Who’s Responsible for Bed Bugs?

Bed bug infestations are something no landlord or tenant ever wants to have to deal with. They bite, their tiny, and their tough to completely exterminate – thriving on blood, bed bugs can live up to a year without feeding. Signs of Bed Bugs Shared/used mattresses or furniture are a common culprit Blood stains on […]

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Inspect Maintenance Work and Invoices

When hiring a property manager or contractor to maintain a rental property, it’s not a good idea to just hand over the keys and write a check without proper scrutiny. Being too trusting often leads the door open for others to take advantage of an opportunity for waste and abuse or to adopt a nonchalant mindset which leads to additional […]

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Deducting Your Travel Expenses

If you’re an absentee landlord (one that owns rental property out-of-town), you may need to travel to it once in a while for any number of legitimate reasons higlighted below. This article reviews how you can deduct most of the costs associated with your trip as long as it involves an overnight stay and directly […]

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Are Landlords Responsible for Asbestos?

To begin, the short answer is, “yes.” But there is no mandatory federal or state law requiring the disclosure of asbestos like the ones with lead paint and even radon in certain areas, unless you (the landlord) are aware of its existence and it’s significant enough to pose a threat. Your duty as a landlord […]

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Are Landlords Responsible for Mold?

First of all, we’re not talking about your average shower mold here that can be easily sprayed and wiped away. This is all about toxic mold – the serious stuff that can lead to hazardous health conditions. The regulations on mold are still in a relatively early stage of development. There are currently no federal […]

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What Makes You Negligent?

Liability refers to your legal responsibility to do something. In this case, to keep your property safe for those living there – or even those just visiting. You can be sued for potentially large amounts of money if you are negligent in your duties. That is, if you could have reasonably done something to prevent […]

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Accessing Your Rental Property

Yes, it’s your property – but you still can’t just show up there any time and expect to get in. Your tenants have the fundamental right to privacy. However, that doesn’t also mean you’re left out in the cold. Just keep in mind that this is somebody else’s home Entry Basics Since it is your […]

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Be Prepared for Something to Go Wrong

Unfortunately, things break – even those items that are regularly and properly maintained. This article is not meant to scare you – quite the opposite! It is, instead, to reassure you: that even the most seasoned landlord cannot foresee everything. Don’t think that just because you finally closed on your new investment property that nothing […]

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