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8 House Rules Every Landlord Should Explain to Tenants

May 19, 2015

Just when you think you’ve got tenants in line, they’ll come up with a new way to do something. Too often, it’s risky, dumb, or dangerous.

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10 Fire Prevention Tips for Landlords

May 14, 2015

As a landlord, you can’t control everything that happens on your property. However, you can implement rules, provide advice, and protect yourself by giving your tenants everything they need to be safe and secure. When it comes to preventing house fires, there are a number of things to keep in mind.

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5 Things Every Landlord Needs to Bring to an Eviction

May 12, 2015

Evictions are very serious, and if you’re preparing to evict a tenant for the first time, it’s critical that you understand how to handle the process. Specifically, you need to know how to approach the actual eviction day.

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7 Ways to Make Your Rental Home’s Carpet Last Longer

May 7, 2015

As experienced landlords know, carpet can take a beating. In fact, it’s arguably the most heavily used item in the home and requires frequent replacing. By understanding the causes of damaged carpet and following a few simple rules, you can extend the life of your carpet, keep tenants satisfied, and save money.

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9 Essential Items Landlords Always Need in Writing

May 5, 2015

As a landlord, your greatest protection comes from having everything in writing. If something’s not in writing, you’re not fully covered.

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A Landlord’s Guide to Pet Policies

April 30, 2015

Everyone loves pets … except landlords, sometimes. Animals on the premises can be a nightmare and occasionally can destroy a property.

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Tips for Raising the Rent While Keeping Tenants

April 28, 2015

Any landlord who’s had a long-term tenant understands the challenge and anxiety of raising the rent. You don’t want to upset your tenant, but you desire or need the additional cash flow.

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Can You Use the Internet to Screen Tenants?

April 23, 2015

One of the beautiful facets of the Internet is that you can find answers to almost any question. If you’re a landlord, it can be a great tool for researching potential tenants and screening them prior to signing the contract … or is it?

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How to Prepare Your Rental Properties for Summer

April 21, 2015

You always hear people talking about winterizing their properties for the cold months, but aren’t there also things that need to be done to prepare a rental property for summer? There are indeed … and you would be remiss to neglect them.

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The 5 Top Tenant Complaints and How Landlords Overcome Them

April 16, 2015

Middle-of-the-night phone calls and furious emails probably aren’t what you wanted when you chose to become a landlord. But it’s important to remember that your tenants are your customers and it’s up to you to keep them comfortable and content.