Posts from January 2017

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How To Avoid These Mistakes In a Move-Out Inspection

Many owners, and tenants, have the idea that a move-out inspection with the departing tenant is a good idea. In reality, it may benefit the tenant..but only if the owner or their representative makes some mistakes that later can be used against the owner. Invest a few minutes to learn how to avoid these mistakes, and the ensuing battle over a security deposit.

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Dogs In Rentals Create Unique Liability Issues

Every week we address applications where the potential tenants own a dog. Certain breeds of dogs are considered aggressive which complicates the issue of dogs in rentals. I know many people own dog breeds with this “aggressive” label. They are insulted when told that the owner of the rental can’t rent to them because their insurance will not cover the liability.

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Why Marketing For Rentals While Occupied Is A Huge Mistake

From the time existing tenants provide notice of vacating at the end of their lease, to the moment a new lease is signed, can be a stressful period for any rental owner. The temptation is to do shorten this stressful period of worry by immediately finding a new tenant. The owner who insists on marketing for renters while their unit is still occupied is likely adding to their stress over a much longer period. Allowing prospective tenants to see the home prior to the existing tenant completing moving out is almost always a big mistake.

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