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I’m Already Living Here, Can I…? (Part 2)

In this second post in our two-part series, Propman Property Management fields some of the more common questions we hear from our tenants. Be sure to read Part 1 for more insight into what tenants can and cannot do in their rental property.



I’ll Stay if You Don’t Raise the Rent!

Q: Tenants sometimes challenge us when it comes to lease renewal, telling us that they will stay in the property if we don’t raise the rent.

A: As a property management company, we must represent the interests of our client—the property owner—and seek to provide them the best value for their investment. We have to consider market values, time of year, increased tax burdens, etc. when making pricing decisions. Perhaps the property has had to have a number of repairs, or has increased in value. Our rental pricing must reflect any and all conditions.

May I Paint the Rooms?

Q: Once in a while tenants ask if they can paint the home’s interior to colors they like. “My daughter wants a purple bedroom.” Sometimes they want to do an accent wall or a single room; other times, they want to paint the entire house.

A: This question is answered on a case-by-case basis. We must check with our owner to get their opinion first. If we do allow you to paint, we require that you hire a professional painting company to return the walls to their original color when you leave, and provide us with the receipt as proof. If you do not repaint, or do not do it satisfactorily and we must use our own professional painter, the fee will most likely be taken from your security deposit. You are also liable for damage caused by spilled paint on floors, carpets or walls.

Can I Use My Own Washer and Dryer?

Q: Sometimes, especially with military relocations, tenants ask if they can install their own washer and dryer instead of using the equipment that is already in the home.

A: The problem here is that someone needs to remove the existing washer and dryer and find a place to store it. Most houses do not have an extra place for storage. It also can be detrimental for the equipment to sit for an extended period of time without being used. We must determine this answer on a case-by-case basis, checking with our property owner as well. It is best to ask this question up front, when applying for a rental lease.

This is Part 2 of our 2-part series.

Since we strive to create a positive experience for our tenants, and when possible, Propman Property Management will take your request under consideration and check with our property owner clients for their answers. If we cannot honor your request, we hope you understand. We must adhere to both legal requirements and our clients’ rules for their own properties.

If you are looking for a professional property management company in Northern Virginia, or a rental home, please contact Propman.

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