What You Can (and Cannot) Do When a Tenant Doesn't Pay Rent - Landlord Station

9 hours ago

It's a landlord's nightmare: your tenant has stopped paying rent. That can put you in a real bind, making it difficult for you to pay on the mortgage or for emergency maintenance. No matter how stressful the situation, you'll still need to make sure you handle the situation legally.

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How to Write a Notice of Rent Increase to Tenants - Landlord Station

22 hours ago

As you approach the end of a lease term you will need to make the decision if it's worth the risk of losing your current tenants to raise their rent. If it is, you'll need to provide them with a written notice.

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Handling Apartment Noise Complaints - Landlord Station

1 day ago

Noise complaints can happen in single or multifamily rentals, though you may be more likely to hear about it if you are responsible for both parties. Make sure that you handle these with the utmost care.

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Writing a Past Rent Due Notice - Landlord Station

1 day ago

If all goes well, tenants pay on time and things run smoothly. If they don't pay on time, you'll need to take action. One of the best ways to protect yourself in situations such as this is to make sure everything is in writing and that you have copies.

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How To Get Rid of Squatters - Landlord Station

1 day ago

Squatters have become a real problem in rental homes that may sit vacant for a while, especially if the landlord is not made immediately aware that the tenant has vacated the property. The problem is that once they've moved in, you'll need to go through the legal route to get them back out.

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Explanation of Retaliatory Eviction - Landlord Station

2 days ago

If it comes down to evicting a tenant, you'll want to make sure you're doing it for the right, legal reasons. If not, you might find yourself in trouble.

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Writing a 3 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit - Landlord Station

2 days ago

If your tenant stops paying rent you don't want to drag your feet in hopes that they'll come around. Take the necessarily steps to protect your rental investment.

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The Pros and Cons of Cloud Storage for Landlords - Landlord Station

2 days ago

The world we live in moves fast, and to keep up with it many people are moving the information they need most online so that it's easy to access from anywhere. If you're considering transferring your rental business' data to the cloud, check out these tips:

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3 days ago

Some landlords prefer to call a handyman for repairs throughout their rental and some may even have a maintenance individual on retainer, but for those that prefer to tackle projects themselves, what they often need is just a little bit of guidance.
If you've found that your rental's window sill is starting to rot, you may be surprised to find that this is something you can actually fix yourself. We've put together step by step instructions here:
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Ensuring Tenant Privacy - Landlord Station

3 days ago

In order to effectively run a tenant screening the potential tenant will need to be willing to provide some sensitive information. In turn, as the landlord, you will be responsible for making sure that their privacy is protected and that the sensitive information they provide is kept safe so that their identity is not at risk.

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When Tenants Go Rogue: The Problems Tracking Tenants Who Didn't Pay - Landlord Station

3 days ago

While you likely have a system in place to make sure that the individuals leasing from you are responsible renters, there's always a chance that someone will slip through that causes trouble. If you have a tenant that stops paying rent and then vanishes, you could be left with a pretty hefty bill that you'd like to collect on. Here are some tips on how to find your former tenants:

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The Benefits of Adding Insulation to Rental Properties - Landlord Station

4 days ago

Insulation can help keep a home's utility bills down by keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Check out the full benefits here:

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How To Verify Self Employment - Landlord Station

4 days ago

Part of the tenant screening process is verifying what the applicant has provided you with. This may include a call to their company's HR department to verify that they are steadily employed, that their income is accurate, and any number of other things.
This can be a problem if your potential tenant is self employed. How should you go about verifying the information they provided when they are, essentially, their own HR department?

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Tips For Cutting Down on Rental Property Leaks - Landlord Station

4 days ago

Water leaks can cause a lot of damage in your rental, especially if they go undetected. Your best bet is to take precautions to help get ahead of the problem so that you're not scrambling to keep up.

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How To Verify Insurance - Landlord Station

5 days ago

Many landlords are requiring their tenants to carry insurance to cover what the landlord's insurance will not. If you require it in the lease, you'll need to be able to verify that the coverage is still active throughout their time in your rental.

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How Do Tenant Improvements Work - Landlord Station

5 days ago

A tenant may choose to do small (or even large) improvements to a rental. It will be up to you if you accept these improvements or not.

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The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Allowing Pets - Landlord Station

5 days ago

Choosing if you should accept pets in your rental or not can be decision for a landlord. There are pros and cons to both sides of the situation. Make sure you weigh all sides carefully.

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Top 7 ways to ensure a tenant's smooth departure - Landlord Station

6 days ago

You'll want to make sure that you do not neglect an outgoing tenant for the incoming tenant. A good referral can be invaluable to you in the future.

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5 Mistakes Landlords Make With Incoming Tenants - Landlord Station

6 days ago

Turn over time in a rental can feel like a mad shuffle. You have outgoing tenants that will require you to perform inspections and possibly repairs. You'll also need to advertise your rental, perform tenant screenings, and choose new tenants. It can feel like there are a lot of moving pieces, but you'll need to keep up with them.
We've put together a list of five things to watch out for to make sure you don't make a mistake with your new tenants. Check those out here:

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Guidelines for Pets on a Lease - Landlord Station

1 week ago

Many tenants will want to bring a pet into the rental with them. You can choose to make your property pet free, but that will limit your applicants and may encourage some tenants to simply sneak the pets in. Another option is to set up guidelines for those with pets.

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Adaptations for Tenants with Disabilities - Landlord Station

1 week ago

If you have a tenant with disabilities you may be required to make reasonable adaptations so that they may easily live in your rental, but what does that mean?

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Landlord Breach of Contract Explained - Landlord Station

1 week ago

Breaching a contract is not something to do lightly, and there are times when it may not even be something you've done intentionally. In order to avoid this, you'll need to understand exactly what it means.

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What a Landlord Can Deduct From a Security Deposit - Landlord Station

1 week ago

When your tenant moves out you'll need to make a call on if the damage left behind is considered actual damage or if it would fall under what is considered normal wear and tear. This will help you to decide how much of their security deposit you'll be able to return to them.

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Dealing with Tenants That Refuse to Show House - Landlord Station

1 week ago

Trying to balance an outgoing tenant and finding a new tenant can be tricky. You don't want to lose time finding someone that will pay the rent, but you don't want to step on the toes of the person leaving either. So what can you do if your current tenant makes showing the rental difficult for you?

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Landlords in the Know: Tenant Rights 101 - Landlord Station

1 week ago

Knowing your tenants' rights can make or break a landlord-tenant relationship. Make sure that you are aware not only of what they owe you, but what you owe them as soon as that lease is signed and you enter into the rental agreement.

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Creating a Win-Win Scenario when You Want a Tenant to Move On - Landlord Station

1 week ago

A lease is a binding agreement between landlord and tenant and it can be frustrating to get a difficult tenant out of your rental if they haven't actually broken the lease. There are a few options that you can try that may leave everyone feeling like they came out alright in the end. Check those out here:

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Take Your Research to a New Level - Landlord Station

1 week ago

There's a lot of time and research that goes into investing in a new rental property, but if done correctly, it can really make the difference.

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How To Repair Cracked Ceramic Tile - Landlord Station

1 week ago

Damaged ceramic tiles can make a floor or wall look poorly maintained, but you don't have to do a complete overhaul to fix one or two broken tiles. Just follow these tips to easily fix the tile and make sure that your rental looks great:

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Outline of Tenant Rights During Construction - Landlord Station

1 week ago

A best case scenario will allow you to do any major construction projects that are needed on a rental between tenants, but sometimes you don't get the best case scenario. If major repairs need to be done in a rental with current tenants, you'll need to know what their rights are and how to approach those to make sure everyone is taken care of.

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How to Repair Water Damaged Drywall - Landlord Station

1 week ago

Water can do a lot of damage to your drywall, especially if it's left without repairs. Many landlords will hire professionals to handle these repairs, but if you're a do-it-yourself fan, we have put together some tips on how you can tackle it yourself. Check those out here:

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3 Reasons a Criminal Background Report May Be Missing Information - Landlord Station

1 week ago

If a crime is committed in your rental, there's a chance that the landlord may be held at least partially responsible even if they didn't know it was happening. That is why a criminal background check is such an important piece to the tenant screening process, but with limitations on these checks, there are times that information is missing.
Part of making sure that you don't miss important information is knowing the limitations of these checks.

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Public Records, Tenants, and Landlords - Landlord Station

1 week ago

A landlord can search through public records on their own or they can hire a third party to do it (often as part of the credit check), but whichever path you choose, a public record search should be part of your tenant screening process for your rental.
Here's what you should know about what to expect and how they can be useful:

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Lead-Based Paint Mandatory Disclosures - Landlord Station

1 week ago

Lead-based paint can be dangerous to your tenants' health, and as a landlord and property manager you are legally required to notify them if there's even a chance that your rental may contain this type of paint.
We've put together a few guidelines to follow when it comes to handling lead-based paint and your tenants:

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Outline of Tenant Rights and Responsibilities - Landlord Station

1 week ago

As a landlord, you'll need to know your responsibilities to the tenant and make sure that you live up to those, but when you sign that lease, they're agreeing to live up to certain responsibilities as well.

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Judging a Person by Their Credit Score - Landlord Station

1 week ago

The first place many landlords look at when the credit report comes through is the score. You may have a minimum score you'll accept or a range that you're looking for. Having those policies set in place before running the screening is a smart move to make. Just make sure that the score isn't all you look at.

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Outline of Tenant Rights for Smoking - Landlord Station

1 week ago

Many landlord choose not to allow smoking in their rental due to the damage and potential damage it can cause, but what should you do if a tenant claims they have the right to smoke in the home they're renting from you?

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Tenant Rights and Hot Water - Landlord Station

1 week ago

If a hot water heater breaks it becomes a problem for both landlord and tenant pretty fast. Check out these tips on your tenants' rights when it comes to having hot water in the rental:

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How social media has changed the rental business - Landlord Station

1 week ago

Social Media has changed many aspects of every day life and business. It's made information easier to find and for landlords and property managers, this can help in more than just tenant screening. You'll want to make sure that you approach how you use social media in a legal and ethical manner, but we've put together a few great ways it can help make your life as a landlord a little easier:

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5 Ways to Manage Your Time as a Property Manager/Landlord - Landlord Station

2 weeks ago

Time management is one of the most important skills to learn in any business, and your rental business is no exception. Make sure that you are using every minute wisely.

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2 weeks ago

If you have to suffer through a terrible tenant, odds are that you want to save the next pour soul that might rent to them from that fate. They may have trashed your rental or refused to pay rent. Perhaps they brought pets in without paying the fee or had roommates or significant others move in that had a criminal history that you never would have rented to if you'd known. The possibilities can feel endless, and while warning other landlords can feel like the right thing to do, you'll need to be careful not to do anything that will land you on the expensive side of a slander accusation.
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2 weeks ago

If you own a rental property long enough there's a good chance that major repairs will, eventually, need to be done. The best case scenario would be to do these repairs when you're between tenants, but sometimes you don't get that choice. Check out these tips to prepare for major repairs and how to handle your tenants during this time:
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2 weeks ago

You may have tenants that fight with their neighbors or even with roommates. Disagreements and even arguments can be normal, but it becomes something that you have to deal with when the tenant wants you, as the landlord, to mediate their problems. You will need firm policies in place so that you don't get caught in the middle of something that you shouldn't really be in the middle of.
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2 weeks ago

The sudden death of a tenant is not an easy situation for any landlord or property manager to tackle. You will need to find a balance between your legal responsibilities and approaching the family with respect.
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2 weeks ago

There are many parts of the country that the weather is already beginning to turn cold. If your rental is located in one of these areas, you'll need to make sure that you have everything you need to take care of it during the snowy months.
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2 weeks ago

Learning how to best manage your time can help you become a more productive landlord and property manager. We've put together some tips to help you increase your productivity in your workplace so that you can step up your property management game and stand out against the competition:
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2 weeks ago

There are five personality traits that many successful landlords share. While a good landlord does not necessarily need to have all five, many do. If you're on the fence about becoming a landlord, check those out here:
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2 weeks ago

Stress can make it difficult to focus on the things that you need to focus on in order to accomplish your goals for the day. The more stressed you are, the less efficient you'll be. You can decrease your stress in your rental business by following these steps:
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2 weeks ago

When a tenant moves into your rental there's a better than even chance that they'll decorate the walls. They'll hang photographs and decorations to personalize the space, but when they move out and take those wall hangings with them, there will be holes left behind from the nails they used. Typically these holes will be considered part of the normal wear and tear expected from tenants, so most cases will not permit you to deduct from their security deposit to pay someone to come through and fill these in. That's why a quick DIY method is often best.
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2 weeks ago

The exterior of your rental and the yard will be the first thing that the applicant sees when they go to view the property, and great landscaping can be used to help market your rental.
If you're attempting to get rid of the Bermuda grass littered throughout the rest of your lawn to make it look more uniformed, we've put together some easy, DIY tips here:
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2 weeks ago

A rental applicant will typically provide you with an income as part of their application, but it will be up to you to verify if that number is correct or not.
We've put together an article to help you verify your applicant's income to make sure that they meet that rent to income ratio that you have set.
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