Tenant Tips & FAQ
At Bella Casa Property Management, we believe that a well-maintained property is important to both tenants and landlords. Our team has compiled a comprehensive list of common tenant questions, along with handy tricks for maintaining their home. By offering guidance and resources, we help tenants feel confident in their ability to keep the home in great condition.
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Adding a pet to a property is a major change. Not all pets are allowed, and we need to chat about breed, age, etc. Talk to us before adding a pet.
If you intend to move, a written 30-day notice will be required if you are in a lease term currently or have entered into a month-to-month agreement.
Roommates/Adding to the Lease
Unauthorized occupants are a violation of your lease agreement. The office must be notified prior to anyone new moving in. We offer addendums to allow Other Occupants, otherwise if you would like to add someone to your lease they be screened and approved by management per our normal application process.
Unless you receive permission from us, interior painting is not allowed to be done. Please ask first before painting.
Notify maintenance right away if you notice any plumbing leaks, whether small or large. The sooner we can arrange for repair, the lesser the chance of mildew or mold development and greater chance to preserve material life.
Blinds and drapes should be cleaned occasionally to minimize dust and should be used regularly to maximize air flow and cut down on mildew in window tracks.
Spring is a great time to deep clean those windows, blinds, and other surfaces, and declutter as needed. This creates a more comfortable environment for your livability. Natural remedies like baking soda and vinegar are a cheap and effective cleaning solution. A lack of cleaning fixtures, toilets, flooring, etc., can erode finishes and cause materials to break down quicker. Additionally, it can keep those living in your property healthier by reducing allergens (i.e., dust, mildew).
When packing your freezer and/or refrigerator, please leave room for air circulation. Too many contents can result in improper cooling. If you notice the unit is leaking, check that the drain is not clogged or blocked with ice. Usually this is a simple fix of removing the ice blockage so the water can drain where it’s supposed to. If the issue continues, notify maintenance to have addressed.
If you notice your dishwasher is not cleaning well, inspect the filter at the bottom of the dishwasher for debris to remove. If the area is clean and there are still issues with cleaning dishes properly, there could be a more significant issue for us to tackle.
With each cycle make sure your removing lint buildup from the lint trap screen. This simple task will prevent mold and help save energy as the unit isn’t working as hard to dry the clothes. Check your dryer vents occasionally to ensure there are no clogs. We do not recommend putting clothes that are soaking wet in the dryer as this is not good for the unit and will result in a longer dryer process.
Items which should never be put through a garbage disposal include grease/oil, coffee grounds, eggshells, significant amounts of rice, ramen noodles/pastas, and any other food items which may swell with water absorption. These may cause a blockage in the drain line.
Floor and Area Rugs
Rugs are a great way to avoid permanent stains in high traffic areas of your home and potentially save on carpet cleaning costs once you are moved. Consider laying down rugs near entry ways, stairs, and hallways.
If you are responsible for yard maintenance at your property; rake leaves, trim hedges, and fertilize your lawn to maintain the appearance and health of your yard.
Vent and Hose Bibb Covers
Once cooler temperatures hit, it is important to cover crawlspace vents and exterior hose bibbs. This will prevent cold air from circulating under floors and plumbing from freezing.