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Volunteer State Evictions – A Quick Guide for Tennessean Landlords

  • Sunday, June 25, 2017
  General   Legal   Tennessee   Eviction Guide   

Evicting a tenant is one of those parts of managing a property that no one enjoys. As a Volunteer, you should know the ground rules in your State. VerticalRent has done the research and compiled the guidelines for you.

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How to Painlessly Evict a Tenant in Pennsylvania

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
  General   Legal   Pennsylvania   Eviction Guide   

So, you found yourself a dud? You screened the applicant: credit check passed, criminal check passed, no eviction history, and superb landlord references – yet still the renter stops paying.

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Evicting a Tenant in DC: A Small Landlord's Quick Guide to the Facts

  • Monday, May 15, 2017
  General   Legal   District of Columbia   Eviction Guide   

When it comes to eviction laws nationwide, you'll frequently see small differences among most states. Throughout most of the country, you'll see a steady law pattern of eviction notices coming first, followed by court orders for full eviction.

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Evicting a Tenant in Idaho: A Quick Guide for Landlords to Avoid Lawsuits

  • Friday, May 12, 2017
  General   Legal   Idaho   Eviction Guide   

If you own rental property in different states, you've obviously had to stay on top of any eviction laws that sometimes change. While all states have individual legal grounds for evictions, some are roughly the same. A few states in the NW region of the U.S. are fairly similar.

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How to Perform a Tenant Background Check

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017
  General   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

You want to rent out your property, but you also want to rent it to someone who will take care of it and pay the rent on time. Instead of just going on gut instinct about a prospective tenant, savvy landlords perform a thorough background check before renting to anyone.

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Evicting a Tenant in Washington: A Quick Guide for Landlords to Save Time

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
  General   Legal   Washington   Eviction Guide   

Perhaps you've just started a new career as a landlord in Washington State and have your first reliable tenants in your rental unit. Recently, you've maybe run across one bad tenant who isn't paying their rent on time, or at all. If you see it's going to become a recurring problem, what legal rights do you have toward eviction?

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Evicting a Tenant in Oregon: A Quick Guide for Landlords to Properly Follow the Law

  • Monday, May 8, 2017
  General   Legal   Oregon   Eviction Guide   

Your Oregon-based career as a landlord or property manager has likely had its share of problem tenants, but you've maybe never evicted anyone before. While you never want this to happen, it's perhaps necessary now. You may think you have all the legal ammunition necessary to evict a problematic tenant.

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Make Your Rental Feel Like Home with 6 Easy Curb Appeal Ideas

  • Thursday, May 4, 2017
  General   Tips   

When a prospective tenant approaches a home, they are looking for more than just information. They are looking for a feeling. A home is a place to feel safe, cozy, and away from it all.

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Mold Cleaning and Prevention Tips for Landlords

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  General   Tips   

If you have renters who are afraid of mold or don't know what to do about a mold infestation, it's important to get some mold cleaning tips before jumping right into it. If you can see the mold, great, you're ready to get down to cleaning it up.

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How to Evict a Tenant in Ohio: A Quick Guide for Landlords

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  General   Legal   Ohio   Eviction Guide   

Ohio law protects both landlords and tenants under Ohio Revised Code 1923. If you choose to evict a tenant, therefore, you should make sure you comply with State Code, and with your local municipal code. Municipal codes do not conflict with state law, but they can add to them.

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Five Questions to Ask When Performing a Credit Check

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  General   Tips   Tenant Credit Checks   Tenant Screening   

Spring is in the air, and it's that time again—moving time! During the warmer months, you're likely to have an influx of prospective tenants. That's a good thing, but it's easy to get overwhelmed by the number of applicants.

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Six Easy Ways to Increase Your Property's Curb Appeal

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  General   Tips   

Sometimes the difference between renting a property quickly or having to wait weeks to find a suitable tenant is curb appeal. Humans judge by appearances, and first impressions count.

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Guidelines for Evicting Tenants for West Virginian Landlords

  • Monday, April 3, 2017
  General   Legal   West Virginia   Eviction Guide   

It is crucial for landlords to go about evicting tenants as defined by the laws and regulations of their state. As a landlord in West Virginia – the law governs what you can and cannot do when it comes to evicting a tenant. A good apple and can turn a bad apple for a myriad of reasons.

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5 Ways You'll Benefit From Affiliate Marketing

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  General   Tips   

Affiliate marketing is the digital equivalent of the best type of advertising available, word-of-mouth or personal reference. This is good for the advertiser, but how does affiliate marketing benefit you as the affiliate?

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Evicting a Tenant in Wyoming: A Quick Guide for Landlords Dealing With Problem Tenants

  • Monday, March 27, 2017
  General   Legal   Wyoming   Eviction Guide   

If you've expanded your rental investments into the great state of Wyoming, you may expect most of your renters to live up to your agreement. As maybe a first-time real estate investor, you should know you're likely to encounter at least one bad tenant in your career.

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How to Evict a Tenant in North Dakota

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017
  General   Legal   North Dakota   Eviction Guide   

Eviction proceedings are an unpleasant but necessary part of being a landlord. Even if your tenant has not paid rent or otherwise violated their lease, it is important to follow the proper channels.

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5 Reasons You Can't Ignore Affiliate Marketing

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017
  General   Tips   

Affiliate marketing is a great way to take advantage of the collaborative space also known as the World Wide Web. If you haven't heard, many people consider it to be one of the best online money making marketing techniques.

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A Quick Guide to Evictions in Arkansas

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  General   Legal   Arkansas   Eviction Guide   

No landlord ever wants to go through the long and arduous eviction process, but sometimes it becomes necessary to take action if a tenant is violating the terms of the lease agreement, whether by refusing to pay rent or by causing serious damage to the property.

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A Quick Guide to Evicting a Tenant in Vermont

  • Monday, March 20, 2017
  General   Legal   Vermont   Eviction Guide   

The most common reason for evictions in Vermont is non-payment of rent. However, if a landlord does not follow the proper legal framework for evicting a tenant, they set themselves up for costly, time-consuming trouble.

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3 Big Tips to Improve Your HOA Management

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017
  General   Tips   

A well-run HOA makes living in your community a joy, and makes it worthwhile to pay your annual fees. There are more than 330,000 community associations today (per the Community Associations Institute) and many of them are extremely well managed. Others would like to improve.

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Evicting a Tenant in Arizona: A Landlord's Quick Guide for the Proper Timing

  • Monday, March 13, 2017
  General   Legal   Arizona   Eviction Guide   

Arizona is a great state to own property, though it's no different from any other state when it comes to troublesome renters. You're always going to find a renter in Arizona who either can't or won't pay their rent.

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What is the 7 Year Rule on Criminal Reports?

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017
  General   Tips   

The 7 year rule on criminal reports may be confusing to tenants and leasing managers. This article helps explain the State Specific Laws around this rule.

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Evicting a Tenant in Colorado: A Small Landlord's Quick Guide to Avoid Legal Pitfalls

  • Monday, March 6, 2017
  General   Legal   Colorado   Eviction Guide   

We all know Colorado has become an independent state when it comes to some things (like marijuana laws), but it gives no excuse for independence on rent rules. While most of your renters in Colorado are likely good, you may encounter one or two problem tenants.

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5 Steps to Making 6 Figures as an Affiliate Marketer

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017
  General   Tips   

The time has come. You're tired of the rat race and ready to start making money online. Affiliate marketing seems the right fit for you. But where do you start?

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Florida Eviction Notice: A Landlord's Quick Guide on Three-Day Notices

  • Monday, February 27, 2017
  General   Legal   Florida   Eviction Guide   

While you may cater to wealthier renter clientele in Florida, it doesn't mean they'll always live within your agreement guidelines. Evicting a tenant in Florida needs careful application of the laws.

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How to Evict a Tenant in Mississippi

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017
  General   Legal   Mississippi   Eviction Guide   

As with many other States, Mississippi has two primary reasons for why a tenant could be evicted from a rental property – you guessed it, nonpayment of rent or violations of the lease agreement.

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3 Key Reasons for Using LinkedIn for Affiliate Marketing

  • Friday, February 24, 2017
  General   Tips   Product Updates   

LinkedIn has become one of the most widely used social media platforms since its inception in 2002. It has over 460 million members in 200 different countries. For this reason, it is a perfect tool for affiliate marketers looking to expand their business practices.

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How to Leverage Facebook to Affiliate Market VerticalRent

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017
  General   Tips   Product Updates   

While other sites are gaining momentum, Facebook stills ranks as the most popular social media platform. For affiliate marketers, the reach of this site simply cannot be ignored.

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How You Can Use Meetup.com for Affiliate Marketing

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  General   Tips   Product Updates   

We all know that people prefer to do business with people they know, like, trust and respect. As landlords, property managers and Realtors, we know that the more people who know, like, trust and respect us, the more business we are likely to do.

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5 Ways to Show Gratitude to Your Tenants Anytime of the Year

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  General   Tips   

Being a landlord is a daunting task, especially if you have tenants who are not holding up their end of the bargain. Tough tenants are a headache and cost you money and sleep which is why it is important to show your appreciation to those tenants who make your life easier.

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Make Money as a VerticalRent Affiliate Marketer

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  General   Tips   Product Updates   

Are you looking to make extra money through your online social network? If you have a large online following of landlords, realtors, property managers, or renters, consider joining our affiliate marketing program.

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5 Reasons to Evict a Tenant in Illinois

  • Monday, February 20, 2017
  General   Legal   Illinois   Eviction Guide   

Has your tenant missed rent several times? Has your tenant damaged the rental property upon inspection? Have complaints been filed about one of your tenants and you’ve just had enough? Before you start the eviction process or call the police to have the tenant removed from the property, there are some laws and some procedures you should know and follow.

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Evicting a Tenant in Alaska: A Landlord's Quick Guide to Legal Grounds

  • Friday, February 17, 2017
  General   Legal   Alaska   Eviction Guide   

Living in Alaska may seem laid back, though renting property in the region can bring just as many troubles as other states. Evicting a tenant in Alaska isn't always about just not paying rent.

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Tenant Background Checks in a Tough Winter Market

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  General   Tips   

Fewer people look for homes during the winter months. Many prefer to semi-hibernate and wait for the warmer summer months before hunting down a rental and moving their worldly possessions. Tenant background checks are especially important during this time since it is easy to feel a bit desperate.

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Why Landlords Need Umbrella Insurance

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017
  General   Tips   

Landlords buy "Landlord Insurance" because it covers more than a homeowner's policy. Unfortunately there are events which even a landlord's policy may not cover.

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Evicting a Tenant in Nevada: A Quick Guide for Landlords About Two Important Notices

  • Thursday, February 2, 2017
  General   Legal   Nevada   Eviction Guide   

If you've purchased rentals in Nevada, you know there's a lot more there than just Las Vegas. Even if you have tenants living in other Nevadan cities, or in desert outskirts, problem tenants are always a possibility.

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9 Top Florida HOA Guidelines to Follow

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017
  General   Tips   Florida   

Homeowner Associations (HOAs) in Florida must comply with Federal and State laws, and local (city or county, etc) ordinances and regulations. These laws and regulations apply, as appropriate, to all common interest communities.

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Evicting a Tenant in North Carolina: A Quick Guide for Landlords to Save Time

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  General   Legal   North Carolina   Eviction Guide   

As a landlord, it is important to make sure that you comply with state legalities and procedures when it comes to evicting a tenant. If you go about the eviction process incorrectly, you might set yourself up for trouble.

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How to Evict a Tenant in Connecticut

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  General   Legal   Connecticut   Eviction Guide   

Evicting a Tenant in Connecticut takes time and is complex. Based on our research, it’s more complex and lengthy than most other States and involves a Marshall. Landlords must follow different steps, according to the perceived rental violation.

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3 Red Flags to Look for in Tenant Background Checks

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  General   Tenant Screening   

Nothing makes being a landlord easier than getting the right tenant in your property. Leasing to a tenant who has had problems in the past is risky and can lead to headaches and financial losses. Here are three red flags that should make you think twice before renting to a prospective tenant.

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5 Things to Understand About Evicting a Tenant in Louisiana

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017
  General   Legal   Louisiana   Eviction Guide   

No landlord looks forward to evicting a tenant. Why would you? That leaves you with an open unit, which means no rent being collected. However, sometimes circumstances arise that make eviction for a particular tenant necessary.

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Winterize Your Rental Property and Avoid Excessive Cost

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
  General   Tips   

Taking the time to prepare your properties for winter is a smart and cost-effective way to avoid winter-related trouble. There isn't a single person on the planet that looks forward to finding their heat is no longer working--or worse yet, their water pipes have burst.

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Evicting a Tenant in New York: A Quick Guide for Landlords About Notices and Other Legalities

  • Monday, January 16, 2017
  General   Legal   New York   Eviction Guide   

To expand your rental properties, you've perhaps decided to invest on the East Coast, particularly New York. While you shouldn't have an issue finding renters in New York, or New York City, it's inevitable you'll run into troublesome tenants eventually.

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The Landlord's Guide to Septic Systems

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017
  General   Tips   

A little septic tank maintenance equals greater profits and a healthy community. Read on for some tips to maintaining septic tanks.

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7 Reasons to Install Crown Molding in your Rental Property

  • Thursday, January 5, 2017
  General   Tips   

When it comes time to give tours of your rental property to potential tenants, you want your rental to not only be functional, but aesthetically pleasing. Many landlords overlook small details that can actually pique the interest of tenants, and allow you to keep rent prices higher.

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How to Avoid Problem Tenants

  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017
  General   Tips   

If you want to protect your rental property investment, then do a tenant background screening on prospective tenants. A good tenant is worth his weight in gold.

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Finding Great Tenants Over the Holidays

  • Thursday, December 29, 2016
  General   Tips   

The holiday season brings fun, festivity, family, and travel -- all activities that, combined with the shorter days and cooler weather, make potential great tenants less likely to be looking for rentals.

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401k vs. Rentals -- What is the Better Investment?

  • Tuesday, December 27, 2016
  General   Tips   

There is no concrete answer to this question. Like with so many things in life, it depends. This article is going to compare/contrast the two. It will also provide some points to consider before making your investment choice.

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How to Evict a Tenant in Alabama

  • Friday, December 23, 2016
  General   Legal   Alabama   Eviction Guide   

Alabama's landlord and tenant laws provide certain rights to both parties. Small, or private, landlords should know both their rights and the tenant's rights before they lease or rent out a property so, should it be necessary to evict a tenant, you will have the law with you.

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Two Ways to Digitize Your Inspection Process

  • Thursday, December 22, 2016
  General   Tips   

Many landlords continue to inspect their units the old-fashioned way, having their tenants use only a paper checklist to document the condition of the property. Although the checklist remains important in the inspection process, you can enhance and clarify the process easily if you own a smart phone and a computer.

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How Technology Can Help With Screening Potential Tenants

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016
  General   Tips   

If you are a property owner that is having to deal with tenant turnover, getting the right renters in the door for your next lease is important. Sometimes screening potential renters can seem tedious, but doing this step right can save you headaches down the line.

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Evicting a Tenant in Michigan - Guidelines to Follow

  • Sunday, December 18, 2016
  General   Legal   Michigan   Eviction Guide   

The grounds for eviction of tenants remain the same in many states, however, in Michigan, owners are not allowed to evict tenants without a court order, irrespective of the reasons, apart from a tenant who got into the property illegally.

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Real Estate Crowdfunding: Advantages, Myths, Tips, and Platforms

  • Saturday, December 17, 2016
  General   Tips   

Once the JOBS Act was passed in 2012, the concept of crowdfunding exploded in popularity, allowing money to be raised for everything from small businesses to real estate developments.

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Your Landlord is Foreclosing, Now What?!

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016
  General   Tips   

It can happen to anyone. You are going through the daily grind of life with family and work while living in your rental property. At the time, it made financial sense to live in a rental property in an effort to avoid homeownership risks.

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Is Your Landlord Responsible for Mold Removal?

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016
  General   Tips   

There is no clear-cut answer, as every situation and every state is different. There are no federal laws regulating this issue. However, a few states and cities have passed legislation on landlords’ mold-related responsibilities.

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Renting Out the Guest House on HomeAway

  • Thursday, December 8, 2016
  General   Tips   

Nowadays, you don't need to have long-term tenants to become a landlord. With websites like HomeAway emerging, you can rent your property by the night or week.

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Do you need an LLC for a Rental Property? No, but Yes!

  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016
  General   Tips   Legal   

So, do you need and LLC for a Rental Property? The short answer is no. As with most financial questions, though, the short answer is never adequate.

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4 Ways to Achieve a 5-Star Rating with Short Term Rentals

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016
  General   Tips   

As the vacation rental industry continues to boom, renting out your home to short-term visitors can be a very lucrative side business. In order to maximize your revenue, minimize vacancies, and increase your nightly or weekly rate, it's crucial to achieve 5-star ratings on the sites where your property is listed.

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The Challenges of International Credit Reports

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

Sometimes a landlord needs to screen potential tenants who happen to be foreign nationals. However, it makes a difference whether the applicant is an individual or a business.

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How to Evict a Tenant in South Carolina

  • Friday, November 25, 2016
  General   Legal   South Carolina   Eviction Guide   

Did you know that South Carolina Legal Code 27 - 40 covers tenant eviction and the eviction process? This guide outlines the causes and the steps landlords should know before they begin the eviction process.

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4 Ways Tenant Background Checks Can Save You Money

  • Thursday, November 24, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

If you are listing a rental property and want to move through the process quickly, one thing you shouldn’t take off of your list is background screenings for new tenants. While this might seem like a hassle and is an extra expense, this can actually save you money in the long run.

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Security Deposit Law in Pennsylvania Explained

  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016
  General   Tips   Pennsylvania   

The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 governs security deposits in Pennsylvania. This statute is what tells a landlord how much security deposit he can collect from a tenant, what he can do with the money once he has collected it and how soon he must return it once the tenant has vacated the property.

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8 Factors Affecting Rent Prices

  • Saturday, November 19, 2016
  General   Tips   

Naturally, as a landlord, you want to make sure you get the most rent possible for your property. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you must price your rental appropriately and in line with the local market.

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5 Key Elements to Evicting a Tenant in Oklahoma

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016
  General   Legal   Oklahoma   Eviction Guide   

The most common cause for eviction in Oklahoma is non-payment of rent. However, it is crucial that landlords follow the proper legal framework when it comes to evicting a tenant.

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5 Essential Drone Photography Tips for Realtors

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016
  General   Tips   Advertising & Marketing   

Drone photography is an innovative marketing tool gaining popularity in real estate. Realtors need an edge in making the properties they represent stand out from all others.

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Evicting a Tenant in Virginia: What You Need to Know

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
  General   Legal   Virginia   Eviction Guide   

As a Virginia landlord, there are various reasons why you may want to evict tenant from your property. The most important thing to consider in this case is the law in Virginia that controls tenant evictions so you can adhere to the same.

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Move-Out Tips: Using your Smart Phone to Record Inspections

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016
  General   Tips   

When a tenant moves out of your rental property, it is crucial to document any property damage so there are no disputes. While writing down noticeable stains or damage is accurate, the best way to document the inspection is to use your smart phone to record a virtual tour of the property.

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3 Reasons Proper Tenant Screening is Worth the Effort

  • Thursday, November 10, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

If you are looking for new tenants for your rental property, sometimes the process can seem overwhelming. With open houses, walkthroughs, and vetting prospective renters, it can be easy to forget to do an in depth screening.

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5 Reasons You Need To Use Free Landlord Forms

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016
  General   Tips   Paperwork & Forms   

When you're brand new to the landlord business, it may surprise you how much paperwork you'll need to complete to legally protect yourself.

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Rent Payment Late Fees by State: Know thy Law

  • Friday, November 4, 2016
  General   Tips   Legal   

You and your tenant agreed upon terms set forth in a rental or lease agreement. So what do you do if the tenant is late paying rent?

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Money Maker: Investment Strategies for Landlords

  • Thursday, November 3, 2016
  General   Tips   

Investing in real estate can mean big profits, if it's done well. Many people jump into the real estate business, only to find themselves overwhelmed by the work and not making the money they had originally dreamed of.

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Wondering What is a Reasonable Pet Deposit Fee?

  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016
  General   Tips   

Cats and dogs are more than good friends and family members. For landlords, they can also be good business. In 2014, 72 percent of apartment renters had a pet.

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Design Your Bed and Breakfast Inn Style

  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016
  General   Tips   

There is nothing like a weekend getaway to a beautiful bed and breakfast. Whether it be for romance, relaxation, or just a new adventure, bed and breakfast hotels provide some of the most exquisite accommodations imaginable.

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Squashing Squatters: How to Handle a Squatting Tenant

  • Monday, October 31, 2016
  General   Tips   

Squatting is an act that has troubled and perplexed many landlords for a long time. Perhaps you've discovered someone living in a property you own without your permission.

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New Property Owner? Five Tips for Accidental Landlords

  • Friday, October 28, 2016
  General   Tips   

If a rental property has fallen into your lap, this can be a great resource for supplemental income, but this won’t come without some work on your end.

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Security Deposit Law in California Explained

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016
  General   Tips   California   

A security deposit is money collected by a landlord in addition to rent and used to protect the landlord if the tenant violates the terms of the rental lease.

Read more on Security Deposit Law in California Explained...

 

Free Landlord Forms: The Documents You Can't Ignore

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  General   Tips   Paperwork & Forms   

When it comes to being a landlord, there is a lot to keep up with. One of these things is documentation. Luckily, you can find free landlord forms that will come in quite handy for your needs.

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Security Deposit Law in Arizona: 4 Things Landlords Should Know

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  General   Tips   Arizona   

There are two times when security deposits become an issue. When a new tenant is moving in and when your tenant has decided to leave. What are the rules when it comes to security deposit law in Arizona?

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5 Tips for Clearing Your Clogged Plumbing Before Hiring a Professional

  • Monday, October 24, 2016
  General   Tips   

Low water pressure, excessive water usage, slow drains, and various noises all relate to different reasons your plumbing is about to become clogged.

Read more on 5 Tips for Clearing Your Clogged Plumbing Before Hiring a Professional...

 

Renter's Insurance: A Necessity!

  • Friday, October 21, 2016
  General   Tips   

Most people are fully aware of the need to carry homeowner's insurance to protect their home and contents. However, the renters among us might not understand that if you are renting, you still must face the same questions and quandaries pertaining to insuring your valuables and personal belongings.

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Important Guidelines for Letting Tenants Paint Your Rental Property

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016
  General   Tips   

Usually, the standard practice is for landlords to paint their rental properties in neutral colors with the expectation that tenants will personalize the space with their choices of furnishings and accessories.

Read more on Important Guidelines for Letting Tenants Paint Your Rental Property...

 

12 Things Landlords Should Know About Texas Security Deposit Law

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016
  General   Tips   Texas   

Every Texas landlord should be familiar with security deposit law in Texas. Not following the law could result in the landlord losing the right to keep a tenant's security deposit and may incur legal costs.

Read more on 12 Things Landlords Should Know About Texas Security Deposit Law...

 

Starting Out in the Real Estate Investment Business

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  General   Tips   

Real Estate investing can be an extremely lucrative endeavor. It provides residual income, while at the same time your future investment is essentially being purchased for you.

Read more on Starting Out in the Real Estate Investment Business...

 

12 Things Landlords Should Know About New York Security Deposit Law

  • Monday, October 17, 2016
  General   Tips   New York   

The State of New York has clear legislation on the topic of security deposits. Landlords should know the law, and follow it.

Read more on 12 Things Landlords Should Know About New York Security Deposit Law...

 

3 Considerations to Evicting a Tenant in Rhode Island

  • Sunday, October 16, 2016
  General   Legal   Rhode Island   Eviction Guide   

The state of Rhode Island allows landlords to evict a tenant due to non-payment of rent. However, the landlord must abide by the legal framework regarding evictions to avoid further problems and complications.

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Creative Ways to Attract Renters

  • Thursday, October 13, 2016
  General   Tips   

With the tremendous amount of competition in the rental housing market evident in the United States today, you must be able to differentiate yourself from the competition.

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Tips for Dealing with Bad Credit Applicants

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016
  General   Tips   

Finding and retaining quality tenants is the name of the game for landlords. Renting to the right people can provide peace of mind; however, on the other side of the equation having bad occupants will severely hamper your investment and cause a great deal of anxiety and stress.

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6 Metrics that are Crucial to Investment Real Estate

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016
  General   Tips   

Purchasing and leasing rental property can be a lucrative business. As with any business, metrics should be established and constantly worked toward.

Read more on 6 Metrics that are Crucial to Investment Real Estate...

 

Renter's Insurance is a Must: Here's Why

  • Monday, October 10, 2016
  General   Tips   

Many renters may assume that if their personal property is damaged inside their rental unit or stolen, the landlord's insurance will cover it. While your insurance may cover physical damage to the unit from fire or other disasters, it is best to require renters to have their own renter's insurance.

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13 Key Considerations to Evicting a Tenant

  • Saturday, October 8, 2016
  General   Tips   

As important as tenant screening is to run a successful property rental business, it’s not foolproof. Even tenants with the best of intentions can be late on the rent, and despite your best efforts to build a good relationship with tenants, that relationship can still go south.

Read more on 13 Key Considerations to Evicting a Tenant...

 

5 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal on Your Rental Property

  • Friday, October 7, 2016
  General   Tips   

When you want to attract great tenants, you've got to show that you have a property worth renting. Follow these simple guidelines to giving your rental property the curb appeal needed to bring in the renters you want.

Read more on 5 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal on Your Rental Property...

 

How to Remove Offensive Cigarette Odors from Carpets

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016
  General   Tips   

Cigarette smoke embeds an odor into everything to which it comes in contact. Although furniture and carpet are not the only things that become affected, it seems they are trickier to treat.

Read more on How to Remove Offensive Cigarette Odors from Carpets...

 

5 Important Personality Traits of a Successful Landlord

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016
  General   Tips   

So you have a rental property and are ready to find tenants. Perhaps, you are wondering if you are ready for the responsibility of being a landlord.

Read more on 5 Important Personality Traits of a Successful Landlord...

 

4 Steps to Destroying Pet Odors

  • Monday, October 3, 2016
  General   Tips   

We all love our pets. Despite their cute faces and playful natures, sometimes they leave us with messes, that are hard to clean and smell terrible.

Read more on 4 Steps to Destroying Pet Odors...

 

3 Key Energy Improvement Upgrades for Your Rental Properties

  • Friday, September 30, 2016
  General   Tips   

As a landlord, you may think that making energy-efficient upgrades is the tenant's responsibility. The fact is, however, many tenants first question to a prospective landlord is "How much are utilities bills?"

Read more on 3 Key Energy Improvement Upgrades for Your Rental Properties...

 

Home Owner Association (HOA) Background Checks for Halloween

  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

There are many benefits to living in a community with an organized Home Owner Association (HOA). For starters, we can rest assured that nobody in the neighborhood will suddenly paint their house pink for no particular reason!

Read more on Home Owner Association (HOA) Background Checks for Halloween...

 

Three-Day Notice Guidelines for Landlords in South Dakota

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016
  General   Legal   South Dakota   Eviction Guide   

Non-payment of rent is the most common cause for eviction in South Dakota. However, there are regulations a landlord must follow for an eviction to be legal and valid.

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A Guide for Landlords After Broken Rental Agreements

  • Sunday, August 14, 2016
  General   Legal   Texas   Eviction Guide   

While the claim everything is bigger in Texas is arguably true, the chances for problem rental tenants is about the same as any other state. No matter where you own rental property, you're going to encounter at least some tenants who openly defies your rental agreement.

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3 Tips for Cash Strapped Landlords

  • Tuesday, August 9, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

Many of the folks using VerticalRent are do-it-yourself landlords who use our system to protect their investment with tenant credit and background checks.

Read more on 3 Tips for Cash Strapped Landlords...

 

Why Getting a Tenant Credit Report Is Important

  • Thursday, August 4, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

A tenant credit report is a must for those who have been in the rental business for quite some time and especially to those who are new to renting out their properties.

Read more on Why Getting a Tenant Credit Report Is Important...

 

What Should Be On a Rental Application Form?

  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

A rental application form is tremendously valuable to landlords and to prospective tenants because your rental application form can contain all the information you and your tenant needs when it comes to the finer details of the apartments.

Read more on What Should Be On a Rental Application Form?...

 

Credit Check for Landlords Mitigates 7 Risk Factors

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

Credit checks for landlords are helping to transform the landlord business into a much safer and more efficient business. There are plenty of laws, rules and regulations out there that are specifically created to help protect the rights of tenants so these individuals do not end up out on the streets.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Get a Tenant Background Check Done

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

A tenant background check is the perfect way to ensure that you get the best possible tenants for your property. It is hard to do proper character judging in a world filled with scammers and uncaring people.

Read more on 10 Reasons Why You Should Get a Tenant Background Check Done...

 

VerticalRent Offers Comprehensive White Label Solution to Boost Efficiency

  • Thursday, July 14, 2016
  General   Product Updates   Newsletter   

For real estate professionals, there is often a common tendency to try to do everything on their own. While the DIY approach is important for successful entrepreneurship, it’s also important to learn where you can save time and money by leveraging existing resources.

Read more on VerticalRent Offers Comprehensive White Label Solution to Boost Efficiency...

 

Evicting a Tenant in Utah: A Landlord's Guide for Evictions

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016
  General   Legal   Utah   Eviction Guide   

Utah is usually known as the "Beehive State", and that's perhaps an apt metaphor for dealing with problem tenants. As someone who owns and rents property in Utah, you may have tenants stinging you with major rental violations.

Read more on Evicting a Tenant in Utah: A Landlord's Guide for Evictions...

 

Feds Say that Denying Housing from National Background Check May be Discrimination

  • Sunday, July 3, 2016
  General   Tenant Screening   Newsletter   

Is denying a prospective tenant housing because of his or her criminal record discrimination? Well, according to the Feds, it could be.

Read more on Feds Say that Denying Housing from National Background Check May be Discrimination...

 

What You Need to Know about the HUD's Guidance on Screening Ex-Offenders

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
  General   Tenant Screening   

On April 4, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released new guidelines regarding the application of fair housing standards to individuals with a criminal history.

Read more on What You Need to Know about the HUD's Guidance on Screening Ex-Offenders...

 

How to Be a Great Landlord: Your Step-by-Step Guide

  • Thursday, May 12, 2016
  General   Tips   Newsletter   

As a landlord, it is in your own best interest to do your job well. You can reduce the likelihood that you will encounter problems or issues with tenants by being a great landlord.

Read more on How to Be a Great Landlord: Your Step-by-Step Guide...

 

Invite vs. Instant Applicant Checks for Realtors

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  General   Product Updates   

We've had a few questions in the past about the difference between inviting an applicant vs. running an instant check (via a token) on an applicant.

Read more on Invite vs. Instant Applicant Checks for Realtors...

 

3 Tips for Accidental Landlords

  • Thursday, March 31, 2016
  General   Tips   

If you're about 35 years old and you bought your first house between 2002 and 2007, you may fall into the category of what we call the "accidental landlord."

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Total Cost of an Eviction

  • Monday, March 14, 2016
  General   Tips   

Sometimes it can seem like the easy solution to a troublesome tenant is eviction, but the process of evicting a tenant is more expensive than most landlords realize.

Read more on Total Cost of an Eviction...

 

Whether to Create an LLC for Rental Property

  • Monday, February 29, 2016
  General   Tips   

When you own rental property, you have a number of important decisions to make, including how to structure your business.

Read more on Whether to Create an LLC for Rental Property...

 

Tracking Down Old Tenants

  • Monday, February 15, 2016
  General   Tips   

Deadbeat tenants who owe you money are, unfortunately, sometimes a fact of life when you own rental property.

Read more on Tracking Down Old Tenants...

 

Be Careful with Rent Deposits

  • Tuesday, February 2, 2016
  General   Tips   

Do you have your tenants make their payments each month via direct bank deposit? Many landlords think this is the best and most convenient method for collecting rent payments.

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Renting Your Vacation Home Out

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2016
  General   Tips   

Should you or should you not rent your vacation home out? This is a quandary faced by many homeowners with vacation properties.

Read more on Renting Your Vacation Home Out...

 

Get Out of the Rat Race with Rental Income Properties

  • Friday, January 15, 2016
  General   Tips   

Owning rental properties can be risky, but they can also generate a great return, making them an ideal investment option for people who are looking to generate retirement income.

Read more on Get Out of the Rat Race with Rental Income Properties...

 

Importance of a Team for Landlording

  • Wednesday, January 6, 2016
  General   Tips   

Whether you have a separate full-time job or landlording is your full-time job, managing your properties can be time-consuming. Assembling a team of reliable professionals can help you to free up some of your time while also allowing you to focus on the areas of your business you enjoy most.

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Try Our Risk Free Applicant Discovery Report Today!

  • Monday, January 4, 2016
  General   Product Updates   

Looking for a superior investigative starting point for developing a more complete background check on your applicants? Look no further than our risk free Applicant Discovery Report.

Read more on Try Our Risk Free Applicant Discovery Report Today!...

 

Landlord's Guide to Year-End Planning

  • Monday, December 28, 2015
  General   Tips   

As a landlord, you naturally have a lot of responsibilities. The last thing you want to deal with is scrambling around in the spring trying to locate receipts and determine whether you owe taxes.

Read more on Landlord's Guide to Year-End Planning...

 

5 Ways Landlords Can Reduce Stress

  • Monday, December 21, 2015
  General   Tips   

For landlords, stress can be a serious issue. In fact, a recent study found that two-thirds of landlords believe property management is more stressful than having a day job.

Read more on 5 Ways Landlords Can Reduce Stress...

 

Top 10 Things to Know Before Becoming a Landlord

  • Sunday, November 29, 2015
  General   Tips   

Property values are finally on the rise. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price for single-family homes is up 8.2 percent from last year. With property values increasing, investors have once again rediscovered the value of housing

Read more on Top 10 Things to Know Before Becoming a Landlord...

 

7 Property Characteristics for Section 8 Landlords

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
  General   Tips   

Rules and regulations are the name of the game as a Small American Landlord. The Housing Voucher Program or better known as "Section 8" is like every other program in that it’s full of rules and regulations.

Read more on 7 Property Characteristics for Section 8 Landlords...

 

Is It Really Less Expensive to Own Than Rent?

  • Monday, September 21, 2015
  General   Tips   

Around the country, many would-be homeowners have found that the costs of owning a home now exceed renting. While many economists beg to differ, when it comes to calculations, the details seem to make a significant difference.

Read more on Is It Really Less Expensive to Own Than Rent?...

 

VerticalRent Saves Real Estate Brokers and Property Managers Up to $40,000 Every Year

  • Saturday, September 5, 2015
  General   Tenant Screening   Product Updates   

Two flavors of tenant screening are available, invite and instant. VerticalRent's latest release unveils a broad spectrum of tenant screening features for both independent landlords and large real estate brokerage firms.

Read more on VerticalRent Saves Real Estate Brokers and Property Managers Up to $40,000 Every Year...

 

VerticalRent Announces Both VantageScore and FICO with Ultimate Edition

  • Saturday, September 5, 2015
  General   Tenant Screening   Product Updates   

VerticalRent now offers both VantageScore and FICO. It’s time to officially understand the similarities – and more importantly – their differences.

Read more on VerticalRent Announces Both VantageScore and FICO with Ultimate Edition...

 

VerticalRent’s Top 50 Rental Vacancy Advertising Websites

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015
  General   Tips   Advertising & Marketing   

Advertising your vacancies to potential applicants can feel like a full-time job unless you have the authoritative list of VerticalRent’s Top 50 Vacancy Advertising Websites.

Read more on VerticalRent’s Top 50 Rental Vacancy Advertising Websites...

 

5 Ways to Help You Confidently Set Rents

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Tips   

The rental housing business is very local and it takes time and effort to understand a local market and all the nuances that go with it.

Read more on 5 Ways to Help You Confidently Set Rents...

 

Tenant Screening in State College, Pennsylvania

  • Monday, August 17, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Pennsylvania   

Recognized around the world for its football program and made famous by Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions, Penn State is one of the most well-known universities in the country.

Read more on Tenant Screening in State College, Pennsylvania...

 

Scranton, Pennsylvania - Made Famous with the Hit Show The Office

  • Monday, August 10, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Pennsylvania   

For fans of the hit TV show "The Office," Scranton, Pennsylvania, represents fond memories of the lovable cast who brought Dunder Mifflin to life each week. Surprisingly, some of the beloved places featured on the show actually exist.

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Why America Has Turned Into a Nation of Renters

  • Monday, August 3, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Advertising & Marketing   

While the American dream has traditionally been one of homeownership, more and more Americans are seeing that dream slip from their fingers.

Read more on Why America Has Turned Into a Nation of Renters...

 

Reducing the Risks in Managing Rental Properties in Allentown, Pennsylvania

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Pennsylvania   

Operating a rental property in Allentown, Pennsylvania, can be a solid business opportunity, but you must understand how to balance risks in order to take full advantage of the profit potential made available.

Read more on Reducing the Risks in Managing Rental Properties in Allentown, Pennsylvania...

 

Philadelphia Tenant Screening

  • Monday, July 20, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Pennsylvania   

Known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, certainly has a lot going for it. It should come as little surprise that so many people are attracted to the idea of calling Philadelphia home.

Read more on Philadelphia Tenant Screening...

 

Understanding the Rental Market in Virginia

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Virginia   

Throughout the United States, the housing market has experienced a recovery, and the State of Virginia has increased demand.

Read more on Understanding the Rental Market in Virginia...

 

Understanding the Current State of the Seattle Rental Market

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Washington   

While rents have been steadily on the rise the past few years, renters in Seattle have recently received a bit of good news in that fewer landlords have increased their rents over the past year.

Read more on Understanding the Current State of the Seattle Rental Market...

 

How to Make Evictions Valid in Wisconsin

  • Friday, June 12, 2015
  General   Legal   Wisconsin   Eviction Guide   

Wisconsin landlords are allowed by the state to evict tenants who fail to pay rent on time. However, it is vital that landlords follow the proper legal framework to make evictions valid and avoid further complications.

Read more on How to Make Evictions Valid in Wisconsin...

 

The State of the Rental Market in Missouri

  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Missouri   

In Missouri, renters are facing rising prices, reflecting a situation that is occurring throughout much of the United States.

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Rents on the Rise in Erie and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Pennsylvania   

For renters seeking available properties in Erie and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the search may be tougher than they expected. For instance, in Erie County, the number of renters has been on the rise in the last few years.

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Rental Market Tightening in Columbus, Ohio

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Ohio   

There may be more rental properties in development in Columbus, Ohio, but rent prices are still on the rise.

Read more on Rental Market Tightening in Columbus, Ohio...

 

Portland One of the Tightest Rental Markets in the Country

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Oregon   

In Portland, Oregon, the average apartment rent is about $1,300, compared to about $1,180 just one year ago.

Read more on Portland One of the Tightest Rental Markets in the Country...

 

Landlords in Michigan Facing Increasing Restrictions and Responsibilities

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Michigan   

While Detroit, Michigan may have gained a poor reputation as both industry and residents fled the city in the aftermath of the Great Recession, today, that appears to be changing.

Read more on Landlords in Michigan Facing Increasing Restrictions and Responsibilities...

 

Landlords in Hawaii Face Increasing Number of Challenges in Rapidly Evolving Market

  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Hawaii   

With some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world, Hawaii is a coveted destination for everyone from travelers to retirees.

Read more on Landlords in Hawaii Face Increasing Number of Challenges in Rapidly Evolving Market...

 

Lack of Affordable Housing in Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Minnesota   

While rental prices are on the rise throughout much of the country, in Minneapolis, rental prices have actually declined slightly.

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Miami Rental Market Continues to Sizzle

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Florida   

In South Florida, the rental market remains strong. This is particularly true in Miami, where the rental market has experienced a tremendous increase in rental prices over the last five years.

Read more on Miami Rental Market Continues to Sizzle...

 

Booming Economy in Indianapolis Driving Rental Market

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Indiana   

In Indianapolis, rent prices are booming as the economy continues along the path of a remarkable recovery.

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High Rents and Low Inventory in Denver Set Stage for Scams

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Colorado   

Many cities around the country are experiencing a tightening rental market and higher prices as a result, but in Denver, rental prices are soaring at even higher levels.

Read more on High Rents and Low Inventory in Denver Set Stage for Scams...

 

Fewer Available Rental Properties in Fort Lauderdale Underscores Need for Tenant Screening

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Florida   

Tenants searching for available rental properties in Fort Lauderdale will have an increasingly difficult time in finding them, reports the Sun Sentinel.

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Booming Charlotte Rental Market Requires Careful Property Management

  • Thursday, March 5, 2015
  General   Rental Market   North Carolina   

Rents are on the rise around the country, and new data reveals that the rental market in Charlotte is among the fastest growing in the country.

Read more on Booming Charlotte Rental Market Requires Careful Property Management...

 

Simple Steps Can Help Dallas Landlords Protect Their Investments

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Texas   

Rents are on the rise in Dallas. According to The Dallas Morning News, effective rents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have experienced a 5 percent increase year-over-year.

Read more on Simple Steps Can Help Dallas Landlords Protect Their Investments...

 

Staying Safe While Leveraging Austin's Burgeoning Rental Market

  • Thursday, February 26, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Texas   

In the last few years, Austin has experienced a veritable explosion, as transplants from other parts of the country relocated to Texas to take advantage of the strong economy and job market.

Read more on Staying Safe While Leveraging Austin's Burgeoning Rental Market...

 

As Boston Rents Continue to Increase, Landlords Must Conduct Due Diligence

  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Massachusetts   

In Boston, rent prices continue to climb. Zilpy reports that during the month of January 2015, rents in the Boston metro area climbed by an average of 5.18% compared to the previous month

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Tips to Help Landlords Protect Their Investments in Overheated San Francisco Market

  • Thursday, February 19, 2015
  General   Rental Market   California   

For several years, the rental market in San Francisco has been what could best be described as overheated, with rents escalating each year.

Read more on Tips to Help Landlords Protect Their Investments in Overheated San Francisco Market...

 

Online Rental Payment Provides Protection for Landlords in New York City

  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015
  General   Rental Market   New York   

Price hikes in rent have become a common occurrence in the New York City rental market, where during the previous year, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens all witnessed spikes in rental prices.

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One Applicant is Never Enough. Choose Wisely.

  • Sunday, February 15, 2015
  General   Product Updates   

Earning reward points toward free services with VerticalRent just got easier. You will start earning points immediately for every credit, criminal, and eviction report processed.

Read more on One Applicant is Never Enough. Choose Wisely....

 

As Chicago Rental Market Soars, the Need for Tenant Screenings Increase

  • Thursday, February 12, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Illinois   

According to CNBC, rents are on the rise in the Windy City. The purchase of a 60-story luxury apartment tower located in downtown Chicago recently set a record sales price.

Read more on As Chicago Rental Market Soars, the Need for Tenant Screenings Increase...

 

Tenant Screening a Vital Necessity for Landlords in Burgeoning Atlanta Rental Market

  • Sunday, February 8, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Georgia   

Now that homeownership rates have dropped to the lowest level in two decades, single-family rental investors have found that there are many opportunities within the housing market.

Read more on Tenant Screening a Vital Necessity for Landlords in Burgeoning Atlanta Rental Market...

 

Rising Rental Demand in Houston Triggers Need for Tenant Checks

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Texas   

In Houston, Texas, the rental market is growing by leaps and bounds. According to the Houston Association of REALTORS, 2014 showed record levels for the local Houston housing market, with home sales prices and volume reaching record heights.

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How to Evaluate Tenant Background Screening Companies

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015
  General   Tips   

Today, it has become increasingly important for landlords to ensure they are properly screening their tenants. According to The New York Times, evictions are on the rise around the country, often for nonpayment of rent.

Read more on How to Evaluate Tenant Background Screening Companies...

 

Short Term Rentals are Hot in South Florida

  • Thursday, January 8, 2015
  General   Rental Market   Florida   

According to CBS Miami, the state of Florida has benefitted from three consecutive years of ground-breaking tourism numbers, which is due in part to allowing homeowners to rent their properties seasonally.

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Attention Vacation Rental Property Owners! Screen for Criminals

  • Friday, January 2, 2015
  General   Tips   

Owning a vacation rental property can present a wealth of benefits, including the ability to enjoy your own getaway whenever you are ready as well as financial benefits.

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What Should a Tenant Screening Report Contain?

  • Saturday, December 27, 2014
  General   Tips   

The process of obtaining a tenant screening report is often among the most dreaded aspects of filling a vacancy. This is often because landlords may be confused about what they should include in the report.

Read more on What Should a Tenant Screening Report Contain?...

 

The Best Tenant Screening Service Is Earned

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014
  General   Tips   

When it comes to tenant screening, you owe it to your business and your other tenants to ensure that you only use the best tenant screening service.

Read more on The Best Tenant Screening Service Is Earned...

 

5 Benefits to Showing Tenant Gratitude with a Christmas Basket

  • Thursday, December 4, 2014
  General   Tips   

It's that time of year again; the time of year for goodwill toward mankind. This year, you may find that showing a little gratitude toward your tenants with a Christmas basket can result in a number of benefits.

Read more on 5 Benefits to Showing Tenant Gratitude with a Christmas Basket...

 

Considerations to Setting Rent Price

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
  General   Tips   

Ideally, the right rent price for your rental property would be a price that would allow you to bring in the most profit. Unfortunately, the process of setting rent prices is a bit more complicated than that.

Read more on Considerations to Setting Rent Price...

 

Living the Small American Landlord Dream with a Self-Directed IRA

  • Thursday, November 20, 2014
  General   Tips   

During the fallout from the recession, many investors found that investing in stocks was no longer the best option for meeting their investment goals. As a result, many people began to look for ways to diversify their portfolio.

Read more on Living the Small American Landlord Dream with a Self-Directed IRA...

 

Tenant Screening: A Legal Overview

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
  General   Legal   Tenant Screening   FCRA   Fair Housing Act   Contributing Editorial   

While it is important to screen your tenants carefully to avoid mishaps and uncomfortable circumstances, you also have to be careful not to break any discrimination laws when conducting your search for the perfect renter.

Read more on Tenant Screening: A Legal Overview...

 

To Allow or Not to Allow Pets?

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014
  General   Tips   

The question of whether to allow or not to allow pets is one that property owners always face. There can be both advantages and disadvantages to allowing pets.

Read more on To Allow or Not to Allow Pets?...

 

What the Mortgage Companies Do Not Advertise

  • Monday, November 3, 2014
  General   Tips   

Most Small American Landlords cannot afford to purchase rental properties outright with cash. For this reason, it’s logical to leverage a 30-year fixed loan from a mortgage company.

Read more on What the Mortgage Companies Do Not Advertise...

 

Fixing up a Foreclosure Property into a Rental

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
  General   Tips   

Buying a foreclosure can present a great opportunity when you are looking for a property to fix up and then rent out.

Read more on Fixing up a Foreclosure Property into a Rental...

 

Protect Your Property with a Background Check

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
  General   Criminal & Eviction Checks   Florida   

With so many outdoor activities and natural beauty to offer, it is no wonder that Florida is such a popular getaway destination.

Read more on Protect Your Property with a Background Check...

 

Do You Really Need a Background Check If you Operate a Bed and Breakfast?

  • Saturday, October 11, 2014
  General   Advertising & Marketing   

A bed and breakfast can provide a cozy and warm alternative to hotels for visitors to Florida who are looking for a relaxing getaway.

Read more on Do You Really Need a Background Check If you Operate a Bed and Breakfast?...

 

Marketing to Your Niche Tenant

  • Thursday, October 2, 2014
  General   Advertising & Marketing   

While a property rental business may seem cut and dried, there are actually numerous niches in which you can specialize in order to boost your business and your profit.

Read more on Marketing to Your Niche Tenant...

 

Palace Business Centres recently recognized VerticalCloud

  • Thursday, October 2, 2014
  General   

Palace Business Centres of Erie Pennsylvania recently recognized VerticalCloud for its high-tech growth contributions to the Erie economy.

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VerticalCloud is a featured BizSpark Startup Company

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014
  General   

VerticalCloud, the creators of VerticalRent and AppSingular, were featured today by Microsoft.

Read more on VerticalCloud is a featured BizSpark Startup Company...

 

Why Having a Tenant Portal Is Important

  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
  General   Tips   

If it seems as though you are drowning while trying to manage your rental property business, it is important to know that there are options available that can help.

Read more on Why Having a Tenant Portal Is Important...

 

What You Must Know about Rental Property Accounting

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  General   Tips   

While most people are not overly fond of bookkeeping, it is an important part of life. When you run a business, accounting becomes even more vital.

Read more on What You Must Know about Rental Property Accounting...

 

Why You Need a State-Specific Residential Lease Agreement

  • Monday, September 22, 2014
  General   Legal   

Your residential lease agreement is the most important document relating to your rental property business. This is the document on which everything else hinges.

Read more on Why You Need a State-Specific Residential Lease Agreement...

 

Why Collecting Rent Online Is Beneficial

  • Sunday, September 21, 2014
  General   Rents & Deposits   

As a rental property owner, your main goal is to bring in a profit. Profits from property rental units are earned by collecting more money than is spent in expenses.

Read more on Why Collecting Rent Online Is Beneficial...

 

Getting the Most from Your Rental Property Advertising

  • Saturday, September 20, 2014
  General   Advertising & Marketing   

Rental property advertising is a must. Whether you operate a single unit or dozens of units, there will likely come a time when you need to advertise a vacancy.

Read more on Getting the Most from Your Rental Property Advertising...

 

3 Ways to Conduct a Tenant Check

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   

Most property owners have experienced at least one issue with a problematic tenant. Whether it was a wild party that required the police to be summoned in order to quiet things down or it involved chasing the tenant for overdue rent, such issues can be a hassle.

Read more on 3 Ways to Conduct a Tenant Check...

 

VerticalRent Introduces Major Improvements In Tenant Screening

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
  General   Product Updates   

VerticalRent announced today the release of its highly anticipated enhancement package 2.0. The list of enhancements is too much to outline, so we’re summing it up below for you. Enjoy!

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7 Steps to Conducting an Effective Tenant Screening

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   

One of the most important decisions you will make as a landlord is choosing the right tenant for your property. The right tenant can easily mean the difference between being paid on time or chasing the tenant for rent each month.

Read more on 7 Steps to Conducting an Effective Tenant Screening...

 

3 Reasons Why You Cannot Afford Not to Do a Tenant Check

  • Sunday, September 14, 2014
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   

When it comes to renting your property, it is important to know who will be residing in your unit. A comprehensive tenant check can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about who will occupy your property.

Read more on 3 Reasons Why You Cannot Afford Not to Do a Tenant Check...

 

5 Reasons Why You Need an Online Rental Application

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   

The property rental business has dramatically changed in the last few years. Among the most significant changes is the transition to online management.

Read more on 5 Reasons Why You Need an Online Rental Application...

 

Conducting the Walkthrough with Your Tenants

  • Friday, September 12, 2014
  General   Tips   

Regardless of how much effort you put into screening your tenants, damage inevitably occurs. Even the best tenants can unintentionally cause damage to your units.

Read more on Conducting the Walkthrough with Your Tenants...

 

Are You Thinking Like a Tenant?

  • Friday, August 29, 2014
  General   Tips   

As a landlord, you have many decisions to make on a daily basis. Along with considering monthly expenses, you also must pay attention to maintenance issues and devise the most appropriate marketing strategy.

Read more on Are You Thinking Like a Tenant?...

 

Building a Solid Reputation as a Landlord in your Community

  • Monday, August 25, 2014
  Tenant Screening   General   

I have always felt that one of the single most important assets as a landlord is one's reputation. All too often, we hear about landlords who do not keep up their properties, charge too much for rent, and in general, have no care or consideration for their tenants.

Read more on Building a Solid Reputation as a Landlord in your Community...

 

Tips for Properly Handling Security Deposits

  • Saturday, August 23, 2014
  General   Tips   

The handling of security deposits can be a problematic issue for many landlords. Security deposits are an important way for landlords to protect against potential losses, but it is important to understand how to handle them to ensure that you steer clear of potential legal issues.

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Reducing the Need for and Costs of an Eviction

  • Friday, August 15, 2014
  General   Tips   

Eviction is never the desired outcome when there is a problem with a tenant. As landlords are well aware, it can be time-consuming and nerve-wracking.

Read more on Reducing the Need for and Costs of an Eviction...

 

Tips to Help Renters Avoid Scams and Internet Fraud

  • Friday, August 15, 2014
  Tenant Screening   General   

As the recent data breach with Target serves to underscore, you can never be too careful when it comes to your financial information. While you cannot eschew technology altogether, it is important to become educated about scams and various types of Internet fraud.

Read more on Tips to Help Renters Avoid Scams and Internet Fraud...

 

Avoiding Loss of Income from Nightmare Tenants

  • Monday, August 11, 2014
  General   Tips   

Nightmare tenants are unfortunately all too common. Whether it is paying the rent late or creating a disturbance, some tenants can be difficult to manage.

Read more on Avoiding Loss of Income from Nightmare Tenants...

 

Tips for Handling Tenant Disputes

  • Friday, August 8, 2014
  Tenant Screening   General   

While it would certainly be nice if everything was always smooth sailing with tenants that is not always the case. The simple fact is that from time to time, you are going to find yourself in a dispute with tenants. Making certain that you are prepared for inevitable disputes can help you to avoid being caught unaware.

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Tips for Advertising your Rental Property

  • Friday, August 1, 2014
  General   Tips   

Managing your properties is one of your most important responsibilities of a landlord, but from time to time, you will also need to advertise your properties. Whether you have a new unit or a vacancy, you will need to market it.

Read more on Tips for Advertising your Rental Property...

 

Make a More Informed Decision By Checking Employment and Rental History

  • Saturday, July 26, 2014
  General   Tips   

As a landlord, you can never be too careful when it comes to screening prospective tenants. Along with protecting you and your business, tenant screening also helps to protect your other tenants by providing greater peace of mind and security as well as helping you to find quality tenants.

Read more on Make a More Informed Decision By Checking Employment and Rental History...

 

Tips for Handling Tenant Complaints

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014
  General   Tips   

Owning rental properties invariably means that you are going to be dealing with complaints. Even if you have the nicest tenants on earth and you make a point of maintaining your properties on a regular basis, there will be complaints.

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Important Information For Canadian Visitors

  • Monday, July 14, 2014
  General   

Over the past couple weeks, there have been a number of ads on different Canadian posting sites instructing prospective tenants to pay for properties located outside of the United States.

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Do You Know If Your Applicants Are Telling the Truth?

  • Saturday, July 12, 2014
  General   Tips   

In a perfect world, you could have an applicant complete an application and believe that he or she is telling the truth. Of course, as we all know, we do not live in a perfect world.

Read more on Do You Know If Your Applicants Are Telling the Truth?...

 

Tips for Hiring a Contractor for your Rental Property Business

  • Sunday, June 29, 2014
  General   Tips   

As a rental property owner, you have many responsibilities. Among those responsibilities is ensuring that your properties are properly maintained.

Read more on Tips for Hiring a Contractor for your Rental Property Business...

 

Keeping the Pool Safe for your Tenants

  • Saturday, June 21, 2014
  General   Tips   

Do you offer the amenity of a swimming pool at your rental property? Pools can be a great way to attract tenants, but they can also bring a significant amount of responsibility.

Read more on Keeping the Pool Safe for your Tenants...

 

Why Check a Tenant's Employment and Rental History?

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014
  General   Tips   

Is it really necessary to check an applicant's employment and rental history? I say that it is necessary. The operation of a rental business is a business just like any other.

Read more on Why Check a Tenant's Employment and Rental History?...

 

Should You Hire a Property Manager?

  • Saturday, June 14, 2014
  General   Tips   

One of the most common questions that rental property owners must ask themselves at some point in time is whether they should hire a property manager. There are certainly advantages to having someone else manage your rental properties, but there can also be drawbacks.

Read more on Should You Hire a Property Manager?...

 

Keeping Your Tenants Engaged with Newsletters

  • Saturday, June 7, 2014
  General   Tips   

Are you keeping your tenants informed and engaged with newsletters? If not, you could be missing the opportunity to connect with your tenants and keep problems to a minimum.

Read more on Keeping Your Tenants Engaged with Newsletters...

 

Tips for Avoiding Evictions

  • Friday, May 30, 2014
  General   Tips   Legal   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

As a landlord, you likely hope that you never have to evict a tenant. Yet, that is the nature of the business and there may well come a time when it becomes necessary to do so.

Read more on Tips for Avoiding Evictions...

 

Boost your Property Rental Business with Photos

  • Friday, May 23, 2014
  General   Tips   

Homeowners and real estate agents have quickly come to understand that when it comes to moving a home quickly, pictures sell.

Read more on Boost your Property Rental Business with Photos...

 

Avoiding Legal Risk with Your Lease

  • Friday, May 16, 2014
  General   Tips   Legal   

Are you giving enough thought to your leases and the other legal documents used in your property rental business? If not, you could be putting your business at risk.

Read more on Avoiding Legal Risk with Your Lease...

 

Is Being a Live-In Landlord the Right Option for You?

  • Friday, May 9, 2014
  General   Tips   

With the rising cost of living expenses, many people are considering either operating an income-producing property from the same property where they live or becoming a live-in landlord in their own multi-unit building.

Read more on Is Being a Live-In Landlord the Right Option for You?...

 

What You Need to Do Between Tenants

  • Sunday, May 4, 2014
  General   Tips   

Many times, as landlords, we often focus on what we need to do to keep our current tenants or how to attract the next tenant. While those activities are important, it is also vital that you pay attention to a few necessary tasks when you are between tenants.

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Establishing Positive Communication with Your Tenants

  • Friday, April 25, 2014
  General   Tips   

Does it ever seem as though you and your tenants are on a different page? If so, the problem could be due to ineffective communication.

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Are You Making Common Landlord Mistakes?

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
  General   Tips   

As diligent as you may attempt to be in the management of your property rental business, even the most common mistakes can cause significant problems and perhaps legal troubles.

Read more on Are You Making Common Landlord Mistakes?...

 

Should You Negotiate the Rent?

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
  General   Tips   

If you are in the property rental business long enough, eventually someone is going to ask you to negotiate the rental price for one of your units. Some landlords are willing to negotiate, while others have a firm price with no wiggle room.

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What Tax Deductions Can Landlords Take?

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014
  General   Tips   

It's that time of year again. The time of year when you begin to scrutinize your expenses from the previous year and search for every deduction that you can possibly take on your rental properties.

Read more on What Tax Deductions Can Landlords Take?...

 

Should They Stay or Should They Go?

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014
  General   Tips   

As the old Kenny Rogers' song goes, you have to know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. In the case of tenants, you have to know when to hold them and when to let them go.

Read more on Should They Stay or Should They Go?...

 

What It Takes to Be a Kickass Landlord

  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  General   Tips   

Have you seen the rise in rents and decided that becoming a landlord could be a good source for an additional income stream or even a new career? If so, you may naturally have wondered if you have what it takes to become a successful landlord.

Read more on What It Takes to Be a Kickass Landlord...

 

Creating a Paperless Rental Property Office

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014
  General   Tips   

As an experienced rental property owner, one thing I can tell that makes a significant difference is the ability to be organized with paperwork. As you are probably well aware, there is a significant amount of paperwork that goes along with managing rental properties.

Read more on Creating a Paperless Rental Property Office...

 

A Landlord's Glossary

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014
  General   Tips   

As a landlord, there are many terms that you will encounter on a frequent basis and should become familiar with

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Increasing your Cash Flow with Refinancing

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014
  General   Tips   

Ensuring you have a positive cash flow is one of the most important steps in succeeding as a landlord.

Read more on Increasing your Cash Flow with Refinancing...

 

How to Save Money on Maintenance Repairs

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014
  General   Tips   

As a landlord myself, I completely understand the importance of saving money on maintenance repairs. After all, repair costs can ultimately detract from your bottom line.

Read more on How to Save Money on Maintenance Repairs...

 

Reduce Risk by Creating a Plan that’s Right for You

  • Sunday, January 19, 2014
  General   

When it comes to operating a successful investment property there seems to be a never ending list of techniques, strategies, and products meant to offer protection. Having so many options can be an advantage, but it also creates challenges.

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Robust Reporting Package Released, Happy New Year!

  • Thursday, January 2, 2014
  General   Rents & Deposits   

Our customers have asked about more reporting features and we've delivered just in time for the New Year!

Read more on Robust Reporting Package Released, Happy New Year!...

 

VerticalRent Announces the Trusted Landlord Seal for Classified Rental Ads

  • Monday, December 30, 2013
  General   

Free classified sites are infamous for being full of scammers. Now landlords can build trust instantly on free classified sites like CraigsList and BackPage by using VerticalRent to post ads, accept rental applications, run credit reports, and move-in tenants.

Read more on VerticalRent Announces the Trusted Landlord Seal for Classified Rental Ads...

 

The Psychology of Residential Landlords

  • Friday, December 27, 2013
  General   

There are 40 million landlords in the United States that own between 1 and 50 units. There are accidental landlords with 1 unit and there are small portfolio owner landlords that own a dozen apartment buildings. Each of them has a similar goal: to make money, achieve a sense of financial security, and to provide a quality place to live for renters.

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What is Direct-to-Consumer Tenant Screening Anyhow?

  • Friday, December 20, 2013
  General   Tips   

VerticalRent is dedicated to providing you with actionable information that you can quickly put to use with our platform.

Read more on What is Direct-to-Consumer Tenant Screening Anyhow?...

 

Consumer-Initiated Screening with AppSingular Used by Low Income Housing Industry

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013
  General   

Low-income renters are often faced with multiples fees in their apartment hunting journey.

Read more on Consumer-Initiated Screening with AppSingular Used by Low Income Housing Industry...

 

Build Trust on CraigsList with the VerticalRent Trusted Landlord Seal

  • Monday, December 9, 2013
  General   Tips   Tenant Screening   

Free classified sites are infamous for being full of scammers. The VerticalRent Trusted Landlord Seal ensures potential renters that your vacancy advertisement is legitimate.

Read more on Build Trust on CraigsList with the VerticalRent Trusted Landlord Seal...

 

How to Ensure Tenants Look after Your Property

  • Monday, December 2, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

The most troubling aspect of being a landlord is tenants who damage your property, from putting holes in the wall, to complete trashing, and even worse.

Read more on How to Ensure Tenants Look after Your Property...

 

Tips on Maintaining a Rental Property

  • Friday, November 22, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Maintenance on a rental property can be a confusing issue. Renters may mistakenly assume all maintenance is the responsibility of the leasing agent and maintenance staff but this is usually not true.

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Legal Forms for Landlords in Ohio

  • Saturday, November 16, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Real estate properties are so valuable these days that most people are unable to sell even if they badly need money.

Read more on Legal Forms for Landlords in Ohio...

 

A Landlord's Guide to Understanding Criminal Checks

  • Friday, November 8, 2013
  General   Tenant Screening   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

As a landlord, it is only natural for you to want to know more about an applicant before deciding to rent your property to that person.

Read more on A Landlord's Guide to Understanding Criminal Checks...

 

Consumer Reporting Agency Responsibilities

  • Thursday, November 7, 2013
  General   FCRA   Tips   

Consumer credit reports are commonly used as a method for evaluating rental applications.

Read more on Consumer Reporting Agency Responsibilities...

 

Getting started with VerticalRent's Online Rent Collection

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2013
  General   Rents & Deposits   

Some simple instructions to get started with VerticalRent's Online Rent Collection feature.

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Apartment Associations Must Now Credential All Members Who Obtain Credit Reports, Or Do They?

  • Monday, November 4, 2013
  General   Tenant Screening   Criminal & Eviction Checks   Tenant Credit Checks   

Requirements for landlord’s running credit reports on prospective tenants continue to evolve. Credentialing is now required for all end users (landlords).

Read more on Apartment Associations Must Now Credential All Members Who Obtain Credit Reports, Or Do They?...

 

Why you Cannot Afford to Miss Annual Inspections

  • Thursday, October 31, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

As a landlord, you have a number of responsibilities. Not only is it important to make certain that your investment is protected, but it is also important to ensure your property is safe for inhabitation.

Read more on Why you Cannot Afford to Miss Annual Inspections...

 

Handling Credit Checks in a Recession

  • Friday, October 25, 2013
  General   Tenant Screening   Tenant Credit Checks   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

While the rental market may be stronger than ever, it is still important for landlords to exercise caution. Many people have been hurt by the economy and their credit scores have suffered the consequences.

Read more on Handling Credit Checks in a Recession...

 

Attracting Quality Renters with Photos

  • Friday, October 18, 2013
  General   Advertising & Marketing   Tips   Rental Market   

It has often been said that a photo is worth a thousand words. When it comes to attracting quality renters, providing photos can certainly go a long way.

Read more on Attracting Quality Renters with Photos...

 

How to Keep Great Tenants

  • Friday, October 11, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Attracting great tenants is an important goal of most landlords, but once you have found them, you need to know how to keep them. Understanding what quality tenants look for in a rental property can help you to keep vacancies at a minimum.

Read more on How to Keep Great Tenants...

 

Appealing to Choosy Renters

  • Friday, October 4, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

In today's increasingly competitive rental market, there are many excellent reasons for ensuring your property stands out from the competition. Today's renters are growing more and more selective.

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Should You Collect Rental Application Fees?

  • Friday, September 27, 2013
  General   Legal   Tips   Tenant Screening   Tenant Credit Checks   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

Collecting rents is an important function as a landlord, but that process does not begin on the due date. It actually begins on the day that your tenant completes a rental application.

Read more on Should You Collect Rental Application Fees?...

 

Offering Rental Payment Options

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013
  General   Rents & Deposits   

Whether you only handle one or two properties or a multitude of units, collecting the monthly rent can be a hassle for many landlords. Physical rent collection can certainly present a myriad of challenges.

Read more on Offering Rental Payment Options...

 

Common Sense Tips to Rejecting a Rental Application

  • Friday, September 13, 2013
  General   Legal   Paperwork & Forms   Tenant Screening   

When you are in the business of renting properties, there naturally comes a time when you must reject an applicant. There can be a number of reasons why you might reject a rental application.

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Renting is like Job Hunting - It's a 2-Way Street

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013
  General   

Many interviewers in corporate America strut into an interview with the idea that they hold the cards and that the interviewee (job hunter) should bow to their presence.

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Tenant Screening Software Platform Improves with Low Cost National Criminal and Eviction Reporting on Prospective Tenants

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2013
  General   

VerticalRent’s data repository consists of over 600 million unique criminal records from over 1,400 different government municipalities at the county, state, and federal levels across the United States.

Read more on Tenant Screening Software Platform Improves with Low Cost National Criminal and Eviction Reporting on Prospective Tenants...

 

3 Musts to Protecting Yourself from Rental Scams

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2013
  General   

Rental fraud is everywhere. If you own an investment property and advertise to popular web sites like CraigsList, changes are that a scammer has taken your ad and re-purposed it as their own.

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Top 10 Reasons to Screen Tenants

  • Monday, July 15, 2013
  General   Tenant Screening   Tenant Credit Checks   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

Many landlords roll the dice when it comes to filling their vacancies.

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A Few Renting Tips for Landlords

  • Saturday, June 15, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

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

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Making a Living in Rental Properties

  • Saturday, June 1, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

There are many ways in which a person can make a living when it comes to real estate investing some of them carry more risks than others.

Read more on Making a Living in Rental Properties...

 

Know This Before You Evict a Tenant

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

There comes a time when every landlord finds himself / herself in a difficult position of having his rental property occupied by a tenant who is not paying rent, or is making a nuisance of himself.

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Be Cautious About Charging Late Fees - Know the Limits in Your State

  • Monday, April 15, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

There are two lines of cases in Ohio which deal with whether courts will enforce lease provisions allowing a landlord to charge tenants for late fees.

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Should You Become a Landlord?

  • Friday, March 15, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Benefits from real estate also sometimes take extra steps and responsibilities. If you are thinking of becoming involved in real estate, then you may also be looking at the job title of landlord.

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Rental Property Tax Deductions

  • Friday, February 15, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Generally, rental income is defined as any revenue you receive from the occupancy or use of residential property. Rent, obviously, is included in that revenue.

Read more on Rental Property Tax Deductions...

 

Landlords! Screen Your Tenants!

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013
  General   Tips   Rental Market   Advertising & Marketing   

If you are a landlord, you know how lucrative and exciting it can be to collect rent. If you are experienced, then you already know that the greatest assets to a landlord are great tenants who always pay on time. The opposite is also true.

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Tips for Handling Vacancies

  • Saturday, December 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   Advertising & Marketing   

From time to time you will have vacancies in your investment rental property. When that occurs, you will naturally want to rent the property as quickly as possible so that you do not lose out on any rent money.

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Tips to Being a Successful Landlord

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

The ultimate goal of investing in rental property is turn a profit. To make sure that you achieve that goal it is essential that you follow several critical guidelines.

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Tips for the Unexpected Landlord

  • Monday, October 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

In the advent of the sub prime mortgage crisis many homeowners are opting to rent properties as opposed to trying to sell in this unstable and already saturated market.

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The 10 Costliest Landlord Mistakes

  • Saturday, September 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Classic business philosophy teaches that a great part of survival and subsequent success lies in an operation's ability to reduce mistakes.

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Tips for Your Low Income Renters

  • Wednesday, August 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

If you are renting a low income apartment, you should know some facts about these rentals.

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Renting a Beach House

  • Sunday, July 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

When you are considering renting a beach house, you need to keep a few things in mind.

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10 Ways to Increase Rental Property Income

  • Friday, June 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

What if you want better cash flow from your rental properties? You can't just raise the rents arbitrarily. If tenants leave, income goes down, not up.

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Refinancing Rental Property

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

You own a rental property for years, and never see the "big pay-off." Is it time to cash in on your investment, now that you've paid down the mortgage, and values are up? Maybe not.

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Guide to Protecting yourself and your Rental Property

  • Sunday, April 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Owning rental investment property can be a satisfying and lucrative operation; however, there are also several areas which need to be carefully heeded.

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Guide to Finding the Right Rental Investment Property

  • Thursday, March 15, 2012
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Finding the right rental property is certainly one of the keys to succeeding with investment rental property.

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Guide to Vacation Rental Properties

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2012
  General   Tips   FCRA   Rents & Deposits   Rental Market   Vacation Rentals   

While many investors who purchase rental property focus on residences intended for year-around living, there is no denying the fact that vacation rental properties can provide an excellent income revenue.

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Guide to Showing your Rental Property to Prospective Tenants

  • Sunday, January 15, 2012
  General   Tips   FCRA   Rents & Deposits   Rental Market   

In order to succeed when you invest in rental properties it is necessary to show your property to potential tenants.

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Guide to Setting Rental Rates

  • Thursday, December 15, 2011
  General   Tips   FCRA   Rents & Deposits   Rental Market   

Setting the right rent can be one of the most difficult areas for many people who are investing in rental property.

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Guide to Inexpensive Rental Property Repairs that Won't Take a Bite out of your Budget

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2011
  General   Tips   

There are some decided differences between fixing up your own home and a property you plan to rent out.

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Financing Options for Rental Property

  • Saturday, October 15, 2011
  General   Tips   Rental Market   

Many investors are now finding that rental property can be an excellent way to create wealth.

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Establishing Valid Criteria for Selecting Tenants

  • Thursday, September 15, 2011
  General   Tenant Screening   Tips   Criminal & Eviction Checks   

Establishing tenant selection criteria can be one of the most confusing areas of operating rental property for many people.

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Costs to Consider when Purchasing Rental Investment Property

  • Monday, August 15, 2011
  General   Rental Market   Tips   

The process of searching for investment rental property can be exciting; however, before you get too excited it is important to run some preliminary numbers to make sure you know exactly what you are facing to ensure a successful investment.

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Advice for your Renters on How to Treat Your Property

  • Friday, July 15, 2011
  General   Rental Market   Tips   

Those who live in a rental property may have questions regarding how they should care for their dwelling.

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Rental Ownership Woes

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2011
  General   Rental Market   Tips   

While real estate investing is a great line of business to get into in order to make copious piles of money there are a few things to consider before jumping into the fray.

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Becoming A Landlord: Things To Consider First

  • Sunday, May 15, 2011
  General   

Being a landlord is certainly a great way to make more money in the real estate business, because as a landowner who can also generate income through rental and lease agreements, you can often increase your earning power significantly.

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