Hoarding Situations and Short-Term Apartments

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It might seem entirely impossible for tenants in short term apartment rentals to create a hoarding situation, but it is far more common than you might know. One organization has determined that hoarding disorders affect up to 15 million people, and that it is an endless behavior. This means that property managers of short term apartments must take the matter seriously and make plans to address the issue if it arises.

How? There are some obvious warning signs for longer term rentals, such as a year without a single maintenance call, but even short-term apartment rentals can provide a few clues that a problem is present.

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As a property manager, you will want to pay attention to the amount of garbage each tenant tosses on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. If you notice almost no trash from a renter, it may be a sign of hoarding. Odd odors are another indicator that a hoarding situation is present, and ignored efforts to get in touch is also another red flag.

If you are in charge of short term apartments, you can address the situation with diplomacy as this usually creates the best results. Because it is a disorder, you want to hold off on immediate eviction if you discover it has occurred. Instead, consult with an attorney, insert clauses that allow for spot inspections in all rentals and train any staff to be alert to this risk with any and all rentals. Remember that regular inspections as part of a rental arrangement can be the best approach to preventing hoarding in the first place.

Property Spotlight: Seattle’s Sea to Sky Has Your Furnished Rental Needs Covered


Sea to Sky Rentals are CHBO Power Owners with eight gorgeous Seattle corporate rentals in the world’s coffee capital.  As a small business with a 15-year track record and an A+ rating from the BBB, they take pride in “providing guests with incredible vacation experiences, which include world class customer service.” With properties in some of Seattle’s hottest locales available nightly, why waste money on a hotel or subpar property? Starting near downtown and working out, let’s have a look at these eight great, CHBO Certified Seattle short-term rentals.

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South Lake Union (SLU) is the setting for a rental property with two bedroom, one and a half bath townhome of stainless steel appliances and beautiful quartz countertops that will inspire your inner-chef! Walk to Pike Place Market from your front door, arms full of fresh ingredients. Located in a brand new modern building minutes from Amazon’s corporate headquarters, it holds a 96 walk score, so park the car and walk to the Space Needle and the Seattle Center. February bookings will receive 10% off on this premier furnished rental.  Tenants say:

“It was well stocked and very clean and comfortable. The building had an amazing gym and the rooftop terrace (with grills, tables, couches, chaises, has fireplace, and pick my pong table) was a favorite hangout for our family at night. It was within walking distances of everything. If you are looking for a big city feel vacation, then this is your place.” – Teresa, 5 Stars, Sep 2017

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Let’s stay in South Lake Union, in the same building, for this next CHBO Certified executive rental offering two bedrooms, one and a half baths, and zero regrets.  Ride the elevator up to this hip condo with panoramic views; hardwood floors, pendant lights, and high end everything. A Queen and two twin beds await, along with stainless steel appliances, and the same central location that puts all of Seattle’s biggest attractions within walking distance. February bookings will receive 10% off on this premier furnished rental. Tenants say:

The deck was beautiful and the kitchen had many cooking utensils and gadgets available for use. There was even a food processor! The location of this apartment is perfect. It took my boyfriend about five minutes to walk from the Lakeview Suite to Amazon for work the next morning. Sea to Sky was an absolute delight to work with. We will definitely be staying here again!” – Sydney, Dec 2017

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Belltown hosts a two bedroom, two bath sunset suite. LA Style and mid-century décor converge on a view of Puget Sound; where up to six can spread out in a spacious condo of lofted ceilings and comfy Queen beds. Have a dip in the community pool, get your workout in the fitness center, or just marvel at the city view from the private balcony of furnished rental. Tenants say:

Belltown was a great place to stay! The location was ideal for walking to… well anywhere! Food nearby, Pikes Place nearby, nightlife, shopping, water views. It was perfect. We felt very safe in the building, and would definitely recommend!Jamie, Sep 2017

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This Charming bungalow in Queen Anne offers two bedrooms and one bath for Seattle corporate tenants seeking easy reach of the city sights and public transport. Bright and cheerful, there’s a fenced outdoor space and a gas grill and a new foosball table, so this one is great for entertaining. And, because it’s only minutes from downtown, your adventures and commute are sure to be short. February bookings will receive 10% off on this premier furnished rental. Tenants say:

“The house is beautiful and it’s clean in every room. You also get enough amenities like towers etc to use. Quite neighborhood, few minutes Uber from Seattle downtown, highly recommended place for Seattle visit!” – Haoran, Sep 2017

Property Manager, Insurances and Furnished Housing

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As a property owner, you already know that insurance is a must have item. It is what guarantees you will not suffer a financial loss on your property, but it can also offer you a great deal more. This is particularly true if you offer fully furnished apartments for rent and if you work with a property management company.

Why? To begin with, furnished housing opens up a few liabilities. There is the risk that the items you supply are damaged, destroyed or lost and you need coverage that prevents your profit margin from evaporating should you need to refurnish after a particularly destructive tenant or a problem they cause (think flooding, fire, stains, and so on).

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There is also your liability should the furnishings lead to a problem. Mold and allergies are just two issues that your furnishings could cause (or said to have caused).

And why would the manager of your fully furnished apartments for rent be a subject that also relates to insurance? It has to do with any mistakes the manager might make in operating the furnished housing. As a simple example, they might wrongfully evict someone, opening you up to legal issues.

The coverage is often described as “Errors and Omissions” coverage, and it protects you and the manager from any mistakes the manager makes. Should you supply it? You can, but you might insist that the manager offer proof of such coverage. Should you also add managers to the policies you have in place? In a word: Yes. It just makes sense to erase liability whenever and wherever possible with furnished housing, and that is one simple way to accomplish it.