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Tip #72: The Mini Blind Dilemma – Clean or Replace? by James Safonov Sadly this is a recurring issue with rental property – should fully functional but very dirty mini blinds be cleaned after a tenant vacates or just replaced? I have several cleaning vendors who nearly all say the same thing: “We will clean…


Tip #71: Pay it Forward by Thomas F. Scanlon, CPA, CFP The first half of the year is in the books. It’s time to take a look at your withholding and estimated tax payments. Why is this important? To avoid any potential penalty for underpayment of estimated taxes. How do you calculate this? Taxpayers with…


The EPA’s new Renovation, Repair and Painting rules are already in effect. DIY landlords working on pre-1978 buildings must sign up for certification classes by September 30. Failure to meet new certification and training standards could result in significant fines up to $37,500 per violation.


All the Perks of Home Staging Without the Heavy Lifting You’ve heard of home staging – dressing up a vacant rental property with furnishings that give it that “Home Sweet Home” feel. Now, there’s virtual staging, digitally enhancing the property photos rather than actually placing the furnishings in the unit. Click a button to add…


Rent it Right by Janet Portman, Inman News Q: We’re looking for a place to rent in a tight rental market, and have filled out several rental applications. Each of them asks for a credit-check fee, from $25 to $35, which covers the cost to order a credit report. We have our own copies of…


by Paul Bianchina Q: Any suggestions on cleaning a composite deck material? I have two decks finished with composite decking and I have notice black dots forming after only one year. Also, can composite decks be sealed or need to be sealed? –John M.


Tip #70: Show You Care by Elizabeth Madrigal Implementing good green management practices will not only reduce utility expenses, but it is a meaningful way to show your residents you care about their health. An easy, no-cost way to start is with your landscaper, cleaning company, painters and handyman. Require them to perform their duties…


Experts assess 4 optionsby Bill and Kevin Burnett, Inman News Q: My 30-foot ornamental plum tree has sent its roots into the 1890s clay tile sewer line. It needs to be snaked about twice a year. The tree is at the front of the house, about 15 feet back from the sewer opening in the…


by James Safonov When processing security deposit dispositions you must keep in mind what the law allows the deposit to be used for. Damages and unpaid rent are all you may use the funds for. Damages are the gray area when handling deposit refunds. Some items are obvious such as holes in walls, broken doors…

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