Tip #32: Form, and Substance
Landlords spend lots of time and money perfecting their lease agreements, and without a doubt a lease is important.
However, it’s the information in the Rental Application that you rely on in deciding whether to hand over your keys to an applicant, and it’s that same information that determines whether you will be able to collect any debts or damages if things go badly.
So, it’s important to have a solid, modern, up-to-date rental application form. EZ Landlord Forms offers a free online one. We toured the EZ site to see if their application was all it was cracked up to be.
Here’s what we discovered:
The Rental Application is free. It comes ala carte, with other related forms offered.
You need to set up a free account on the EZ site. That requires a name and email. The site promises not to sell your info.
The Application is easy to download or print. (One of us had to save it to a file first to open it.)
The form is set up to print out and fill in by hand. This is perfect for multiple residents. It is modern, including a space for an applicant email, and cell phone. There’s ample space for references. It is easy to read and understand.
EZ offers a live chat line. We didnt try it out, but it looks handy!
Once you’ve created your free account, you can come back sometime and test out the EZ Lease Wizard for creating a state-specific, custom lease. Theres a feature for you to store all of your custom leases on your account. There is a cost for the Lease Wizard.
This system has the added benefit of allowing you to email forms to your Internet savvy tenants — which is just about everyone these days!
EZ offers discounts on forms to AAOA members.
See last week’s Landlord Quick Tip.
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