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

What Tenants Need to Know About Dealing with Property Managers

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 08:00AM

From the perspective of most renting tenants, "landlord" is whoever manages the unit and accepts rent. However, there is a distinct difference between dealing with a landlord and a hired property manager. Landlords personally own the home you are renting and often have some personal stake in how it is managed as well as finite control over the policies. Property managers are professionals who are hired to take care of tenant needs, property maintenance, and make sure rent gets back to the homeowner.

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Topics: Landlords, property management solutions, rental lease questions, renter tips

Why Proof of Income is Important for Landlords

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 07:00AM

While every rental home is different, the rental application process has a few absolute factors. You want to tour the house, your landlord wants to run a background check, and you are asked to show proof of income. Most landlords have no problem providing tours, most applicants have no problem agreeing to a background check. But the proof of income often trips up an otherwise smooth rental process. 

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Topics: rental lease questions, Rental house hunting, Proof of income

5 Rental Lease Questions Every Landlord Should Ask Themselves

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 09:50AM

The rental lease is a time-honored tradition and mutual legal protection between landlords and their tenants. The lease defines the responsibilities of both parties; from the security deposit terms to the landlord's duty to provide timely repairs. While the tenant has a chance to look over the lease before signing, ultimately it's up to the landlord to draw up a lease that not only covers the basics but also covers all bases in the landlord-tenant relationship.

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