5 BUDGET-FRIENDLY RESIDENT RENEWAL INCENTIVES

POSTED IN COMMUNICATIONS, HOUSING, MARKETING When renewal season rolls around, how are you enticing your residents to stay in your units for another year? Incentivizing tenants to renew their lease while staying within your budget can be a tricky balancing act. By providing residents with perks they actually want, you’ll save the time and money needed to turn over a unit. Here are some renewal incentive ideas you can try to stay within your budget and make your tenants happy. CASH IS THE BEST RENEWAL INCENTIVE Even if you aren’t able to give your residents a free month of rent, offering a discount…

Nova Centre plan now in court 

Heritage Tr ust seeks judicial review of $500-million Halifax project BRETT BUNDALE CITY HALL REPORTER bbundale@herald.ca @CH_bbundale A legal challenge fuelling an acri­monious debate between heritage supporters and business advoc­ates has made its way to Nova Scotia Supreme Court. The Heritage Trust of Nova S cotia is asking for a ju dicial review of the Nova Centre, al­leging that Halifax regional council erred in approving the $500-million development slated for downtown Halifax. Justice Kevin Coady addressed procedural matters in court Wed­nesday, setting dates for filing the complete record, legal briefs and the hearing . The judge also ordered de­veloper Joe Ramia’s Rank…

Water woes hold up apartment opening

BILL POWER BUSINESS REPORTER  bpower@herald.ca @CH_HeraldPower The builder of a 100-unit residen­tial complex on Washmill Lake Drive said Friday his scheduled August opening is at risk due to delays at Halifax Water. Constru ction has slowed at the first phase of the Grandhaven Estates project due to the lack of an anticipated municipal water connection, said Peter Giannoulis, project manager at C osmos De­velopments Ltd. “We’ve had inspectors here from Halifax Water and we’ve met all their required specifications and still we’re unable to get even a temporary connection,” Gian­nou lis said. “We’ve been waiting for weeks to get our water connection ap­proved and we’re…

Will e-Cigarettes be Accepted by the Apartment Industry?

POSTED IN FIRE SAFETY, HEALTH & SAFETY, HOUSING, INDUSTRY TRENDS Raise the topic of electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) to the apartment community and you might as well sit down for a long discussion. Go ahead. Make yourself comfortable. It’s going to be a while. America’s growing glow of electronic cigarette usage and its seemingly healthy alternative to real cigarettes has sparked a lot of water cooler talk from corporate to the site level. The burning question is whether e-cigarettes should be included in smoking bans in common areas or units. Many are taking conservative approaches, saying they will err on the side of caution…