Can Tenants Provide Their Own Credit Report?

You should never let an applicant furnish their own credit report. There is no federal law prohibiting a landlord from obtaining one as long as the applicant gives permission. Fortunately, all states except for Wisconsin allow a landlord to charge an application fee to cover the cost of pulling a credit report. Wisconsin (under Adm. […]

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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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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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Tenant Options after Losing an Eviction Lawsuit

If the court rules against you and allows the landlord to regain physical possession of the property, you’ll have three options to choose from to put this part of your life to rest… Three Options for a Tenant after Losing an Eviction Case: Move Out Just because you lost your case doesn’t mean you shouldn’t […]

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How to Defend Against an Eviction

Once you receive the notice to vacate your residence and even before you receive the notice from the constable for your court hearing, you should seriously consider whether you have any defenses available to the eviction suit. As mentioned, in a nonpayment of rent eviction case, the only way to redeem yourself is to pay […]

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Rejecting an Applicant for Tenancy

No good person ever really wants to reject or refuse service to anyone – whether it’s a bank, employer, insurance company or whatever. If the applicant doesn’t meet your minimum requirements (those same requirements that have been applied to everyone else who has applied – regardless of race, color or creed), then there is not […]

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Screening Tenants with No Credit History

Commonly referred to as “no hit” or “no record,” this is when the credit bureaus do not have any information on file for your applicant. Don’t be alarmed though, because a person can have no credit history for any of the following reasons: They have never bothered to apply for credit (no credit cards, car […]

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