A Few Renting Tips for Landlords

Renting tips for landlords include the application process, lease agreement, the property itself and what is deemed actual wear and tear of an apartment.

  • Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Renting tips for landlords include the application process, lease agreement, the property itself and what is deemed actual wear and tear of an apartment. If you have an apartment with carpeting over ten years old, there is going to be normal wear and tear that you cannot charge a tenant for when the vacate the premises. If someone rents the apartment or house for five years and vacates the premises, you cannot charge them to paint the rooms. You can however charge for any damage to the walls.

If you have a tenant that is causing problems with the other tenants, you can seek an eviction notice even if there is a lease. You do, however have to prove that a problem exists that is disrupting the other tenants. Just because you do not like the friends of someone is no reason to start eviction proceedings. If you feel there is an over abundance of traffic would be a reason to evict that tenant, but you should talk to them prior to starting the eviction process.

If you rent to a large family, you can expect some repairs that may be needed over the course of renting. It may be small, but if something clogs the toilet, you may want to have the name of a plumber ready for the tenants to call if you do not do your own work. This holds true for furnace repair, leaky pipes and any repairs due to the age of the house and fixtures.

You should keep your properties up to standards or tenants can file a complaint with the city or town because you are not providing proper accommodations. This means everything should be working correctly and the tenants need protection from the elements. You do however have some benefits if renting to low income families, you might qualify for energy efficient repairs to your property without a cost to you.

This work by signing an agreement that the parties will stay living there for a proper length of time and you will not evict them. You can then have new windows put in, insulation and even a carbon monoxide detect as well as smoke detectors put in. In some states this called HUD, but other states may refer to it as something else. You need to keep this in mind if someone asks you to make some upgrades. You can also request an energy efficient inspection from the gas company to see how to lower utility bills. This will make the property more appealing to someone looking for a place to live.

You can outline your specific requirements in the apartment renting agreement before the tenants move into the apartment. Always be very clear on your requirements and guidelines for renting the apartment or house. If the rental agreement is for a specific amount of people and no more than that, you have to be very clear about that in the rental agreement.

This protects you as a property owner and it also protects the renter from any misunderstandings that can and usually does arise. The lease should be very specific about anything you want the renter to know before renting from you.


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