What are you looking for in a tenant? Our rentals are urban core historic houses (not apartments) on blocks of owners. We seek responsible tenants with excellent credit*, the ability to pay the rent* and written and vocalized commitment to be good neighbors. Our tenants understand the enormous importance of curb appeal, safety and maintenance. For 22 years we’ve rented our historic houses. Most (but not all) of our tenants stay between 3 and 8 years. Our house is almost always the last rental before they buy.
How can apply? Rentapplication* also used by RE/MAX, Century21, Coldwell Banker, Berkshire Hathaway and Realtor.com. Well supported. An end to end. Simple and easy. You can complete it on your phone (see the Application page for more details).
Where can I find the public school catchment? Don't trust any site or any one but the school district. Call them. A kindergarten spot is NOT guaranteed for all catchment children. The application is not the same at all schools.
I'd like to rent a house with three friends. Phila Code states "no more than three unrelated adults may live in one unit without rooming house zoning." That zoning doesn't exist in our neighborhoods. Violating the zoning invalidates our licenses and everyone's insurance. We do not have rooming house licenses. (That license is rare in Philadelphia.)
Do you have a lot of turnover? Most tenants stay three or four years, leaving when buying.
Do you allow instruments? Our houses are historic row houses primarily on tiny blocks. You'd be surprised how loud a any instrument can be in the house next door or on the street. We do not allow any instruments to be played at the premises.
How do I pay the rent? Venmo!
Do you accept animals?One fur baby pet is potentially allowable. NO DOGS. EXOTICS (including birds), BUNNIES OR FARM ANIMALS. Animals which currently live with you only. Neither pet deposits nor pet rent are currently charged. We adhere to all animal laws, our insurance company's restrictions and use the Philadelphia Women's Humane Society* pet tenancy model. Even if visiting a pet must qualify, be an ADULT, house broken, spayed/neutered, trained, indoor and socialized standard domestic animal suited for urban living named in the lease. (We've had severe damage numerous times.)
How long are your leases? 12 months if the lease inception is May or June. If not it’s whenever the lease begins it will end in May/June. Most of our tenants renew their leases for at least three years. Month-to-month is not an option.
Will you negotiate rent or your policies? No. Please don't ask.
How does maintenance work? By Phila Code tenants renting houses have more responsibilities than those renting apartments. The Code assigns house tenants snow and ice removal, testing all detectors monthly or as the manufacturer recommends and maintaining the pest and vermin-free condition of the house. Every month our tenants also have a shortlist of tasks (which takes about 15 minutes) such as running a sanitizing cycle for the dishwasher and washer, clearing the dryer vent, etc.
We spend less than an hour every month doing basic maintenance: enzyme clean all the drains (products such as toothpaste and shaving cream can wreck havoc with pipes), faucet filters, shower head, change/clean the heater filter, clean the garbage disposal and refrigerator vents and reset the electrical panel. Twice a year the heating/air conditioning system and roof are professionally maintained. Also twice a year the range filters and thermostat and CO2 detector batteries are changed, outside faucets seasonally adjusted, window channels cleaned and locks maintained.
How do I care for the house? Easy. It’s all spelled out in a house manual, and we do onboarding. Cleaning is water for most things. After all you wouldn’t use dish detergent to clean your car. (It will strip off the wax coating and permanently damage the paint just like using vinegar on grouted tile or granite. It destroys the surface.)
The filters of mini split heating snd air conditioning canisters have to be cleaned twice a month. The tenant cleans them once/month, and we clean them once/month.
Furniture (without drama)!
Furniture like the above (which is ours) will fit upstairs in any house, The sofa is IKEA with contemporary legs, it easily breaks down.
Below are examples of furniture currently on 2nd and 3rd floors of our houses that went up the historic, original stairs. Any furniture moving in or out of our houses must go through the front door and up the stairs. Nothing can be moved in that requires a window or door removed or be hauled over a deck. A platform bed with a foam mattress like Tuft and Needle is great. A boxspring is a problem.
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