How to Search Criminal Records
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How to Search Criminal Records

Determining whether or not a prospective tenant has a history of criminal behavior is obviously important. This is not just to protect landlords and their property, but also any neighboring tenants and the community… Free and Paid Research: For your benefit, we will be discussing how to search records on your own for free. In […]

Rental Application Fee
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Charging a Rental Application Fee

What is a rental application fee?: It is a fee paid by a prospective tenant at the time he or she formally applies to rent a property such as an apartment or a single family home. Why is one charged?: The fee is intended to help cover the costs associated with screening a tenant. This […]

Surety Bond vs Security Deposit
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Surety Bond vs. Security Deposit

Due to escalating move in costs for rental property over the past several years, some landlords are accepting surety bonds in lieu of a security deposit. What is a surety bond? It’s a one-time, nonrefundable bond premium paid to a surety provider to act as a third-party guarantor. So if the tenant causes any damage, […]

Eviction Record Search
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How to Search Eviction Records

Eviction records are essentially just civil court cases filed by landlords against tenants to regain possession of a rental property because they violated the terms of a lease agreement. In order to find out if such a case has ever been filed against someone, there are two options: Option 1: If you know where the […]

Normal Wear and Tear
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What is Normal Wear and Tear?

Landlords will often withhold a portion of a tenant’s security deposit for cleaning and repairs. However, any costs attributed to normal wear and tear are not supposed to be deducted. In order to prevent yourself from being subjected to unnecessary scrutiny and legal claims, here are some examples of normal wear and tear: • Running […]

Biggest Mistake by Landlord
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Biggest Mistake Made by Landlords

One of Many: As with any business, there are going to be mistakes. But there’s one mistake in particular that landlords (especially those that are new) will make when managing rental property. A successful rental property business rests on one essential component (other than the property itself), the tenant. While it seems obvious, many do […]

Raising Rent
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How to Raise a Tenant’s Rent

Limitless: Unless your rental property is in one of a few rent controlled areas, there is no limit as to how much you may charge. However, the timing of the increase and how its done are governed by laws in most states. Retaliation and Discrimination: As we begin, It’s important to emphasize that despite there […]