Tips for Making Your Rental Summer-Ready

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It’s common to see tips for “winterizing” your rental for the cold months, but summer maintenance is often overlooked. With warm weather on the way, now is an ideal time to check in on your properties to ensure everything is in perfect working order – especially if your rental is currently vacant. Typically, summer is… Read more »

Refresh Your Knowledge of Fair Housing Laws

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As a landlord or property manager, you’re likely familiar with the Fair Housing Act of 1968 (FHA). The FHA was created to ensure anyone searching for a place to live has a fair chance at finding one, without fear of discrimination based on their protected class. Although it wasn’t the first law of its kind… Read more »

Tips and Best Practices for Virtual Tours

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Social distancing is being encouraged throughout most of the country, which means a slow-down in lease signings and tour requests for many landlords and property managers. However, even if you’re not able to meet with prospective tenants in person, you can still show them around your property with a virtual tour. Virtual tours are often… Read more »

Considerations for Renting to Friends or Family

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As a landlord or property manager, you’re well-aware of how important it is to screen your tenants. This becomes more complicated when you’re considering renting to family or friends. When vetting a stranger, you can rely on the information from the screening to make your decision. Objectivity is more difficult when it comes to vetting… Read more »

How to Create and Use a Security Deposit Deposition Form

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Every landlord understands the importance of collecting a security deposit to protect their investment property. In many cases, tenants are respectful of the property, so you won’t have to worry about withholding the deposits. However, what happens when you have a tenant who has caused damage to the property? How do you handle withholding some… Read more »

Can Landlords Prohibit Guns in Their Lease Agreement?

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Gun ownership has become a particularly heated topic over the past decade, which prompts the question for many landlords: can you add a clause into your lease that restricts or prohibits firearms? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t clear-cut. In some circumstances, the answer may be dependent on what your state law says. In other situations, it… Read more »

It’s Official: California Rent Control Bill Signed into Law

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Rent control is here to stay in California – at least until 2030. On October 8, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Assembly Bill 1482, which caps annual rent increases at 5% and imposes rules on just cause eviction. The legislation is meant to address the rising cost of housing and increasing homelessness affecting… Read more »