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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.

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Eviction Process By State: A 50-Stater Nationwide Overview

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  landlord-newsletter   

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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12 Ways to Reduce Tenant Turnover

  • Monday, October 15, 2018
  Tips   Tenant Turnover   Tenant Churn   

Each time you turn over a rental unit, you increase your operating costs. Lost rental income, unscheduled upgrades, cleaning, and repairs require labor and expense, and then you have the task of advertising your unit and screening potential clients. Turnover is a drag, but in an industry that mostly caters to people in transition, what can we do?

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Rental Property Investments in Brickell Miami - An Insider's Guide

  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  Florida   

Brickell is an urban neighborhood in Greater Downtown Miami, as rich in history as it is in contemporary success. Located directly south of Miami’s historic Central Business District in Downtown proper, south of the Miami River, Brickell is South Florida’s major financial district and one of the most important business sectors in the continental United States.

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Inside Downtown Miami: A Real Estate Agent’s Guide

  • Monday, October 8, 2018
  Advertising & Marketing   Florida   

The Miami real estate market is currently one of the most popular and profitable markets in the United States. Investors moving their business into Miami-Dade County are set up to be part of a booming property market, particularly in the coming decades. Throughout the last century, Miami has been a prime vacation spot as well as a strong residential and commercial sector. The city has continued to grow exponentially in the past decade, strengthening its economy and making a prime name for itself

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