Landlord-Tenant Blog

Since 2011, VerticalRent has pioneered technological innovations for landlords, property managers, and real estate professionals. If you're a digitally defined landlord with a passion for growing your rental portfolio - you're in the right place! Read on.

Recent Articles

6 Steps to Improving Your Credit Score

  • Monday, November 19, 2018
  Renter   Building Credit   

If you have a less-than-ideal credit score, you're not alone. In fact, it is estimated that about 12% of the United States population has a score under 550. Unfortunately, even one financial mistake (such as filing for bankruptcy or going through a foreclosure) can have a serious impact on your credit score for years to come. As a result, you may have a hard time getting approved for loans, credit cards, and even apartments down the road.

Read more on 6 Steps to Improving Your Credit Score...

 

50 Most Commonly Used Free Landlord Forms

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  Landlord Forms   

Every do-it-yourself landlord should have a toolbox of landlord forms available to them for communication with their renters. On the flip side, renters should also have forms available to communicate complaints, maintenance requests, and notices to vacate.

Read more on 50 Most Commonly Used Free Landlord Forms...

 

Why Are Tenants So Dirty? How to Prevent Property Damage from Filth

  • Monday, November 12, 2018
  Renter   Dirty Tenants   Unclean   

You pull up to a house you rented out six months ago and see dirty windows, spilled recycling bins, and a driveway cluttered with tools. You set up an appointment a week ago to come by and perform seasonal maintenance on the property, and you know the tenants aren't going to be home.

Read more on Why Are Tenants So Dirty? How to Prevent Property Damage from Filth...

 

10 Steps to Notifying Your Tenant in Writing of a Rent Increase

  • Monday, November 5, 2018
  Tips   Landlord Forms   Legal   Notice to Increase Rent   

Tenants dread rent hikes, and landlords hate breaking the news. With the right approach, alerting your tenants to an impending rent increase can take the pain out of the process, and even give it a positive spin.

Read more on 10 Steps to Notifying Your Tenant in Writing of a Rent Increase...

 

Eviction Process By State: A 50-Stater Nationwide Overview

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  Rhode Island   South Carolina   South Dakota   Taxes   Utah   Vermont   Virginia   Washington   West Virginia   Wisconsin   Wyoming   Evicting Tenants   Eviction Guide   

Every state's eviction laws differ, and some municipalities within states may have local laws that add to or differ from the state law. As a basic rule, always make sure you, the landlord, have a legal reason to evict. The timeline and process may depend on the reason for evicting. VerticalRent has compiled this basic process for every state based on our research in alphabetical order, so just scroll down to your state for a summary of eviction procedures.

Read more on Eviction Process By State: A 50-Stater Nationwide Overview ...

 

What Does “Normal Wear and Tear” Really Mean for Tenants?

  • Monday, October 29, 2018
  Renter   Tenant Rights   Wear and Tear   

Few phrases in a rental contract cause as much conflict and confusion as "normal wear and tear". What does it mean? Who determines "normal", and how can tenants protect themselves from a landlord's interpretation of this very subjective term?

Read more on What Does “Normal Wear and Tear” Really Mean for Tenants? ...

 

How to Evict a Tenant Without a Rental Agreement

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  Eviction Guide   Evicting Tenants   How to Evict   

It's common sense to issue a contract whenever you rent a property to a tenant, but sometimes "loopholes" occur that leave you in a difficult situation. Perhaps the tenant on the official lease vacated the premises, leaving behind a roommate who never signed the rental contract. Maybe it's your roommate who's refusing to leave the property you own, or the lease expired without an automatic renewal or transition to a month-to-month agreement.

Read more on How to Evict a Tenant Without a Rental Agreement...

 

21 Steps in 21 Days: Rent Out Your Home Fast!

  • Monday, October 22, 2018
  Advertising & Marketing   Rent Your Home   Zillow Advertising   Newsletter   

Life throws curveballs, both good and bad, and sometimes we need to move on relatively short notice when we're just not willing to sell our home. Have you been transferred to a different city? Are you temporarily moving to help a relative? Maybe you've decided to spend more time at your vacation home. Whatever the reason, there's no point letting your house sit vacant when you can turn it into a source of income.

Read more on 21 Steps in 21 Days: Rent Out Your Home Fast!...

 

Background Check for Tenants - Easy Steps

  • Monday, October 22, 2018
  General   Background Check for Tenants   

When you have an empty rental unit, it can create a sense of urgency for landlords who depend on their rental income which can lead to unsound or rash decisions when it comes to tenant selection.

Read more on Background Check for Tenants - Easy Steps...

 

How to Avoid Paying Capital Gains Tax on Rental Property Sale

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
  Tips   Capital Gains Tax Planning   Taxes   Newsletter   

Much of all capital gains tax (CGT) that may be potentially due is never collected. Savvy rental property owners plan ahead, know the law, and they know to avoid paying capital gains tax on rental property. If they cannot avoid paying all of it, they avoid paying some of it, or they defer paying capital gains tax that may be due. In this article, we discuss what you can and should legally do to avoid paying CGT on your rental property.

Read more on How to Avoid Paying Capital Gains Tax on Rental Property Sale...

 

Next Page
Get Started For Free!     Have some questions? Check out our FAQs.