Washington, D.C., the federal capitol, is a sizable city with dozens of rental properties. Many of these properties are within walking distance of federal government buildings so that the thousands of federal employees can easily traverse on foot in the morning to work. However, given the iconic landmarks all around and the proximity to buildings that represent the nation, D.C. is in greater need of property management than any other city in the country. There are several more reasons for needing better property management in D.C., and why it is an absolute necessity.
The first reason is that there is no excuse for properties to look run down or “slummy” when they exist in the heart of the nation’s capitol. Everything should look clean, neat and inviting. Many of the world’s dignitaries and diplomatic representatives drive around D.C., and you would not want the properties you manage to look like something from an underdeveloped country. There are even land development grants for property owners in D.C. so that you can give your properties a much-needed “facelift” and make them as attractive as the richest parts of town.
The second reason is that there are many state representatives who do not permanently reside in D.C. and go home to their home states when they do not have to be “in-house” or “in session.” These representatives frequently look for inexpensive places to live temporarily, and they will not rent from any property owner whose manager does not keep the property looking nice. To get and keep the business of these esteemed temporary tenants, you have to have a very good property manager who promotes available apartments, sells well, and keeps things tidy and running smoothly.
The third reason is that living conditions for anyone granted amnesty in the nation’s capitol need to be far better than they were in the country they came from. These refugees should not come from a place where living with rats and disease was common to receiving refuge in an apartment complex that still has a rodent problem. Good property management in D.C. means taking care of all of these problems and making them non-issues so that refugees can begin to build a better life, or at least have a cleaner, healthier, safer place to live.
Lastly, for every wealthy government representative, there is a less well-off house employee who needs good, clean housing. Many domestics for D.C.’s wealthiest residents may live in-house with the families who hire them, but there are still hundreds more that do not. These domestics, such as cooks, nannies, au pairs, personal trainers, chauffeurs, errand runners (or “gophers”), all live in the many apartment buildings you (and other proprietors) own and operate, and they are the backbone of America. You can show your country’s leaders support by first showing their house staff respect via respectable housing with working plumbing and electricity. Otherwise, the domestics might whisper something into just the right political ear in Washington and you could be facing stiff penalties for not keeping your properties up to code and obeying the city’s property maintenance laws.