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The Difference Between Renting from an Individual Landlord and a Property Management Firm

The Difference Between Renting from an Individual Landlord and a Property Management Firm

When a tenant is trying to decide between renting a home that’s managed by a property management firm, or dealing directly with the individual owner, there are some things to think about.  The type of landlord chosen may make a big difference in the renting experience. According to Marcia Stewart here are some issues that […]

Four ways to Help Safely Navigate Landlord-Tenant Laws

Four ways to Help Safely Navigate Landlord-Tenant Laws

Landlord-tenant laws rule the world of rentals. Do you know how much time you have to provide a written accounting of how you spent any deposit money you keep?  How about the laws governing when you can enter the premises? What is the limit your state allows you to charge for late fees? These sorts […]

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How much should I charge for an application fee?

How much should I charge for an application fee

One of the biggest responsibilities a landlord has is to gather applications and screen tenants. (And if you don’t require an application it’s time to start!) Landlords everywhere are constantly running applications every time there is a vacancy. And usually it takes multiple applications before a vacancy is filled. It doesn’t take very long before […]

Can you evict a tenant for lying on their application?

Can you evict a tenant for lying on their application

This is a question that we got asked recently: Can you evict a tenant for lying on their application? And it’s a good question! Good tenant screening will weed out most of the bad tenants… But it’s not 100% fool proof. Unfortunately, sometimes a bad tenant can still slip through the cracks. When this happens, […]

[PART 3] Tenant Screening: Knowing when to approve or deny a rental applicant

Tenant Screening Knowing when to approve or deny a rental applicant

This week we are continuing our series on tenant screening. In part one we talked about how to read a sample credit report and fill out an application scoring sheet. In part two we talked about what to verify on a tenant application. This week, we are talking about how to approve or deny an […]

[PART 1] Screening Tenants: How to score a sample credit report

Screening Tenants How to score a sample credit report part 1

Our focus lately has been on tenant screening, a VERY important topic! Last week we talked about outsourcing your tenant screening… And this week we’re going to talk about doing it yourself. There are pros and cons to doing it yourself, mainly: You get access to the actual credit report and credit score You can […]