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With all the benefit of smoke-free rental housing, you may have decided a smoking ban is right for you.  There are several how-to guides to lead you through the process, but there are a few things you should know before you adopt your smoking ban: 1. To be enforceable, the no-smoking policy must be outlined…


As the year comes to a close and a new one is set to begin, it’s a good idea to make sure your tenant leases are in order. Simple oversights or non-compliance can lead to headaches, lawsuits, and if you’re not careful, thousands of dollars of losses. Here are a few items you need to…


Many property management problems can be avoided with one simple procedure: the tenant walk-through. The walk-through is simply a way to record — and prove — the condition of the rental property.  This information is recorded on a Move In/Out Checklist. With this completed form in hand, you can avoid most security deposit disputes, spend…


Profit is always the driving force behind property management policies, including the decision whether to renew a tenant’s lease. Many landlords believe that long-term leases are the way to keep costs low, while others say that lease renewals prevent market-level rent increases.  Keeping the same tenant long-term also can make it harder to keep up…


In a recent post in an advice column, a landlord details the problems he is having interpreting his lease agreement. While the landlord believed that the lease created a non-refundable pet deposit, the confusing language appears to do just the opposite. The result? A tenant dispute that could wind up in small claims court. The…


A North Carolina landlord who is being sued by the state’s Attorney General over security deposit violations says his lease is to blame. The lawsuit charges deceptive trade practices over claims the landlord routinely failed to return security deposits and that he co-mingled security deposit funds in an ordinary business account. Some landlords need to…


Because a lease controls the legal rights of both tenant and landlord, it’s important to make sure that yours is in order. Here are five potential problems that could hamper your efforts to protect your hard-earned profits: 1. Lease agreements should be easy to distinguish from the pile of leasing forms and disclosures. Make sure…


Tenants in Iowa City, Iowa have been handed two major victories in a battle with their landlord over language in a lease agreement. In the first decision, handed down two weeks ago, two tenants were awarded $200 for bad faith, and an additional $2,000 for  illegal terms in the lease. While the landlord was not…


If your current tenant wants to re-up, that can save all the time and expense of looking for another tenant. But it can also cost money — if the tenant isn’t taking care of the property, or wants to renew for a different term than you’d like. Take these precautions to protect your profits: Take…


Rental forms are an important part of everyday life for landlords. Some forms are true workhorses, doing double-duty and protecting landlords’ profits. Use these three routinely and you can save money on your rental property management: Rental Application Many landlords think this tool is only for screening tenants. But it also moonlights as a rent…

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