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8 Exterior Upgrades For Your Rental Properties

Keeping the outside of your rental properties looking nice for both attracting tenants and keeping the neighbors happy is important, so here are some exterior upgrades to keep your rentals looking nice while staying within your budget. 8 exterior upgrades for your rental properties No. 1 – A deep wash A deep cleaning of your [...]

By | September 13th, 2018|News, Screening|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: I Have Had It With Carpet In My Rentals

Deciding whether to use carpet in a rental property is something many landlords and property managers struggle with. Each week veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions from other landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals so this week takes on the issue of carpet in rental properties. Dear Landlord [...]

By | August 16th, 2018|Landlord Hank, Screening|0 Comments

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

Landlords And Property Managers Beware When Tenants Go On Vacation

Before your tenants go on vacation, there are some important to-do’s that landlords and tenants should work together on completing before anyone leaves for their vacation according to this checklist from Keepe. While not all tenants might choose to vacation in the summertime, it’s undeniable that the majority of the working population prefers getting away in [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|Qualifying a Tenant, Screening|0 Comments

Thinking Of Renting To College Students? Here Are the Pros And Cons

Renting to college students can pose a dilemma for some landlords because properties near college campuses can be very profitable, but they also bring its own special maintenance challenges. Let's look at some of the pros and cons of renting to college students and the maintenance issues from Keepe. The pros of renting to college students  [...]

Dear Landlord Hank: Is An Old Drug Conviction A Big Deal?

Picking the right tenant for your rental often involves a tenant who is up front, and honest. This week a landlord asks, “Is an old drug conviction a big deal?” 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 [...]

How Do You Decide When To Show A Rental To A Prospective Tenant?

When do you decide to actually show a rental to a potential tenant and what do you do before you meet them at the property? 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 Landlord [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|Blogs, Qualifying a Tenant, Screening, Tenant|0 Comments

How Important Are Credit Scores In Screening Tenants?

How much weight do you give credit scores in screening tenants? 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 Landlord Hank: Do you use credit scores in considering tenants? How important do you think [...]

By | November 10th, 2017|Education and Training, Landlord, Qualifying a Tenant, Screening|2 Comments

Seattle Bars Landlords From Using Criminal Records To Screen Tenants

The Seattle City Council has passed an ordinance 8-0 to bar landlords from using criminal records to screen tenants based on past arrests or criminal convictions, with the exception of sex offenders, according to a release. “The Fair Chance Housing ordinance would prevent landlords from screening applicants based on criminal convictions; arrests that did not [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Landlord, News, Screening, Tenant|0 Comments

Dear Landlord Hank: I Have A Problem Tenant

What about a problem tenant and what I can release to the next landlord or 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, I have a problem tenant I inherited when I bought the property. [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|Blogs, Landlord, Screening|0 Comments

Landlord Unknowingly Rents to FBI Fugitive

Organized crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger didn't complete an application nor undergo tenant screening  years ago when he and girlfiend Catherian Greig rented their apartment in Santa Monica, CA. According to an article by John Zaremba in the Boston Herald, Bulger and Greig always paid with cash and simply walked in to initially inquire about the unit [...]

By | November 27th, 2016|Qualifying a Tenant, Screening|0 Comments

3 Safeguards Landlords Should Consider When Renting To Roommates

Renters who are strangers and yet will be roommates can present landlords a challenge when leasing rental housing. Here are 3 safeguards to consider when renting to these types of occupants. By Ellen Calmas While individual renter households represent the highest volume growth since 2007, non-family roommate renter households have grown at almost twice the [...]

By | November 11th, 2016|Blogs, Screening|0 Comments

Who’s Walking In Your Door?

Have you ever been at the grocery store looking for the perfect piece of fruit? You squeeze it, smell it, shake it and sometimes even listen to it. After a thorough inspection, you deem one worthy of consumption and throw it in your cart. Rarely, if ever, do you just pick up the first piece [...]

By | November 5th, 2016|Qualifying a Tenant, Screening|0 Comments