Flushable Wipes: A Potential Plumbing Nightmare in the Making

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Flushable wet wipes have become increasingly popular over the past decade or so. Marketed as “plumbing and septic” friendly, it’s easy to see why many consumers have embraced the hygiene product –especially when toilet paper shortages affected much of the nation last spring. Despite their name and how they’re marketed, it’s important to know that… Read more »

4 Types of Illegal Evictions You Should Know About

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Although some states still have restrictions on evictions due to COVID-19, many of them have now begun the process of hearing eviction cases again. As a landlord or property manager, you likely know your local eviction laws fairly well. However, there’s been a growing movement over the past couple of years to amend the normal… Read more »

Could Eviction Record Bans Extend Beyond New York State?

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In 2019, New York state passed a law that effectively banned the use of eviction reports for screening rental applicants. The law, which is part of The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019, penalizes rental property owners who deny applicants on the basis of either a pending or prior eviction litigation. The law… Read more »

What to Do When Your Tenant Files for Bankruptcy

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Eviction is one of the worst-case scenarios for many landlords. It can be a long, taxing process that slowly eats away at your time and money – not to mention the impact it has on an emotional or mental health level. Needless to say, eviction is a situation that most landlords want to avoid whenever… Read more »

10 Tips for Improving Your Relationship with Your Tenants

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Do you have a good relationship with your tenants? Or do you find yourself keeping them at a distance as much as possible? Many landlords underestimate the importance of their relationship with their tenants, not realizing that improving relations can make their job easier and bring greater success. While the tenant/landlord relationship is a professional… Read more »

How to Prepare for a Potential Wave of Evictions

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Earlier this year, states rushed to put a halt to evictions in response to COVID-19. As some states have now begun the process of reopening, the multifamily housing industry may be at a crossroads with evictions. Eviction moratoriums are set to be lifted in several states, with courts scheduled to begin hearing eviction cases later… Read more »

Could Security Deposit Bans Be on the Horizon?

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As a landlord, security deposits are one of the most vital tools you have. While these deposits can only be used in specific instances, they ensure you don’t lose out on money if the tenancy doesn’t go as planned. Unfortunately, security deposits are the latest rental policy to come under fire. The affordable housing crisis, in… Read more »

Prevent Tenant Privacy Violations with Effective Communication

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Has COVID-19 made you more concerned about the state of your rental property? If so, you may be considering an inspection. However, before you pay your tenant a visit, it’s important to take their privacy into consideration. Most state laws allow landlords to enter their tenant’s homes under specific circumstances, but they must meet certain… Read more »