Anticipating the 2016 Greenbuild Expo

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GreenBuild Expo
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As a key regional developer, Woda Management has a keen interest in making its projects more sustainable. Many of Woda Management’s buildings have attained some level of recognition from the green building certification program Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

A key source of information about the LEED program is the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held annually. Attendees have the opportunity to browse exhibits in the expo hall, take part in education sessions, participate in LEED workshops, and more.

The 2015 expo included discussions about climate change with filmmaker James Cameron, a closing plenary featuring Deepak Chopra, and a presentation by Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert. The expo hall showcased a huge range of exhibits, such as a 3,200-square-foot pavilion powered entirely by on-site sources and an energy-neutral LEED platinum family-size sample home. Nearly 20,000 people attended.

Likewise, the 2016 event is sure to host prominent figures and showcase similarly impressive projects. It will be held October 5-7 in Los Angeles. Those interested can register at GreenbuildExpo.com/Attendee/Register.

Popular Apartment Amenities

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Popular Apartment Amenities
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Woda Management and Real Estate oversees more than 9,000 units across 200 owned properties. Dedicated to understanding and meeting the needs of renters, Woda Management maintains an average occupancy rate of over 95 percent.

To appeal to renters, a property management company or landlord needs to know what features are popular in today’s market. A few updates can make an apartment significantly more appealing to potential tenants and may be worth the cost of upgrade, particularly if such amenities are easy to install. For example, in-unit washer-dryers or washer-dryer hookups occupy 2 of the top-10 spaces in searched-for amenities for late 2014.

Dishwashers are also popular with tenants, as is air conditioning. Potential renters tend to search for available technology as well, Wi-Fi being an increasingly in-demand requirement. Those searching for apartments in multifamily complexes also search for such community amenities as fitness centers, pools, and garages. Families in a multifamily community’s potential tenant base may wish to look for an on-site playground and high-quality nearby schools, while those with animals tend to be more focused on pet policies.

Tenants’ Rights under the Implied Warranty of Habitability

Woda Management and Real Estate, a division of the Woda Group, manages more than 200 properties across 13 states. Dedicated to continually meeting the needs of its tenants, Woda Management maintains an occupancy rate of approximately 95 percent.

Though tenant rights vary by state, a universal guideline is the renter’s rights to a livable space. The legal term for this right is the “implied warranty of habitability,” which means that the tenant must have a livable space regardless of specific terms of the lease. In keeping with the implied warranty of habitability, a landlord or property manager in required keep the building itself safe and its essential structures intact. In addition, all of the building’s common areas must be clean, with trash receptacles available.

The implied warranty of habitability also gives tenants the right to utility systems in good condition. All ventilation must work properly, and any elevators must be safe for use. Heat as well as hot and cold running water must be available and, if broken, are required to undergo repairs in a timely fashion. Furthermore, the tenant has the right to live in a space that remains free of lead, asbestos, mold, and vermin infestations.