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Dear Landlord Hank: Is This A Valid Deduction From A Security Deposit?

The security deposit issue continues this week as veteran landlord, property manager and real estate investor Hank Rossi takes on another question. Dear Landlord Hank: I live in Massachusetts and my lease clearly states that the tenant is responsible to deposit their rent in cash each month into my rental property account. Additionally, my bills, [...]

By | February 12th, 2019|Landlord Hank|0 Comments

How To Improve Your Tenant Screening And Selection

This week Landlord Hank blogs on his own tenant screening and selection tips and ideas including some of the personal assessments he does in his tenant selection. By Landlord Hank I was very proudly showing my very first rental property, which had been extensively renovated, to a nicely groomed and mannered young woman. She arrived [...]

By | February 5th, 2019|Tenant Screening|6 Comments

How To Clean And Maintain Sliding Door Tracks For Your Rentals

How to clean and maintain sliding door tracks is the rental property maintenance checkup povided by Keepe. Has dirt built up in the tracks of your sliding doors? Dirt can easily build up in sliding tracks, letting water seep in and making doors difficult to use. To keep your doors operating smoothly, it helps to know [...]

By | February 4th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: A Tale of Woe Regarding Handing a Security Deposit

If you want to deduct repairs from a tenant security deposit how much time to you have in your state? Dear Landlord Hank this week takes on this question from personal experience. I recently had an owner come to me for help leasing his condo. He said he could manage the tenant thereafter. To me, [...]

By | January 29th, 2019|Landlord Hank|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: Tenants Have Frozen Pipes Do I Have To Pay To Fix?

If a tenant has frozen pipes and calls the landlord or property manager to come fix the issue, who is supposed to pay for the maintenance? Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals. Here is this week’s question Dear [...]

Dear Landlord Hank: What Do I Do With A Tenant Who Consistently Pays Rent Late?

What should happen when a tenant consistently pays rent late is the question for veteran property manager and real estate investor Hank Rossi. Dear Landlord Hank: I have a tenant that has failed to make his rent on time for 16 of the last 18 months incurring a $100 penalty. He eventually pays when his [...]

By | January 23rd, 2019|Landlord Hank|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: If A Rental Has Been Burglarized Do We Have To Put Up Security Cameras?

A landlord asks veteran property manager and real estate investor Hank Rossi if a rental has been burglarized are security cameras are required. Dear Landlord Hank: If a rental property has been burglarized, is it the landlords place to put up security cameras? - Joyce Dear Landlady Joyce, It is the landlord’s responsibility to have [...]

By | January 14th, 2019|Landlord Hank|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: Our Tenant Cannot Pay Rent Due To Government Shutdown Now What?

A tenant who gets a government check says he cannot pay rent due to government shutdown is this week’s question for veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi. Dear Landlord Hank: Our tenant tells us he cannot pay January rent due to the government shutdown. We have verified his employment and he is telling the [...]

By | January 7th, 2019|Landlord Hank|0 Comments

7 Kitchen Countertop Options For Your Rental Property

Here are 7 kitchen countertop options for your rental property in the maintenance checkup, provided by Keepe. Kitchen countertops take up the majority of the kitchen space. They impact the look and feel of the room, but also its functionality. Property managers and landlords like countertop materials that look appealing, are affordable and easy to repair.  Kitchen [...]

By | December 28th, 2018|Maintenance, Rental Property Owner|28 Comments

What Did You Learn As A Property Manager And Landlord In 2018?

What he learned as a landlord and property manager in 2018 is this week’s question for veteran landlord, property manager and real estate investor Hank Rossi. Dear Landlord Hank: What did you learn as a landlord and property manager in 2018? Any changes you plan for 2019? Dear Landlord John: I didn't really learn anything [...]

By | December 27th, 2018|Landlord Hank, Qualifying a Tenant|0 Comments

4 Ways A Landlord Can Improve Communication With Tenants

Many landlords know the challenges of communication with tenants. Do you have a hard time reaching your tenants? Do they complaint you are hard to reach? It might be time to upgrade and modernize your communication strategy with tech-based tools to better serve your customers. No. 1 -  A mobile-first approach  Take advantage of the [...]

By | December 18th, 2018|Education and Training, News, Qualifying a Tenant, Screening|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: Do You Ask Tenants Or Maintenance To Replace Light Bulbs?

Who replaces rental housing light bulbs and with what type of bulb is this week’s question for veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi. Dear Landlord Hank: When do you have maintenance replace tenant light bulbs vs asking tenants to replace bulbs themselves? Some light fixtures can be difficult to work with. And, are you [...]

By | December 17th, 2018|Landlord Hank, News|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: How Do You Decide How Much To Raise Rent?

When to raise rent and what to tell tenants is the reason is this week’s question for veteran landlord, property manager and real estate investor Hank Rossi. Dear Landlord Hank: How do you decide how much you going to raise rent for tenants in 2019? We have some leases coming up for renewal and of [...]

By | December 11th, 2018|Landlord Hank|0 Comments