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What to Do When a Tenant Won’t Pay Late Fees in Houston

What to Do When a Tenant Won’t Pay Late Fees in Houston

March 17, 2022

Late fees are designed to encourage tenants to pay rent on time. Though a late fee won’t make any difference among tenants who genuinely don’t have the money, there are other reasons tenants pay late. Late fees can be a deterrent for those situations. Why would someone not pay the rent on time when they… [Read More]

Do Your Houston Leases Contain These 8 Essential Rental Policies?

Do Your Houston Leases Contain These 8 Essential Rental Policies?

March 15, 2022

A lease agreement is the central tool in every tenancy. It gives you the legal authority to hold your tenants accountable for their behavior both outside and inside the courtroom. Do you have the following crucial policies in your standard lease agreements? 1. Notice requirements to terminate the tenancy When you accept a qualified tenant,… [Read More]

5 Consequences of Renting to a Bad Tenant

5 Consequences of Renting to a Bad Tenant (and How to Avoid Problems)

March 10, 2022

Accepting a bad tenant will inevitably lead to problems. It might take several months for issues to surface, but you may rest assured, they will. There’s no guarantee you can avoid every potentially bad tenant, but most can be readily avoided with the proper due diligence. That means a thorough tenant screening. If you don’t… [Read More]

Legal Considerations Before You Install Video Surveillance on Your Katy, Texas Property

Legal Considerations Before You Install Video Surveillance on Your Katy, Texas Property

March 8, 2022

Many landlords are looking for innovative ways to protect their properties, especially when they don’t live nearby. Video surveillance systems are an obvious choice, but what is their legal status? The short answer is they’re fine. You may install surveillance cameras on your Katy, Texas rental property as long as they are for security purposes… [Read More]

6 Tips for Renting to College Students

6 Tips for Renting to College Students

March 3, 2022

Most landlords choose a specialty or niche based on property type, rather than renter demographic. However, there are other ways to narrow your focus. One popular niche is college students. If you decide to go this route, there are some of the nuances you’ll have to consider. Why Rent to College Students? College kids might… [Read More]

The Death of the Paper Rent Check

The Death of the Paper Rent Check

March 1, 2022

Rent collection has and always will be one of the most contentious topics for landlords. It’s a sensitive issue that sparks passionate debates, arguments, and rants. And while landlords have typically relied on paper rent checks for the better part of a century, they’re no longer considered the ideal option for Katy landlords (or any… [Read More]

How to Declutter and Depersonalize Your House Before Selling

How to Declutter and Depersonalize Your House Before Selling

February 22, 2022

Home is characterized by words like warmth and safety. It’s the place you retreat to when the world gets stressful and chaotic. It’s your place – personal, special, and intimate. But when it comes time to sell, you have to forget about this. Suddenly, it’s no longer about you and your family. It’s about the… [Read More]

Minimalist Design and Styling Tips for Austin Homeowners

Minimalist Design and Styling Tips for Austin Homeowners

February 17, 2022

For decades, American homes have been getting bigger and bigger. And if you’ve been in Austin for any amount of time, you know that this city is no exception to that rule. With all of the people and money that’s poured into this city over the past several years, we’ve seen a significant rise in… [Read More]

How to Create a Safety Checklist for Your Katy, Texas Rental Property

How to Create a Safety Checklist for Your Katy, Texas Rental Property

February 15, 2022

Landlords and property managers in Katy, Texas, are responsible for maintaining safe, habitable dwelling units for their tenants. Keeping a property safe requires maintaining structures, land, appliances, and tending to problems like mold. Texas state law requires that you provide a safe, habitable home for your tenants that meets the following general requirements: Structural elements… [Read More]

4 Reasons to Avoid Becoming Friends with Your Tenants in Austin, Texas

4 Reasons to Avoid Becoming Friends with Your Tenants in Austin, Texas

February 10, 2022

When is the line blurred between tenant and friend? Is it ever okay to befriend a tenant? What happens when you befriend a tenant who tries to take advantage of you? Most landlords intentionally keep their distance from their tenants, not because they don’t like them, but because befriending a tenant can turn out to… [Read More]