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Tip #96: Your Best Bet Pet Policyby James Safonov Are pets okay for my rental? Most owners prefer no pets yet many potential tenants have them. How to best proceed? Our policy at Homepointe is the best I am aware of. We suggest “pets negotiable, with owner approval.” We still get a pet reference and…


Tip #95: Do You Have My Back? From bedbugs to building flaws, landlords get blamed for everything, and trigger-happy tenants are eager to stir up legal trouble in the hopes of wiggling off the hook for rent.  Profit margins are already tight, and defending a lawsuit can blow a landlord right out of the water…


Tip #94: Setting the Stage If you want to find the right renters to fill a vacancy quickly and efficiently, consider home staging strategies. Professional stager  Beverly Carlson, with Carlson Properties in Abilene, Texas,  finds that rental property staging more than pays for itself if it saves extra time with a vacancy, and allows you to…


Tip #93: Gone Fishin’ It’s a good idea to have a provision in your lease or house rules requiring tenants to notify you if they are planning a long vacation — say, more than two weeks away. That way, you avoid having to wonder whether they’ve abandoned the property. If rent will come due while…


Tip #92:  Playing it Safe One of the ways landlords encounter premise liability–“slip and fall” and related personal injury claims, is while showing properties to prospective tenants. One reason for this is the property tends to be in transition, whether it’s a simple paint job or more serious repair work. It may have been some…


Tip #91: Brrrrr! Now that winter is in full force, landlords need to be aware that many cities regulate the heat in rental properties.  It is a landlord’s responsibility to make certain that the heating system is up to standards and keeps the rental unit at the required temperature — usually around 68 degrees during…


Tip #90:  A Sign of the Times Non-smoking apartments are becoming a strong preference for renters.  AAOA has run a number of posts lately highlighting how to handle the transition to non-smoking rentals. A powerful way to enforce a non-smoking policy, and to impress applicants on a tour of the property is to display no-smoking signs in all…


Tip #89:  It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Pees on the Carpet Trying to hammer out a policy for your tenants who want to keep pets can be daunting.  The terminology is confusing, so here are some pointers to help you choose your best pet friendly policy:


Tip #88: Information Overload! Does the start of the new year find you yearning to finally get organized?If you are forever trying to remember passwords or wasting time logging on to website accounts, consider RoboForm – one of PC World’s “25 Things We Can’t Live Without.”This service allows property managers to store tenant and vendor…


Tip #87:   Ready, Set, GO! We all know that sending a tenant a move-out cleaning checklist before they move out is a great way to cut down on security deposit disputes, and last minute panic trying to get the new tenant in on time. But a landlord can make the cleaning checklist even more effective…

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