Posted on: 20 November 2020
If you own or manage an apartment community — or even a small collection of multi-family homes — then one thing you need to concern yourself with is trash removal. With multiple families living within close proximity of one another, it would be silly for each renter to arrange for their own private trash removal service. And so the easiest thing to do would be for you, as the landlord, to contract with a trash removal company and just build the cost of trash removal into your rental fee. Hiring a trash removal company is not hard, but if this is your first time doing so, you may benefit from the guidance below.
How can you find a local trash removal company?
In most areas, there is a municipal trash removal service that comes through the area, and as long as you have paid an annual fee for their services, they stop by your properties, too. However, these municipal trash removal companies do not typically drive down private driveways and into parking lots, which makes it hard or impossible for them to pick up trash from an apartment community. So, in most cases, you will need to work with a private trash removal company. If you are struggling to find one in your area, talk to some other landlords and see who they use. You could also call your municipal trash removal service and ask them for some recommendations.
What options do trash removal companies offer for apartment communities?
While it does typically cost a little more to hire a private trash removal company, there are some very real benefits of doing so. Often, you can choose the day of the trash pickup. You can pay the company for an extra pickup if this is ever needed, and you can work with them on things like dumpster placement, furniture removal, and the like. There's a lot more flexibility in services than with a municipal trash service, which usually requires you and your tenants to abide by their rules.
What instructions do you need to give your tenants?
Tell your tenants that you've hired a new trash removal service. Tell them where to leave their trash and when. You may want to set a time at which they're expected to have their trash out. For example, if the trash removal company is going to come on Wednesdays by 8:00 am, instruct them to have their trash by the curb by 10:00 pm on Tuesday evening. Tell them what kinds of receptacles are permitted, or better yet, supply each residence with a permissible trash can.
Hiring a private trash removal service is often the best choice when you have an entire apartment community to manage.
Contact a trash removal service today for more information.Share