Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please contact us.
Where is the BPM office located?
When is rent due?
What happens if we pay rent late?
Do you accept cash or credit cards in the office?
What if I lose my keys?
How do I contact the emergency maintenance person on duty?
Does Boulder Property Management allow short term leases?
Does BPM rent any furnished units?
If I am sub-leasing my unit without liability can I leave furniture behind for the tenant replacing me?
How do I secure a rental property once I have been to a showing?
Will you rent to me if I have never rented before?
Can I sign a lease if I am out of town?
How do I see the inside of a property that I am interested in renting?
How much do I need to put down for security deposit?
Are utilities included in the monthly rental price?
Can I pre-lease a rental before pre-leasing begins?
Can we move in early?
What are the zoning requirements in Boulder?
How do I break my lease with BPM?
How do I sublet my unit?
A sublet is when all persons on a lease would like to vacate and have an entirely new set of tenants take their place. (If only one or some of the tenants on the lease would like to vacate, then please refer to the next question relating to roommate changes.) It is up to the tenants on the lease to find suitable replacements, to take over their financial liability until the lease expires. The fee to sublet is equal to one month’s rent or half of one month’s rent depending on whether or not the vacating tenant(s) wish to remain financially liable on the lease contract. Once new tenants are found they must fill out rental applications (found on our website under “Contracts and Forms”) and submit them to BPM so they may be screened for approval. Once approved, BPM will call you so you can make an appointment to sublease. ALL the vacating and new tenants need to come in together to sign the necessary documents to make this exchange legal. Please review the “Sublease Information” under “Contracts and Forms” on our website for more information on subleasing.
Scenario: I live with roommates and want to have someone else take over my spot on the lease.
If one roommate is vacating and having another person take over the financial liability of the lease, this is called a “Roommate Change”. It is up to the vacating tenant to find a person to take their spot and ALL the other roommates on the lease must approve the new tenant. There is a fee to do a roommate change, so please call BPM to ask more questions.
A few good resources for finding a roommate are craigslist.org, Ralphie’s List, and even Facebook. The new tenant must fill out a rental application (you can get one of these by calling the office, you will need the first name, last name, and email address of the tenant applying) and submit it to BPM. There is a $40.00 Rental Application fee per application submitted. The next step is making an appointment with a BPM Agent to fill out the Roommate Change document. All tenants on the lease including the new and vacating tenants must be present at the meeting to agree to the terms and sign the document. It is imperative that all roommate changes take place with a BPM Agent!! If they are not done legally through BPM, and we become aware of this at any time throughout the tenancy, there is a possibility that the tenant not on the lease could be evicted!
I live with roommates and want to have someone else take over my spot on the lease.
Can I be present for the check-out of my unit?
How long will it be until we receive our security deposit back?
What are these Box Elder bugs about in Boulder?
Box elder bugs are harmless insects that won’t bite people nor will they cause severe damage to your personal property. When found in large numbers however, they are considered nuisance pests and may stain walls and other areas with their excrement.
Box elder bugs invade homes in large numbers in the late summer and early autumn searching for a place to overwinter. They like warmer conditions and are more likely to invade homes and buildings that get a fair amount of sun. They typically remain active until cold weather sends them searching for cracks, crevices and other sheltered areas inside and will stay there until milder weather returns.
The box elder tree is the main source of food for the box elder bug. Box elder bugs also feed on Ash trees, Maple trees, Cherry trees as well as a variety of other seed-bearing plants. Removing the trees, especially the female or pod-bearing trees, is the most effective way of controlling the pest. However, elimination of trees on your property won’t always completely resolve the problem. Winged adults can fly distances up to several blocks, so they could migrate in from a neighbor’s tree.
BPM does not use potentially harmful insecticide sprays for the treatment of box elder bugs due to its inefficiency and chemicals. It is generally not recommended to treat box elder bugs with chemicals for it is just as effective to use a vacuum cleaner and hosing them down with water. Spray a combination of dishwashing liquid and water to each individual bug. Gets them right away! Household insecticidal aerosols and many household spray cleaners also are effective when applied directly to individual Insects. All of these measures provide temporary relief only until the cooler weather comes!
Please refer to the Boulder Property Management Lease agreement for all of the terms of the lease. A blank copy of our lease can be found on our website under the contracts and forms page. Please call BPM if you have any further questions.