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When it comes to being a landlord, there are many things that can put you off. You hear stories about nightmare tenants who stop paying rent, and ruin properties. You also know that you could land yourself in financial difficulty because of this.
When you rent a property, you assume several basic things: that your property will be safe to live in; that your landlord will take care of basic repairs in a timely manner; that, if you take good care of the property, you will be able to get your security deposit back when you move out. Unfortunately, things don't always go according to plan. What happens when you find out you need to sue your landlord?
When you’re renting a new apartment one of the first things that you should do after you put down your security deposit and sign your lease is start getting the utilities set up. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your utilities arranged because sometimes there are long waits to get appointments. In this guide, we'll provide you with a step-by-step action plan.
Finding the perfect tenant can be a challenge for property managers and landlords and indeed, not all tenants are ideal, which can put discerning landlords at a risk of violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.
Are you tired of living alone? Or maybe you’re tired of being solely responsible for the rent and utilities. If so, you’re not alone. Many Americans not only feel the psychological effects of living alone but are also facing a growing financial responsibility that falls squarely on their shoulders. It’s a hard road when your hell bent on living alone, especially in more expensive American cities like Miami, FL, Los Angeles, CA, or New York.
Every do-it-yourself landlord should have a toolbox of landlord forms available to them for communication with their renters. On the flip side, renters should also have forms available to communicate complaints, maintenance requests, and notices to vacate.
Every state's eviction laws differ, and some municipalities within states may have local laws that add to or differ from the state law. As a basic rule, always make sure you, the landlord, have a legal reason to evict. The timeline and process may depend on the reason for evicting. VerticalRent has compiled this basic process for every state based on our research in alphabetical order, so just scroll down to your state for a summary of eviction procedures.
Life throws curveballs, both good and bad, and sometimes we need to move on relatively short notice when we're just not willing to sell our home. Have you been transferred to a different city? Are you temporarily moving to help a relative? Maybe you've decided to spend more time at your vacation home. Whatever the reason, there's no point letting your house sit vacant when you can turn it into a source of income.
Much of all capital gains tax (CGT) that may be potentially due is never collected. Savvy rental property owners plan ahead, know the law, and they know to avoid paying capital gains tax on rental property. If they cannot avoid paying all of it, they avoid paying some of it, or they defer paying capital gains tax that may be due. In this article, we discuss what you can and should legally do to avoid paying CGT on your rental property.
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.