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Legal Rental Application Fees by State

  • Monday, November 4, 2019
  Rental Application   California   New York   Legal     Matt Angerer

It would be great if renting a home was as easy as finding a place and signing a lease. But any experienced renter knows that the real challenge starts long before a lease is signed. Every home you consider living in requires an application and a background check before a landlord or property manager will even consider a new tenant.

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How Renters Can Host a Moving Sale Before the Big Move

  • Friday, November 1, 2019
  Renter   Moving Sale     Matt Angerer

Right before a move is when most people realize they have a bunch of stuff that is just not worth packing up for the new house. Why haul all those outdated clothes and outgrown toys across the country when you don't have a use for them in the new house? But you can bet that someone else in the area could put your stuff to use instead. Hosting a moving sale is one of the best ways to cut down on the stuff you're moving and recoup a little moving cost at the same time.

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Pros And Cons Of Renting In L.A.

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  California     Matt Angerer

Los Angeles is massive. It’s five hundred square miles of the straight city. There are mountains in the middle of that, the city planners of L.A. didn’t care; they built right over those mountains. There are all manners of living options in this strange land. Some of them are more expensive, some are less. In this writing, we’ll briefly explore some of the pros and cons of living in L.A.

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How Renters Can Keep Emotional Support Animals in No-Pet Housing

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  Legal     Matt Angerer

Oftentimes, rental units come along with strict pet policies. Many rental homes and apartments don't allow pets at all; others may place strict limitations on animal type, size, or breed. If you rely on an emotional support animal to ease the negative effects of a mental or physical disability, these laws and regulations can prove worrisome.

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How You Can Formally Dispute Unfair Landlord Charges

  • Friday, October 18, 2019
  Slumlords     Matt Angerer

With most rental homes or apartments, you barely ever hear from your landlord. You shake hands at move-in and move-out but otherwise, your only interaction is sending the rent once a month or requesting the occasional repair. After you move out, the security deposit comes back to you. Perhaps with a few reasonable deductions for pet damage or scrapes that couldn't be avoided.

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How to Offer Your Tenants In-Home Wifi Service

  • Friday, October 11, 2019
  Tips   Utility Setup     Matt Angerer

One of the hottest tech trends in the rental home business is in-home wifi. Internet access is now a vital part of everyday life, and not just to do work and keep up with friends. We now stream movies, download music, get updates, and run our smart homes off wifi internet as well. So it's no wonder why modern high-tech tenants are clamoring for rental homes that come with complimentary wifi internet inside the home.

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Three Fail-safe Ways to Increase the Value of Your House

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  Tips     Matt Angerer

If you have a property to sell, you could set a significantly higher asking price if you take the time—and invest the cash—in a few crucial updates before popping the house on the market. While it may be a little annoying to invest more resources in a house or flat you want to get off your hands, these simple renovations could make all the difference without costing the world.

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Quick and Affordable Ways for Landlords to Make a Rental Home Handicap Accessible

  • Friday, October 4, 2019
  Tips     Matt Angerer

Over time, landlords often decide to diversify or specialize their property collections. There are homes that are perfect for busy professionals, growing families, groups of college roommates, and many more potential demographics. You may enjoy investing in cozy urban townhouses or sprawling rural ranch houses. But one thing that's useful to have in any rental collection is handicap accessibility.

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Searching For Your First Rental Property: 3 Tips For Success

  • Monday, September 30, 2019
  Investing     Matt Angerer

When you have decided that buying a rental property is the best investment choice for you, much of your focus will turn to trying to find the right one. There is no doubt that life as a landlord can be highly lucrative and offer great benefits to your future financial prospects, but to reach the point where you can reap those rewards, you’re going to need a property that you can be confident in taking to market.

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How Do You Know A House Is Ready For The Market?

  • Monday, September 23, 2019
  Curb Appeal     Matt Angerer

If you’re someone who’s in the business of buying and selling, or renting out houses and homes, there comes a point when you think to yourself, ‘Is this place ready to go on the market?’ Of course, as a first time seller or landlord, that’s going to be the biggest question on your mind!

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Renters Beware: Pick Your Roommates Wisely this Fall

  • Monday, September 2, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

There are numerous reasons for considering getting a roommate when you are renting an apartment. Most of these reasons are fairly obvious, but you may have overlooked the intangibles, such as: friendship, safety, learning how to cook, cultivating patience, and financial literacy.

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Landlord Not Allowing You to Paint? 10 Savvy Renter Tips for Decorating Without Painting

  • Saturday, August 31, 2019
  Decorating     Matt Angerer

Decorating a rental house is sometimes way harder than you think it should be. You can visualize one lovely accent wall, maybe something in color for the kid's rooms, nice curtains instead of those old blinds, and a few mounted paintings to make the place look both lively and welcoming. But your landlord is having none of it.

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Reporting Slumlords in New York City 2019

  • Friday, August 30, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

Tenants in New York City number 3,469,240, according to a New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey taken in 2018. This number increased by 69,000 from a similar survey taken in 2014. Rental apartments in NYC make up 63 percent of the city's total housing. Many of these rental properties are rent-regulated.

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How to Make Sure You Are Never Mistaken for a "Slumlord"

  • Thursday, August 29, 2019
  Slumlords   New York City   California     Matt Angerer

Managing rental properties is an important responsibility. As the owner of rental residences, you are providing affordable and flexible housing for families that do not yet own a house or aren't ready to put down roots yet. From Los Angeles to New York City, landlords serve a vital role in the community and their responsibilities are vast.

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Tips to Report a Bad Landlord in California

  • Monday, August 26, 2019
  California   Slumlords     Matt Angerer

California is home to nearly 40 million people. That means there are a lot of rental units, and many opportunities for landlords to take advantage of tenants. Fortunately, renters have a number of options when it comes to reporting a slumlord. Let us walk you through how to report a slumlord in California.

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Making The Most Of The Time Between Tenants

  • Friday, August 23, 2019
  Vacancy Advertising     Matt Angerer

The majority of landlord guides cover the things you should do when you have tenants in your property. That makes sense considering that the way you treat the tenants you have dictates everything from your rental income now to your reputation in the future. Failure to pay due attention here could even leave you on the wrong side of the law and facing both lost rent and legal proceedings.

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How to Rent with Bad Credit

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019
  Credit Repair     Matt Angerer

You spend weeks looking for the perfect apartment, and you finally find it. It has everything you want in a rental, and most importantly, it’s in your price range. You just need to get approved, sign the lease, and take the keys. The apartment is practically yours.

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How to Join or Form a Tenant Association

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

There is power in numbers, especially when facing down a neglectful landlord. For large apartment buildings and rental complexes, a tenant association is one of the most powerful tools in your toolbox, and anyone can join or form one. All you need is the cooperation of your fellow tenants and soon, you'll be holding meetings, voting on issues, and organizing positive changes for the community.

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When is Rent Deemed Officially 'Received'?

  • Friday, August 2, 2019
  Pay Rent Online     Matt Angerer

In the business of landlords and tenants, one of the most active debates today is rent timing. Is rent considered received and on-time the day it's in the mail or the day it is received by the landlord? What about the processing delay for online payments? There is an important question of how responsible renters can be held for late rent when processing or delivery is delayed, and how much planning ahead is necessary to make rent on time.

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8 Tactics to Collect on a Judgement from Ex-Tenants

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  Legal   Legal - Rent Collection   Judgements     Matt Angerer

After all the rigamarole you've been through to work through the courts, you now have been awarded a judgment by the court that says you have the right to collect the back rent, missing damages, or other fees that your tenant owed you upon their departure from your property. Unfortunately, the courts will not collect that money for you; you simply have the legal standing to do it yourself.

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