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by Brian Davis

Landlording and Property Management are just like any business. Real estate costs rise over time, from property tax bills, to insurance premiums, to mortgage rate increases – so landlords sometimes need to raise tenants’ rental payments or leasing fees to maintain profitability.

Raising a tenants’ rent can prove a challenging situation for many landlords, so here are a few suggestions to help navigate this necessary task successfully:

5 Landlord Tips For How To Raise Rents

Tip 1: Research Market Rents It’s far easier to raise the rent if you’re raising it to a reasonable level and comparable to other local rents. Find out what other local landlords are charging for similar properties, and if your tenant balks at your raise in rent, show them the data on what they can expect to pay for similar rental properties.

Tip 2: Planning AheadMany states require advance notice of at least 30-90 days when raising rents or changing lease terms. This is something you will need to research for your state. Having the conversation sooner rather than later gives you an opportunity to find a new tenant, creating a smooth transition if the rental increase is not accepted.

Tip 3: Face to Face NotificationWhile it may seem easier to have this conversation by phone or by mail, the fact is human beings are less likely to say “no” in person, making a face-to-face conversation a more effective approach.

Tip 4: Consider The Best Time To Raise RentsSpring into the Summer season, is the best time to raise rents. Statistically, many more Americans move during the spring and summer months, which makes it far easier to fill vacant rental units during these warmer months.

By raising the rent as the warmer months approach, you can ensure an easier time leasing the property if your current tenant decides to move out instead of paying the higher rent or lease term.

Tip 5: Optional Longer Rental AgreementDoesn’t this sound ideal… higher rental income and an extended term, securing a rented property for the next two years? 100% Possible!

When a tenant expresses their unhappiness regarding a rental increase – tell them you understand that they have their own bills and their own concerns, and that you’re willing to extend their rental agreement from 12 months to 18 or 24 months.

This will offer written assurance that you will not raise their rent again for a year and a half or two.

Maintaining Positive Monthly Cash Flow

Implementing rental increases may not be an easy task, but it’s often necessary if you intend on actually earning a positive cash flow on your investments. Always remember to be fair and honest. Remember that rent cannot be raised in the middle of the lease term, and remember that sometimes securing a longer-term tenant may be more valuable than an extra $25 a month.

Brian Davis is a seasoned landlord and marketing professional. As Vice President of online company EZLandlordForms, Brian Davis works to empower landlords and property managers across the United States with valuable information and documents to support their work.

Brian, with over a dozen rental properties of his own, understands what it takes to be an effective landlord through first-hand experience.

Mr. Brian Davis graduated cum laude from University of Delaware’s Honors Program, with a degree in Psychology and a degree in Criminal Justice. From 2003-2006 he managed the Real Estate Department for Bay Capital Corporation, a national mortgage lender. From 2006-2008 he served as an account executive and property inspector, overseeing the renovation of dozens of properties for a private lending company. He joined EZLandlordForms in 2008.

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