2010    

Last May, a young social worker fell to his death from the 24th-floor balcony of his New York City apartment building after part of the railing gave way. Officials from the city's Department of Buildings (DOB) reported that the balcony's railing was “loose and damaged,” and...

Be Proactive to Prevent Bedbugs

April 11, 2010    

“Don't let the bedbugs bite!” Most of us recognize that line from a popular nursery rhyme. It also may be a reason why many people used to believe that bedbugs were a myth. In fact, the public's resistance to believing that bedbugs are real has been one of the major hurdles...

Take Steps Early to Deal with Hoarding

January 12, 2010    

In a recent television program, a 65-year-old woman living on her own became sick and collapsed in her home. When rescue workers arrived, they found her in the kitchen wedged among mountains of clutter, trash, and human feces. She had to be removed through the window. The show, called ...

Deadline Approaches for Lead-Safe Work Practices, Training, and Certification

January 12, 2010    

The deadline is approaching for site and maintenance staff of pre-1978 housing to be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices. After April 22, 2010, sites that conduct repair work that disturbs paint in housing built before 1978 must ensure that the work is performed by certified...

Six Tips for Building a Strong Partnership with Maintenance Staff

December 8, 2009    

Most well-managed tax credit sites have one thing in common: the ability of management and maintenance to work in a cohesive and productive manner. Working as a team requires both parties to understand the site's objectives and how each area's specific functions contribute to its overall...