Radon Gas may be in Your Rental Property

While you may have heard of radon gas before, chances are you probably don’t know much about it. Basically, radon is a radioactive gas that is released from natural deposits of uranium in the ground. It can be released in the property from a number of sources (e.g. water from a well, natural stone fireplace, […]

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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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Deducting Automobile Expenses

Can a landlord deduct their car expenses on their tax return? For those landlords that are actively involved in the management of their properties, the answer is usually yes. However, caution must always be exercised when the IRS may be involved. Therefore, this article outlines the manner in which automobile deductions can be taken – […]

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Are Landlords Liable for a Tenant’s Dog?

Tenant dog owners make up a significant percentage (over 30% – some sources claim) of renters in the United States. But don’t be too alarmed about the topic of this article, because it’s not an everyday occurrence. In fact, its very rare, but it has happened and when it does – it can be very […]

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Can You Increase a Security Deposit Later?

There are certain instances where you may need to consider increasing your security deposit to accommodate additional risks. However, many states have a ceiling that caps how much can be charged. So if the tenant has already paid the maximum allowed, then an increase cannot occur regardless of how the tenancy circumstances may have changed. […]

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Domestic Violence Protections for Tenants

It’s unfortunate, but this is a topic that needs to be addressed despite that many states still do not offer special protections to tenants who are victims of domestic violence. Being bound by the terms of a lease agreement can make a traumatic situation even more difficult to manage. Because many state laws are ever-changing, […]

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Can My Rent be Increased?

Every year, the cost of living index goes up – so why not your rent? Well, it sometimes will upon the renewing of your lease. Annual lease agreements are seldom written with rent increases built in – so once you enter into a lease, you’re protected for 12 months or whatever the term may be. […]

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