You’ll receive an Online Portal Activation email or text message from your property management company. Click Activate Now in the email, or tap the link in the email, or tap the link in the text message to establish a strong password to activate your portal.
You can also self sign up for the Online Portal at rpmtx035.appfolio.com/connect. Click Request access to the portal and input your information. The URL is unique to your property manager, but you may be able to find this on their company website or reaching out to your property manager directly.
Bookmark, create a shortcut icon for the login page or download the mobile app so it is easy to return at any time.
You will receive a confirmation email once your portal is activated.
Schedule Automatic Rent Payments
The best way to pay your rent is by setting up recurring payments each month to ensure your rent will always be paid on time by the due date.
On the Home or Payments tab, click Set Up Autopay to create an automatically recurring payment
If you have saved payment methods those will be displayed, or you can Create a New Payment Method.
If you are creating a new payment method, you will select the payment method type: Credit or Debit Card or eCheck (direct withdrawal from bank account). You can then enter the associated payment information and click Continue.
Give the payment a name, select whether you want to pay a fixed amount or your outstanding balance, choose the payment start date.
Click Create Autopay. You will receive a confirmation email when your payment processes. You can review your autopay details on the Payments tab of your Online Portal.
Ask us via Text Message – (940) 310-7546
Here at our office, we take a people-focused approach by communicating through text messages with our residents. We use the platform Appfolio, the same platform that provides you with your tenant portal, that allows us to send and receive texts through a special phone number: (940)310.7546. We can discuss questions you may have about the property, paperwork, or anything else. Types of questions we’ve been receiving are “Where are the sprinkler system controls?” or “I’m asking for a friend, but what if I wanted to paint the bedroom pale pink?” or “Do I need to put in a maintenance request for a dripping faucet?”.
Your privacy is of utmost importance to us here. The only people who have access to your messages are our staff after they log into the system. So don’t worry, nobody will know that you wanted to paint your bedroom pink.
What are People Saying?
We have heard from many of our residents that texting is SO EASY. Below are what our tenants have said about being able to text into our office:
“Appreciate the quick response.”
“This is so much easier than calling. I didn’t have to covertly step away from my desk and find an empty room to ask something.”
“This is the future.”
Just Text Us!
Go ahead and start texting! Feel free to text us at (940) 310-7546 about any questions you might have. We would love to talk with you more and answer your questions.
You will receive one set of entry keys to the home , you may make copies at a Minute Key Kiosk or nearby hardware store. If there is an attached garage or automated neighborhood gate, you will receive one clicker per parking spot. If there is a mailbox key, you may or may not be provided one. If one is not provided, visit the nearest USPS to request and pay for a new key.
You can call a locksmith and have them change the locks, but the locks must be Kwikset SmartKey locksets and you’ll need to have an extra set of keys made for us, and contact us at [email protected] to let us know that the locks were changed so that you can setup an appointment to drop off a spare set with us at the office.
If it’s an emergency, you can call our emergency maintenance hotline at (832) 319-6111; please note that if you do this, you will be responsible for the vendor’s fee to come out, and if it’s after hours, that fee could be rather high.
If it’s not an emergency, you can create a maintenance request and we can get that to you in a couple of business days; please note that there is a fee of $150 for this service.
We require all tenants to hold Renter’s Insurance. Before you move in, it’s a great time to get that setup. You don’t want to wait until something happens, and realize you’re not insured to cover whatever unfortunate event happens. Once you’ve obtained the insurance, there’s a spot in your portal to enter that information into our system:
Move In Assessment
Within 7 days of moving in, go through your new home thoroughly, then email a completed Inventory and Condition Form along with photos to visually verify conditions you describe on the form to l[email protected] or complete the remote inspection using the App invitation emailed to you.
Also note, the completed form stays in the leasing department and does not constitute a maintenance request. If during your assessment you find anything that needs maintenance, please submit a maintenance request through your online tenant account. We want you to enjoy your new home and will work with you to ensure the property is well maintained.
Some of our rental properties allow pets. Homeowner preferences and insurance policies generally determine what type and how many pets are allowed.
To find a pet friendly rental home, search the available properties and click Amenities and select Pets Allowed and if desired, select Fenced Yard.
Many Real Property Management rental homes allow pets. If you have a pet, please ask about our pet policy.
We welcome pets in rental homes that allow pets, however, we must ensure tenants are responsible pet owners and respect other residents in the area. Both landlords and tenants should be up-to-date on city ordinances controlling pet ownership and management. The following list of pet ordinances is not exhaustive, but it does cover the main questions pet owners and landlords are likely to have.
Real Property Management’s Pet Restrictions
Each rental home managed by Real Property Management may have unique restrictions for pets depending upon type, number, and size of the pet. In addition, city pet ordinances limit the number of pets per pet owner, with exceptions to newborn pet litters. Most rental properties do not allow certain breeds of dogs including Dobermans, Rottweilers, Chows, and Pitbulls because property liability insurance policies will not cover injury caused by these breeds. Real Property Management tenants who have pets are asked to maintain their own liability insurance in regards to their pets.
General Rules and Regulations
Most cities and counties have pet ordinances which all Real Property Management clients must abide by as pet owners. Below are common ordinances, however check with Animal Control in your local area to make sure you understand and comply with all pet rules and regulations.
Normally, you must register your dog or cat with the city within a certain timeframe of acquisition, and the license tag must always be attached to your pet. Most pet licenses need to be renewed periodically.
Most city ordinances require a pet to be kept on a leash at any time the pet is off its owner’s residence, except when in officially designated off-leash city property. Dogs and cats in heat must be kept in a secure enclosure, preventing their exposure to any free-roaming males.
If your dog bites a person or another animal, city pet ordinances usually require you to notify the police or an animal control officer immediately, and not leave the scene until an officer has authorized you to do so. Always assist the victim as needed and give your contact information to the victim.
City pet ordinances also usually require you to control your dog’s barking at all times, both day and night, and the police have the power to impound your dog if it is barking incessantly and you can’t be reached.
Whether by law or not, tenants should always clean up after their pets as a courtesy to others and the surrounding property.
The City of Houston has all of this information for you. Just click here: https://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/service_schedules.html
Or download the City of Houston App: https://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/htxcollects.html
If you live in a Municipality or in a gated community, you may need to set up the trash separately. This information will be provided to you in your lease documents.
Tenant and Owner Responsibilities
As a resident of a rental home managed by Real Property Management, we want you to treat the home as if it were your own and be respectful of your neighbors. Taking good care of the property also leads to a faster return of your deposit when you move out.
Your lease outlines your full responsibilities however, below are some general responsibilities.
- Keep the property clean and orderly, inside and out
- Set up utilities in your name prior to moving in – electricity, water, gas, trash
- Care for landscaping and exterior – lawn, and minor trimming and weeding of shrubs and flowerbeds, sidewalks (e.g., show removal), exterior light bulbs, window cleaning
- Pest control
- Complete minor and seasonal maintenance – changing light bulbs, furnace filters, refrigerator water filters, and batteries in detectors; maintaining water softener and purification systems, keeping vents clean
- Comply with local, state and Home Owner Association (HOA) property codes, rules and regulations
Contact our office if you would like a referral for a vendor for services listed above.
Real Property Management and/or the owner of the rental home you lease are responsible for:
- Ensuring the rental property is clean, safe, and ready for occupancy
- Re-keying all doors leading to the outside for security
- Complying with state and federal laws pertaining to required detectors in the home
- Providing residents with a copy of applicable HOA rules
We know moving out can be a busy and sometimes stressful time. That’s why we provide a Move Out Guide. This includes a step by step process for you to successfully move out and meet all the guidelines to maximize your security deposit return.
Our goal is to maintain positive relationships with both our property owners and tenants, and ensure you are satisfied. If you are pleased with our service, we hope you consider our services again in the future. In addition, we encourage you to email us and offer to post a positive review or provide a testimonial for future marketing use.
Likewise, when you decide to move, buy a home or car, or get a new job, Real Property Management will support you by offering a payment history and providing you a letter of recommendation provided you have paid your rent on time and have taken care of the property.