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Evictions are at an all-time high. Pulitzer Prize-winning sociologist and mass eviction researcher Matthew Desmond placed the number at 2.3 million for 2016, offering a combination of reasons: Soaring housing costs coupled with flatlining incomes have come together to make rental properties that much more unaffordable to average families. More than ever, families are squeezed between the income…


It isn’t uncommon for students to own pets while attending college. This can cause a problem for landlords since tenants with pets can ultimately lead to property damage. Allowing pets is a difficult decision for property owners and landlords to make. Is it worth the trouble of fixing any property damage caused by pets? You…


Maintenance emergencies are a nightmare for property managers and tenants so this week the maintenance checkup from Keepe will discuss how to handle 7 common maintenance emergencies. Most of the scenarios we will discuss present the possibility of causing serious damage to the property, and in some case even harm tenants. 7 common maintenance emergencies and how to…


The popularity of pet-friendly apartments has led to development of dubious services on the Internet designed to get owners out of paying high pet fees. The services allow people to obtain phony dog service certification deeming the animal an “emotional support pet,” a designation that not only exempts owners from pet fees but often grants…


The name of the game in any investment market is to maximise returns with some investors having a short-term investment horizon while others look more long-term. When renting out property to tenants there is a temptation to squeeze that extra few pounds per month which all goes towards paying off finance costs. Is this wrong?…


How do you screen your prospective tenants? Here are at AAOA we were curious to find out what our members are doing in addition to running a credit and background check. We received 1,100 survey entries, the results may surprise you! Question 1: When screening a tenant, do you ask to see paycheck stubs? Why…


Dave Krauss had a successful Airbnb rental business until one weekend in 2014. A renter supposedly looking for a quiet break with her boyfriend ended up having a two-day “mini-Coachella style rager” at Mr. Krauss’s condo, he says. It wasn’t until two days after she checked out that he discovered what had happened. Fourteen angry…


Running your own business is difficult even when times are good; when things take a turn for the worse, keeping your business afloat can seem impossible. The economy might have experienced a sudden dip, neighborhood competition may be on the rise, or perhaps you’re having a hard time retaining tenants in your real estate rental…


Thinking about buying a home in your favorite vacation destination? For some buyers, this can be a smart investment move as a study by Rented shows some places provide a pretty sweet return on your investment. However, buyer beware. Some of the hottest vacation spots actually provide the lowest returns. Researchers believe tough regulations, high prices, and killer property taxes may hamper…


As a landlord, you will always make an effort to determine whether your potential tenants will be good. However, you’re bound to encounter a bad tenant sooner or later. Even if you try numerous different screening techniques and firmly lay the house rules when they move in, certain tenants will start causing problems sooner or…

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