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The $20,000 mistake by Barry Stone, Inman News DEAR BARRY: Before we purchased our home, the sellers hired their own home inspector. We were given a copy of the report and bought the house “as is” because no major problems were disclosed. Two months later, we had a sewage backup. We snaked it out, but…


Longtime tenant fights policy absent from lease Robert Griswold Q: I have been a tenant in the same apartment for nearly 12 years. Last month was the first time I couldn’t pay my rent on time because I was out of town longer than expected. I sent in my check as soon as I returned…


Special care urged for pressure wash, stain removal by Bill and Kevin Burnett, Inman News Q: I am removing the screws from our 10-or-more-year-old redwood deck. At about 1,200 square feet, it’s a big job, and it’s taking a lot of time to remove the screws, inspect the boards, then flip them over and screw…


Real estate experts are saying “Buy now!” while prices are competitive and values are expected to rebound soon. If you’ve been wanting to roll smaller properties into larger investments, 2010 may offer you the chance.The American Apartment Owners Association now offers its members an opportunity to market their properties to one another. Search our free…


Police Offer Crime Prevention Certificate Training for Property Managers, Landlords When a tenant commits crimes on your property, it’s a nightmare for you and for the entire neighborhood. The Mesa, Arizona Police Department decided to do something about the number of crime reports generated from rental properties: talk to landlords.  Police officers found that many…


Tip #46: Promises, Promises Don’t make promises to your prospects about the neighbors or neighborhood — things like “Are the neighbors nice?”, “Is the traffic loud?”, and “How bright are the street lights?” What’s tolerable for you may be a nuisance to them, and vice versa. Instead of answering subjective questions, allow them reasonable access…


Tip #45: Do the Math In this economy, you may be one of many landlords sitting with vacancies longer than usual. One key to quick rental is setting the right rent. If you start out too high, you scare away prospects at a critical time. The result: another month’s vacancy. If you are in a…


As a landlord, property manager or property management company, there is a responsibility for the safety of the tenants. This means properly preparing for the renovation and keeping persons out of the work area. It also means ensuring the contractor uses lead-safe work practices. Beginning April 2010, federal law will require that contractors performing renovation,…


Unsigned lease may afford some rights by Janet Portman, Inman News Q: I have a tenant whose one-year lease expired last spring. I gave him a new, yearlong lease then, but he never signed it. When I asked him for it, he said he misplaced it. He did pay the new, increased rent, and I’ve…


When drywall repair won’t do by Bill and Kevin Burnett, Inman News Q: Our 4-year-old home has developed a crack down the seam of one interior wall, across to the next and then down another seam. A drywall taper repaired the crack by retaping it and finishing the seam. It looked great. About six months…

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