Owner Frequently Asked Questions
How much security deposit can I charge for my rental in Marin County?
Can I choose whether to allow tenants with children? Tenants with pets? Or, Tenants who smoke?
Pets, however, are not a protected class; therefore, you may choose to disallow pets in your units, with the exception of legal Assistive Animals.
Smokers are also not a protected class. We encourage all Owners to consider having their investment be a non-smoking property.
Does Foundation Homes provide a monthly accounting of my income and expenses for each property?
How do you screen for quality tenants for my property?
We are professionally trained to process all applications with a careful eye for detail. We obtain credit and eviction reports on each applicant, contact current and previous landlords for rental references, and verify current employment and income through a two-point process.
What constitutes "Capital Improvement" versus Repairs?
Are there Smoke Detector rules I need to be aware of?
1. Effective January 1, 2016
2. Leased or rented dwellings must meet current building standards
3. Smoke alarms must be installed in every bedroom and outside of sleeping areas
4. Smoke alarms if not hardwired must have a 10 year non-replaceable and non-removable battery that is listed acceptable by the Office of the State Fire Marshall. 10 year replaceable batteries are not permitted.
5. If a permit of at least $1000 or more is pulled before January 1, 2016 the property/dwelling must meet current code before the inspection can be approved.
——> Current Building code also requires that “NO” smoke alarm may be in service after 10 years. You can find the date of manufacturer on the back or inside the units. If no date is listed the unit is likely to be extremely old. Another indicator to show that you may need to replace the unit is if the unit has turned yellow or brownish in color.
Why does Foundation Homes strongly discourage a landlord from purchasing a Home Warranty plan?
Additionally, home warranties have exclusions for preventive maintenance and often landlords mistakenly think they shouldn’t pay for needed preventative to be performed because “I have a home warranty”. However, this negatively affects the property in the long run. Also, there’s a basic quality control issue. We can’t think of a better way to jeopardize the reputation of our company in the eyes of our clients and tenants than allowing a third party vendor that we have no relationship with to address the maintenance issue at hand in an often untimely (and possibly unprofessional) manner.
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