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Landlords can get a bad reputation from time to time, often through no fault of their own. A tenant may have had a very negative experience long before they come into your rental, but it can easily affect how they view you as their new landlord and property manager. The best option for you is to make sure you are at the top of your game so that you present the very best version of your business to them that you can.
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21 hours ago

Many landlords look to the credit score as their starting point to decide if a rental applicant will be a good fit or not, but what can you do if the applicant doesn't have a credit score? A lack of credit score does not necessarily mean that they're not trustworthy. It just means you may need to be a bit more creative in your screening procedures.
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1 day ago

The tenant screening process can be stressful enough without finding yourself on the expensive end of a lawsuit. There are both federal and local laws that govern the landlord-tenant relationship from the very beginning until the end, and if you break one of those laws you'll open yourself up to legal action. Check out these tips on how to avoid that:
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1 day ago

There are costs in any business, including a rental business. You'll set your budget, put aside what you think you'll need for those fees and expenditures, and adjust as you learn what you need.
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1 day ago

Good communication is part of every healthy relationship, and that includes a landlord's relationship with their tenant. Open and clear communication can help your rental business run more smoothly and allow for a better overall experience. Check out these tips on how to accomplish that:
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2 days ago

Choosing to hire someone to help you manage your rental properties can be a big step. If all is going well, this decision will be a good sign that your business is growing and that money is coming in, but you'll need to decide if the timing is right to bring someone else in.
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2 days ago

Illegal activity in your rental property can be dangerous to your business. While your first line of defense will always be a well-screened tenant, that doesn't mean someone can't slip through. Make sure you know the warning sings.
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2 days ago

You may have a tenant that decides to allow a significant other or a friend move in with them after they've signed the lease with you. If they go through the appropriate channels to alert you to this, that makes things much easier, but if they do not you'll have an unscreened tenant living in your rental. You will need to handle this situation as quickly as possible to make sure that your investment is protected.
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3 days ago

A leaky roof will open your rental up to damage inside and will need to be repaired quickly. If it's located in an area of the country that's seen high winds and floods following the recent hurricanes, you may be waiting a while for a roofer to get out to you. Depending on how comfortable you are with DIY projects, you may be able to tackle some roof repairs yourself. Here's how:
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3 days ago

There are some documents that you can scrape by without updating each year, but others will need to be adjusted as laws change so that you can make sure that you and your rental business are covered.
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3 days ago

No one likes to be threatened. It can be a very awkward place for a landlord to be threatened by their tenant because they will need to be very careful in how they defend themself. Check out these tips on how to best handle a threatening tenant:
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4 days ago

Self-employment is a goal for many, and as a landlord and property manager, you'll be working for yourself (as well as for your tenants), but there are a few things that you should know before jumping in:
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4 days ago

Networking can be a great way to allow you to learn from others that have been in the business longer and to make connections that will help you grow your own. We've put together options for landlords looking to connect with other landlords:
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4 days ago

While many potential tenants will be honest and straight forward with you without a second thought, some applicants might have things they would rather you not know if they think it'll keep them from getting the rental. Those tend to be the things that you, as the landlord, should want to know.
Check out these tips so that you know what kind of scams to look out for:
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5 days ago

Steps tend to get a lot of traffic up and down them, and if they're damaged they can be dangerous. If you find that concrete stairs on your rental property need to be patched up, LandlordStation has you covered with some easy DIY tips.
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5 days ago

It's bad enough if your tenant is having trouble paying rent each month, but the moment the word "bankruptcy" is mentioned it can be enough to make any landlord nervous about getting paid.
Here's what you need to know about tenants and bankruptcy:
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5 days ago

When you choose to add to your real estate portfolio you will have to decide how you want to finance that investment. Many landlords choose to take out a loan, but some can afford to pay in cash. If you are financially able to go in either direction, is one better than the other?
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6 days ago

Charging fees/deposits can be very helpful to you as a landlord and property manager. They can offset some of the cost of doing business, help to encourage only serious potential tenants to go through the screening process, and add an extra layer of protection to your real estate investment. Make sure you're covered when it comes to fees and deposits.
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6 days ago

Running a rental business costs money. There's the mortgage on the property, the upkeep, fees and taxes, and various other expenditures that you will need to be able to cover to make sure everything runs smoothly for you and your tenant. You can't do this if rent doesn't come in on time.
Check out these 10 tips to make sure that you get paid on time:
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1 week ago

Your tenants may be under the impression that their personal belongings are covered by the insurance you take out for your rental property, but this likely isn't the case. Many landlords are requiring their tenants to take out Renter's Insurance to make sure everything is covered.
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1 week ago

Hardwood floors are fantastic for rentals. If done correctly, they can can look better and last longer than most types of carpet, but you'll need to know how to take care of them.
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1 week ago

Autumn is almost here which means winter will be right around the corner. As a landlord and property manager you will need to be repaired for that first major snowfall that the colder weather brings. Don't let it sneak up on you. Make sure that your policies are solid and that your tenants and you are on the same page as to what needs to be done to protect both them and the rental property.
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1 week ago

Hiring a property manager can help take a load off of you as the landlord so that you can focus on other things. If you hire a good one, they can be a huge help, but if you find that your new (or even old) property managers are making your life harder rather than easier, it may be time to switch.
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1 week ago

If your rental property is located in New York City, you may find that there are a few extra regulations that you should be aware of. One of those is the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption or SCRIE. Check out those details here:
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1 week ago

As a landlord, you'll never stop learning. There are many ways to conduct research and expand your knowledge base to make sure you're at the top of your game. Online articles, networking groups with other landlords, and so much more. Many landlords with extensive knowledge of the industry share their thoughts through books. Check out the top five recommended books that all landlords should read at least once:
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1 week ago

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1 week ago

If you have to have a problem as a landlord, needing to find a way to choose between multiple qualified rental applicants is the one to have. That doesn't mean that it won't take some careful consideration of course. Check out these tips on key factors you can use to choose the best fit for your rental:
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1 week ago

When you're trying to get your property rented there are few things quite as frustrating as potential applicants falling through last second. Providing clear policies at the beginning of the process can help cut down on this, but you'll need to be careful not to overshare and waste time there as well. Check out this article to help find that perfect balance:
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1 week ago

The rental industry is competitive, and often you'll find yourself in competition with corporate landlords that may have a larger staff and bigger budget than you do. Finding ways to stand out so that you receive quality rental applicants is imperative, and one of the ways you can do that is by working with local businesses in your area. Partnering with them is a mutually beneficial way to help you provide unique perks that other landlords in your area may not have. Here are some tips on how to get started:
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1 week ago

If it's time to sell your rental property, you'll need to know what you are legally required to disclose as part of that sale. If you're purchasing a piece of real estate, you'll also want to know what the seller is legally required to tell you so that you don't miss out on something that you should have been made aware of.
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1 week ago

One thing you may find when you go to apply for a mortgage for your real estate investment is that you may not be able to receive one from the same lender that you received your personal mortgage from. If this is the case, you'll need to know where to go to get a mortgage geared towards rentals.
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1 week ago

Sliding doors can let air escape if they're not properly sealed, driving up your tenant's AC and heating bills. If you have a sliding door leading outside, it might not be a bad idea to do some routine maintenance on it every now and again just to make sure that it doesn't need to be resealed.
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1 week ago

Somehow emergencies always seem to take place after hours, or at the very least you're alerted to them towards the end of the day when your tenants return home. Some of these emergencies simply can't wait, and in these moments it can make your life a little easier if you've hired someone to handle after-hours maintenance. Check out the details of what you'd need to know to hire either on-site or 24-hour maintenance workers:
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1 week ago

Your tenant should feel safe and secure inside the home that they rent from you. Some of this will have to do with the neighborhood that the rental is located in, but there are things that you can do to promote safety in the rental.
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1 week ago

There are certain federal landlord-tenant laws specifically put into place to help protect members of the United States military. Make sure that you are up-to-date with those, especially if you rental is located in town with a military base nearby.
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1 week ago

If your rental is located in a town close to or with a military base in it, you may find that renting to the personnel on that base will help decrease your turnaround time between tenants. Here's how:
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1 week ago

Renting to members of the military can be a great choice as a landlord, but due to the job that they hold you may need to be flexible in a few areas.
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1 week ago

Damage to the exterior of your rental property may give a poor impression to potential renters coming to look at it and should be repaired as soon as possible. If the outer walls are stucco, this is a relatively easy material to repair. Here's how:
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1 week ago

There are many challenges that you will need to overcome as a landlord, and some of those may be no fault of your own. Many tenants will start out with negative ideas of what a landlord will be like, even if you've done nothing to warrant those preconceived ideas. Make sure that you take steps to avoid landlord stigmas and help make your life as a landlord and property manager just a little easier with your tenant.
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2 weeks ago

A tree stump can look like a project only half completed if you leave it on your property, but you may not want to hire someone to help you pull it up. Don't worry. LandlordStation has you covered. Check out these tips on how to remove that tree stump here:
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2 weeks ago

Identity theft has become a frightening reality of the world that we live in, and when you apply for a mortgage for your next rental, you'll find that you're giving out a lot of personal information. Make sure that you know the necessary precautions to take to protect yourself and your identity.
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2 weeks ago

Deposit laws can be tricky and each state may have an addition or two of their own. If you own a rental in Texas, make sure that you follow those laws carefully so that you don't land yourself in small claims court.
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2 weeks ago

Landlords and property managers have to find a way to balance many responsibilities to keep their rental business running well. If you want to stay on top you'll never stop learning, never stop looking for new ways to improve.
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2 weeks ago

Stress can eat into your productivity as a landlord and property manager. Finding ways to decrease that stress can actually help your business run more smoothly. Check out these 5 tips to reduce stress when investing in real estate:
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2 weeks ago

No one wants to lose money on an investment, and if you take a gamble on a tenant, you very well could do just that. Letting a tenant rent from you without a thorough credit, criminal, and eviction check is dangerous. You may luck out and get the best tenant you've ever had, but you could just as easily wind up with someone with a violent past that has a habit of skipping out on rent. Why take the chance?

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2 weeks ago

Insurance is a good way to protect your rental investment. Getting the right kind of landlord insurance will help you protect it from your end and help mitigate many unforeseen costs. Renter's insurance will help protect your tenant and their belongings that your own insurance would not normally cover.
Make sure that your investment is protect.
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2 weeks ago

If you jump into an eviction process without preparation, you will find yourself with more stress than you bargained for. Sometimes evictions are unavoidable, but if you find yourself in the situation you will need to make sure that you take every precaution that you can to protect yourself and your rental during this process.
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2 weeks ago

In a perfect world you would know and have a chance to screen every individual living within your rental, but there may be a time when a current tenant (one that you have screened) lets someone stay a bit longer than they should, takes on a new roommate, or even sublets the rental without telling you.
Make sure your rental is protected.
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2 weeks ago

When your rental is located in a place with steep competition, you'll need to make certain adjustments to make sure that you're casting your net wide enough to bring in a variety of applicants to choose from, but not so wide as to waste people's time. Check out these tips to make the most out of your rental:
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2 weeks ago

Investing in real estate can be difficult, but if you take a look at all of your options and prepare yourself, you may find that it's a perfect fit for you.
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