How to Evict a Tenant

Before you can have a tenant removed from a rental property, you have to start by giving proper notice. Without it, you can’t begin the court process required to end tenancy. Each state has its own requirements which may or may not include the right for the tenant to cure (correct) his or her violation and stay the […]

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Handling Abandoned Tenant Property

Every so often a tenant will leave something behind (sometimes its a lot of stuff). So what do you do? Throw it out? Sell it? Recycle it? Shoot it? As with any landlord-tenant issue, these matters should be handled professionally by documenting everything and issuing a formal notice. Some states will even provide their own […]

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Are Landlords Liable for a Tenant’s Dog?

Tenant dog owners make up a significant percentage (over 30% – some sources claim) of renters in the United States. But don’t be too alarmed about the topic of this article, because it’s not an everyday occurrence. In fact, its very rare, but it has happened and when it does – it can be very […]

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Can You Increase a Security Deposit Later?

There are certain instances where you may need to consider increasing your security deposit to accommodate additional risks. However, many states have a ceiling that caps how much can be charged. So if the tenant has already paid the maximum allowed, then an increase cannot occur regardless of how the tenancy circumstances may have changed. […]

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Lead in Rental Property Paint and Water

Even though this was almost considered an obsolete topic in many areas of the United States, recent events in Flint, Michigan have brought it back to the forefront, once again. So this article serves as a reminder to those landlords that may still own property that is potentially contaminated with lead. If your rental property […]

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A Brief Introduction to Eviction

This is a quick overview of evicting a tenant. You can search for laws and particular circumstances in our articles or visit our forums to learn from personal stories. The Steps to Eviction Eviction procedures are established by state law, and can even be further modified and restricted by local level laws. Generally speaking, the […]

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Never Force a Tenant Out by Yourself

We’d like to say that you don’t need to worry about this topic – that everything will go just fine with your tenants. But, the reality is that there’s a chance you may have to deal with a tenant who needs to be evicted for any number of reasons – and sometimes it can be […]

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Security Deposit Disputes: Painting, Carpeting and Fixtures

Landlords can usually count on some form of a dispute or issue to arise when performing a final inspection of their rental property.  For your convenience, the three most common ones have been addressed below: Painting – State statutes don’t actually specifically address who is responsible for paying for repainting – but if such an […]

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