What You Need to Know About Squatter’s Rights

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Squatter’s rights have become a popular topic over the past few years, especially with the founding of organized rehousing groups like Take Back the Land. Squatters are defined as any person who chooses to live in a property or piece of land that they don’t have a legal right to occupy. Not surprisingly, many property… Read more »

Rising Housing Costs: How Does This Affect Landlords?

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Whether you’re an independent landlord or a property manager, it’s essential to stay on top of the current housing market trends. Whether you’re planning to acquire a new property, wish to sell a property, or are doing competitive research on similar units in the area, having a handle on the market will allow you to… Read more »

Protect Yourself from Fraud with Tenant Screening

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Sadly, fraud is everywhere, including property rentals. Rental fraud occurs when tenants move in with no intention of paying rent, eventually forcing the landlord to evict them. The entire process can take up to three months or more; in the meantime, the landlord has lost out on months’ worth of rent. These deadbeat tenants often… Read more »

Lead-Based Paint Disclosures: What You Need to Know

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Landlords are responsible for maintaining more than just the habitability of their properties; they’re also responsible for disclosures on anything that can present a health or safety hazard. One such disclosure is lead-based paint; landlords are legally required to disclose the presence or potential presence of lead-based on their property to inform their tenants of… Read more »

2019 Revisions to VAWA: What You Need to Know

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This year, the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, which came with some important changes for tenants and landlords. Over the past 25 years or so, thousands of towns and cities over the country have enacted local ordinances that penalize both tenants and landlords for repeated police or emergency… Read more »

Proper Protocol for Security Deposits and Unpaid Rent

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No landlord ever wants to have to deal with a bad tenant who fails to pay their rent, but the chances of it happening go up the longer you manage properties and the more tenants you have. Many landlords struggle with what do in this situation. Some may consider using the tenant’s security deposit to… Read more »

Top 10 Time-Saving Property Management Tips

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We’re all aware that time is money, especially for a busy property manager! Being able to effectively implement time-saving strategies into your management techniques will not only save you time (and therefore money) and help you be more productive but can also help you if you decide to scale up your property management business.  1…. Read more »

Lease Writing 101

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A lease is an essential document that’s often not given the amount of attention it needs. Many landlords rely on sample leases they find online instead of taking the time to write one themselves; while this can save time and online leases can make excellent templates, it’s important to be able to write your own… Read more »

Summer Pest Prevention

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Summertime brings warm sunny days, barbecues, and… bugs. Not only are insects an annoying pest, but they can also make your tenants uncomfortable, ill, or cause serious damage to your property. When it comes to insect infestations, the best solution is always prevention. We recommend establishing a systematic quarterly pest prevention program will ensure you’re… Read more »

Hard Lessons Learned from Verbal Agreements and a Very Large Dog

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Many landlords believe they have all their bases covered with tenants, only to discover something crucial they overlooked – and they often learn about it the hard way. Thankfully, when they share their stories, it allows others to learn from their mistakes! One landlord recently posted the hard lesson they learned revolving around a tenant… Read more »