Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pensacola Parks: Roger Scott

Pensacola Parks: Roger Scott Athletic Complex
East Pensacola's most utilized athletic complex! 

The Roger Scott Athletic complex is located at 2130 Summit Blvd in Pensacola, FL 32504 and encompasses the athletic park as well as the tennis center, pool, Vickrey resource center, and dog park.  This 5.4 acre City of Pensacola park is well maintained and has a lot to offer Pensacola families of all ages.
  • Leap Trail Playground
The LEAP trail is a product of Leadership Pensacola, an organization chosen by the Chamber of Commerce for community leaders to participate in a leadership development.  

The Class of 2013 created the LEAP Trail, a 3 mile walking trail with exercise equipment and a playground along the way.  The LEAP trail and playground are integrated with Roger Scott Athletic Complex.

  • Roger Scott Tennis Center 
Roger Scott Tennis Center is the most utilized tennis center in Pensacola with 18 hard courts, 10 softer clay courts, and 2 hitting walls. 

In addition to offering tennis lessons, Roger Scott Tennis Center hosts junior and team clinics and competitions including the upcoming October 4, 2014 Help the Kids Tourney. 

While Roger Scott offers an annual membership, they also allow the public to rent courts for between $8 and $12 per hour.  Roger Scott Tennis Center is also home to Catholic and Washington High School tennis teams. 

To view their schedule or for more information, visit their website http://www.tennispensacola.com/clubs/Roger-Scott-Tennis-Center.htm 

  • Vickrey Resource Center 
Vickrey Resource Center in Pensacola, FL 32503
Vickrey Resource Center in Pensacola, FL 32503
The Vickrey Resource Center offers a wide variety of resources for all ages with special children and senior classes!  They host fun and affordable classes including zumba, tai chi, chair aerobics, fitness classes for seniors, and even bingo. 

For only a $1, you can access and use their indoor weight and fitness room. The room is free for seniors. 

The resource center hosts basketball and volleyball games indoors and allows for free play.

The Vickrey Resource Center picks up K-5 students from both Cordova Park and Scenic Heights Elementary to host affordable and educational after school programs Monday- Friday from 2 to 6pm.

You can also rent their community room which accommodates up to 275 people.  For more information about the services offered at the Vickrey Resource Center, please call them at (850) 912-4056.
  • Dog park
Roger Scott is also home to two fenced dog parks.  One dog park is limited to smaller dogs while the other allows for dogs of all sizes.  The dog park is free and open sunrise to sunset daily.
  • Team Sports
The Roger Scott Athetic Complex is home to several team sports including cheerleading, baseball, softball, football, and soccer. 
  • Baseball and Softball
Baseball fields at Roger Scott Pensacola FL
Baseball fields at Roger Scott Pensacola FL
  • Football 
Football fields at Roger Scott Athletic Complex in Pensacola, FL 32503
  • Soccer 
Soccer Fields at Roger Scott Atlhetic Complex
Soccer Fields at Roger Scott Atlhetic Complex



  • Swimming pool
  • If you are interested in swimming at the Roger Scott Pool, you view photos, hours of operation, pricing, and more here. 
Hot summer day at Roger Scott Pool~ Pensacola, FL
Hot summer day at Roger Scott Pool~ Pensacola, FL 
Roger Scott Pool in Pensacola, FL
Roger Scott Pool in Pensacola, FL

In addition to these fun activities, Roger Scott is also home to seasonal fundraisers and events including Easter Egg Hunt, Senior Softball Tournaments and even Police Dog Competitions. There's always some fun to be had at Roger Scott. 

Also, make sure to check out our articles on other Pensacola area parks including:
For more information on this park and other City of Pensacola Parks, please contact the City of Pensacola Parks & Recreation department at (850) 436-5670 or visit them online. 

Go explore your Pensacola area parks this weekend! Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983

Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Safety Message from Sheriff's Office

Safety Message from Escambia County Sheriff's Office
David Morgan, Sheriff, releases a safety statement for women based on recent events.

There have been two sexual assault attempts in the Pensacola area this past week. Because of this, the sheriff's office is warning all individuals to be aware and to be careful. 

One woman was approached at a gas station while another was out running.  Make sure to lock your vehicles, even when away from them for only a short time like at the gas station. Also, the sheriff recommends that you exercise in pairs as that reduces your risk.

Watch the full safety message from our local Sheriff of Escambia County below.



Be safe Pensacola!
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes 
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983

Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's a toilet, not a trash can!

Stop flushing these items!
Be careful you are not flushing items that could cause your house to flood with sewage.

Whether you are on public sewer or have a private septic tank, it's very important that you limit the items you flush down your toilets or dump down your drains aside from toilet paper.

Never flush:
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissue Paper
  • Feminine Products
  • Condoms
  • Diapers or Wipes (even the disposable kind!)
  • Facial Tissues
  • Cotton Balls or Swabs
  • Dental Floss
  • Prescription Medication
  • Band-aids
  • Cat Litter
Never pour down your drains:
Dehumidifiers in a bathroom after a sewage back up!
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Grease
  • Varnish and Paint Thinners
  • Gasoline or Motor Oil
  • Paint
If these items make their way into your plumbing system, it's just a matter of time before your system will start failing causing a stoppage or, even worse, a devastating sewage back up that could introduce sewage into your home! (Gross!)

Aftermath of a sewage flood in Pensacola home!
We had a sewer back up last week that sadly flood a large portion of the house. The plumber said they found baby wipes and feminine products in the sewer system. The tenants kept trying to use the plumbing system even after they knew there was a problem which caused a large majority of the home to flood with sewage. This very expensive repair could have been prevented with proper use.

With that being said, if you experience a blockage, stoppage, or overflow from your sewer or septic tank system, stop using the water immediately!  Even running the dishwasher or washing a load of clothes could cause the system to fail so please be aware of this potential hazard. 

Remember, it's a toilet, not a trash can!

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes 
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983

Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The New Landlord: Maintenance Obligations

The New Landlord:  Maintenance Obligations under FL Law
We look further into a Landlord's Maintenance Obligations as outlined by FL Landlord Tenant Law.

While your lease agreement will outline specific instructions for tenant and landlord maintenance, landlords are ultimately subject to abiding by state and local laws.

It is critical for landlords to understand their obligations for maintaining their home under Florida Statutes governing Landlord and Tenant Law. If you are not aware of these laws, you expose yourself to unnecessary liability and a number of problem scenarios including a tenant withholding rent or terminating their lease agreement early.

To help you better understand these complex laws, we are going to break down current FL Statute 83.51 which defines landlord obligations to maintain the premises.
 
"Landlord at all times during the tenancy shall
      1. Comply with requirements of applicable building, housing, and health codes
      2. Where there are no applicable building, housing, or health codes, maintain the roofs, windows, screens, doors, floors, steps, porches, exterior walls, foundations, and other structural components in good repair and capable of resisting normal forces and loads and the plumbing in reasonable working condition."
"The landlord’s obligations under this subsection may be altered or modified in writing with respect to a single-family home or duplex." (i.e. agreed upon by both parties in your written lease agreement)

(2)(a) "Unless otherwise agreed in writing, in addition to the requirements of subsection (1), the landlord of a dwelling unit other than a single-family home or duplex shall, at all times during the tenancy, make reasonable provisions for:
1.   The extermination of rats, mice, roaches, ants, wood-destroying organisms, and bedbugs.
2. Locks and keys.
3.The clean and safe condition of common areas.
4. Garbage removal and outside receptacles therefor.
5. Functioning facilities for heat during winter, running water, and hot water. 
(b) Unless otherwise agreed in writing, at the commencement of the tenancy of a single-family home or duplex, the landlord shall install working smoke detection devices. "

Extermination is usually considered landlord responsibility
 unless your lease agreement states otherwise!

Luckily, they also include the following clarifications in this chapter of FL Landlord Tenant law.
  • "When vacation of the premises is required for such extermination, the landlord shall not be liable for damages but shall abate the rent. The tenant shall be required to temporarily vacate the premises for a period of time not to exceed 4 days, on 7 days’ written notice, if necessary, for extermination pursuant to this subparagraph.
  • Nothing contained in this subsection prohibits the landlord from providing in the rental agreement that the tenant is obligated to pay costs or charges for garbage removal, water, fuel, or utilities.
  • The landlord is not responsible to the tenant under this section for conditions created or caused by the negligent or wrongful act or omission of the tenant, a member of the tenant’s family, or other person on the premises with the tenant’s consent."
A few clarifications:
  • The laws require more strict maintenance obligations by landlord for multi-family properties and apartment communities.  Because pests can travel from unit to unit, pest control is considered the landlords responsibility for multi-family properties unless agreed upon in writing by both parties. Because multiple tenants can create unsafe situations in common areas and around trash receptacles, the landlord is required to maintain those areas under FL Landlord Tenant Laws. 
Did you know that smoke detectors expire!
Air conditioning repairs are beyond the scope of renters requirements!
  • Did you know that smoke detectors only have a shelf life of 10 years? Each smoke detector has a date on it. Make sure to check yours yearly to ensure your home is adequately protected! Items like these need to be replaced routinely while you are leasing your home and (most of the time) can not be charged back to the tenant.

  • The statute does not specifically require that air conditioning be maintained by the landlord, however, like any other major appliance in the home, if air conditioning is working when the tenants moved in, a judge would agree that the landlord must maintain the air conditioner during occupancy.  (Most lease agreements do require the tenants to change their air filters regularly and can assess fines and damages based upon improper care.)  Also, local building codes and/or the FL Building Codes may require landlords to maintain air conditioning.  Unless your lease agreement states otherwise, the landlord is required to maintain all appliances owned by landlord at the property. 

  •  This principle "if it was there when they moved in, it should be maintained" goes with most items in the home unless your lease agreement specifically says otherwise. For example, our lease agreement states that items like ceiling fans, garbage disposal, and ice makers can be removed instead of replaced in the event they malfunction.  If your lease agreement doesn't address these issues, the judge may rule that you would need to replace/ repair something if it was in working condition when the tenants moved in. 
Screens Florida Landlord Tenant Law
Missing or badly damaged screens are against FL Landlord Tenant
laws and should be replaced prior to tenants move in
  • The most recent updates to Landlord Tenant law require screens to be installed and in reasonable condition at move in. The law also requires the landlord to repair screens only once annually if necessary. 
In addition to complying with Landlord Tenant Law Statutes, you must be sure to comply with local building, housing, and health codes. The Florida Building Code outlines further codes to consider.  If you are unsure about your local laws or the obligations under your lease agreement, consult a real estate attorney.

To see Chapter 83.51 of the Florida Statutes in its entirety as well as to review the full Landlord Tenant laws, please visit The Florida Senate website.   

The Bottom Line
Components of your home tend to break down and deteriorate over time with just normal wear and tear. Be prepared as a landlord to routinely spend money updating and improving the components in your home. 

Under Florida law, most of these items can not be charged back to the tenant unless the burden of proof shows that the tenant was 100% responsible for damages caused by misuse or neglect.  Being a good landlord requires a continuous financial investment to maintain your home in accordance with the law and to keep your renters satisfied.
 
This is the ninth article of our blog series "The New Landlord: Tips & Tricks for the Profitable Landlord."  Make sure to follow our blog for more advice on how to be an effective landlord!   See our past articles including:
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes 
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983

Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

*Disclaimer- I am not a real estate attorney and therefore not qualified to give real estate legal advice. Please consult an attorney for clarification of FL Landlord Tenant Laws.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

East Hill Edible Gardening Classes

East Hill Edible Gardening Classes
Local gardeners teach Pensacola residents to grow their own food!

Local gardeners Renee and Tom Perry are master gardeners who grow most of their own food in the East Hill community of Pensacola.  As veteran gardeners and members of the Pensacola Organic Gardening Club, Tom and Renee put their years of gardening experience to use helping local area residents grow their own bountiful garden.

East Hill Gardening Class in Pensacola, FL ~ Photo courtesy of East Hill Edible Gardening ~
East Hill Gardening Class in Pensacola, FL ~ Photo courtesy of East Hill Edible Gardening ~


Their fall series of "Easy, Weed Free, No-till Gardening" kicks off tonight this week, September 16th and 18th and continue once a week for four weeks through October 7th and 9th.

Winter Harvest~ Photo courtesy of East Hill Edible Gardening ~
- Tuesday morning series - 9:30am - 11:...00am - Sept 16, 23, 30, and Oct. 7
- Tuesday evening series - 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Sept 16, 23, 30, and Oct. 7
- Thursday evening series - 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Sept 18, 25, Oct. 2, and 9

In these lessons, Tom and Renee cover the basics from where to put your garden and how to prepare your soil, to more challenging aspects of gardening including planting for the season and how to prevent pests.  

They give recommendations for on what to grow, when to grow it, and where to pick up the best supplies. 

The cost for the 4 Easy Weed Free No-Til Organic Gardening class session is only $45. 
Classes are held at Bayview Park Resource Center located at 2000 E. Lloyd Street.

They are also offering "All about Vegetables:  Fall and Winter" next Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. The cost for this one time class is $25. 

East Hill Edible Gardening classes
Myself and Carlin at the
East Hill Edible Gardening Classe
I recently attended the four week edible gardening class with a co-worker and can personally speak to the Perry's passion for gardening and sustainability. I have just started implementing some of their techniques and am impressed with the results in my own small backyard garden.

For more information about East Hill Edible Gardening, contact Renee and Tom Perry at 292-8155. Visit them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EastHillEdibleGardening
Pepper from my garden!

Let us know if you take a class or leave a gardening tip for our readers below.

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983

Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com