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Landlord Tips and Tricks: How to Make Your Life Easier

Landlords want nothing more than to simplify their lives. Like any other business, renting out ...

Dec 11, 2018

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Essential Questions to Ask in a Rental Application

After you tour a prospective tenant around the rental, you’re now ready to give the perso...

Dec 07, 2018

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9 Creative Rental Marketing Tips for Landlords

If you happen to be a DIY landlord, most likely you do everything by yourself. This means that ...

Dec 04, 2018

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How to Choose a Great Rental Property: A Landlord’s Guide

How do I select my rental property? This is a question that most first-time landlords ask. True...

Nov 29, 2018

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The Art of Saying No to Tenant Requests: Tips for the New Landlord

Saying no is a difficult thing to do when you’re running a rental property business for t...

Nov 27, 2018

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8 Easy Ways to Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Rental Property

How do you make your rental apartment more desirable for potential tenants? Increasing your cur...

Nov 22, 2018

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How to Prepare Your Rental Unit for a New Tenant: 7 Turnover Tips

You’re done screening prospective tenants. Now it’s time to welcome them into their...

Nov 20, 2018

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Five Things That Landlords Must Never Do

It’s not just tenants who break the rules; landlords can be “nightmare landlords&rd...

Nov 15, 2018

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9 Ways to Maximize Revenue from Your Rental Property

Are you making the most out of your real estate investment? While being a landlord is an awesom...

Nov 13, 2018

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7 Maintenance Tips to Winter-Proof Your Rental Property

Winter can be hard on houses. And when you’re running a rental property business, you nee...

Nov 08, 2018

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How to Prevent Tenants from Damaging Your Rental Property

Property damage. Landlords despise these two words. After years of working so hard to put up a ...

Nov 06, 2018

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Landlords Beware: 8 Ways a Tenant Can Scam You

Tenant scams are everywhere, and they happen most often to landlords who do not follow a strict...

Oct 30, 2018

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The Disadvantages of Landscaping for Your Rental (And What You Can ...

Many landlords think about landscaping around their rental property because of the advantages i...

Oct 25, 2018

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Apartments Need More Charging Stations for EVs

Electronic vehicles are being considered beneficial by policymakers as these vehicles help redu...

Oct 23, 2018

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California Proposition 10: Your Questions Answered

Come November, Californians will be making a huge decision: to vote YES or NO on Proposition 10...

Oct 16, 2018

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How Do Real Estate Agents Get Paid?

Whether you’re planning to buy a home (to start a rental property business) or sell a hom...

Oct 11, 2018

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Nightmare Tenant Got Evicted and Is Currently Looking for a New Rental

Encountered a nightmare tenant? Nightmare tenants are just around the corner and a landlord has...

Oct 09, 2018

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So a Tenant Disappeared... What Should You Do?

Late rent payments and forced evictions are problems that many landlords face. But when a landl...

Oct 04, 2018

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Ways Landlords Become Vulnerable to Rent Theft and How to Deal with It

Running a rental property business makes you prone to theft. Tenants and people you hire to hel...

Oct 02, 2018

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What Landlords Should Know About Minimizing Loss After Natural Disa...

Most areas in the United States are no stranger to natural calamities such as hurricanes, wildf...

Sep 27, 2018

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Landlord Tips for Managing First-Time Renters and Students

Even if you’ve been managing a rental property for years, you’ll feel some pressure...

Sep 25, 2018

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Great Marketing Ideas Every Landlord Should Consider

Whether you are new to the landlording business or have been managing rentals for years, your g...

Sep 20, 2018

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When Renting Makes More Sense Than Buying

Owning a house is considered to be one of the best decisions in life, but that doesn&rsquo...

Sep 18, 2018

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Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill so Tenants Have More Days to Fight Evic...

On September 7, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that would allow tenants to have more time to re...

Sep 13, 2018

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How to Raise the Rent Without Losing Your Renters

“Tenant, there’s something important I want to say. I’m increasing the rent a...

Sep 11, 2018

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The Dilemma of Converting Apartment Rentals into Short Term Units

A landlord must keep his property occupied and while tenants don’t usually come and go, a...

Sep 06, 2018

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Buyers Beware: Home Sellers May Be Spying on You

If you are planning to buy a home, you should know that there’s a possibility that you&rs...

Sep 04, 2018

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Stories to Help You Understand the Importance of Tenant Screening

A landlord from Tulsa OK had a problem on recovering his property after a tenant of his br...

Aug 30, 2018

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The Biggest Mistakes to Avoid as a Landlord

Owning property is big work and running it for profit is a larger responsibility. While no...

Aug 29, 2018

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Should You Use Social Media for Screening Tenants?

Pretty much everywhere, social media is the norm. Even landlords use social media for many purp...

Aug 23, 2018

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Landlords, Watch out for These Potential Tenant Scams

Being in the landlording business definitely comes with risks, and one of these is you falling ...

Aug 22, 2018

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Tips for Tenants: How to Baby Proof Your Apartment

If you’re moving in with your baby, you need to pay more attention to safety. While livin...

Aug 17, 2018

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10 Websites to List Your Rental Property

Whether you’re a new or experienced landlord, most likely you know that nowadays, technol...

Aug 15, 2018

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How to Protect Tenants’ Personal Information

Part of the tenant screening process is collecting personal information. Most landlords don&rsq...

Aug 09, 2018

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Top Time Management Tips for Landlords

As your landlording business grows, one of the things you’ll need help with is time manag...

Aug 07, 2018

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Messy Tenants and How to Deal with Them

Late payments, excessive noise, risky behaviors… what other challenges do landlords face...

Jul 26, 2018

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7 Tips to Reduce the Risks of Landlording

Landlording comes with a ton of risks, as with any business. To make the most out of your landl...

Jul 24, 2018

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Renting to Tenants with Pets: Tips to Follow

“Should I allow tenants with pets?” Nowadays, more and more landlords ask themselve...

Jul 19, 2018

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6 Traits That Make a Good Tenant

You can invest in various strategies to increase the success of your rental business. But one t...

Jul 18, 2018

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Reasons to Have a Tenant Newsletter and Tips When Writing One

Tenant news...what? A tenant newsletter. In this day and age where communication has become ext...

Jul 12, 2018

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Is Your Rental Family-Friendly? 5 Tips That Help

Looking to attract good families to your rental? A lot of landlords assume that they should mak...

Jul 10, 2018

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Inherited Tenants and How to Deal With Them

Just bought your first rental property? Congratulations! If the property comes with existing te...

Jul 05, 2018

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Should You Rent to College Students? The Benefits and Potential Risks

So you’re playing with the idea of renting your property to college students. Is it a goo...

Jul 03, 2018

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A Guide to Understanding What Millennial Renters Want

Are you a millennial landlord? If you answer yes, most likely you know what potential millennia...

Jun 21, 2018

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What Landlords Should Know About Tenant Onboarding

The tenant onboarding process starts from the application and ends by the time the tenant moves...

Jun 20, 2018

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How to Take Better Photos for Your Rental Listing to Stand Out

If you are planning to rent out a property, the one thing you’d care about the most is ge...

Jun 14, 2018

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A Guide to Move Out Inspections With Tenants

When a tenant moves out, a first-time landlord wonders what his responsibilities will be. This ...

Jun 12, 2018

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How to Be a Good Landlord and Have Happier Tenants

When people enter landlording for the first time, most often they assume that all they should d...

Jun 07, 2018

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7 Ways for Landlords to Decrease Rental Vacancy Rates

It’s a normal thing for landlords to experience vacancies. After all, tenants have the ri...

May 31, 2018

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Renting to Roommates: 6 Helpful Tips for Landlords

Today, we’re going to focus on the topic of renting to roommate tenants. The reason is th...

May 30, 2018

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Should You Become a Landlord? 5 Reasons It's Worth It

Yesterday, I came across an interesting post about the reasons why one must never become a land...

May 24, 2018

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Tips for Carrying Out a Rental Property Inspection

Rental property inspections are more than necessary for landlords. When done on a consistent ba...

May 22, 2018

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How to Manage Your Rental from Around the Globe

You might not believe this to be true, but yes, being a remote landlord is possible. A remote l...

May 18, 2018

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How to Find a Reliable Contractor for Your Rental Property

Last year, I wrote a blog post about hiring a maintenance worker you can entrust your rental re...

May 15, 2018

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Renter’s Insurance: How It Benefits Landlords

No matter how we try to convey the importance of something to our tenants, they may not treat i...

May 11, 2018

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7 Affordable Upgrades That Add Value to Your Rental

Sometimes landlords approach me and say that they wished they didn’t run a rental propert...

May 09, 2018

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Why Should You Collect Rent Online? 5 Reasons to Do It

Manual rent collection has presented a ton of problems to landlords who want to get paid on tim...

May 04, 2018

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Get Paid On Time: Rent Collection Tips for New Landlords

It’s not uncommon for first-time landlords to make mistakes. One of the most important le...

May 01, 2018

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Renting Out Your Spare Room? Here's a Guide That Helps

No need to lose hope if you want to become a landlord but don’t have a rental property - ...

Apr 26, 2018

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Eco-Friendly Rentals: How to Make Your Property Greener

If you’re thinking about making improvements in your rental property business, consider g...

Apr 24, 2018

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5 Must-Know Spring Maintenance Tips for Landlords

Winter months have ended and it’s the perfect time for landlords to do some spring mainte...

Apr 20, 2018

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Does Landlording Cause You Stress? 6 Ways to Handle It

Whether you own one rental property or more, it’s not easy to be a landlord. Stress is re...

Apr 17, 2018

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Communication: The Key to a Healthy Landlord-Tenant Relationship

Landlords and tenants want one thing: To have a good relationship that lasts. Maintaining a pos...

Apr 12, 2018

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Common Mistakes That First-Time Landlords Make

Practice makes perfect, so the saying goes. As someone who manages a property to rent out to te...

Apr 10, 2018

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7 Ways to Hold an Open House to Attract the Right Tenants

There’s nothing more confusing to people looking for places to rent than seeing a plain a...

Apr 05, 2018

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Essential SEO Tips for Your Rental Business

Have you built an online presence? Do you have a website that tenants can visit and check for a...

Apr 03, 2018

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How to Prepare Your Property for Rent

If you’ve chosen the path of do-it-yourself landlording, I congratulate you. Surely, you ...

Mar 29, 2018

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Top 5 Things Landlords Wish Their Tenants Knew

Tenants need a home to live in, that’s why they need landlords. Landlords should make sur...

Mar 27, 2018

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Why Do People Choose to Rent Than Buy a Home? Here Are 7 Facts

Time and again, you hear people say that renting a home is a waste of money. You know that bein...

Mar 22, 2018

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Best Ways Landlords Can Save More Money

Running a rental property business can be tricky at times. If you’re not paying attention...

Mar 15, 2018

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Landlord Disclosures: Things You Should Tell Your Tenant

As a responsible landlord who adheres to federal, local, and state laws, there are things that ...

Mar 13, 2018

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Top Tips for a Successful Tenant Screening Process

We are no stranger to stories of tenants who fail to pay their rent and damage your rental in o...

Mar 08, 2018

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Do You Know Your Rental Rights? Here are 7 Things to Know as a Tenant

Most people who are renting have no idea that they have rights as tenants. These rights help an...

Mar 06, 2018

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Calif. renters will gain new legal protections & a doubled state ta...

Calif. renters will gain new legal protections & a doubled state tax credit; if lawmakers pas...

Mar 03, 2018

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Looking to Give Your Rental an Uplift? Here are 6 Renovation Trends...

Finding the perfect rental place is a process wherein you have to check if it fits your budget,...

Feb 22, 2018

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How Technology Benefits the Lives of Landlords

Are you looking for ways to boost your landlording business? If you’ve been in the indust...

Feb 21, 2018

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ALERT! New mandatory California bedbug disclosure law affects every...

ALERT! Landlords beware! Every California landlord needs to know about the new law affecting e...

Sep 17, 2017

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Evictions: When a Tenant Refuses to Leave

Evictions are the worst part of landlording. No landlord would want to experience evicting tena...

Apr 20, 2017

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What to Do When Tenants Leave Their Belongings Behind

There will be times when you find yourself dealing with a tenant's abandoned personal belonging...

Apr 20, 2017

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10 Success Tips for Landlords

Landlords know that running a rental property comes with several challenges. For a landlord to ...

Apr 18, 2017

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Landlord Tip: Here's a powerful lease clause that will help state t...

Lease Clause: Identity of Tenants One of the most important items of a lease agreement sh...

Apr 06, 2017

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Changing the Lease

Landlords often want to propose changes to the lease agreement. If you as a landlord would want...

Apr 06, 2017

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Roommate Conflict Scenarios

Sometimes, prospective tenants may come to you and tell you that they are going to be roommates...

Apr 04, 2017

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Landlord's Entry or Access to Rental Property

Today, we are going to talk about your access rights to your rental unit. As a landlord, you mi...

Apr 04, 2017

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Landlord Tip: Here's a powerful lease clause that will help you hol...

Lease Clause: Joint And Several Liability An important lease clause that you should not m...

Mar 30, 2017

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Finding and Hiring an Attorney for Your Rental Unit

Many landlords can handle tenant issues by themselves without legal help. However, you may come...

Mar 30, 2017

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Finding and Hiring a Property Manager for Your Rental Unit

At some point, you may decide that you no longer want to be a do-it-yourself landlord and you w...

Mar 28, 2017

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Finding and Hiring Maintenance Workers for Your Rental Unit

Unless you have a background in construction and repair work, you can't handle all maintenance ...

Mar 28, 2017

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How Can Landlords Deal With Tenant Maintenance and Repairs?

Maintenance and repair issues can happen anytime in a renter's tenancy period. Tenants may call...

Mar 23, 2017

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Landlord Tip: Here's a powerful lease clause to help protect tenan...

Lease Clause: Renter's Insurance A common mistake that renters make is assuming that landlords...

Mar 23, 2017

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Landlord Tip: Here's a powerful lease clause to help you carry out ...

Lease Clause: Property Inspections/Right to Entry As a landlord, you have the right to enter y...

Mar 21, 2017

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Doing a Walk-Through Inspection Before a Tenant Moves In

After you have drafted your lease, exchanged it with a tenant, and received your first month's ...

Mar 21, 2017

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Having the Lease Signed

In this article, I will be discussing with you the move-in process. After you have put together...

Mar 16, 2017

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Lease Agreement: Things Your Rental Lease Should Contain

A rental agreement or lease form specifies all the rules and expectations that a landlord and t...

Mar 16, 2017

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How Do You Turn Down a Tenant Applicant the Right Way?

Some landlords find it hard to reject a tenant applicant. You might feel uncomfortable to say "...

Mar 14, 2017

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3 Ways to Screen Potential Tenants

Photo By Scott Maxwell via StockPholio.net As a landlord, your goal is to rent out your proper...

Mar 14, 2017

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Showing Your Rental Property to Prospective Tenants

After you've successfully advertised your rental property, interested applicants may start cont...

Mar 09, 2017

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Rental Housing Modifications for Disabled Tenants

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers rental housing. As a landlord, it's impor...

Mar 09, 2017

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Assistance Animals and Your Obligations as a Landlord

Today, we are going to talk about Assistance Animals. There are 3 types of Assistance Animals, ...

Mar 07, 2017

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Preventing Illegal Discrimination

People who are looking for a place to live in expect to read advertisements that describe the p...

Mar 07, 2017

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Finding a Tenant and Advertising Your Rental Unit

Have you decided to rent out your unit? In your search for potential tenants to rent your prope...

Mar 02, 2017

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Asking for a Security Deposit from Your Tenant

A security deposit is a sum of money which you collect from your tenant on top of the first mon...

Mar 02, 2017

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5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying a Rental Condo

Buyers, especially beginners consider condominiums as good investment properties for the reason...

Feb 23, 2017

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More Things to Consider Before You Put Your Unit up for Rent

Previously, we've tackled the lesson on Things to Consider Before You Rent Your Property. Sever...

Feb 21, 2017

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Considerations on Pricing Your Unit

A common question that landlords ask is: "How much can I rent out my property for?" Properly p...

Feb 21, 2017

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Section 8 Program for Government-Subsidized Housing

As you put your first unit up for rent, you are going to get tenants who may ask the question, ...

Feb 16, 2017

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Basic Record Keeping System for Landlords

Keeping all records of your business as a landlord can be daunting at the beginning especially ...

Feb 15, 2017

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Insurance Issues for Landlords

As a landlord, it is important to safeguard yourself from the possibility of financial loss or ...

Feb 14, 2017

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Things to Consider Before You Rent Your Property

The first thing you need is to decide whether you should rent or sell your property. In order t...

Feb 14, 2017

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