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About Hank Rossi

I started in real estate as a child watching my father take care of our family rentals- maintenance, tenant relations, etc, in small town Ohio. As I grew, I was occasionally Dad’s assistant. In the mid-90s I decided to get into the rental business on my own, as a sideline. In 2001, I retired from my profession and only managed my own investments, for the next 10 years. Six years ago, my sister, working as a rental agent/property manager in Sarasota, Florida convinced me to try the Florida lifestyle. I gave it a try and never looked back. A few years ago we started our own real estate brokerage. We focus on property management and leasing. I continue to manage my real estate portfolio here in Florida and Atlanta.

Dear Landlord Hank: Do You Give Other Landlords References On Former Tenants?

Giving other landlords references about one of your former tenants could make some of us uneasy. This week a landlord asks veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi how he handles references when other landlords call. Dear Landlord Hank: Do you give other landlords reference information when they call you about a previous tenant? I [...]

By | July 31st, 2018|Landlord Hank, Legal Help, Qualifying a Tenant, Screening|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: When Does Long-Term Guest Become Unauthorized Tenant?

Defining whether a person is a guest of your tenants or becomes an unauthorized tenant living in your rental property can be a very stressful situation without an easy answer. This week a landlord asks veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi this question. Hank has some short, quick advice on this one. Dear Landlord [...]

By | July 24th, 2018|Landlord, Leases & Agreements, Pets, Tenant|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: Have You Ever Found Good Used Carpet To Save Money?

Ever run into budget problems when you are trying to get your rental ready for the next tenants and consider used carpet? Veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi, who is both a rental property owner, landlord and property manager himself, takes on this question and others from landlords and property managers around the country [...]

By | July 17th, 2018|Landlord Hank|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: What Do We Do About Possible Drug Use In Our Rental?

  Finding out your good, long-term tenant may now be involved in drug use in your rental property can be a nightmare for a landlord or property manager. A good neighbor next door to your tenant has alerted you to a possible problem.  Veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi, who is both a rental [...]

Dear Landlord Hank: If You Have A Messy Tenant Do You Conduct Rental Inspections? How Often?

If you have a really messy tenant, how often should a landlord or property manager conduct rental inspections of their property? Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals. Dear Landlord Hank, Do you conduct rental inspections? How often? -Dorothy [...]

Dear Landlord Hank: Do You Call A Prospective Tenant’s Employer For Verification?

Calling a prospective tenant’s employer for verification of a job is something many of us do not really like doing. We can be met with suspicions about who we are and why we are asking, or even hit a wall at a human resources department.  Veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi, who is both [...]

By | June 26th, 2018|Landlord Hank, Quiz, Tenant|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: How Do You Rank The Importance Of A Tenant’s Credit Score?

How important is the actual tenant’s credit score, and the number, in terms of ranking factors in tenant screening? Veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi, who is both a rental property owner, landlord and property manager himself, takes on this question and others from landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals [...]

By | June 19th, 2018|Landlord Hank, Quiz, Tenant|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank What Are Your Tips For Interviewing Property Managers?

This week’s question is about interviewing and hiring property managers, which can be a big job for a small landlord and rental property owner. Veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi, who is both a rental property owner, landlord and property manager himself, takes on this question and others from landlords and property managers around [...]

By | June 11th, 2018|Landlord, Landlord Hank, Qualifying a Tenant|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: Tenants Have Cracked New Stove Cooking – Who Repairs It?

When a landlord replaces a new stove for a good tenant, and then the tenant cracks the new glass top, who pays to repair it? Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals. Dear Landlord Hank: I have tenants I [...]

By | June 1st, 2018|Education and Training, Landlord Hank|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: Tenant’s Sewer Line Clogged With Tree Roots

A backed up sewer line can be a nightmare for the tenant as well as the landlord, and tree roots can be a culprit. Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals. Dear Landlord Hank, Had sewer backing up in [...]

By | May 10th, 2018|Landlord, Landlord Hank, Maintenance|13 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: How Do You Raise Rent For A Long-Time Tenant?

When to raise rent, and especially for a long-time tenant, can be a difficult question for a landlord and property manager. Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals. Dear Landlord Hank, We have some long-time, great tenants who always [...]

By | May 1st, 2018|Landlord, Landlord Hank, Property Manager|20 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: How Do You Know When To Change Property Managers?

Whether and when to change property managers can be a difficult question. Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals. Dear Landlord Hank: My property manager does not seem as focused on my rentals these days as he was in [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Landlord, Landlord Hank, Property Manager|11 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: Can you spell out what tenants should expect in a walk through inspection?

A walk through inspection with tenants, especially exit inspections, and whether to give them a heads up is the question. Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals. Dear Landlord Hank: Could you spell out what is expected at a [...]