Landlord Quick Tip

Tip #153: Follow Your Nose

cigaretteHave you ever walked into a vacant unit to discover a lingering reminder of the last tenant? Maybe it’s the faint odor of cigarette smoke, or the eye-stinging stench of pet urine.

According to manufacturer Biocide Systems, their line of odor busters will “totally eliminate” offending smells, rather than temporarily masking them. The company’s products target smells from smoking, cooking, spoiled food, mold and mildew, pets, urine and yes, vomit.

They also offer products to tackle skunkings.

Our property management clients love these products because they save them time in turning around a vacated rental property by making it inhabitable within 24 hours instead of the week or so it can take to air out the potentially harmful residual smells of cleaning products, new carpet and paint used to get properties ready for new tenants, notes Biocide Systems”¢ co-founder Spencer Blua. One property manager raves, It not only wipes out any residual bad smells after we shampoo and clean, but when we repaint or replace carpet, it also reduces the new smell that some of our renters complain about.

The products are eco-friendly and reasonably priced — the company offers a 30% discount for apartment managers. So next time you are met at the door with a lingering reminder of the last tenant, you may want to take a look at

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