Leases & Agreements

Dear Landlord Hank:  How Do You Handle Tenant Roommates And Guests?

This week Landlord Hank Rossi follows up on a question from last week discussing tenant roommates, tenant guests and how he handles the situation as a landlord and property manager.  He is not giving legal advice, just how he handles it himself as [...]

Dear Landlord Hank: Long-Term Guest Or Unauthorized Tenant?

Defining whether a person is a guest of your tenants or 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. [...]

Dear Landlord Hank: Can I Ask A Tenant Behind In Rent To Just Leave?

If a tenant is behind in rent and the lease is up next month, can a landlord who does not want to renew the lease just ask the tenant to leave? Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from [...]

How Do We Know If The Property We Are About To Rent Is Legitimate?

How does a potential tenant know if the property they are about to rent is legitimate? 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 [...]

Out-Of-Town Landlord Asking For Security Deposit Then Will Mail Keys – Is This Normal?

Is it normal for an out-of-town landlord to ask for a  security deposit before mailing keys? 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 [...]

Husband Moved Out, Wife Wants Off Lease, What Do I Do?

What is a landlord to do when the husband has moved out and now the wife wants off the lease? Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals. [...]

Tenant Wants To Know Why Keys Have Not Been Sent

What do you think it means with a tenant wants to know why he or she has not received keys to their rental? Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country [...]

Dear Landlord Hank: I Have A Tenant Couple That Fight On A Regular Basis – What Do I Do?

What do you do with a tenant couple that fight on a regular basis in your rental and call the police?  Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country about their [...]

Leak Continues In Ceiling Of New Apartment Building – What Do I Do?

Tenants needing something like a leak fixed can many times be patient, and sometimes not. But good communication between landlord and tenant on what is going on goes a long way Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from [...]

Landlords Will Now Have To Provide New Tenants Voter Information

The Seattle City Council has approved a new ordinance that requires landlords to provide new tenants with voter-registration information, according to reports. Currently when new tenants move in, landlords are already required to give them a large number of documents prepared by the [...]

Can I Say ‘No Pot In My Rentals’ When It’s Legal?

Landlords and property managers are seeking to better understand the issues of legal marijuana when it comes to tenants in their states. By John Triplett ARPOLA Laws are changing all the time. Voters may approve different levels of permission in different states when [...]

Security Deposits Can Be A Source Of Disputes Between Tenants And Landlords

By Tim Zabawa Broker/Owner Z Austin Real Estate Security deposits are one of the most often disputed items between a landlord and a tenant. I always  wanted a plaque in my office I could point to while a tenant was sitting at my [...]

How Flexible Should You Be With Lease Terms?

As a landlord, how flexible should you be on lease terms, when you let tenants move into a property and what are your options? By Tim Zabawa Broker/Owner Z Austin Real Estate Once at a very nice house, I was dealing with the [...]