For Our Tenants
Tenant's Guide to Property Management
Move Ins/Move Outs
Springs Homes for Rent uses a portal system so that you can communicate with us 24/7. Simply leave a message on the portal and we will respond back right away. All conversations are documented so that you can refer back to it at any time.
Move Ins & Move Outs
When you rent a property from Springs Homes for Rent, you will go through a move-in process which includes a detailed move-in inspection. The purpose of this inspection is to document the condition of the property in detail. Your job as a tenant is to maintain the property to this condition and deliver the property back to us in this same condition when you move-out.
Move-In Condition - When you move into a property managed by Springs Homes for Rent, it will have been fully cleaned, carpets professionally cleaned and re-keyed from the previous tenants. You will not be charged for this initial condition, but you will be required to return the property to us in this same condition at move-out. Costs for re-keying the property will be deducted from your Security Deposit at move-out and we are happy to give you an estimate of what this costs for your specific property. If you do not wish to fully clean the property or have the carpets professionally cleaned, we can arrange this for you and it will be deducted from your Security Deposit.
Maintenance During Your Tenancy - In Property Management, things do wear out and break over time and we realize that fact. If, during your tenancy, something breaks that falls under normal wear and tear, please let us know immediately so that we can get it fixed right away. In most cases, you will not be charged for this repair. If, on the other hand something breaks that falls outside of normal wear and tear (i.e. a baseball breaking a window), please let us know right away and we can get you in touch with one of our vendors for the repair. In most cases, you will be charged for this type of repair. Your lease and accompanying documentation talk about what falls under normal wear and tear and what does not. If you ever have a question, feel free to ask us.
Move-Out Condition - Remember how nice and clean your property was when you moved in? That is the condition that we would like it to be in when you move-out. The move-in inspection report will provide us the baseline for the condition of the property. Was that gouge in the wall there when you moved in? It should be documented on the move-in inspection report, so there will be no questions when you move out.
Moving In - Part 1, Inspection & Paying Rent
Moving Out - Part 1 Lease Breakage
Moving Out - Part 2, Giving Notice & Security Deposits
Real Emergencies - Dial 911
- Broken Water Pipe
- Loss of Electricity
- Gas Odor
- Leaking Water/Roof
- Storm Damage
- Loss of Heat/AC
- Security Issue
- Broken Appliances
- Payment Questions
- Move-in, Move-out Scheduling
One of the main jobs of a Property Management company is to make sure that the property is properly maintained. We stress to our tenants not to be reluctant to let us know if something needs repair. Your lease gives very specific information on the tenant's responsibilities. Here is a quick guide to show you some examples of what maintenance charges fall under the tenant's responsibility.
- Snow Removal
- General lawn care and landscape maintenance
- Maintenance or repair caused by willful actions or negligence (broken window, ink stain on carpet, damage by pets)
- Pest Control
- Maintenance of smoke detectors
Springs Homes for Rent's Responsibility
- Winterizing the sprinkler system in the fall
- De-winterizing the sprinkler system in the spring
- Annual furnace maintenance
- Appliance repair due to normal wear and tear
- Landscape repair cause by storms or disease (downed tree due to winds, dead trees due to disease)
These are just a few examples. Please refer to your signed lease for a full discussion of responsibilities of maintenance items.
Setting up Tenant Epayments
- Log into the tenant portal
- Click the Orange button "Setup Payment Account"
- Fill out your banking account information
- The routing and bank account information follows this format:
Setting up Tenant Auto Epayments - Never worry about late fees again!
- Setup your epayment account as detailed above.
- In the portal you will see an orange button "Auto Epayments"
- Choose the start date you would like to make your payments and the amount you would like to pay. You can modify or cancel your scheduled payments at any time. Remember that settlement of your payment will take 3 to 4 business days.
Should You Rent or Buy a Home?
Whether to rent or buy is not a straight forward answer for most people. There is often both a financial side of the equation as well as a non-financial side of the equation. Most calculators take into account loan information, maintenance expense, taxes, insurance, appreciation and how long you expect to stay in the home. Within the last several years, the calculators have become much more inclusive covering a wide range of factors.
But what else is there? Whether you rent or buy should also take into account where you are in regards to your life and its upcoming obligations. Did you just start out in your career? Is there a job move in the next 3-10 years? Are you military and unsure of your next assignment? Do you know if your family is going to grow in the next few years? Unfortunately, the calculator is not helpful with these topics.
What about the economy and the lending market? What are interest rates going to do in the next few years? Will mortgages be easier or harder to get? Again, the calculator is no help with these factors either.
Can we tell you what the best decision is for your situation? Of course not, but we can help you bring all of these topics up for consideration so that you are up on all of the latest economic trends and ultimately become an informed decision maker. If you have questions about Colorado Springs Property Management Contact us for more information.