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10 Ways to Show your Tenants Some Gratitude on Thanksgiving Day

  • Monday, November 19, 2018
  Advertising & Marketing   Thanksgiving   Holiday Ideas   

It's Thanksgiving, and it can pay landlords to give thanks to tenants. They pay their rent on time, they look after their home, and some of them have been tenants for a long time. As we get into the Holiday Season, there are so many ways we show our appreciation to so many people. We send cards to friends and family, we arrange a Thanksgiving dinner, we go to social events with colleagues and business associates, because they are fun and to show everyone that we do care about them.

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6 Steps to Improving Your Credit Score

  • Monday, November 19, 2018
  Building Credit   Credit Repair   

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.

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50 Most Commonly Used Free Landlord Forms

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  Landlord Forms   landlord-newsletter   

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.

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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.

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

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

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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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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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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Making Your Tenants Happy – Is it Possible?

  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  Advertising & Marketing   Tenant Screening   Tips   

Tenant satisfaction matters. Happy tenants are more likely to renew their lease, recommend your property to their friends and not write poor reviews all over your website. In fact, satisfied tenants are three times more likely to renew their lease if they are satisfied with property management than if they are disappointed or apathetic.

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5 Tips to Avoid Late Rent Payments

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  Rents & Deposits   Pay Rent Online   

One of the most prominent issues that landlords come in contact with when having rental property is having tenants that don’t pay their rent on time. Although one late payment may not actually put you over the edge, the pattern could eventually hurt your wallet.

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Motivate Tenants to Pay Online

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  Florida   Rental Market   

Online bill pay allows renters to pay quickly, easily and conveniently without all the stamps and envelopes of the past. In addition, online bill pay can greatly increase landlord efficiency and streamline all of your tenant operations. It’s easy to see why 61% of millennials and 42% of older generations choose to pay their rent online rather than send a check.

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How to Foster a Great Relationship with Your Landlord

  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  Advertising & Marketing   

During your rental search, know what your expectations are. Clearly lay out what you are looking for and move on if your requirements aren’t offered. Options are catered toward the tenant, so make sure you are comfortable with your decision and ask questions. While filling out applications, don’t be afraid to mention any of your shortcomings. Landlords can work with you to address any challenges. By reading the lease completely and submitting completely accurate applications, you have a greater

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Is Paying Rent Online Safe?

  • Friday, August 10, 2018
  Collect Rent Online   

Not only is collecting rent online easier for landlords and more convenient for tenants, it’s also safer. With the flexibility and security of online rent collection, more and more landlords adopt online rent payment systems. By providing an accurate and easily accessible record of spending, tenants can seamlessly make payments online while creating a positive relationship with their landlord and reduce stress.

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The Landlord's Guide to SMS Texting with Tenants

  • Friday, August 3, 2018
  Advertising & Marketing   FCRA   Paperwork & Forms   Eviction Guide   Fair Housing Act   

If you reach into your pocket or purse, what’s the first thing you touch? It’s likely your smartphone, sitting there like a safety blanket, ready at a moment’s notice. Bored at a social event with co-workers? No problem, pull out your smartphone and check your messages – whether it be Facebook, Text Messages, or Emails. It’s instant gratification for the on-demand world in which we live. Plus, this little ‘safety blanket’ buffers many socially awkward Americans from difficult face-to-face conver

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