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6 Ways To Start Your Property Ops Work Without Pressing A Button
Starting property work automatically – no emails, calls, or pressing buttons – means you have more time to strategize. Here’s how you can do it:
Get The Most Out Of Your Time At Apartmentalize 2021
For many people attending National Apartment Association’s (NAA) Apartmentalize conference this year, it will be the first large scale in-person event they’ve attended since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, titled “Focus Forward,” takes place on August 31 – September 2, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. In getting back into the swing of planning travel and hotel rooms, … Read More
Automate Your Storm Prep Strategy To Maximize Resiliency & Efficiency
As we enter the peak of summer, we are also approaching the height of Atlantic hurricane season, not to mention other summertime phenomena in other regions of the country. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting that Atlantic hurricane activity will be “above-normal” in 2021. With this in mind, do you have a storm prep strategy in place … Read More
New OATH ECB Amnesty Program In The Works – Awaiting Mayor’s Signature
NYC’s City Council has officially passed legislation for a new ECB amnesty program for certain administrative fines issued through OATH. ECB Amnesty isn’t new – the city has instituted programs like this before. That said, it’s a great opportunity to drive down OATH-related fines at a lower cost and clear related violations from your buildings. While the program isn’t in … Read More
Building Better Boiler SOPs [Part 2]: Using Tech to Operationalize Your SOP
In Part 1 of “Building Better Boiler SOPs,” we walked through the critical nature of boiler preventive maintenance, and how many teams are thinking about these processes on a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule. But here’s the catch – if you have a written SOP, and it only exists in a static online manual or in a binder in a drawer somewhere, it’s … Read More
Building Better Boiler SOPs [Part 1]: Why It’s Critical To the Health of Your Property
Your property is a multi-million dollar asset, and preventive maintenance is the key to keeping it in good shape. “Preventive maintenance” is an easy phrase to say, but what does it actually look like for a property team that has 100 things to do and is constantly pressed for time? Let’s take the example of boilers. Hiding in the basement … Read More
RealFocus Spotlight: COVID-19 Changes, And What It Means For Your Buildings
We’ve learned a lot about COVID over the past several months – most importantly, how property managers can best protect the people inside their buildings. Commercial, residential, institutional, and retail teams have all developed building-specific or portfolio-wide plans for preventing spread at their properties. Those plans have evolved significantly over the past several months, based on the following: new state … Read More
Proposed FDNY Rules: New Signage, New Inspections & Professional Alarm Approval Program
Here’s a roundup of the latest FDNY-related proposed rules, and what they mean for your buildings: New Proposed Signage For Hurricane Evacuation The FDNY has proposed new hurricane evacuation signage for apartment building lobbies. This is in line with Local Law 103 of 2019, which requires apartment building owners (Group R-2 buildings and occupancies) within a hurricane evacuation zone to … Read More
3 Ways to Automate Property Management Tasks – Quickly!
The automation revolution is transforming the world of property management. It’s providing companies with a faster and more efficient way to implement the standard operating procedures they’ve developed over the years – resulting in better-run buildings, better-performing property teams, and happier tenants. Automation technology – “smart” processes and automatic assignments, follow-ups, and tracking – for property management promises precisely this: every staff member on … Read More
Why Going Paperless Is Step Zero for Property Management
So you’ve gotten rid of most of the filing cabinets in the office. Most of your property information – tenant details, financials, maintenance requests – is all somewhere on your computer, whether it’s in property management software like Yardi, or in a spreadsheet. But let’s be honest – while most property management organizations like yours have gone paperless, the tech platforms … Read More
Residential and Commercial Properties are Competing for the Happiest Tenants
Office buildings and apartments in the 1950s are a far cry from the spaces today, and for good reason – property managers and owners are competing with other buildings to make their space the property of the future, and make tenants happy. Residential Buildings: Residential buildings are constantly changing and being updated. One way property managers and landlords are updating … Read More
The Ultimate Guide to NYC Compliance is Here – Download Your 2018 Vio Guide!
The updated NYC Violations Companion Guide is available for 2018 – read up on new construction regulations, learn how to prevent common infractions, & make sure you’ve got your compliance basics covered.
School is officially in session! We’ve gone through our archives and pulled out some of our most popular compliance resources for your review. While we’re not planning on giving a written exam, it’s still a good idea to brush up on your compliance facts and make sure you’ve got a good plan in place for the Fall.