Paying Your Rent: Why Cash is not King

Will that be cash, check or charge? Actually, that should be check. It’s the easiest and best way to document that your rent has been paid and lenders prefer this form of documentation should you ever apply for a mortgage in the future (12 months of canceled rent checks is the norm, especially if you […]

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Top Reasons for Losing a Security Deposit

Without going into great detail to try and explain a rare breed of eccentric landlords that nickel and dime their tenants to death, this section will sum up the most common reasons why tenants lose some or all of their security deposits. Don’t be so quick to dismiss the obvious ones, because anyone can forget […]

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Before You Move, Clean Up

Your mother told you this a million times and you probably never thought it would ever ring true (financially, at least). But when it comes to rental property, you need to treat the final days of your stay as if you were a guest in someone else’s home. Nothing more should be expected of you […]

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Notify Your Landlord Before Moving Out

Rarely are you ever required to notify a landlord that you intend to move – this would only be found in lease agreements that have automatic renewal clauses should you fail to notify the landlord of your intention to vacate. Usually, the landlord will be sending you a notice reminding you that your lease will […]

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The First 24 Hours of Moving In is Critical

And you thought all of the paperwork and legal mumbo jumbo was behind you because you just signed the lease and received your keys… Well, not quite yet. You now have a limited amount of time to assess the rental property’s condition before you except the unit “as-is.” Kind of like inspecting a rental car […]

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