FAQ

Pet deposits are now $250, staying in line with professional cleaning costs. Thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

General information

We no longer allow smoking on our properties, either inside or out.

There are signal boosters that can be purchased if your cellular provider does not work well at home. I’m told these run about @$200. This may prove less expensive than having a land line AND a cell.

Only if the dish is mounted on a pole out of the way of mowing, and one of us is available to oversee the wiring installation. We no longer allow dishes put on the house anywhere (roof or side) as this privilege has been abused by the Dish Network people. We also now insist on checking the wiring installation because of the truly amateurish botch job too many of their poorly trained techs have done in the past.

There is limited space in the U room, a few items may be stored there (check with me first regarding what is ok) as long as it doesn’t create a fire hazard, interfere with access to appliances, or cause problems for your neighbor.

Lawn furniture is fine. The lawns are for your enjoyment, after all! Just, if you would please, we ask that you move your furniture off the lawn when it’s not in use, as it’s a chore moving everyone’s lawn furniture every time we come to mow! Thanks very much for your consideration in this regard. Along the same line, please gather up your own and your dog’s toys. Lawn mowers are not kind to lost toys lurking in the tall grass. We don’t see them all in time to avoid chopping them to bits. As for laundry lines, we support solar power drying of laundry, but kindly site your lines off lawn, and out of sight of the main entrances as hanging laundry just plain lacks curb appeal. Please check with us before stringing up a line. Thanks!

We allow both the new kind of mobile fire pits (NO hand dug/ring of stone ones, please) and gas or charcoal grills. Please keep open fires small and a minimum 30 feet away from the house and other combustibles (such as your household propane tank) and off the lawn, as the heat kills the grass. Pull the grill away from the siding if you like to keep yours on the porch. (Siding melts, we had this happen once, sadly) Be smart, keep an eye on your fire at all times and soak it out cold with plenty of water when you are done with it. Monitor the grill while you are cooking and turn it off when you are done.

We encourage gardening! Your best bet is probably container gardening, although if you want to put some annuals into the existing beds in between what is already there, please feel free. We are plagued with deer and rabbits, so having things up close to the house is probably best. We have had tenants who put up a small fenced raised bed arrangement, just check in with us so we can mutually decide on a good location.

We encourage you to visit with your new neighbor regarding which service they are using, and make similar arrangements. Tenants pay for their own service and buy garbage tags to put on the bags they set out weekly. We don’t include this in our rent as we have tenants who prefer to economize by taking their trash directly to the dump themselves, bypassing the carriers’ fees. Recycling is free, and you set it out to the curb every other week. All you need to know is here, at Tompkins County Recycles They also list garbage haulers and contact information.

We have primarily young professionals and graduate students. Typically we run around 50% veterinarian/vet tech/vet student occupancy, the rest run the gamut. I wonder if it is because of our pet policy, or because animal lovers tend to gravitate toward each other! We chose tenants with whom we can have an easy pleasant working relationship with, these folks tend to make great neighbors for each other.  In particular, we try very hard to match neighbors in the same building with the hopes they are able to coexist happily

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