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Resident Information Center

Keeping your home cared for

Maintenance
Tips & Tricks

Keep the refrigerator working efficiently

  • Dirty coils hold in heat and make your refrigerator’s motor work harder to cool the inside compartments.

  • Keep coils clean by removing the cover from below the door and vacuuming out the dust that has accumulated.

  • While you’re there, remove the drip pan from underneath the coils. Wash it well, and check the drain for clogs before replacing it.

  • Next, check the freezer. It needs to be defrosted if more than 1/4 inch of ice has accumulated on the walls. Don’t chip away at it with a sharp object. Instead, remove the contents to a cooler, place a pan underneath the ice to catch the drips, and either let the ice melt at room temperature or help it along with a blow dryer.

Taking care of the flooring

  • Dirt is a floor’s worst enemy! When embedded into rugs and carpets, it wears out the fibers. On harder surfaces, like wood, laminate and vinyl, dirt causes scratches.

  • Place mats inside and outside your door to reduce the amount of dirt tracked into your apartment. Vacuum low-traffic carpets at least once a week; vacuum high-traffic areas more frequently. Protect wood, laminate and vinyl floors by sweeping every day and mopping weekly with a product recommended for the floor type. Use the minimum amount of fluid needed to clean wood and laminate, as saturation damages wood’s finish and causes laminate to warp.

Keep Heat and A/C Dust Free

  • Preventive maintenance of the heating and air-conditioning units is all about ensuring proper air flow.

  • Vacuum vents before using the units for the first time each year, and then inspect the vents periodically to make sure new dust hasn’t accumulated. Change filters as soon as they become soiled.

  • Finally, keep furniture and window coverings away. In the case of heat vents, this is as much a safety issue as a maintenance one.

  • Don’t turn off your heat or A/C when you leave for the day. Instead, turn the heat down or the A/C up just a few degrees. You’ll actually save more energy by maintaining a steadier temperature!

Prevent Plumbing Problems

  • Keep drains flowing freely. Avoid pouring oil, coffee grounds or other solids into the kitchen sink.

  • In the bathroom, remove hair from the sink and tub promptly so they’re not washed down the drain.

  • Sink and toilet clogs usually can be unclogged with a plunger. Fill the clogged vessel with water and then push the plunger straight down in a quick, firm motion. You may need to repeat a number of times before the clog is removed.

Know When to Seek Help

  • Sometimes it’s best to leave the work to the pros.

  • Report malfunctioning appliances, water you can’t turn off and clogs that don’t respond to plunging. Also report broken or missing grout in the bathroom.

  • Grout isn’t just cosmetic–it keeps water from seeping into walls and floors.

Apartment Rental Tips

Preferences

  • Depending on your need and budget, you will have to look at various rental options and decide accordingly.

  • Depending on number of tenants, you may require a certain size apartment. For 3 tenants, a two-bedroom or a one-bedroom with a den is recommended. 

  • Factor in your commute. When you factor in the famous LA traffic and limited public transportation, going even a few miles could take you an hour! Make sure you account for your commute to work when apartment hunting

Lease

  • An apartment can usually be leased for a term of one year or less. By signing a long-term lease, both you and the landlord are agreeing to your long-term occupancy.

  • You should carefully review the apartment lease agreement. It is a legally binding document. Also, it is your only proof of residency in a particular place. Your landlord is required to give you a copy of the rental agreement.

  • You should generally not spend more than 30 percent of your take home salary on rent. This, of course can vary based on your needs and circumstances.

Damages

  • When you sign a lease, you agree to keep the home clean and in good shape. You may be charged for any extra damage to the apartment.

  • If you see any damages, you must ask the property manager to note it promptly. Otherwise, the landlord may deduct some or all of you security deposit when you move out. Talk to your landlord before you move out to find out what you need to fix in order to receive your full security deposit.

 
 

Helpful Links

Here are some helpful links to the most common utility company sites.

Electric & Water

Gas
Garbage
Telephone
Miscellaneous
 

FAQ's

1) When is Rent due?
  • Your rent is ALWAYS due on the FIRST DAY of the month. If your rent is not in our office by the end of the due date, you will automatically be charged a late fee. This late fee amount is due with your rent payment.

     

2) How do I pay my rent?
  • You can mail your rent to our office and put your address / unit # on the memo of your money order or check.

    • Ben Leeds Properties

    • 3385 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

  • Click on RESIDENT PORTAL and pay online as well as view your account balance.

  • You can pay in person at our office.

  • Cash IS NOT ACCEPTED with all the options for security reasons.

     

3) What happens if I don’t pay my rent?
  • You should notify our office immediately.

    • (310) 815 – 9015

       

4) How do I report a repair, which needs to be done in my home?
  • Contact your manager or log into Resident Portal and fill out a maintenance request. For after hour emergencies, please contact your manager for assistance. This is for THREATENING EMERGENCIES ONLY, and not for regular maintenance calls.

  • If there is a problem, which was caused by your or your guests, such as an inappropriate item flushed down the toilet, you will be charged for the repair

     

5) What is considered an EMERGENCY?
  • An EMERGENCY is defined as a maintenance problem that will cause a safety hazard to residents, or an imminent damage to property, so that fixing it cannot wait until the next business day.

  • A few examples would be an overflowing toilet, a broken pipe, or sudden electrical short.

  • If there is a gas leak, call the gas company in your area first, and if there is a power outage, call the electric company in your area first to see if there is a general power outage in the area (links to the gas and electric company websites can be found in the HELPFUL LINKS tab).

     

6) Will I be notified when a repair person is coming to my home?
  • We will give you a 24 hour notice to enter, unless you agree to allow our vendor to enter your home on an as-available basis. There is no requirement for you to be present, but you must provide access to your home, with proper notice, for purposes of repairs. There is no requirement of us to give you notice if there is a suspected emergency, such as a burst pipe.

     

7) When I move out, how can I get my security deposit back? Can I used my security deposit for my last month of rent?
  • Security Deposit are not to be used instead of payment of rent, since the purpose of a security deposit is to pay for any damage caused by the tenant or their guests. If you do not pay any rent, including the last month you are in the unit, you will be subject to eviction proceedings. You are entitled to an accounting of your security deposit as well as the appropriate refund, within 21 days of your moving out of the unit.

     

8) I lost my keys and can’t get into my unit. What should I do?
  • You can call a locksmith at your own expense or contact the manager to pick up a spare key at an extra charge.

     

9) My roommate wants to move out but I want to stay, what should I do?
  • Replacing your current roommate with a new one: The new roommate will need to fill out a complete application, send in their most recent month of paystubs and 2 forms of ID. In the case they are approved, the roommate will be added to the lease.

  • Keeping the unit by yourself: You will need to send in your most recent month of paystubs showing that you can afford that unit by yourself. If approved then your roommate will be removed from the lease. In both cases the security deposit is handled between the roommates as the office won’t release any deposit unless all roommates move out.

     

10) My neighbor plays loud music late at night, what do you suggest?
  • If your neighbor is violating House Rules, we always suggest first talking to your neighbor in a friendly tone of voice. For instance, you may want to let him/her know that they may be unaware of the fact that it is late at night, their music can be heard in your unit, and is preventing you from sleeping. If you have already tried this, and the behavior continues, please inform the management and we will contact the tenant.
     

  • If the behavior continues even after the management has made a direct request to your neighbor, please inform the manager, and further steps may need to be taken.

     

11) I want to change the color of the paint in my unit and make other changes. Can I do this?
  • As part of the lease agreement, renovations made by a tenant are only permissible with written approval by the management. You may, of course, hang paintings of your choice on the wall, provided you repair the holes upon vacating the unit.

  • This rule against renovation without permission applies to all renovations, including changing your carpeting or other flooring, installation of built-in appliance, etc.

  • Please do not affix a satellite dish or other antenna to the roof, without acquiring permission first, as you will be charged for any damages to the roofing.

     

12) I would like to have a party at the building. Can I use the pool area or common area?
  • Any guests you invite should remain in your unit, and not congregate in common areas, including the pool or parking area. They should not be loitering anywhere around the building, and House Rules should be observed in regard to noise.

  • If your guests damage your unit in any way, you will be held responsible.

  • If your building has a security gate, you may not prop it open to allow guests to enter, as this compromises the security of other residents.

  • Garage or yard sales, which typically cause obstruction of walkways, debris, and generally cause a nuisance, are not permitted.

     

13) Someone is parked in my parking space. What do I do?
  • Leave a kind note to your neighbor letting them know. If the car is not moved within a allowable time then contact your manager for help.

     

14) Someone broke into my unit or car. What do I do?
  • First, make a police report. Second, call the office and report any damage to the building so it can be fixed and provide a copy of the police report to the office. Third, call your renters’ insurance policy and file your claim.

     

15) Am I allowed to get a pet?
  • Most of our units are pet friendly so your first step will be to call the office. The office will inform you right away if it will be possible and what the deposit / pet rent amount would be.

     

16) I want to add an additional person to the lease. What shall I do?
  • First contact the office. The new occupant will need to fill out an application, send in 2 forms of ID, and their most recent 3 month of pay stubs. Once approved, then they will be added to the lease.

     

17) I want to break the lease. What do I do?
  • You are responsible for the duration of the lease. Please contact the office and inquire about early termination. Depending on the situation, you would be assessed a month or two months of rent as a condition for breaking the lease.