Corwyn J. Melette and Associates, Property Management

Tenants

Corwyn J. Melette and Associates

Welcomes You!

 
Corwyn J. Melette and Associates welcomes you as a new resident. To achieve a successful tenant/management relationship, we prepared this Tenant Handbook to assist you with your tenancy. We recommend that you keep it in a convenient location so that you can refer to it easily.
You will find maintenance guidelines, rental payment instruction, general infor­ mation, tenant responsibilities and more.
The owner of the property has retained our firm as their property management company and representative to manage your home. Therefore, you need tocontact us when you need assistance. Our contact information is listed below and on the next page.
 
We wish you a successful and enjoyable tenancy in your new residence.
 
 
 
 

Management Staff

 
Corwyn J. Melette…………Owner/Broker 843­225­3759 Email: corwyn@corwynmelette.com
Jazmine  Melette…….Property Manager 843­225­3739 Email: rentals@corwynmelette.com


Office Information

 

Mailing address:

 P.O. Box 2175
Goose Creek, SC 29445
  
Phone/Fax:
Office: 843­225­3739
  Fax:    843­225­3795

Website:
www.cjmpropertymanagement.com
 
Office Hours:      Monday­Friday 10:00AM to 5:00PM
 

Moving Checklist

 
  • 1. Notify new utility companies immediately to avoid shut off ofservice Contact moving company
2. Notify US Post Office—Forwarding address Notify current & new schools
3. Notify magazine companies Notify newspapers
4. Send “just moved” announcements to friends and relatives Notify banks, credit union, savings & loans
5. Notify doctors, dentists
6. Notify current electric company Notify current gas company Notify current water company Notify garbage company Re­register to vote
7. Notify DMV—Address change
 
Tenant Communication
Telephone Calls During Office Hours
During office hours, your call will be answered in person. If you get our voice-mail, this means that we are on another line or you have called during our lunch hour. Our office is closed each day between 12:00pm and 1:00pm for lunch.
 
Voicemail
If, during the day you reach our voice mail system, use the extension number for the party you are trying to reach. If you don’t know who you need to speak to, leave your message in the gen­eral mailbox. Each management staff member checks their voice-mail regularly throughout the day.
 

EmergencyCalls

During normal office hours, immediately state if you have an emergency. If you reach the voice mail system during office hours, or after the office is closed, immediately hang up and call the emergency number, 843­225­3739.
 

MaintenanceRequests

If you have a maintenance issue please go to your tenant Online portal https://cjma.twa.rentmanager.com/ to submit any issues. You may also call our office at: 843­225­3739. If you are leaving a message on voice-mail, please describe the issue in detail.
Also leave your property address and contact phone number for a staff member to call you
back.

Email

This is the preferred method of communication to/from you. We send out notices, requests and general correspondence using this method of communication. If you do not have email, we will send this information to you in the mail, or leave a voice message.

Change in Contact Information

Please notify our office if you change your phone number or email address.

Renters’ Insurance

This is required before move in. The property management company or the owner shall not be liable or responsible for loss or damages to articles or property belonging to the tenant. It
is advised that the tenant maintain fire and theft insurance for their personal property as well as liability insurance coverage. We are happy to refer you to an agent if you need one.
 
           
           
 
Paying Rent
1. Rent is due on the 1st of each month. It is considered late when received after 5pm on the 5th of each month.
2. Our preferred Method of payment is through your tenant portal: cjma.twz.renmanager.com Rent may be paid by personal check ($3), cashier’s check, money order payable to: Corwyn J. Melette and Associates, LLC
3. We do not accept rent checks from anyone not on the lease. Partial payments and multiple checks are acceptable.
4. We have a 24 hour locked box located near the entrance of our suite for your conven­ ience. ( this box is not acessable after 5pm)  Use of the US mail is at your own risk.
 
   


 
 
Fees 
 
We want to review and clarify our fee structure with you. These fee amounts are on the last page of this handbook written.  The most common fees are:
Late Fees are as follow: $50 on the 10th, then $15 per day starting the 6th (this is charged when your rent is received by our office after 5pm on the 5th, online payments excluded) All late fee payments are due in the month they are charged.
 
Return Check Fee = $45 (this is charged for a returned or online payment by your bank for any reason.)
 
Lease Violation Fee = $25 (this is charged when a 72 hour notice is given, or when any other violation of your lease is noted.)
 
 Smoke Detector Tampering Fee = $75 (this is charged when upon a routine inspection of the property, it appears the smoke alarm batteries have been removed or the unit has been removed from the ceiling or wall, or otherwise tampered with in any way.)
 
 Eviction Fee = $75 (this is charged if an eviction is necessary. This fee is charged for each trip to attorney, to court or any other required location related to the eviction along with court and attorney fees.)
 

Change in Tenant (s)

Adding a new tenant: Before a new person moves into the property, they are required to com­ plete an application and pay the $50 Application fee and be approved by our office. They will then be added to the currnet lease via amendment with all other terms of the lease remaing the same. There is a $100 Lease Amendment fee.
Roommate moving out: If you have a roommate wanting to move out, a 30 day notice to va­ cate form must be submitted to our office (end of handbook). If a lease for a term is still in effect, he/she will be legally responsible until that term expires, or a replacement is found.
There is a $100 Lease Amendment fee.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tenant Responsibilities

The following items are the responsibility of the tenant at their expense while they are living at the property:
1.Replacement of light bulbs with the correct wattage.
2.Replacement or cleaning of furnace and air conditioning filters every 3 months. Replacement of smoke alarm batteries. The property must have working smoke alarms at all times.
3. Reporting non­functioning smoke alarms immediately if batteries do not solvethe
problem.
4. Reporting all necessary repairs.
5.Professional steam cleaning and spot cleaning of carpets while living in your
home.
6.Normal insect control (bees, spiders, sugar or nuisance ants, etc.). Normal rodent control, such as mice.
7.Keep property clean, inside and out, free of grease, mold, mildew, cobwebs, etc. If you are responsible for the lawn maintenance, you need to mow, water, weed, and dispose of all yard debris on a regular basis.
8.Reporting malfunctioning irrigation systems or sprinklers.
9. If you have a pet, all pet droppings need to be disposed of regularly.
 
 
 
 
 
Pets
 
 

Corwyn J Melette & Assocaiates has a very basic pet policy. Most of our properties allow almost any pet you could imagine! We understand that a pet plays a significant part in many people’s lives, so we strive to allow most animals in most of our rental properties. Please make sure to ask if the property that has caught your eye accepts pets.
 

The only general restriction we have is that your animal must be two year of age or older. We are willing to work with some puppies and kittens, depending on age and training and the general application information of their owners; however this is handled on a case­ by ­case basis and you can expect to submit a $250 deposit in addition to the pet rent you will pay on a monthly basis (pet rent will be charged according to the anticipated full­ grown weight of your animal). If you have several pets, please call to make sure that we have a property suitable for a large number of animals. Regardless of prior consent, Sloane Realty reserves the right to have any pet removed from the property if it is determined that the pet poses a threat to the safety or condition of the property or any people in the property or the community.
 

CJM Property Management charges pet rent each month for each of your animals. The term “pet rent” is simply rent you will pay for the allowance of your pet to occupy the rental unit with you. Pet rent is charged on a monthly basis and is paid with your rent.

 

The charges break down as follows for different types and sizes of animals:

 

Dogs under 40 pounds $30
Dogs 41-60 pounds $35
Dogs over 61 pounds $40
Cats $20
Birds $15
Caged / Tank animals (per cage/Tank) $15


https://corwynjmelette.petscreening.com/ 

 
Care of Property
Getting To Know Your Residence
When you move into a property, it is helpful to know where important items are located. Take the time to know or locate the:
1. Main circuit breaker in the event power goes out
2. Gas shut off valve to­ turn off during emergencies/disasters for safety
3. GFI plug (s) ­ so you can check them if your plugs or appliances in the bathroom, kitchen, patio or garage fail to work
4. Electric and/or gas meters to check your utility bills
5. The main water shutoff valve in case of major flooding (usually in the street.) Water shutoff valves below the sinks and behind toilets in case of water leaks Method of cleaning the oven so you use the right products
6. Time bake knobs on the oven— in the event the oven will not work, these may not be set
properly.
 

Maintenance

Tenant Renovations/Alterations

1. It is the our policy that tenants do not do repairs or alterations. If you do want to make a special request for renovation or repair to the property:
Submit your request in writing before making any changes
2.Do not proceed with any work until you receive written authorization to do so.
3.Your property manager will consult the owner to see if the request is acceptable to them. We will then notify you in writing of their decision.

Maintenance Request

1. If you have a maintenance issue login to your online portal to submit any issues or call the office at 843-225-3739
2. Our vendors schedule directly with our tenants to make all repairs. If you fail to keep a scheduled appointment with a vendor, you will be responsible for the cost of the service call.

Maintenance Emergencies

If you have a maintenance emergency and our office is closed, call:
843-225-3739
Emergencies include but are not limited to:
Fire— call the fire department.
Flood— shut the water off.
IMMEDIATE electrical danger— shut off main breaker in breaker box and call our
office.
Backed up plumbing— stop using and call our office.
NON– Emergency items include: With any of the following please notify us of the problem the next business day, or submit issue through the tenant online portal.
  • Heat     * Air conditioning     *    Appliance repair
 

Clogged Drains

To prevent tub and shower drains from clogging, we suggest a product called Hair Away. This will eliminate hair build­up in the drain. For kitchen sink drains with garbage disposals, please refer to What goes down garbage disposal. Most maintenance calls can be avoided by having this knowledge. If the services of a professional are required, and he determines that the problem is tenant caused, you will be charged.
 

What Goes Down Garbage Disposals

 
  • Small amounts of leftover food from your plate
  • Small food bits
  • Carrot peelings
 

What Does Not Go Down Garbage Disposals

 
  • Anything that is not biodegradable food
  • Anything combustible
  • Plastic and metal
  • Bones from any animal
  • Hamburger
  • Spaghetti
  • Bacon grease or other grease
  • Egg shells
    • Potato skins or large amounts of potato
    • Corn cobs or husks, lettuce, asparagus and other fibrous fruits and
vegetables Pasta and rice
 

More Notes:

Just remember, whatever you wash down the sink must make it to the road (city pipes). If it is doubtful that a piece of food will get that far without causing a back­up, don’t wash it down your sink.
Anytime you put anything in your disposal make sure you run water for about 30 sec­ onds. This will make sure you get the longest life possible out of your disposal.
Too much of anything is not good. For example, small amounts of potato peels might be okay, but if you put a lot, you’re asking for a repair bill.
This old stand­by is right on: “When in doubt, throw it out”.
Consider running ice cubes in the unit as a means of “cleaning” the unit. The hard ice­ chips help knock down the scum layers that build up below the seal, and in the grinder wheel.
The only things that should go into a garbage disposal are things that are left over after you scrape your plate into the garbage can.
 
The disposal will have a tough time with foods like pasta and rice. It will have a real tough time with slimy things like potato peels and won’t do well at all with onion skins, sec­ tions of onion or stringy vegetables like asparagus. Best to toss in the garbage!
We do make one exception to the rule of minimizing use of the garbage disposal, and that is to address the issue of garbage disposal smell. Over time, a film of scum can form down in the grinding chamber, and it may get a little smelly.
To combat the smell, try grinding the peels from a piece of citrus fruit like orange, grape­ fruit, lemon or lime once a week. The mechanical action of the rough peels getting ground up combined with the peels’ citric acid, is a natural cleaning agent and gets things clean and fresh. Be sure to cut into at least small wedges before inserting.
 
Preventative Cleaning Tips
Here are some helpful cleaning tips for you… Always put away food and wipe up food debris.
Clean pet bowls regularly to avoid attracting ants and other insects.
Do not allow grease to build up in kitchens; use a sponge and soapy water regularly on counter tops, stovetops, and hood filters.
Avoid cooking with very high heat. This will add to more grease build­up and cause dam­ age to appliances. It can also be dangerous.
Avoid mildew by venting rooms and bathrooms properly, particularly after baths and
showers.
Clean bathroom tile or other surfaces regularly to prevent the build­up of grime. Clean toilets regularly to avoid build­up of grime, rings, and mildew.
Mop tile, wood, and linoleum to avoid “dust bunnies” and the build­up of grime. Do not use “cleaning products” on tile.
Vacuum all flooring regularly, particularly carpets. This will save in carpet cleaning bills. Regularly pick up debris and pet feces in outside areas.

Safety Tips

The safety of you and your family is important to our company and many things can affect it. Here are some tips to follow:
Window screens are not a safety device. DO NOT LEAVE CHILDEN UNATTENDED NEAR OPEN WINDOWS.
Unplug all heat­producing appliances like toasters, irons, and coffee makers when not in use to prevent fire hazards.
Never leave heating pads and electric blankets on indefinitely and turn them off when you leave the residence to prevent fire hazards.
Never leave water running unattended in a plugged bathtub or when leaving the residence. If you have an upstairs bathroom and you see water in the ceiling below, particularly in the light fixture, report the leak immediately to our office.
Do not operate electrical appliances while standing or sitting in water.
If you have small children, use child protector plugs when you are not using outlets.
 
Do not overload extension cords with too many appliances. Place lamps on level surfaces and use the correct wattage.
Avoid running extension cords over walkways, under rugs, or any other place that could cause tripping.
If you suspect an electrical problem, report it to our office immediately.
Do not remove smoke alarms, particularly if they are beeping. Smoke alarms are for safety and removing them can endanger all residents and guests. Change the batteries if needed.
Do not allow children to leave toys on walkways and sidewalks.
Replace outside light bulbs so you can utilize lights properly when it is dark. Report any exposed tree roots to our office.
Keep a portable fire extinguisher in the kitchen and the garage; they are available in hard­ ware supply stores.
If you use a grill or BBQ, use common sense & never leave grills unattended. Do not set grills up against the house. You could start a fire.
If you have a fireplace, be sure to store hot ashes and coals away from the residence. Do not place ashes in garbage receptacles unless certain they are cold.
Do not store fireplace wood against the residence.
Always be certain the damper is open before starting a fire in the fireplace.
Do not build “roaring” fires in the fireplace; build reasonable fires suited to the size of the
fireplace.
 

Pests

 
You are responsible for sugar or “nuisance” ants. We suggest a product called Orange Guard. This product is safe around food, kids and pets. Keep all counters and floors free of water and food items. Spray Orange Guard around door openings and any place you see a trail of sugar ants. Check www.orangeguard.com for a store list. Also recommended are ant stakes placed at exterior foundation.
Call our office if you see carpenter ants, termites or rodents.
 

30 Day Notice to Vacate

Eventually, you will move, and we want you to be prepared when this is necessary. We re­ quire our tenants to give a 30 day notice prior to moving.
You can log onto our website at: www.cjmpropertymanagement.com and download the
day notice to vacate form. Fill it out and sign it, then send it back to our office. The notice must be signed by all tenants living at the home. You can mail it to our office or fax it to: 843.225.3795. The 30 days begins on the day we receive it in our office. Rush move-outs are $75.
It is the responsibility of the tenant to deliver all keys to our office. We have a 24 hour box outside our building for your convenience. Please make sure you include your name and identify your rental property address.  Garage door remotes can be left in the kitchen.
 
 

Before you Vacate the Property

 
After you have given notice to vacate, please remember to do the following:
 
It is the responsibility of the tenant to deliver all keys to our office. We have a 24 hour box outside our building for your convenience. Please make sure you include your name and identify your rental property address. Garage door remotes can be left in the kitchen.
Do not turn off utilities until move­out inspection is done! Please let us know if the utility company needs any additional information from our office. .
Please leave the property “broom clean”. The property will be professionally cleaned in­ cluding carpets.
If you are responsible for yard care, please return the yard to “move­in” condition before you leave.
Remember to stop your newspaper service to this address.
If you were approved to install a satellite dish during your tenancy, please remove the dish from the property and take it with you.
 
 
Your security deposit refund statement will be sent to your new address within 30 days ofva­ cating. We offer a rush return for a fee. A deposit refund check will be payable to all persons on the agreement, unless notified otherwise, in writing, signed by all tenants.
 
We will be marketing your home to re­rent and will notify you when we have appointments to show it. If you have any questions, please feel free to call.
 
Tenant Fees 2016
 
# Late fees: $15 on the 6th, then $50 and day starting the 10th (pg 6)
# Application fee: $50 person
# Returns check fee: $45 (pg 6)
# High risk renters (credit score under 600): 25% increase on security deposit
 
# Vendor appoinment no-sow fee: $20 or vendor costs
# Move-Ins are Mondays & Fridays 9-6
-Rush Move-outs (less then 30 day notice): $75
-Rush Move-ins (2-5 days after app approval): $75
-Weekend Move-ins: $75
-After hours: $75
 
 
# Rush return on Security Deposit: 15% of deposit (within 7 days business days)
 
# Weekend Inspections: $45
 
# Move-in admin fee: $25
 
# Processing fee for personal checks: $3 (excludes Money Orders & Cashier Checks) # Lease Amendmant / Tenant Responsibility: $100 (pg 6)