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Checklist for Prospective Tenants

Small house representing Emory rental property

If you plan to lease a property in the Emory Area or in Decatur, you should know what may be expected before you complete an application to rent a home.

Finding the right home in the Emory Area where you want to live is an obvious first step, but prospective tenants often have to pass stringent credit and background checks. In popular neighborhoods where rental properties are at a premium, there may be tough competition for a desirable home. It's best to be prepared in advance:

  • Check your credit - most credit companies allow you to have one free credit check per year.  Here are the phone numbers for the major credit card companies:
  • While it is always advisable to see a rental property before you decide to lease, this may not be possible if you live out of town.  In this case, arrange to have a colleague or friend view it for you.
  • Don't lie on the Application - if you have had bankruptcy, credit issues, or disputes with previous landlords, discuss these with your Decatur Property Manager.  Some landlords are more lenient than others.
  • If you have Pets, let the Property Manager know before you fill out the Application. Many landlords do not accept pets, or may require a Pet Deposit if they do accept them.
  • If you want to be in a certain School District, check with the School yourself to make sure the property you want to lease is located in that District.
  • If you are concerned about safety in the neighborhood of the rental property, call the local Police Department.
  • You will be required to complete a Rental Application for most properties.  Some Property Managers also require a copy of your Driver's License, recent pay stubs, or bank statements if you are self-employed. Check with your Decatur Property Manager for more specific details.
  • Be aware of money requirements - Most Property Managers require a Security Deposit of one month, plus the first month's rent. Some  landlords  require a Security Deposit plus first and last month's rent.  In addition, if the landlord accepts Pets, there will be an additional Pet Deposit.

Invest in the Emory Area Property Market

Investor contemplating Emory home purchase

There are many reasons why investing in property near Emory University is a great idea!  Here are a few that might encourage buyers to consider buying an investment home in one of the vibrant neighborhoods near Emory University:

  • ​Atlanta is in the Sunbelt!
  • Atlanta and the Emory Area has had positive Job Growth!
  • Our local Emory economy is strong!
  • The area has enjoyed a strong, steady increase in Property Appreciation!
  • It is close to shopping and restaurants!

Perhaps one of  the most compelling reasons to purchase an Investment property in the Emory area is the availability of qualified prospective renters.

According to the Emory University website, as of September 2015, some 7,800 undergraduates and approximately 6,900 Graduate students and professors expected to move into single family homes, condos,apartments and student housing in the surrounding area.  Altogether, Emory University has 13,000 faculty members who needs homes as well.

The Emory Healthcare ​facility on Clifton Road employs approximately 16,000 doctors and medical staff, as listed on their website, and is one of the largest employers in DeKalb County.

The Center for Disease Control,​ also located on Clifton Road, has about 1500 local employees who also need local housing.

It is evident that  the area has a high annual influx of students, professors and medical personnel, which supports the benefits of investing in residential Emory area property where a large number of qualified prospective renters are available.

Emory Area Property Management – Maintenance

Repainting fence of rental property near Emory University

.One of the most  critical services that a good Property Manager performs for their client, is making sure their Investment property is well maintained.

If you have qualified, happy tenants in your Emory area property, it is important to keep them happy and to handle requested repairs in a timely manner.  Your investor's property is a valuable asset and regular maintenance will assure it stays that way.

Property Managers can schedule regular HVAC maintenance, annual termite inspections, or arrange for lawn service when requested.  Managers often handle projects that range from simple repairs like replacing a garbage disposal or other relatively routine repairs, to overseeing major projects like painting, floor refinishing, roof replacement or other major remodeling.​

​Management Agreements for Emory area investors should include language that specifies how involved the Emory Property Manager will be in maintaining the property.  It should also indicate whether the Manager has authority to order certain repairs without notifying the investor.  For example, the Management Agreement might give authorization to the Manager to make minor repairs up to $200.

Before undertaking a major project, qualified  property managers should obtain multiple bids and discuss them thoroughly with the owner of the property.  Written permission should be given by the investor before any work is ordered, and a provision made for payment of the work clearly indicated.  On large projects, the investor often pays by credit card or sends a check to the Property Manager.  Any payments made by the Property Manager for repairs should be reflected on the Monthly Report and the Annual Year-end Report for tax purposes.

It is essential to have a signed Management Agreement that incorporates all of the provisions for maintaining an investor's property. If unforeseen repair or maintenance issues occur that are outside the scope of the Management Agreement, it is best to check with your owner for guidance.

Invest in the Emory Area Property Market

Investor contemplating Emory home purchase

There are many reasons why investing in property near Emory University is a great idea!  Here are a few that might encourage buyers to consider buying an investment home in one of the vibrant neighborhoods near Emory University:

  • ​Atlanta is in the Sunbelt!
  • Atlanta and the Emory Area has had positive Job Growth!
  • Our local Emory economy is strong!
  • The area has enjoyed a strong, steady increase in Property Appreciation!
  • It is close to shopping and restaurants!

Perhaps one of  the most compelling reasons to purchase an Investment property in the Emory area is the availability of qualified prospective renters.

According to the Emory University website, as of September 2015, some 7,800 undergraduates and approximately 6,900 Graduate students and professors expected to move into single family homes, condos,apartments and student housing in the surrounding area.  Altogether, Emory University has 13,000 faculty members who needs homes as well.

The Emory Healthcare ​facility on Clifton Road employs approximately 16,000 doctors and medical staff, as listed on their website, and is one of the largest employers in DeKalb County.

The Center for Disease Control,​ also located on Clifton Road, has about 1500 local employees who also need local housing.

It is evident that  the area has a high annual influx of students, professors and medical personnel, which supports the benefits of investing in residential Emory area property where a large number of qualified prospective renters are available.

What Can a Decatur Property Manager Do For You?

Decatur businessman with pink pig on head

Managing your own Decatur investment property is often difficult, especially if you need time for a demanding full-time job, a busy family life, and want some precious down time.

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Those annoying tenant requests always seem to come at critical times – just when you are leaving for vacation or an important business trip.

You may have inherited a family home or become a new Decatur investor. Your Decatur home may need repairs or updates – someone will need to meet the workmen.

When your property is ready, you will need to advertise for new tenants – someone will need to screen them carefully by requiring credit, background, criminal checks, employment and more.

  • How will you market your home for tenants?
  • Who will prepare the Lease?
  • Who will hold the Security Deposit?
  • How will the rent be collected?
  • Who will answer the midnight calls from tenants?
  • Who will you use for handymen, electricians, plumbers, etc?
  • If your tenant gets locked out, who will provide an extra key?
  • What records and reports will you keep?

All these items can be professionally handled by an experienced Decatur property manager who knows your neighborhood…..plus more:

  • We can schedule period inspections of your property
  • We can make sure tenants are following the terms of the lease – no unauthorized additional tenants, pets, or painting
  • We can schedule regular HVAC inspections
  • We can prepare any changes to the Lease
  • We can prepare Monthly and Year-end Reports for your records
  • We can schedule necessary repairs
  • We can oversee installation of new carpets, or schedule painters
  • We can initiate all advertising and marketing
  • We can provide strict screening of all tenants

Landlord Responsibilities for Decatur Owners

Orange For Rent Sign with White Letters representing Emory property management services

 

According to Georgia and Federal Law, if you own investment property near Emory University or in Decatur, certain responsibilities fall on your shoulders.

As long as you are not involved in a federal government housing program which have additional requirements,  here are some concerns you should consider:

  • You are required to inform your Decatur renters of the presence of lead based paint on your property.  Lead based paint was banned in 1978 so any newer home is unlikely to contain lead paint.
  • Fair Housing laws also require that you  avoid  discrimination of any kind in leasing your property – – race. color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability.
  • You should be aware that Military service personnel are allowed to break their lease if they are deployed.

Many townhome and condo communities in Dekalb County control how many units are allowed to be leased, and in some cases restrict all property owners from leasing their property if it is not owner occupied.  Local housing authorities may also have restrictions that could affect your rental property.  For example, they could restrict  how many unrelated adults may occupy a property, etc.

Local laws  require you to maintain your property in so that it is safe and habitable. Keeping yourDecatur property and the grounds in good repair is important to protect your investment.   This is what your tenants expect as well.

Screen your prospective tenants carefully by requiring credit, background and criminal checks.  Checking references and employment is also critical.  Once your tenants have occupied the property, they have the right to use, occupy and enjoy the premises in accordance with the terms of the Lease.  Except in case of emergency, this means you can’t just pop by without giving appropriate notice to your tenant.

Check with your local housing office or zoning office if you have specific questions.