10 Things Every Tenant Should Look For in a Lease

Thursday, January 07, 2021 - 05:31PM

Renting a home requires some attention and good decision-making. It's not just about finding the right house, but also the right lease. The policies of your lease will indicate both the attitude of your property manager and the policies you will be legally required to adhere to as a tenant. Most leases are boilerplate, defining the rent, expiration date, and basic tenant-landlord responsibilities. However, it is always important to read and understand any contract you are about to sign - especially when it relates to your housing.

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Topics: Leasing tips, Tips for tenants, rental lease questions

Attract Tenants with Curb Appeal

Wednesday, December 09, 2020 - 08:00AM

Whether you have a single-family home for rent or a multi-story apartment building, you need to think about attracting new tenants. The best way to get them in the door is by making sure that the outside looks nice. Curb appeal is essential in today's market. People want to admire the place when they drive by. That is what is going to make them stop in and take a look around. 

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Topics: Leasing tips, Curb appeal, diy landlord

Things to Consider When Choosing Renter’s Insurance

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 12:00AM people don’t get renter’s insurance because they don’t really see a reason for it. They don’t own anything that is worth any money so they don’t want to spend money every month just to protect their cheap furniture and other accessories.

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Topics: Leasing tips, renter's insurance, renters

Should You Have Rentals in HOA Areas? Sometimes, the Answer is Yes

Friday, November 02, 2018 - 09:00AM

Should You Have Rentals in HOA Areas?

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Topics: Leasing tips, Rental home, rental property owners, renting your residence, should you have rentals in HOA areas

10 Things Every Renter Needs to Know About Their Lease

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 06:30AM

Whether you're still house-hunting or have just moved into your new place, the central connection between any renter and their landlord is the lease. The terms of the lease are contractually binding, meaning that once both of you sign it, you are both obligated to uphold whatever's written inside. You may think you know everything about being a renter and have seen every boiler-plate lease on the market, but when it comes to contracts, never ever assume. You never know if this landlord has customized their lease, and it's important to know what you have actually agreed to. Here are the top ten things every renter should look for in their lease agreement.

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Topics: Tenants, Landlords, maintenance issues, Leasing tips, Leasing, Tips for tenants, Rental Tips, Tips for new tenants, pets, responsibilities of pet owners, owning a pet

Tips For Moving Into an Apartment

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 06:27AM

Whether you are moving into your first apartment or moving from one to another, moving is never an easy task. You may have no idea how much you actually own until you start packing it all up! For this reason, you should always start with a plan and give yourself more time than you think that you need.

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Topics: Leasing tips, moving tips, relocation

Leasing: Nine More Tips to Relocate

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 06:30AM

Relocating, either to a new city or even state, can be challenging. It can be even worse if you have to relocate across the country. It is never easy, even if you have to do it more than once. It takes time and patience so that is less stressful.

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Topics: Leasing tips, moving tips, relocation

Moving Day Tips: What to Eat While Your Boxes are Still Packed

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 06:00AM

Renting a new apartment or house, there's always a few days where everything is in boxes and you're taking the unpacking one box at a time. All your stuff, including your kitchen, closet, and entertainment gear are still wrapped up in mountains of packing material that will soon litter your floor. On the first day, just getting all the boxes inside seems like a victory and vaguely kicking them into the right rooms is going into overtime. As you sit on the floor or a throne of boxes satisfied with the day's efforts, your stomach finally reminds you that just because your dishes are still packed doesn't mean you can skip supper and chances are you don't have an instant quirky neighbor coming over with a casserole and two bowls. Time to rustle up some grub. Depending on your budget and personal preferences, you have a few options for meals that don't require pans, dishes, or your own silverware.

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Topics: Leasing tips, moving tips

Tips for First-Time Renters

Friday, August 04, 2017 - 11:05AM

Moving out on your own is exciting. You have spent your entire life living under your parents’ rules and now it is time for you to try to make some of your own. Finding an apartment and learning to take care of yourself is not always easy. However, with some tips, you can move out and do well on your own.

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Topics: Leasing tips, Leasing, Tips for new tenants

Get Back the Deposit by Preventing Pet Damage When Leasing a Home

Friday, June 09, 2017 - 09:00AM

Few people want to lose their deposit when leasing a home. Instead of frantically steam cleaning carpet or looking up ways to hide pet stains, consider preventing pet damage as a renter. According to an article by, pets are an important part of any family. Landlords love pets too, but don’t want to deal with property loss and damage due to neglect or carelessness. Sadly, the Humane Society points out that housing problems is the No. 1 reason people turn their pets into animal shelters. By taking a few proactive steps, you can ensure your pet doesn’t disturb neighbors or damage your San Diego County rental home or apartment. Depending on the breed and size of your pet, it could be more difficult to find a rental home. Experts with the Humane Society recommend showing a letter of reference from a past landlord as well as proof that your dog attended a training class. Keeping spayed and neutered information as well as vaccination background also helps. Don’t sign a lease that forbids pets if you intend to keep a pet at a San Diego County rental home.  

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Topics: Leasing tips, Rental Tips, Pet Damage, Deposit

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