Coming Soon 20102 Big Timber Dr. For Rent in Houston

by chandra.dubey 9, April 2015 06:11

Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston will soon have a new property available for rent at 20102 Big Timber Dr


If you are looking to rent a property in Houston, then you should definitely check this Lion Real Estate Group house available for rent.


4 Bedroom/2 bathroom 1906 square ft home for rent located in the Atascocita North Subdivision. This home is on a corner lot and has great curb appeal! Residents will enjoy features such as high ceilings, ceramic tile flooring, wood burning fireplace and a covered patio in the backyard. This house has a great layout and is great for entertaining!


When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.  Check out the Walkscore for 20102 Big Timber Dr.


Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has been in business since 2006. We assist rental property seekers move in, search for a suitable property and get all the documents processed.


If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.


Ashoka Lion and The Lion Real Estate Group look forward to helping you find a home to rent for in Houston area.

16310 Forest Way Dr, Available For Rent in Houston

by Sachin.Bhardwaj 26, March 2015 06:15

Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has a new property available for rent at 16310 Forest Way Dr.


If you are looking to rent a property in Houston, then you should definitely check this Lion Real Estate Group house available for rent.

 

 

Great 3 bed/2 bath house for rent! Amazing curb appeal with 2 car detached garage. High ceilings in living area with open floor plan and spacious kitchen. Now available for move in. Schedule a showing today!


When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.  Check out the Walkscore for 16310 Forest Way Dr.


Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has been in business since 2006. We assist rental property seekers move in, search for a suitable property and get all the documents processed.


If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.


Ashoka Lion and The Lion Real Estate Group look forward to helping you find a home to rent for in Houston area.

Philly Tenant scammed by landlord

by Mirania 7, November 2012 15:47

Rental Scams have become a common phenomenon these days with several tenants falling victims to apartment rental scams or a fake landlord scams every other day. Recently, I came across a news report at myfoxphilly.com that speaks of an unscrupulous landlord who has duped several prospective tenants by luring them to sign false rental agreement for the same property. The prospective tenants have claimed paying thousands of dollars to the landlord as security deposits that he did not pay back for a house. (Click here for the full story)

In order to avoid rental scams, tenants should be careful and follow certain measures to avoid such scams.  The number of rental scams is multiplying by leaps and bounds in real estate market. This article would focus on few guidelines that a tenant should follow in order to avoid getting scammed by dishonest landlords.

1) Read your documents: Never pay a security deposit before signing the rental agreement. If you have rented before, you can hopefully recognize some of the features of your standard lease (name of landlord, payment terms, late fee, rules,etc), and you should inspect your documentation to see if it looks legitimate.

2) Check out the property in person:  Checking out the rental property if you can; because you may never get back your money if you are duped.  If you drive by the property, then you can see if there is a rental sign in front of the property. You can see if number matches the online advertisement contact numbers.  Please note that licensed real estate agents can also cooperatively show the property for other brokerages, so if the numbers do not match; you may need to investigate who the person marketing is and what there relationship is. It is okay to use a agent to help you see homes and it is a common practice, but you just need to make sure that you understand that relationship early in the propcess. Also, another advantage of checking out a rental property in person is you maybe able to check with the people in the neighborhood to confirm who owns the property or situation.

3) Check if property ownership information matches online:  Ensure that the property you are renting is a legitimate rental property. The increasing number of foreclosures has encouraged the scammers to rent out properties that do not belong to them. Thus, before renting a house, spare a moment to do investigate if the landlord who is talking to you is the name of the owner in the county records. 

You can use this kind of research to identify irregularities, if any.  The online records may indicate a ownership by the bank is the owners, and this may mean that the landlord no longer owns the home. 

4) If it sounds too good to be true,then it probably is:  It is not an easy task to identify a rental scam.  Often times, we as consumers or tenants get attracted to the astounding offers, attractive prices, and great deals that we open ourselves up to being fooled by the scammers.  One way to check is google the address to see if the listing comes up under as being listed by any agents or brokerages.  You can check the local real estate agents or real estate brokerage site or real estate association sites to verify information about the agent or listing. 

Things you maybe able to determine by doing some research:

  • Is the property is listed on other sites for different prices?   Scammers love to list property for well below market price to entice people to work with them.
  • Is the property listed as a short sale, pre-foreclosure sale?  Scammer love to look for property where people may have vacated home and use that to help perpetrate their scams.  In the case of this landlord in Philly, you may find out that the bank has listed the property for sale or short sale, and the owner or former owner did not have the right to lease it out again.
  • Does the contact information differ? Sometimes scammers will look up information to make it seem like it maybe the owner directly marketing it. They will create fake email addresses that are similar but not exact.  It maybe that the scammers are find their potential target properties by scanning other real estate listing and co-opting them for their purposes.

These are few important tips for tenants so that they can avoid being scammed. Therefore, as future tenants you should always be vigilant to avoid scammers and keep these guidelines in mind next time you look out for a rental property. It also helps to work with licensed real estate brokerages and property managers as they are governed and monitored by state regulatory agencies, so it does provide some  level of comfort that you are working with legitimate parties.

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CUJO: Pets are a big deal for landlords

by jay.raman@ashokalion.com 1, October 2012 23:55

Cujo is the story of a family's dog (a mastiff), who becomes dangerous after becoming rabid (or some disease).  The dog attacks a family coming to visit another family, and they cannot escape. It maybe unlikely tenant's will ever have a dog turn into a crazed animal, but unfortunately; this story can happen. Every year, people in Houston, Dallas, and around the United State come across sad, tragic stories of animals attacking people.

There are many owners and landlords who are not comfortable with pets for the risk of damage to the home, but another factor to consider is a pet bites can be held potentially liable to the landlord. As a default, our property management firm will usually accept pets on a case by case basis. We request applicants turn in a picture of the animal, fill out the pet addendum which details size, age, breed, and has a few questions that the applicant should answer about animal ever biting someone, etc. We also request pet owners who apply to turn in any proof of vet shots, registrations, and/or training to help our landlords for our properties in Houston and Dallas get a comfort that the animal is being cared for by responsible pet owners.  If the owner accepts pets, then we usually request a refundable pet deposit and adjust the rent to compensate for the additional risk that a pet. As a general rule of thumb, we also request carpets be professionally cleaned and tenant's are required to carry renter's insurance with appropriate liabillity (300k).

 

What is normal wear and tear? 6 techniques to reduce down issues with tenants

by jay.raman@ashokalion.com 15, March 2011 11:28

I came across a article on the AshokaLion Twitter account, and it got me thinking about "wear and tear" clauses in leases. Every lease has a "wear and tear" clause in it, but it always remains a vague concept. I decided to research what other investors and real estate sights came across, and I found most had the vague notion of the wear and tear clause. I did find one article by Rental Housing Online (http://bit.ly/gklzFl) and they had a pretty good list. It definitely was not exhaustive, but either is our addendum that we provide to tenants at their walk through with our property managers upon moving in.  We have tried to provide a list of common types of damages, explainations what we consider to be "normal", and we try to explain to them what potential charges may be upon them moving out (at least some minimums that we have come across). We know this is not a complete list, but it is impossible to have a complete list due to all the circumstances at the property (including condition of the property at the time of  tenant moving in and age of the items).

I know it is impossible, but we do try to explain that "normal" is based on reasonable standards. For example, we state that scuffing a wall and it needing to be repainted is not "normal".  However, it is "normal" to have a rug steam cleaned with a rug doctor machine. However, if I have to get a commercial cleaner to take out damages to a carpet, then this should be considered "excess" of normal wear and tear".  As a kid growing up in the Houston area, my family lived in a home for over 10 years as kids, and when we moved from that home; our family was able to cleaned our carpet  to make it presentable.  It is not a huge leap of faith to think that our care was not extraoridinary, and this is why our property managers in Houston or Dallas do not understand tenant's claims that it is normal to have punch stains in the floor or bleach on the floor. 

Typical things that we would deduct from the security deposit for include:

  1. Scuff Marks on walls requiring us to paint
  2. Nail Holes in Walls
  3. Damages to windows
  4. Broken Knobs on ovens or stoves
  5. Unreported leaks that cause damage to cabinets or floors
  6. Carpets requiring commercial carpet cleaning
  7. Smoking in the house and it sticking to walls and carpet (we request all tenants if they smoke to smoke outside the house).
  8. Pet Urine requires us to get  a professional cleaning
  9. Lost Keys
  10. Unreturned Garage Remotes
  11. Food left in the refridgerator (if mold is in the refridgerator, then we may just replace refridgerator)
  12. Broken door knobs
  13. Missing Smoke Detectors after it was installed
  14. Blinds damaged
  15. Carpet that burn marks or bleach stains (replacing room carpet)

I know that there are horror stories for tenants about items being charged that they would not consider normal wear and tear. To reduce these confrontations between tenants and landlords or tenants and property management companies in the Houston and Dallas area, I would suggest doing the following:

  1. Fill out the Inventory and Condition Form within the requested time and keeping a copy. Many real estate agents and property managers will give you this form to fill out, so I would strongly urge you to do.
  2. Take Pictures and/or Video.  You, your property manager  and/or real estate agent should take pictures and/or video of the property at the time of the move in. I would make sure to have the correct time stamp on videos and pictures, so you can demonstrate what condition the property is at move in.  As you usually are given a few days to finish documenting this form, it is not hard for tenants to document with video and cameras damages.   I would suggest sharing this with landlords and managers as soon as possible to make them aware of these damages that you find subsequent to the move in walk through, if you want to claim it on your inventory and condition form.
  3. Report damages quickly. Landlords can charge tenants for damages that they fail to report on a timely manner that get worse. For example, if you see a leaking pipe under a kitchen report it, as it may lead to damaging the wood in the cabinets.
  4. Know how to shutoff toliets and cut off water at the main water cutoff. If you see water flowing, know how to cutoff the water at the main water cutoff. This will reduce down damages that remain that could have been prevented.
  5. Do not use items that you know are possibly damaged. If your AC is having problem, shut the AC off to prevent further damage because you used it after it was having problem. The same could go for appliance, disposals, and anything else that you fear may not be working. You should report these items and take the appropriate precautions. These kinds of damages could be grounds to deduct part or all of a repair cost for the matter.
  6. Keep up your preventitive maintenance. If your home has a AC unit, then I would suggest changing the filters to avoid damaging the system. Unpaid repair costs in our leases can be deducted from the security deposit.

I know that some of our real estate investors probably have more examples, so if you do not mind sharing on our Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/dQDvrM) that would be great. We will post a discussion under that tab to collect feedback and input regarding example of what is and is not considered "normal wear and tear", and while you are there; please do not hesitate to "Like" our facebook page.

If anyone has dealt with court cases that involve these issues, then feel free to share this as well in our discussion section. We would love to see how any of our Houston, Dallas, Texas, or any courts around the United States for that matter adjudicate these standards.