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April 2015

Address
11573 Jollyville Rd.
Austin, TX 78759

Mailing Address
PO Box 202344
Austin, TX 78720

Contact Us
Phone: 512.794.8171
Email: info@alpsmgmt.com
Website: www.alpsmgmt.com

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Our Services

  • Real Estate Services to Buyers and Sellers
  • Out of State Property Management Company Referrals
  • Maintenance and Make Ready Services for our Owners and Referring Agents

 

Managing For
YOUR Success

Rick Ebert REALTOR® MPM®
CEO
512.794.8171 X 217
alpsmgmt@alpsmgmt.com

Karen Ebert REALTOR® MPM®
COO
512.794.8171 X 215
karen@alpsmgmt.com

Mike Ebert, REALTOR®, RMP®
Director of Property Management
512.794.8171 X 211
mebert@alpsmgmt.com

Marc Witmer REALTOR®
RMP® MPM®

Property Manager
512.794.8171 X 222
marc@alpsmgmt.com

Pam Fite
Assistant Director of Operations
512.794.8171 X 214
pam@alpsmgmt.com

Mike Gonzales, REALTOR®
Property Manager
512.794.8171 X 218
mike@alpsmgmt.com

Shelly Longoria, REALTOR®
Property Manager
512.794.8171 X 210
shelly@alpsmgmt.com

Yvonne Dougherty, CTA
Leasing and Management Coordinator
512.794.8171 X 220
yvonne@alpsmgmt.com

Rebecca Panacci, REALTOR®
Assistant Property Manager
Accounts Coordinator

512.794.8171 X 216
rebecca@alpsmgmt.com

Jeff Ebert
Maintenance Coordinator
512.794.8171 X 224
jeff@alpsmgmt.com

 

Best Practices

Check Your Insurance: Events can happen - flood, extreme heat, earthquakes, fire, and more! It is important to check your insurance to obtain the best coverage possible and ensure that it is current.Review now with your insurance agent before a disaster/emergency occurs.

If an Emergency Occurs: Please be patient and avoid tying up critical phone lines and our time. Our first priority during any emergency is to handle the situation, taking any necessary measures for the safety of your property and your tenants. Then, we will contact you as soon as we are able.

 

ALPS Associations

 

 

Economy Gurus Are Big On
Texas & Austin Area

 

 

  • In his annual forecast, Angelos Angelou stated that Texas in general and the Austin area in particular have only positive projections for 2015.
  • ViZn Energy Systems, an energy storage battery company is moving its headquarters to Austin. Translation is more jobs and more demand for housing.
  • Austin is now referred to as "Silicon Hills" a take on "Silicon Valley" in California. With its young tech workforce and all the domino effects of things like Google Fiber being put into place we now have a workforce that is very committed to keeping the Austin area as their home.
  • Mark Sprague, state director of information capital for Independence Title, in a presentation to the Leander Chamber of Commerce, has stated that recovery is strong in Texas vs. the nation as evidenced by changing spending patterns of women from makeup to buying more handbags, jewelry and dresses. He affirmed that low cost of living, low taxes and low regulations have contributed to our rapid recovery. Although our property taxes are high, our overall tax burden is 46th nationally.
  • New investors are seeing the Austin metro area a good place to invest their money.

 

Fair Housing and Reasonable Modifications

 

 

The Federal Fair Housing Act (known as the Act) prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability. The Department of Justice and the Department of Housing (the DOJ) and Urban Development (HUD) jointly enforce this landmark legislation. Most states also have additional Fair Housing laws.

 

Fair Housing requirements make it unlawful for a housing provider or homeowners' association to refuse to allow a reasonable accommodation or a reasonable modification to the premises when they may be necessary to afford persons with disabilities full enjoyment of a dwelling, including public and common use spaces.

  • A reasonable accommodation is a change, exception, or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice, or service.
  • A reasonable modification is a structural change made to the premises. Reasonable modifications can include structural changes to interiors and exteriors of dwellings and to common and public use areas. The property owner or manager must permit them but modifications but are at the tenant's expense.

Examples of reasonable accommodations are:

  • Renting to a disabled person
  • Allowing a disabled person to have a support animal
  • Not charging additional fees or pet deposits for a support animal
  • Providing a wheelchair ramp in a common area

Examples of reasonable modifications are:

  • A resident with a hearing disability wants to install a peephole in her door so she can see who is there before she opens it.
  • A resident with a mobility issue wants to install grab bars in the bathroom.
  • A resident with a mobility issue wants to install a ramp outside the building in a common area.

Here are other facts regarding reasonable modifications:

  • The tenant or someone acting on the tenant's behalf is responsible for costs associated with a reasonable modification.
  • A reasonable accommodation is at a resident's request for a person with a disability and the property owner and/or manager can request verification of the disability.
  • A tenant can make a request for a reasonable modification at any time before or during the tenancy.
  • The tenant's request must be reasonable and should not present an undue burden on the property owner.
  • If the modification is not reasonable or if it would impose an undue hardship, the property owner can deny the request.
  • If the property owner denies a request, a property owner and/or manager should send a letter to the applicant or resident. The letter should explain the denial, the facts behind the denial, how they discovered the facts, and offer to meet with the applicant/resident.
  • Property owners or managers should not offer to make a modification to a resident but should wait for a resident to request the modification. Offering a modification before it is requested may subject a property owner to a claim of discrimination.
  • To show that a requested modification may be necessary, there must be an identifiable relationship between the requested modification and the individual's disability.

HUD and the DOJ receive numerous complaints alleging that property owners and/or managers are refusing both reasonable accommodations and modifications to persons with disabilities. Complaints can lead to legal action and/or financial losses for investors.

 

As your property management company, we take each request by the disabled seriously, reviewing the costs and the Fair Housing laws upon receipt of the request prior to taking action. We will always work to avoid incurring risk for your investment and following the Fair Housing laws are a top priority.

 

The material provided in this newsletter is for informational and educational purposes only.
It is NOT legal advice. Although we believe this material is accurate,
we cannot guarantee that it is 100% without errors.

 

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