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Me Love You Long Term - 11/20/09 11:28 AM
Our normal lease term is 1-year. Sometimes we are approached and asked if the owner would consider a multi-year lease at a reduced rate. I'm not against a multi-year deal; but what assurance do you have that the tenant is going to stay in the home for the entire term. I would advise that if you do go for a reduced rate, on a multi-year contract, that you include some language in your contract like: "Landlord and Tenant have entered into an agreement wherein the original rent amount of X has been reduced to Y based on a longer time period (0 comments)
Common Pitfalls of the Self-Managed - 11/17/09 10:27 AM
If you have ever considered managing your own property, please take with you the following list of pitfalls that many self-managed landlords fall into. If you need advice on any of them, please call us. We will always be glad to consult with you at no cost. Not running their rentals like a business. Not fully screening applicants. Not reviewing State landlord/tenant laws. Failing to have a written agreement. Hiring the wrong contractors and repair people. Not enforcing late rent policies. Not inspecting your property on an annual basis and automatically replacing smoke alarm batteries and filters. Entering a property without (1 comments)
I Need Another Full-Time Job Like I Need Another Hole in My Head! - 11/12/09 11:46 AM
I have three scenarios for you to consider today. And they aren't farfetched; they actually happened to real property owners. Its 2:00 a.m. in the morning and your phone rings. It's your tenant. He was awakened by a dripping faucet and he wanted to let you know right away. He was up, so why shouldn't you be? Your tenant has been in your rental property for 6-months. Now he has ants and he wants you to spray for them. He starts talking about the property being unfit to live in, quoting the health laws, and talking about not paying rent until (1 comments)
Hey Tenants, Stop Wasting Your Valuable Time! - 11/05/09 05:10 PM
Your first experience finding a rental was most likely in you early 20s, where the criteria was price, proximity to university or work, and price. It involved a lot of time in the classified section of the local newspaper and phone calls, which may or may not have allowed you to see the properties in a timely manner. But you were young and had the time. But as we all mature, our criteria mature, making the search more challenging. Your criteria may now involve proximity to good schools, two work locations, transportation networks, safe neighborhoods, allowance of pets, as well as (0 comments)
Is There Really Security in a Month-to-Month? - 11/03/09 04:31 PM
We have recently been approached by various owners that want to rent their properties out on a month-to-month basis. Most of these owners have been "stung" by previous tenants. It's possible that the tenant wasn't properly screened; but it's also possible that bad things just happen. Either way, the owners think that a month-to-month arrangement would work in their best interest. The theory goes, if I don't like them, then I can get rid of them. From a professional standpoint, here are a couple of things to consider. First, finding a quality tenant is time consuming. We advertise, show property, prepare (0 comments)
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