Tips to Get Along with your Neighbors

Tuesday, March 03, 2020 - 12:00AM

When you live in an apartment building, you are going to be surrounded by other people. You are going to have several neighbors. Though you don’t have to really like them, it is important to find a way to get along with them. If not, your time in the apartment is not going to be as nice as it could be.

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Topics: Tenants, Getting along with neighbors

7 Emergency Property Maintenance Calls that Can't Wait Until Morning

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 06:00AM

Despite some of the crazy stuff you see in the business, property management is no laughing matter. You, the tenant, and the landlord work as a team sharing responsibilities to keep the property and the tenants safe. When you get an emergency call from a tenant about a maintenance or repair concern, they usually fall into one of three categories.

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Topics: Tenants, Landlords, maintenance issues, maintenance responsibilities, Maintenance Tips, Maintaining a property, residential property maintenance, emergencies

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

How to Minimize Your Dog's Impact on a Rental Property

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 11:21AM

When you love your dog, you wouldn't dream of ditching them for a new rental property that isn't pet-friendly. As a responsible tenant and pet owner, you always make sure to find a new place with a reasonable pet agreement in the lease and you're more than willing to pay an extra deposit promising you and your dog will treat the property well. But what do you do if a landlord or property manager won't allow your dog unless you promise there won't be a single sign of your furry friend after you leave? If your pet is well-behaved, then you are safe to make this promise as long as you take the necessary precautions to control the usual troubles like scratched floors, dog-smell, and shedding into the carpets. Here's your 101 on how to be a responsible tenant and keep your landlord and property manager happy with your whisper-quiet canine companion.

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Topics: Tenants, Tips for tenants, Rental Tips, Pet Damage, Tips for new tenants, pets, responsibilities of pet owners, owning a pet

Tips to Be a Responsible Pet Owner in an Apartment

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 11:00AM


When you live in an apartment, you are probably living in close contact with your neighbors. Though not all apartments allow pets, you might be lucky enough to find one that does. However, just because you are allowed to bring your pets, that doesn’t mean that you can’t lose the ability to keep them. You have to be a responsible pet owner (or you might anger your neighbors and landlord).  

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Topics: Tenants, pets, responsibilities of pet owners

How to Handle Difficult Roommates When Leasing a Rental Home

Monday, August 07, 2017 - 11:00AM

Just as the honeymoon period ends with so many types of relationships, roommates can often irritate one another. But what do you do when one roommate violates the terms of the lease or causes you undue stress? In some cases, you can work out disputes such as who cleans the kitchen or why a roommate left her clothes in the washer. In other situations, your property management company helps you enforce a lease issue. Of course, if your personal safety is at stake, always contact the authorities or lawyers for legal protection.

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Topics: Tenants, Tips for tenants

Leasing: New Laws to be Aware of in 2017

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 03:13PM

If you are leasing a property in the San Diego area, you should be aware of these new laws coming into play for 2017. As a renter, just because you don't own a property doesn't mean you don't have any rights. These are laws that are meant to protect you as a tenant and as such you should know what your rights are so that you can make your living experience as pleasant as possible. With that in mind, here are 3 new laws to be aware of in 2017. We hope you find this helpful.

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Topics: Tenants, Legal, San Diego leasing laws, leasing laws, California Law, tenant laws

Renter's Insurance

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 01:25AM

This year, there have been many natural disasters all throughout the country – tornadoes, flooding, fires, and other unexpected and uncontrollable events. You never know when something could happen to your residence. Therefore, obtaining renter’s insurance is very important. It’s amazing how much money it can take to replace personal belongings. Not convinced? Sit down and make a list of what you own and how much it would take to buy it again. You will find the results amazing.

Many tenants have the misconception that the property owner’s insurance will cover all of their personal belongings within the residence. This is not the case - the owner’s insurance covers the structure and certain areas of liability, but it will not include the tenant’s personal property. As such, it is important to obtain renter’s insurance when moving into a new home or apartment.

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Topics: Tenants

Handling Tenant and Owner Funds

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 09:00PM

Handling Tenant and Owner Funds

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Topics: Tenants, Owners, Property Management

How to detect and avoid a rental scam

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 09:00AM

A year ago we wrote on how to avoid a rental scam. Unfortunately rental scams have only continued to increase in frequency and complexity since then. In this article we will review a few rental scams, how to detect them and resources you can use in avoid becoming a victim. 

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Topics: Tenants, Owners, Property Management

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