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Landlord Tips for Dealing with Night-Shift Tenants

  • Friday, May 22, 2020
  Landlord-Tenant Relations     Matt Angerer

As a landlord, you get to meet a lot of interesting people over the years. Couples and singles, parents, and roommates who are barely out of high school themselves. Over time, you figure out what kind of landlord management style works best for different types of people. You know how to ask a resident child to run get their parent, you know how to give college students a few tries to figure out how to pay rent on time, you always call ahead on visits when your tenants are newlyweds.

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Will California's New ADU Law Solve the State's Housing Crisis?

  • Friday, May 15, 2020
  California   Legal     Matt Angerer

California has a housing crisis. Rents are rising faster than wages. 151,000 people were living on the streets in 2019. 1.5 million pay more than 50 percent toward rent. The problem is fueled by a housing shortage, in part because of exclusionary zoning laws dating back to the 1950s which continue to reduce high density development and so-called contract cities that strive to preserve suburban character.

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Can I Sue My Landlord For Discriminatory Acts By Other Renters?

  • Friday, April 17, 2020
  Discrimination     Matt Angerer

Your neighbor called you by a word best left in the antebellum south. Or they took issue with your "lifestyle" and keep pulling their children away when you and your partner walk by. Tenant-on-tenant harassment is a thing; but do landlords hold any responsibility?

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Farewell to our Renter Community

  • Friday, April 10, 2020
  Advertising & Marketing     Matt Angerer

It is with great regret that I inform you all that the management team of VerticalRent has decided to cease operations effective May 31st, 2020. This was not an easy decision to make. In the last 6 months, we have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy into countless improvements to VerticalRent Community. Unfortunately, though, we have not seen the growth in revenue required to sustain operations through this difficult economic situation caused by COVID-19.

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Tips for Saving for Your First Home While Renting

  • Friday, April 10, 2020
  Community   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

If you are a renter who dreams of owning your own home, then you are not alone. However, while many renters dream of becoming a homeowner, rising property values can make homeownership feel impossible, particularly in urban areas where it is not uncommon for renters to spend as much as 50% of their income on housing.

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Goodbye to our Landlords!

  • Friday, April 10, 2020
  Advertising & Marketing     Matt Angerer

It is with great regret that I inform you all that the management team of VerticalRent has decided to cease operations effective May 31st, 2020. This was not an easy decision to make. In the last 6 months, we have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy into countless improvements to our software product. Unfortunately, we have not seen the growth in revenue required to sustain operations through this difficult economic situation caused by COVID-19.

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9 Reasons You Could Lose Your Security Deposit

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020
  Renter   Financials     Ashley Orlowski

Have you found yourself at the end of your lease with your landlord refusing to return your security deposit? Now is the time to look back and read over your lease agreement. Take a look at these 9 legal reasons why your landlord could be holding your money.

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Can You Legally Remove a Roommate From a Lease? Here’s What You Can Do:

  • Saturday, April 4, 2020
  Renter   Legal     Ashley Orlowski

When you initially sign a lease agreement with a roommate, everything can seem perfect at that moment. While everyone signs a lease agreement with the intention of staying on the good side of things, unfortunately life happens and things don’t always work out. Can you legally remove a roommate from your lease agreement?

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50 Ideas for Landlords' and Property Managers' Blog Posts

  • Friday, April 3, 2020
  Advertising & Marketing     Matt Angerer

We know how much landlords and property managers have to tackle each day. We understand how much it can take to keep your online presence up-to-date. It may be that your day overflows with the many responsibilities your business requires from you. Adding blogs to your website may seem an impossible task.

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Raise Your Tenancy Rates By Providing These 7 Apartment Perks In 2020

  • Friday, April 3, 2020
  Vacancy Advertising     Matt Angerer

You, like many landlords, may be looking for ways to improve your tenancy rates for 2020: ways to bring new tenants into your apartment complex. Not only that, savvy landlords know that it's equally important to retain your existing tenants by providing them with the great living conditions and perks they're looking for. Try adding these perks to your apartment complex to watch your tenancy rates increase.

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Know Your Rights: When It's Okay for a Landlord to Legally Enter Rental

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  Landlord Guides   Renter   Legal   Renter Guides     Ashley Orlowski

From a renter's perspective, they have the right to maintain their privacy within their occupied rental unit. From a landlord's perspective, they have the right to ensure that their property is being taken care of by the renter. So when is it okay for a landlord to enter a renters residence?

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Should Landlords Lower Rent for Tenants During an Economic Recession?

  • Friday, March 27, 2020
  Landlord Guides   Financials   Health   Coronavirus     Ashley Orlowski

Let’s face it - When a recession hits, almost everyone suffers. As a landlord, you have a lot to worry about. Are your tenants going to be able to make rent? Will you lose tenants? Will you be able to find new tenants to find unoccupied units?

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7 Small Apartment Hacks to Make Your Living Space Efficient

  • Monday, March 23, 2020
  Renter   Tips     Ashley Orlowski

Whether you’ve just moved into a smaller rental unit or suddenly have the urge to make your small apartment a bit more efficient, we’ve got a few great apartment hacks to help you better utilize your space.

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Landlord Coronavius Guide: Tips to Help Your Renters Through the COVID-19 Outbreak

  • Saturday, March 21, 2020
  Landlord Guides   Health   Coronavirus     Ashley Orlowski

People worldwide are feeling the impacts of the Coronavirus. Whether you’re a homeowner, a landlord, or a renter, COVID-19 has made everyday life shift into uncertainty. If you’re a landlord looking for ways to provide your renters comfort, we’ve got some tips for you.

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6 Ways to Invest in Real Estate Without Buying Property

  • Friday, March 20, 2020
  Real Estate   Real Estate Investing     Matt Angerer

Investing in real estate is an attractive proposition for many investors. Are you interested in investing in real estate? Looking for ways to get started without purchasing a property outright? These strategies can help you increase your investments and improve your portfolio.

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US Cities That Have Banned Evictions Due to Coronavirus

  • Monday, March 16, 2020
  Renter   Tips   Health   Legal   Coronavirus     Ashley Orlowski

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeps across the United States, the livelihood of America’s working class is coming to an unexpected and unfortunate halt. Here is the current list of US Cities that have banned evictions due to the Coronavirus.

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Tenant Screening Book Reviews: 3 Must Reads for Every Landlord

  • Sunday, March 15, 2020
  Tenant Screening     Matt Angerer

If you're like most landlords, you have many big concerns about your rental property, and rightfully so. Out of all the concerns, getting bad tenants is perhaps what most landlords dread the most. If you get bad tenants, you run the risk of your rent not being paid on time or being paid at all. You also run the risk of your property being inhabited by tenants who can't treat their units with care.

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How Real Estate Agents Get Paid for Rentals

  • Saturday, March 14, 2020
  Real Estate     Matt Angerer

Whether you're a renter looking for the perfect rental property or a landlord looking to market a rental property, going through a real estate agent can help you achieve your goals. Real estate agents are often familiar with the various properties available in a given area and can help renters find exactly what they're looking for--and give them valuable advice about what areas to steer clear of. Equally importantly, real estate agents often have a connection to new potential renters.

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Top Pros and Cons to Hiring a Property Manager

  • Friday, March 13, 2020
  Landlord Guides   Landlord-Tenant Relations   Property Manager     Ashley Orlowski

Whether you’re new to real estate renting or someone taking on more rental properties than you can handle, deciding whether or not to hire a property manager is a big deal.

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A Renter's Guide to Buffalo, New York

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
  Renter Guides   Renter   New York   Buffalo     Ashley Orlowski

When you think of Buffalo, New York harsh winter months and great food may come to mind. If you’re a renter in Buffalo, NY you’ve hit the jackpot with endless welcoming and somewhat affordable neighborhood options surrounding the city. So how do you choose the best neighborhood for you?

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