DIY Landlords and Property Managers Probably Do Not REALIZE.....

Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

...that we may be on the front line of the NEW immigration and gun control discussions....AGAIN.

Over thirty years ago, almost every printed trade organization lease form had wording PROHIBITING storage of flammable solvents, explosives, etc in the rented property * THIS INCLUDED AMMUNITION for FIREARMS.

At the time, we did not think about it; however, having done property management in an area with a HUGE military population, this became an issue FAST as these new forms were printed by our state real estate association.

Military personnel would not sign these rental forms unless this wording was removed so I GLADLY removed it without thinking about the BASIS for the clause.

Likewise * the immigration issue has been handled locally around the country by localities attempting to FORCE landlords to SCREEN their rental prospects for their IMMIGRATION status.  Without the proper RESOURCES to do this (inexpensive access to eVERIFY would be helpful), small, DIY landlords and real estate agents ran afoul of these regulations as well as fair housing advocates.

Investment property owners and property managers need to be AWARE of the CONTINUED potential for these issues to become part of our BUSINESS and we need to be able to address them REASONABLY and with government bureaucrats when necessary!

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Wallace S. Gibson is a Certified Property Manager with over 50 years of property management experience and expertise.  She maintains a specialized property management business in Central Virginia serving Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Louisa counties  


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Comments (15)

Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

An oxymoron:

REASONABLY and with government bureaucrats

Jan 29, 2013 07:49 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Another instance of the government's best intentions getting into the way.  I tell you all of them should be fired and lets start over with new blood. 

Jan 29, 2013 07:52 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Wallace, there are always barriers to progress. Some are good and some are bad. Regardless, the government will not be much help! Enjoy your day!

Jan 29, 2013 08:00 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Small, DIY landlords do not even have access to pulling rental prospect's credit report, they have absolutely NO way to verify their immigration status....NONE!

Jan 29, 2013 08:13 PM
Karl Hess
Keller Williams Shore Properties - Barnegat, NJ
on The Jersey Shore

An amusing fact: If you live "on post" or "on base" all personal firearms must be kept at an armory... usually at the on-base rifle range.

Jan 29, 2013 08:15 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

....mine is UNloaded in a case and my dogs don't have thumbs so no chance of an ACCIDENTAL discharge

Jan 29, 2013 08:19 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Pulling credit reports and doing background checks is so important............prospects must be screened.

Jan 29, 2013 08:22 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Wallace.  This is such a crazy CYA country we live in.

Jan 29, 2013 08:55 PM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Wallace- A credit check is so important and you're right small DIY landlords don't have access to pull them.

Jan 29, 2013 10:57 PM
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

I just noticed 'Landlord Whisperer' under your name and wanted to thank you for whispering this tip. I'll have to check my leases. Again.

Jan 29, 2013 11:27 PM
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


So many things that we don't realize are actually tied to real estate can be interelated.  Luckily my international expatriates have great paperwork, but hadn't thought much about the guns.  

Ah, liability, the joy of a property manager:-)

All the best, Michelle

Jan 29, 2013 11:53 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

...if a tenant keeps a gas can for their mower, they may have been in violation of prior lease terms....

Jan 30, 2013 01:19 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Wallace -- so what you are saying is that if person rents a house, he may not be able to cut the grass with a gasoline powered mower and stay within the confines of the standardized lease contract (unless he keeps the gas and mower at some other location - not a self storage shed).  Did I get that right?

Jan 30, 2013 03:33 AM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

Great article! As a landlord myself, I know there are potential pitfalls, and this adds even more.

The gas can.....?

Jan 30, 2013 05:07 AM
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Pretty easy to verify immigration status in my opinion.  If they can't produce a government issued identification or a valid social security number, then what does that tell you? 

Jan 30, 2013 05:49 AM