The topic of ownership, management, and control is a hot topic in the current housing market. Property management is the management of the land and buildings owned by a business.
Property management is also the art of keeping things tidy. The problem with this is that when you’re looking at a property you don’t really know what’s happening. Sometimes you see a house that’s been transformed into something other than the way it was originally. Sometimes you see a house that is still a mess, or something that your landlord still hasn’t sorted out.
This is exactly the problem with union square. Many tenants don’t actually know what is happening on the property they are renting. As a result, landlords do a poor job of keeping things clean, and tenants don’t like the mess.
This is one reason why I am a fan of the new movie “The Man from UNCLE” which is about a guy who takes his sister to live with him in a house that is constantly in disarray. I’m sure it’s not a coincidence that the movie looks like a mess as well. But then you see the movie… and its a mess too. But somehow the house is also still a home in its own right.
When we look at the current state of the property management industry in the United States, it’s not pretty. In fact, it is a mess, and not just because of the messes that are made to a tenant’s complaints. And it’s not just small mistakes as much as it is a lack of understanding of the value of human life.
The whole thing reminds me of the movie “The Last Picture Show” (1989). The way the movie is made is that the owner of a movie theatre, a man named Peter, hires a company of people to take care of his movie theater. The problem, they are all very very nice people and they take care of the theatre as if they were the best theater in the world.
In response to some of the issues that tenants have with unions, the New York State Department of Labor recently announced that it would start a “campaign to educate tenants about the benefits of a union.” The department is also working to make sure all tenants have access to “full-time staff” to get their complaints handled.
The department is also trying to create a campaign to get more tenants to sign leases with the union. It’ll be interesting to see if this campaign, which isn’t new or new but is still a step in the right direction, helps change the tone of the union. If the union has a bad reputation in the industry, there will be less chances that tenants will sign long-term leases with them.
One big pushback is that the department appears to be pushing a “no union” stance on tenants. Most tenants I know who have signed leases do so with a union because they’re looking to save money on rent. By pushing this stance, they’re hoping to force the department to either get rid of their union, or at the very least force them to bargain directly with the unions.