August 2014

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE


Ron Senecal - Vermont Rental Property Owners Association

Hello everyone:

It’s been a pretty busy summer with all the rain and being in Maine for a month.

If you need to contact me in Sept and Oct call me at 802-770-8498 and I will return your phone call as soon as possible.  For minor issues call Patrick at 775-3660 and he’ll return your phone call as soon as he can.

A reminder if it’s regarding fuel please call Pat as he’s in charge of it and I’ll just end up giving you his phone number.

The next meeting will be Wednesday October 1, 2014 and the guest speaker will be Jim Toher from Casella Waste Management discussing recycling.

The board has done everything it can think of to keep members interested and aware of the changes in the laws to landlords but this all comes with a price tag so please pay your membership dues promptly.  Please tell your fellow landlords that are not members that they are missing the boat by not keeping up with the changes in the laws.

If you know anyone who rents property you might want to ask him or her to be part of VRPOA as it will make the organization stronger and help him or her with any problems that can occur from being a landlord.

The board of directors is continually looking for guest speakers for the monthly meetings.  If you have a topic or know someone who would like to be a guest speaker, please let us know.

There were four letters to the editor regarding evictions and Vermont Legal Aid’s role in said process. They cannot be printed here, but you’re definitely encouraged to read them. They are in the Rutland Herald on the following dates: August 14,2014, August 21,2014, August 22,2014 and August 25,2014. Let us know what you think of them. We may try to get a spokesman from Legal Aid to speak at one of our meetings.

Ron Senecal

NEXT GENERAL MEETING


Date: October 1, 2014
Time: 7:00 P.M. (Doors open at 6:45)
Where: V.F.W. 15 Wales Street Rutland, VT (main room)
Program: The next meeting will be Wednesday October 1, 2014 and the guest speaker will be Jim Toher from Casella Waste Management discussing recycling.

EMP


The State of Vermont is no longer going to be giving EMP (Essential Maintenance Practices) courses but you are still required to have them in conjunction with EPA certificates.  Therefore, VRPOA in conjunction with Carl Anderson will start giving them.  We need a minimum of 20 people and the cost will be $50.00.  If you need an EMP class contact Ron Senecal at 773-9707 and get on the list.

I can’t stress enough the importance of getting your EMPs done.  I’m hearing stories and getting phone calls from members who have been contacted by the attorney general’s office about not filing their EMPs and the fines that can be imposed by his office.

Again I repeat do your EMPs, as there are now fines that can be imposed.

All landlords that haven’t done their EMPs had better get on board as they will be checking all aspects of the Lead law.  MAKE SURE YOU SEND IN YOUR EMPS.  The attorney general has mailed 18 letters to those people who are not following through on the EMPs and there will be fines imposed.  They are not getting the names from the lead department because you took the EMP class; they are getting them from income tax filings.  ANYONE WHO IS PAINTING COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, SUCH AS AN APARTMENT HOUSE, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE FOLLOWING THE EMP GUIDELINES.

BUILDING CODES


Ron Senecal, Patrick Riordan

No report.

CREDIT REPORTS


Ron Senencal

The charge per report is $16.00 per person and the application has to be filled out properly.  In regard to credit reports, the criteria for running one, is that the application has to be filled out completely and legibly.  The form at the bottom of the page has to be signed by both the tenant and landlord.  The new forms for getting credit reports are very lengthy and have to be filled out or I can’t run credit reports for you.

On another note, if we are faxing you a credit report make sure you have a dedicated fax-line and long distance is $1.00 extra per report.

The hours to draw credit reports are from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

The board of directors strongly suggests that all VRPOA members use credit checks on any potential tenants.  Credit checks are the single best screening tool available for any

landlord. In addition to the screening, it is recommended that all landlords update their tenant’s credit information.  This will provide a credit trail for the future.  No tenant wants it known that he is a bad credit risk.

TREASURER’S REPORT


Patrick Riordan

If any paid up member wishes to examine the association’s books they are welcome to do so.  Contact Patrick Riordan at (802) 775-3660 for more information.

FUEL PROGRAM


Patrick Riordan

If you have any points to make about the fuel program please take one of the following steps:

A.  Call either Ron (802-773-9707) or Pat (802-775-3660) with your remarks.
B.  Write a letter to the board of directors with your concerns.
C.  Appear in person at a board of directors meeting. (Call Ron or Pat to be scheduled)

Do not make any comments about the fuel program immediately before the general meeting, at the general meeting or immediately after the general meeting.

The landlords are responsible for their tenants in the fuel program. VRPOA will not supply them with forms nor will we answer their questions. If the landlord cannot answer the tenant’s question then the landlord must contact VRPOA.

There have been a few problems with the tenant’s form for the fuel program. There should only be ONE name on the tenant name line and that name should be PRINTED LEGIBLY. The tenant location lines are for the physical location of the building NOT the mailing address. e.g. Cold River Road goes through at least three different towns. A building’s town of location may be different from its postal address.

We can no longer guarantee a quick entry into the fuel program. In the past it had been our policy to have the names to the dealer within a week. However, this is no longer practical.

In regard to tenant fuel forms, we are not responsible for tenant fuel forms and it is the landlord’s responsibility to get the forms to VRPOA not the tenants.  So please don’t send tenants in with fuel forms. We will not communicate with tenants.

If you are enrolled in the 2013-2014 VRPOA fuel program, then there will be a lower case “r” at the bottom right hand corner of the address label for your VRPOA newsletter. In the event that you signed up for this year’s program and there is not a lower case “r” in the mailing label area, then notify Patrick Riordan @ (802) 775-3660 or pmrofvrpoa@aol.com as soon as you can.

If you are enrolled in the 2014-2015 VRPOA fuel program, then there will be an upper case “S” at the bottom right hand corner of the address label for your VRPOA newsletter. In the event that you signed up for the 2014-2015 fuel program and there is not an upper case “S” in the mailing label area, then notify Patrick Riordan @ (802) 775-3660 or pmrofvrpoa@aol.com as soon as you can. Please put the letters VRPOA in the subject box if you use email.

 GENERAL NOTES 


If you would like to have your newsletter sent to you electronically, please notify Patrick @ 802-775-3660 or PMRofVRPOA@AOL.COM. Please put the letters VRPOA in the subject box if you use email.  This will help us cut down on our mailing expenses.

Please Note: Please send all news and notes for the October newsletter no later than October 15, 2014.

The Rutland County Housing Coalition has changes its name to the Homeless Prevention Center and has moved its offices to 56 Howe St. Patch Place, Building A, in Rutland, Vermont.

Whenever a member changes telephone numbers, please remember to alert VRPOA of the switch. If we are not notified, it creates a tremendous inconvenience for us if we need to contact you.

Each member’s expiration date is listed in the lower right hand corner on the mailing label in the format of mm/yy.  It would save VRPOA time and money if our members would send in their dues before they become due.

If you’re planning to be away for any substantial amount of time, please either change your mailing address or notify us so that we don’t send newsletters to “dead” addresses. The Post Office simply destroys the newsletter and then charges us $.50 for notifying us of what they did.

There has been some inaccurate information in our newsletter regarding the cancellation notice for our general meetings. The WJJR website (www.catamountradio.com) is now used for school closings only. Henceforth the best course of action is to call either Ron (802-725-8194, 802-773-9707 or 802-483-6141) or Pat (802-775-3660) to check the status of that night’s meeting. We are going to eventually have that information on our web site (VRPOA.ORG). VRPOA regrets any inconvenience that this may have caused any of our members.

I have been continually asked to copies.  I will make copies for any of the landlords and the rates are $.25 for one to ten copies, $.10 for ten copies and over.  Two sided documents are considered two copies and legal size copies are $.25 for each page.

All VRPOA forms are available with a phone call.

The association has placed all of its forms on a DVD. It is available to our members for $25.00. Contact Ron at 802-773-9707 to order a copy. If we must mail it to you, there will be a $5.00 postage & handling fee.

We receive many requests for additional forms.  All the forms that members require are in the newsletter or the new member packet.  The association is not responsible for forms that are lost, misplaced or used up.  As long as you are a member in good standing, you are free to make as many copies of our forms as you wish for your own use.  Members may NOT give copies of our forms to non-members.  When seeking replacement forms you will be charged for them.

All landlords are welcome to attend the Continuum of Care meetings held every third Thursday of the month in the conference room at the Rutland Police Station. The main purpose of the meeting is to keep all interested parties abreast of the status of the housing in the Rutland area.

A VRPOA board member has been attending the regular meetings of the Housing Now group, which consists of representatives of various local and state agencies involved with housing for at risk tenants. If you have any issues regarding tenants/housing feel free to get in touch with Pat (802-775-3660).

CONGRATULATIONS

50/50 Winner – Rose Marie Munro

LEGISLATIVE


Ron Senecal, Thaddeus Lorentz

Nothing to report.

CLOSING THE COMMUNICATION GAP


Board of Directors Meeting – If any member would like to attend or has any questions that Pat or Ron can’t resolve, please make an appointment to talk to the board.

VRPOA: E-mail Attached documents should be formatted as text (.txt), WordPerfect (.wpd), or Word (.doc) documents to:

WEB Page: www.vrpoa.org
Ron Senecalronofvt@gmail.com
Patrick RiordanPMRofVRPOA@aol.com

We are in the process of upgrading our website. If any members have any suggestions please let me know at either PMRofVRPOA@aol.com or call me at (802) 775-3660. If the email option is chosen please include the letters VRPOA in the subject line.

TENANT

Patrick Riordan

BRICKS RENTAL 101


Encourage any tenant to learn the fundamentals of being a great tenant by having him or her attend a course called 10 Bricks RENTAL 101. Among the topics discussed are creating a realistic budget and understanding your lease. Materials are provided free of charge. Certificates of completion will be awarded to all successful graduates. There will be classes held every Monday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Homeless Prevention Center, 56 Howe St. Patch Place Building A, Rutland Vermont.

If any of our members have tenants who fall behind on their rent, please contact Economic Services at 800-479-6151 and ask to speak to their caseworker. If they do not have a caseworker, encourage the tenants to contact Economic Services, as they may be eligible for some rental assistance.

If the tenants are not involved with Economic Services they should be encouraged to contact the Homeless Prevention Center at (802) 775-9286 or BROC at (802) 775-0878 as both agencies can help eligible tenants with short-term rental assistance.

HANDYMEN & ODD JOBS


Chris Pidgeon   802-773-6067
Rob Stubbins, Electrical & General Contractor 802-775-1484
Andrew Christie – Freelance Web Development – 802 282-2892
R.W. King Carpentry 802-775-4913
Jon Kiernan 802-775-2745
Precision Pros Painting 802-747-7914
Dan Colomb  802-770-2871
Tom Rennert – Novus Windshield Repair 802-747-0220 800-350-0220

BUY .. SELL .. TRADE ..


Members only are asked to fill out the enclosed “CLASSIFIED AD” slip and mail it to VRPOA or drop it off in the “Classified Ads” box at the general meeting. Your ad will run for one month only. You must resubmit it in writing again to have it printed in the next newsletter.

SELL


Magic Chef- 30 in. propane range/stove from 1990s.  Electronic ignition, sealed burners, self-cleaning oven. Black glass oven door and backsplash, white sides and top with wood grain accents.  Good condition, clean.  $200.00 firm. (802) 235-2376.

Empire Propane- direct vent wall furnace with blower, model #DV-215-7-SG.  Approx. 30 inches high, 15,000 btu/hr.  Heats approx. 400 s.f. room.  With installation and owner’s guide.  Good condition $100.00 (802) 235-2376.

Four nice units – Rutland/Pittsford border. 2+ acres off Route 7. Three 2BR and one 1BR. Very little work, nice cash flow. I moved to California – make me an offer. (760) 505-2632

Frigidaire – White gas stove, $200.00.

Kenmore – Black Dishwasher, $50.00.

G.E. – White Refrigerator with icemaker, $250.00.  Take all three appliances for $450.00.  Call (802) 483-2566 or (802) 353-7292.

Used GE Dryers.  Reconditioned $65.00 and up.  Wes Richards 483-6226.

BUY


Wanted:  18 cf refrigerator with freezer on top.  Call Mike or Sherry at (802) 775-0952.


BUSINESS SERVICES


All members wishing to offer their services or products to the membership at a special discount rate may do so through the newsletter. (*) Denotes a new or changed notice.  Note: Please limit your ad to 4 lines in the newsletter.

ACCOUNTING/ADJUSTORS:

ACCOUNTING ALTERNATIVES – (802) 775-1679 Accounting, bookkeeping & tax prep. Services for business & individuals. Free estimates.

BUSINESS BASICS –Bookkeeping and office services.  Initial consultation free.  20 Charles St.  Rutland, VT.  Call Pam Skillin (802) 775-0931.

DIETZ INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC ADJUSTERS, INC. Adjuster for the insured. P.O. Box 504, Tozier Hill Road, Pittsfield, VT 07762 Phone (802) 746-8494, Fax (802) 746-8884

APPLIANCES


HOME & FARM CTR (802) 773-3877.  Multi-billion dollar buying group members enables special discount for VRPOA members – Also 15% discount on service or parts. Special deal on 18” DSS.

SEARS COMMERCIAL SALES – KENMORE APPLIANCE WHOLESALE For catalog – prices – product of account info. Steve Mulcahy 1-508-797-0588 press 3 – ext. 1910.

ATTORNEYS/LEGAL SERVICE:

THADDEUS LORENTZ (802) 775-0128. 10% discount on all Landlord – Tenant work, members only.

CONSTRUCTION/SUPPLIES:

LAVALLEY BUILDING SUPPLY INC.  Rutland, Preferred pricing available to all VRPOA members.  Call (802) 775-0834 or (800) 639-0834, fax (802) 775-8535.

LAFLAMME’S INC.   – 15% off flooring, furniture and mattress for all VRPOA members.  Flooring installation and delivery available.  (518) 642-9155. Ask for Chris or Rob.

ROTELLA BUILDING MATERIALS & KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN CENTER.   5% Disc. & up on qualified materials available. Phone (802) 775-4383 or 773-3100. Fax 775-7457 or 773-3100.

SERVICES


AAA HOME INSPECTION SERVICESDetailed inspections.  Easy to read report. Excellent references. CD of pictures included.

Discount for VRPOA members. Call for info. 779-1033.

BLUE RIDGE REAL ESTATE – Members of VRPOA may utilize our website FREE for apartment or house rentals.  Email information, terms, contact information and photos (optional) to LindaDuke@comcast.net

CARMOTE PAINT STORE – Paint and brushes for sale. We sell Miele vacuums and accessories. Also do vacuum repairs on all makes and models. Call (802) 483-6141.

CLEANING SERVICES: Rental Properties and/or Residential.  Excellent references. Exceptional work. Frig/Stove/Windows.  Call for flyer 773-2374 or E-mail: mrutl@myfairpoint.net.  Discount for VRPOA members.

COUNTERACT –Electronic Rust Protection for your vehicles.  The only proven electronic process for controlling corrosion in open air.   For more information visit our web site at: www.counter-act.com or call us (802) 352-4700.  20% discount (self-install orders)

CRITERIUM LALANCETTE ENGINEERS.  Offers $50.00 off any home inspection for a VRPOA member.  (802) 747-4535.

EMP INSPECTIONS/PAPERWORK – Expert service by

AAA Home Inspection. Paperwork done for you. Time is Money/save both. Call for info. 779-1033. CD of pictures included. Discount for VRPOA members.

REAL ESTATE Susan Bishop at Lang, McLaughry & Spera (802) 774-7007 ext. 33or (802) 558-2180.  Professional and personal service.

ROOFS- R- US – (802) 459-0085.   Call for all your roofing needs.  We also have a 1-ton dump truck with plow and sander for hire.  Call Rick.  

STATE CERTIFIED EMP LEAD INSPECTIONS by AAA Home Inspection Service, LLC.-  Paperwork/instructions included. Call 802-779-1033.

 LP GAS APPLIANCE CLEANINGS – DR McCullough LP Gas Service, 802-353-6437; DRMgas_service@yahoo.com; cleaning for your space heaters, furnaces, or fireplaces for $75.00 each. Any parts 10% markup. Rutland County only!

SKIP TODRIFF – 802-747-8877.  Tree work, painting, apartment cleaning and renovating.  Carpet and vinyl installation also available.

TOOLCRAFT and Green Mountain Rental give a 10% discount on rentals only for showing your membership card.