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Top 10 Landlord-Tenant Laws to Remember

By on September 20, 2017 in Education with 2 Comments
Top 10 Landlord-Tenant Laws to Remember

Laws pertaining to rental housing are established to protect both parties of the landlord-tenant relationship.  Knowledge of and compliance with federal, state and local regulations is crucial for both landlords and tenants.  Rental property owners want to run a profitable business and protect their investment.  Tenants want to live peacefully in a rental home and […]

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Repair and Deduct Options for Renters and Landlords

By on September 18, 2017 in Education with 0 Comments
Repair and Deduct Options for Renters and Landlords

If your rental property is in need of maintenance or repairs, some state laws allow tenants to make the repair and deduct the cost of the repair from their rent, referred to as repair and deduct. The concept of repair and deduct can be a point of contention between landlords and tenants who don’t fully […]

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Landlord Insurance vs. Homeowners Insurance

By on September 13, 2017 in Education with 5 Comments
Landlord Insurance vs. Homeowners Insurance

Insurance policies designed specifically for landlords provide added protection for financial loss and obligations associated with your rental properties. While some landlords assume they can rely on their standard homeowners insurance to cover their rental units, homeowners coverage it usually not sufficient to protect an investment property. Landlord vs. Homeowners Insurance – What’s The Difference? Homeowners […]

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How Much Does Tenant Turnover Really Cost?

By on September 11, 2017 in Education with 0 Comments
How Much Does Tenant Turnover Really Cost?

Tenant turnover is the process of getting a rental property ready for a new tenant after a lease expires and your previous tenant moves out. Property managers and landlords need to make the turnover as efficient as possible to minimize the time the property is unoccupied. Every day that a property sits vacant is a […]

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5 Must-Dos For Making A Great First Impression With Your Tenants

By on September 8, 2017 in Education with 3 Comments
5 Must-Dos For Making A Great First Impression With Your Tenants

Be honest with yourself. How much interaction do you have with your tenants? Probably not much right? That’s why it’s so important to make a great first impression. You’ve already done the hard work of preparing the unit, running a background check, credit check & you’ve FINALLY found some great tenants. Now is the time to […]

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Hurricane Safety for Landlords and Renters

By on September 6, 2017 in Education with 0 Comments
Hurricane Safety for Landlords and Renters

Current updates about Hurricane Irma, following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, is an important reminder that hurricane season is upon us.   Property managers and landlords in hurricane zones have the added responsibility of ensuring the safety of their tenants and properties. While it is not necessarily a landlord’s job to hold their renters’ hands through […]

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Renters’ Rights Dealing with Flood Damage In Texas

By on September 2, 2017 in Education with 4 Comments
Renters’ Rights Dealing with Flood Damage In Texas

Renters and landlords alike may be wondering what steps they need to take if their property was damaged in Hurricane Harvey-related flooding.   The Houston Chronicle reports that as many as 120,000 apartment units across the region have been damaged in floods related to Hurricane Harvey. Flood damage will affect both the renters who called […]

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Autumn Prep for Rental Properties: Infographic

By on September 1, 2017 in Education with 0 Comments
Autumn Prep for Rental Properties: Infographic

Backpacks and crayons are lining the store shelves; parents are dancing a quiet jig, and students are soaking up the fleeting rays of summer. The start of the school year reminds us that autumn is nearly here. Now is the time to complete your seasonal maintenance and prep your properties for the cold and rain […]

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Top Tenant Complaints and How to Handle Them

By on August 30, 2017 in Education with 0 Comments
Top Tenant Complaints and How to Handle Them

In the property management world a thriving tenant-landlord relationship can mean the difference between success and stress when it comes to managing your rental properties. That’s not to say success and stress are mutually exclusive in this industry, but a positive relationship with your tenants means higher tenant retention, less vacancies, more rental income and greater […]

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5 Reasons Your Rental Property Is Still Vacant

By on August 28, 2017 in Education with 1 Comment
5 Reasons Your Rental Property Is Still Vacant

Despite a historically low rental vacancy rate across the country, there are some properties that sit vacant for too long. Vacancy is murder to the profitability of an investment property, so every landlord, investor, and property manager needs to prioritize getting a property rented.  Even one month of vacancy can put your investment in the […]

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