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  • 04/07/2017

    Pets and Rentals

    ***Please Note: The prices listed in the following article are based on the current listed rates. These rates can change based on the property and/or new policies.


    Going into the warmer months we are reminded about small creatures that we call pets. As renters, it is important to follow your lease, but what pets can you have with or without a pet addendum. Also, why is it important to follow your pet addendum?

    Small Animals:

    Small Animals give you the option of having a small creature without having a pet addendum. There are some things that you need to consider though. Small animals can still damage your rental unit, and you are responsible for these charges. Also, have you thought about the size of the animal as it grows:
    • Fish: Fish are a colorful addition to your home. Please remember that tanks can leak. We have had experiences where tanks have had a small leak that dripped down into a unit below. Those charges can be costly so please maintain your tanks. Also note: Water weighs a lot so make sure that you are being safe with how big of a tank you attempt to put into your unit and where.
    • Reptiles: We have tenants that have small snakes, bearded dragons and leopard geckos. With any of these animals please do not choose the option of feeding them roaches. No matter what the pet stores states, we do not want roaches brought into our rental units. Also, please make sure that you are following city guidelines on the types of reptiles that you own.
    • Small Rodents: Gerbils, Hamsters, Small Mice and Guinea Pigs are the kind of rodents we will allow in our rental units. We do not allow ferrets, and/or rabbits. All small animals like this must be kept in cages, they are not to run around without being in a cage/ball.
    Cats and Dogs:

    We do not have too many set rules with renting units with cats and/or dogs. We do not want Pit Bulls (Including the American Pit Bull – Staffordshire Terrier).  We also only allow so many animals per unit. Each of our rental properties has different rules on pets. Most of our apartments would only allow a renter to have a cat. Also, just because you are looking to rent a duplex, townhouse or house does not mean you can have a Dog.

    When you are accepted to have a cat and/or dog, then you need to sign a pet addendum. With accepted pets we charge you a pet deposit [25% of your rental amount] plus $20 per animal per month. If you do not follow the pet rules you can [and will] be charged a $100 pet fee per incident. This includes if you have a friend visiting and they have a small dog [as a pet] coming in with them. Again, please note that the prices above can change. This is an article and does not necessarily list our current rates.

    Animal Maintenance:

    No matter what kind of Animal you get it is your responsibility as a renter to pay your rent. When choosing an animal make sure you think of the costs for feeding it, and any vet bills in line. You still need to pay your rent even if your pet needs vaccines, or if you have to take a lizard into the herpetologist for egg binding, can bring extra costs. These need to be budgeted so you can still pay your rent.

    Having pets can really make the difference in your home, and hopefully this helps you to make a good decision for your family [and your rental unit] with what pets you do or do not get.



  • 05/15/2014

    We Are Moving...


  • 04/28/2014

    Bedbugs while Traveling [Bedbug Series 3 of 3]



    “Here are our travel tips for how to avoid bed bugs. To reduce your chances of bringing home bed bugs when you travel, consider these bed bug travel tips.:

    • One of our latest bed bug travel tips is to use a disposable bed bug seat covers on the plane, bus or train that is carrying you to your destination. Bed bugs have been found on all forms of public transportation. A low cost cover ($6.99 for 12) will protect you from bringing home these parasitic hitch hikers.
    • When traveling, only bring clothes that can be washed when you get home. Select clothes which can be laundered in hot water and withstand 20 to 30 minutes in the dryer.
    • Consider using luggage that doesn't have outside seams, such as hard sided luggage.  Bed bugs will try and hide in crevices on the luggage and like to lay eggs on rough surfaces.
    • If you purchase items, place them in seal-able plastic bags.  


    Tip: Bring Ziploc Big Bags with you when traveling.  They are bed bug proof and can be used to protect your entire suitcase or used as a liner to protect clothes inside a suitcase.

    • Don't place your luggage inside the hotel room until you inspect the room for bed bugs.
    • When entering the room place luggage on racks and away from the floor and if possible at least 10 feet away from the bed.  Most bedbugs will be near the bed.
    • Keep clothes in the luggage, not hotel room drawers.  
    • Zip or close luggage after it is opened so that nothing can crawl inside.
    • If hanging clothes, consider hanging it on the shower rack or in the bathroom, the place where bed bugs are least likely to hide.”

    Remember that if you bring Bedbugs into your home, it is your responsibility to pay for the treatment [per your rental lease]. Hopefully through this series of blogs, you will be able to identify and protect yourself from these parasites. Again, all information & Pictures were taken from http://www.bed-bugs-handbook.com.

  • 04/14/2014

    Treating the Problem [Bedbug Series 2 of 3]



    It is important that while pest control is treating your unit that you help them, and yourself by completing the following steps taken from the bed bug handbook:
    “In general, vacuum any room as the first step to get rid of bed bugs.  A vacuum will do a good job of picking up some, but not all bed bugs.  Use the crevice tool around the edge of the room, windows etc.  When emptying the vacuum bag, do it in the room being treated, seal in a plastic bag and tap the bag closed.  Dispose outside the house…

    • Set up a Clean Zone: Identify an out of the way area where you can move items that have been inspected.  Consider using a bathroom if is connected to the room since it's easy to spot any dropped bedbugs on the tile or floor.  If not, use the hall outside the room being inspected and treated.
    • Discard What You Can: If anything can be discarded, do it such as newspapers, magazines etc. Bedbugs can hide between the pages.  Bag in plastic. seal with tape and discard.  Helpful bags to use are Ziploc double zipper big bags, since they are bed bug proof.
    • Start with the Bed Linen:  Take all of the bed linens (blankets, ruffles etc.  Starting from the bottom of the bed, fold all in half including sheets, padding etc.  Place in a plastic bag with any dust ruffles, pillow cases etc.  Seal the bag with heavy tape.  Bring all to the washing machine or laundry mat  and wash in hot water following by 30 minutes minimum in the dryer. 120 degree heat will kill bed bugs and their eggs.
    • Bag and Wash Clothes Etc.: Anything that can be washed  and dried on high heat settings should be placed in the washing machine.  Bag clothes, seal with tape and then move to the machine.  Even bag and wash any stuffed animals.  If sneakers will tolerate it, place in the dryer for 30 minutes on high heat setting.
    • Inspect the Mattress: Look at the mattress and note is you see any fecal spots, reddish brown spots or any bed bugs.  Be sure to inspect around the mattress tags, as this is a common hiding place.  Look along all seams and around any buttons.  Check the top and bottom. Bed bugs will try and wedge themselves into any hiding spot.  Studies show that 50%+ of total bedbugs in a  room will be in and around the bed and box spring.
    • Remove the Headboard and Pictures Over the Bed: Bed bugs like to hide behind bed boards and behind pictures.  Inspect the pictures on the bed.  If you spot bedbugs either dispose of the picture or treat it with a spray.  If you use a professional, and if they have a heat chamber truck, it can be treated in the truck.  If not, dispose of the picture or bag it on the mattress for future treatment.  Treat the headboard, pictures etc. to kill any bed bugs with a spray (assuming it will not damage the picture, test it first).
    • Flip the Mattress to the Wall: Flip the mattress and lean it against the wall.  This way you can note any falling bedbugs and then you can treat the underside of the mattress to get rid of bed bugs…
    • Inspect and Treat the Box Spring: More bed bugs usually hide in the box spring than the mattress…
    • Cover Both the Mattress and Box Spring: After treatment and after any sprays dry, place both the mattress and box spring in a bed bug approved zippered case.  If you can't buy two cases due to cost, then just zip the box spring.  After encasing the mattress and box spring, move both into the clean area suggested at the beginning of these instructions…

      The purpose of covers is to trap bed bugs and eggs inside the mattress and box spring.  It is very easy to miss eggs, so this is an effective way to get rid of bed bugs that hatch from eggs you may have missed.  These covers should remain on the mattress and box spring for no less than 1 year ,as bed bugs can live this long without feeding.  If holding on to your mattress, this an important step when you want to get rid of bed bugs. 
    • Inspect and treat the Bed Frame: The frame has cracks where all of the joints come together…
    • Move End Tables Etc. into Bed Frame Area: The bed area should be the place where all other items are inspected or treated.  This concentrates the bed bugs in one area vs. spreading them throughout the room.  Inspect furniture thoroughly.  Pull out any drawers and turn them over.   If treating end tables, do it within the bed frame area.
    • Electronics: Small items can be hiding places for bed bugs such as the inside of small electric devices..

      There are no good treatment for books and electronics….The best approach to get rid of bed bugs on these items it to throw them out  (in a taped sealed plastic bag of course)…”
     If you think you have Bedbugs [& you rent from us] please let us know immediately. It is important to start treatments right away. There is hope, we can get rid of them but only if we work together! We would rather start a treatment and have you pay it off over time then have you not tell us at all. For Apartments the current charge is $160.50, Duplex Units $225.00 and Home Rental Bedbugs to $350.00 all for 2 months of treatment [Prices are subject to change]. 



    Remember that if you bring Bedbugs into your home, it is your responsibility to pay for the treatment [per your rental lease]. Hopefully through this series of blogs, you will be able to identify and protect yourself from these parasites. Again, all information & Pictures were taken from http://www.bed-bugs-handbook.com.
     

  • 03/31/2014

    Bedbugs & You [Bedbug Series 1 of 3]



    Unfortunately, Bedbugs have made a comeback in the United States. It is something that can’t be ignored whether you rent or own your home. So what can you do? Stay informed and as renters let us know if you think you see any sign of a bedbug. We will be discussing some problems that you may come across with bedbugs, and hopefully we can give you  some tips to keep them at bay across three special blogs.

    So… What are Bedbugs?
    “Bedbugs are small  … They hide in narrow crevices near the feeding area, such as a  mattress seam, bed frame, and other furniture, although they can be found in any room or area of a home.”

    Unfortunately, Bedbugs have made a comeback in the United States. It is something that can’t be ignored whether you rent or own your home. So what can you do? Stay informed and as renters let us know if you think you see any sign of a bedbug. We will be discussing some problems that you may come across with bedbugs, and hopefully we can give you  some tips to keep them at bay across three special blogs.


    There are different things that you can look for to tell if you have bedbugs. First, have you been noticing that you are getting bit by something; do you have raised red areas on your skin? When looking at your furniture, do you notice black spots, or aged brown spots that look like old blood? Also, in some cases bedbugs can let off a pheromone that smells like very sweet raspberries or coriander.


    Remember that if you bring Bedbugs into your home, it is your responsibility to pay for the treatment [per your rental lease]. Hopefully through this series of blogs, you will be able to identify and protect yourself from these parasites. Again, all information & Pictures were taken from http://www.bed-bugs-handbook.com.

  • 12/30/2013

    Welcome to D Thompson Realty & Property Management



    Welcome to D Thompson Realty’s new website. As a company we are trying to streamline things for both our tenants and owners. We now have the capability for tenants to see their current balance online, and make payments via ACH [checking/savings account, for free] or with Credit/Debit cards [for a fee]. For owners, we offer the opportunity to have access to your owner’s statements online so there is no wait if you need copies of past statements.
      For our prospective tenants, we now have the ability for you to fill out your applications online. We are a fair housing provider and look at the following items:
        --Net Monthly Income [Income after Taxes/Fees] has to be at least 3 times the rental amount of the unit you are applying for.
        --We like our tenants to be on their jobs for at least 6 months [This item is not set in stone].
        --If a tenant is not working [Retired, getting Social Security, or Receiving Government Aid] we might require a co-signer.
        --Co-Signers need to have GREAT credit, and be working at their job for at least one year.
        --We only accept Douglas County, Omaha Housing Authority and Bellevue Section 8. We do not accept General Assistance and other assistance programs that are not a part of Section 8.
        --With Credit Checks, we throw out: Student Loans, Medical Bills, Cell Phone Bills
        --With Credit Checks, we don’t like seeing that you owe Utility Companies Money. We also look for evictions, and money owed to other rental companies.
        --We verify:
        -------- Employment
        -------- Rental Verification: We don’t like to see that you have left on bad standing with other rental companies.
        -------- Criminal Check: No bad misdemeanors or Any Felonies.
        --We like that you have seen the unit you are applying for before you spend your $30 application fee.
        --There is a $30 application fee, this is charged per adult or married couple.
        --Occupancy: we use the rule of thumb that there are 2 people to a room.
        --------Note: We consider someone a resident if they spend 30 nights in a row at the unit –or- 90 nights total in a 12-month period.
        --------Children of different genders need their own room after 1 year or share with a sibling of the same gender [Note: three siblings of the same gender would not be able to share a single room].
        Most of our work orders are handled within 24-48 hours from the time they are placed. Please join us on Thursday for our first Maintenance Minute Posting!

        Happy New Year!