Moving Tenants In and Out

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 […]

Moving Tenants In and Out

Mailing an End of Lease Reminder to Tenants

While no specific state requires a “move-out letter” be used, it is strongly suggested that you mail one to your tenant approximately 30 days prior to the lease terminating or whenever they are scheduled to move. The purpose of this letter is to keep the landlord-tenant relationship on good terms and to deter (as best […]

Moving Tenants In and Out

Retain or Return a Security Deposit?

As soon as your tenant moves out, you need to immediately inspect your property! Don’t delay your inspection! Some states only give you so much time to notify the tenant if you determine it necessary to retain some or all of their security deposit. Not to mention, there may be some damage present that could […]

Moving Tenants In and Out

Do a Walk-Through with the Tenant

In addition to documenting your rental property on film or video before the tenant moves in (the topic of an earlier article), both you and the tenant should perform a walk-through together – with an accompanying checklist. This way, you can both assess the condition and immediately address any “pre-move-in concerns” – such as cracked […]

Moving Tenants In and Out

Take Pictures Before Your Tenant Moves In

Every landlord should capture the condition of their rental property on film before a tenant takes possession. So, if you don’t own a smartphone, video camera – or even a still camera – it’s ’round about time you get at least one. Visit your local “general store” (e.g., Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, K-Mart, etc.); it […]