Tenant Responsibilities as a Pet Owner

For most of you who are responsible adults and great pet parents, this is a given. But don’t be surprised – there are many tenants who not only neglect their pets, but disrespect their rental and those of their neighbors – which has only compounded many landlords’ paranoia. Unless your pet is properly trained, you […]

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Need Something Fixed? Submit it in Writing

First of all, talking with your landlord is often the best way to address any type of problem – but if you’ve been unsuccessful in the past and/or feel reluctant to do so now, then your best bet is to document your request in writing and deliver it to the landlord (and always be sure […]

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Renting with Pets and Animals

It’s usually in the landlord’s best interest to accept pets (at least dogs and cats), because over a third of all households have one. A landlord would have a better chance of filling his or her vacancy if it’s marketed to a larger audience than restricting his or her prospects to ones without pets. Ironically, […]

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Changing Lease Terms

Life changes – and so can leases…if both parties agree. What Can Be Changed In theory, anything in an existing lease can be changed as long as it does not infringe upon a tenant’s legal rights. However, practically speaking, a tenant probably won’t consent to an increase in their rent. Keep in mind that because […]

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Cotenant (Roommate) Lease and Legal Situations

Regardless of how they choose to divvy up the living quarters or maintenance responsibilities among themselves, cotenants (commonly known as roommates) have an equal responsibility to you to pay the rent and maintain the property. To be the most legally protected, your lease agreement should clearly state that each tenant is jointly and severally liable […]

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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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Lead in Rental Property Paint and Water

Even though this was almost considered an obsolete topic in many areas of the United States, recent events in Flint, Michigan have brought it back to the forefront, once again. So this article serves as a reminder to those landlords that may still own property that is potentially contaminated with lead. If your rental property […]

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