September 2014

Found 8 blog entries for September 2014.

Tenancy AgreementWhen you’re a landlord, you have to take care of your good tenants while being aware of your bad tenants. Did you know tenants are often scamming landlords?

They pull tricks to get you to avoid pulling a background check, lie about their current living situation or lie about the number of tenants moving in. Here are some tricks desperate renters are using most often.

The Screening Process

If you have a tenant leaving things blank on the application, acting offended because you want to do a background check or complains about rental fees, this is a red flag. They are most likely trying to hide something, but will make you think that they are hurt you question their integrity.

Past renters know this is a standard process and won’t be offended by the

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For landlords furnishing their rental properties, they may be concerned about whether or not to get a furniture lease addendum for the tenant to sign.

It’s useful to have the apartment furnished because it makes it more appealing to singles, students or young couples since they don’t yet have much of their own furniture yet. Landlords have to consider having this addendum in place to protect their furniture from getting damaged or mistreated by tenants.

What is the Addendum?

When your tenant signs their rental lease, you have the option to go into further detail on a portion of the lease. The word addendum means something to be added or an item of additional material for the end of a publication.  

The lease addendum is a chance to go into further

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Are you a landlord trying to find the balance on how much screening to do with potential tenants? While you don’t want to take on a bad tenant, you also don’t to cross a line.

Tenant screening allows you to find out a potential tenant’s rental history and criminal history, but how do you know when you’ve gone too far? Here’s what landlords need to know.

What are Landlords Legally Allowed to Check For?

Background CheckLandlords are legally allowed to determine eligibility of renting based on these criteria:

  • Criminal Record
  • Credit History
  • Rental History
  • Verifiable Income

There are many illegal factors you cannot us to determine eligibility to rent. For example, you cannot screen for or turn down a potential tenant for their gender or race. Other factors

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Landlords know it can be challenging to deal with bad tenants causing noise or problems for other tenants and neighbors. If you have tenants that like to throw parties, this is even more of a hassle.

The chance of damage occurring to your property, noise complaints or injuries during a party, are much higher. Here’s how to prevent your rental property from becoming a party house.

The Rental Agreement

Crazy House PartyYou’ll want to be very clear on the lease what the rules are and what the consequences are for breaking these rules. The lease is a binding contract, so when your tenant signs the lease they are signing a contract with you. Be sure to be very detailed in the lease and add whatever you find necessary to keep your property from being damaged.

One way to

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Plumber Fixing SinkWhen you are renting a property to someone there are two things you need to be concerned about: water and fire. This is because water and fire are two things that can destroy your property, which for most landlords is a huge problem as it destroys your source of income.

The thing about fire is that there is not a lot you can do. Make sure there are fire alarms and fire extinguishers in the house. Otherwise, you just need to have a good insurance plan in place.

Water, on the other hand, is a different story. There are lots of different kinds of water emergencies and most of them are situations where you can do something, as the landlord.

Most Common Water Emergencies

  • Clogged Drain
  • Busted Water Pipes
  • Frozen Water Pipes
  • Leaking Fixtures


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Passive aggressive tenants are those that act passive towards you, your staff, and other tenants, but their actions show subtle hostility. Passive aggressive tenants can cause a landlord many issues, cost them money, and waste their time. How does a landlord recognize passive aggressive tenants and what should they do about it?

Recognizing the Behavior

Passive Aggressive BehaviorWhile they aren’t going to act confrontational to your face, they will deliberately make things more difficult for you. The behavior is a form of intimidation and harassment.

Examples of passive aggressive behavior from a tenant to a landlord could include:

  • A tenant that doesn’t speak to you about a problem but contacts someone above you to make you look bad or get you reprimanded including law
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Are you a landlord dealing with destructive or angry tenants? Are your tenants damaging your property because they are mad about eviction notices or trying to seek revenge on you by breaking and stealing from the property? This type of incident can cost landlords hundreds to thousands of dollars, and here is how they should handle these tenants.

Where to begin

Illustration of an Aggressive WomanFirst and foremost, start documenting everything. You’ll need this later.

Get estimates for the repairs from experts and keep a copy of all the quotes. You’ll want to start recouping money by renting the apartment back out immediately, so getting the place back into shape is a priority.

Before making any repairs, make sure you’ve taken pictures and videos of the place to be able to use in

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Eviction NoticeBeing a landlord is a very tricky career path to take. Even though you are the owner of a property, there are a number of things you just can't legally do while someone else is living there. If you have a tenant that you want to no longer live at one of your houses, there are steps you must take to legally give them the boot.

The unfortunate truth is that a lot of people just assume they can purchase a house and rent it to whoever they want whenever they want. What you have to understand is that there are laws in place to protect tenants from their landlords. These laws prevent you from coming over and making someone homeless for no reason. If you are going to be a landlord, you need to make sure you follow the rules.

Laws Regarding Changing Locks

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