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Understanding Landlord Rights: Protect Yourself & Your Renters

A strong understanding of landlord rights will help you better manage your properties while fostering positive relationships with your tenants.

Landlord rights are laws and rules established to protect housing managers and their property. A fair rental agreement should protect both landlord rights and tenant rights, ensuring a healthy landlord-tenant relationship and clear communication between parties. As a property manager or building owner, you must find the balance between accommodating the needs of tenants and protecting your property (and your wallet). Here’s what you need to know about landlord rights.

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How to Deal with Bad Neighbors: A Landlord’s Guide to Conflict Resolution

When you’re a building owner, you can get caught in the middle of renter disputes. Here’s how to deal with bad neighbors and bring peace to your building.

Some tenants simply aren’t compatible. Oftentimes though, neighbor feuds stem from misunderstandings and miscommunications, causing bad situations to escalate. As an apartment building manager, you’ll occasionally need to deal with disputes between renters. Knowing how to deal with bad neighbors and disagreements is vital to maintaining a safe and happy community. Tenant conflict is not reserved for just your residential neighbors either, a conflict between two companies or between a local business and tenants can also arise.

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Wondering what basic renter questions to expect when you meet with potential tenants? It’s hard to anticipate every question a potential renter may ask, but property-owners can plan ahead by preparing answers to these 12 tenant inquiries they will surely face.

12 Renter Questions Every Landlord Should Be Prepared to Answer

 

Every landlord knows, renters often need a lot of information before they sign the dotted line.

Just when you think you’ve heard every question out there a renter will come up with a new one. Can I install a solarium? Do you allow pot-bellied pigs? Do you mean, I’M responsible for cleaning the oven? Most building-managers have heard it all. While you can’t anticipate every question, there are many you can. Here are the 12 basic renter questions every landlord should be prepared to answer.

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Recruiting Retired Renters: Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities

Renting is no longer just for college kids and young executives.

Baby Boomers are hitting retirement age and drawn to the convenience of renting. Here’s what every building owner needs to know.The face of the senior market is changing rapidly. As Baby Boomers hit retirement age, many are seeking the convenience and sense of community found in rental properties.

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Managing a Child-Safe Property: Attract Families to Your Rentals

Attract renters by ensuring your properties are kid-friendly and child-safe!

Property owners know, every apartment must be safe for every age (and the Fair Housing Act protects all families who wish to rent). Rather than looking at child-safety as another task on your to-do list, savvy landlords know that appealing to families is important. Families with kids are often stable, responsible renters—here’s how to create a child-safe property to attract great tenants.

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Wondering how to attract more renters? Spruce up for spring by improving your building’s curb appeal. Easy fixes and updates any landlord or property owner can tackle.

Sprucing Up for Spring: Improve Your Building’s Curb Appeal

 

Spring cleaning doesn’t stop at the front door!

Spring is a time of renewal. As the flowers bloom and the birds return, rental agreements start to reach their conclusion. Whether in a college town where students leave for the summer, or a complex where wedding season means couples move out and into their first home, spring often brings “now renting” signs. Potential renters often decide whether or not to consider a building at first glance. To avoid vacancies, it’s crucial you increase your building’s curb appeal.

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Preventing Frozen Pipes: Avoiding Every Property Owner’s Nightmare

Knowing how to prevent frozen pipes will help you protect your properties from major disaster and damage.

When pipes freeze in your rental properties, the results can be disastrous. Prevention is the key to averting crisis. There are plenty of steps for property managers and landlords to take, to ward off disaster. Educate your renters on preventing frozen pipes and the signs to watch for, before it’s too late. Here’s what every building owner needs to know.

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How to Find Good Tenants: Worthwhile Property Repair & Improvements

The ideal tenant is within your reach. Rental property repair and improvements are a worthwhile investment to increase occupancy in your building.

The rental market is growing, particularly in urban areas. More people are opting for the convenience of renting and living in town—which is great news for property owners, particularly in cities. While you can’t change your building’s location, simple property repair, improvements and upgrades will easily increase your appeal to the ideal tenant. Not only will upgrades boost your occupancy, you’ll retain great tenants who are willing to pay a little more for their ideal property.

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4 Pros (and Just a Few Cons) of Pet-Friendly Property Management

Are you considering opening your rental properties to pet-owners?

Many Property Managers are changing restrictions on their units and buildings from pet-free to pet-friendly. If you’re wondering why, here are the benefits.

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How to Find Prospective Tenants Without Seeming Desperate

As seasons come and go, so do renters. Here’s how to advertise a property for rent and find prospective tenants during the off-season.

As a building manager, it’s tough to know how to find good tenants. No time is this truer than the off-season. Whether you’re in a college neighborhood when students leave for the summer, or you’re trying to fill vacancies when the weather turns cold, finding your ideal prospective tenant is a challenge. You can end up with decisions you’ll later regret. Here’s how to find good tenants you’ll want renting long into the future, even when the leasing slump is over.

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