Whether you’re a first-time renter, or you have years of apartment renting experience, it’s important to understand the differences between renting from a property management compared to renting from a landlord. While one may appear to have more perks than others, there are a few aspects to take into consideration.
Differences Between Property Management Companies and Landlords
It’s important to keep in mind that while a friendly demeanor from a property manager or landlord is important, it should not be the deciding factor when considering where to live. There are many more important aspects to take into consideration while making your final decision. Take into consideration the following:
• After Hours: As unfortunate as it is, many of us accidentally lock ourselves out of our apartments. What’s more unfortunate is when it happens at 9pm on Saturday. Property management companies offer emergency maintenance services and a member of the maintenance staff will be able to assist you momentarily. Landlords are less likely to offer you the same service, especially if they handle everything on their own – tenants are likely to run into issues during the landlord’s “down time”.
• Repairs: Issues from water leaks to heating or cooling repairs typically fall on the shoulders of the property management and the maintenance staff. Depending on the landlord, they could be less willing to make repairs when the cost comes from their own pocket.
• Grounds Keeping: Upstate New York is no stranger when it comes to heavy snow, frequent storms, and snow accumulations beginning at 3am. Keep in mind that many landlords do not include grounds keeping in your rent, but property management companies do. This luxury gives renters the peace of mind knowing that they don’t need to worry about shoveling first thing in the morning in order to make it to work, or in the evening after they arrive home.
• Consistency: While it might not sound like a big deal at first, consistency is important. Whether it’s consistencies with the rules, what’s allowed and what isn’t, and consistency with businesslike processes. Some landlords could be swayed to bending the rules for a tenant, which could impact your living situation. For example, if you move into a building under the pretense that they don’t allow dogs then you’re woken up from frequent barking, you might be upset. Consistencies across the board can be expected while working with a property management company.
Contact Hawthorne Gardens
When you decide to call Hawthorne Gardens your home, you have the comfort of feeling like you’re home but without all of the responsibility and headaches associated with renting from a landlord or being a homeowner. Our community is situated on 6 wooded acres in the Town of Guilderland, offering you the peace and quiet you enjoy while still being close enough to life’s necessities. To take a tour of our apartments, and to learn more about what we have to offer, contact us today!