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Category Archives: Landlord Advice


May 29th, 2012 by Property Investor

Home Owners Associations often face a dilemma when presented with maintenance or repair issues. The housing charters often define the scope of repair issues that fall within the purview of the HOA but more often than not, there are gray areas which make it hard to draw a clear line. Read on for tips…

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May 23rd, 2012 by Property Investor

In a struggling real estate market, where most agencies considered themselves successful simply having breaking even, one company has done the unthinkable and beaten their own sales figures from last year. Here’s their secret…

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May 8th, 2012 by Property Investor

During these times of economic stagnation, many people – whether it’s a landlord or a homeowner or a business owner – have been forced to tighten their finances. Luckily, prioritizing property maintenance jobs is easier than you may think. Here are some easy tips to prioritize your property maintenance expenses…

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April 5th, 2012 by Property Investor

Tenant screening should involve a tenant credit check, criminal background check, employment verification, and reference checks (especially previous landlords). While most of these steps are self-explanatory, many landlords get hung up on the tenant credit report. The purpose of this post is to drill down on the credit report specifically.

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February 25th, 2012 by Property Investor

You must understand what tenants want so you can maintain your property in a way that appeals to them. It is only by appealing to all tenants that you will be able to find the best tenants. As such, here is a list of the most common things that tenants want from an apartment as well as from its landlord.

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February 9th, 2012 by Property Investor

From time to time most rental property landlords must contend with non-payers, property damage, tenant crime, and a whole host of other undesirable behaviors. And now there is a new scam in town – the dreaded tax return scam.

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February 8th, 2012 by Property Investor

When you’re an investment property landlord, there are times when it makes sense to work with a new tenant who is attempting to negotiate a lower rental rate. That said, there are also times when you should not do this. Here is an overview of the do’s and don’ts.

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January 27th, 2012 by Property Investor

A landlord recently discovered that his tenants had skipped town and left their 2 dogs behind. When the landlord eventually entered his rental property, he was greeted by the 2 abandoned dogs, both of which were weak and haggard from lack of food and water. If you ever find yourself in this situation, here’s what to do…

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January 26th, 2012 by Property Investor

Whenever a tenant lease expires, you have 2 options: allow the lease to expire which will put the tenancy in a month-to-month scenario, or renew the tenancy with a new 12-month lease. Obviously the latter is preferred, and as such what follows are 3 best practices for executing the renewal.

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January 18th, 2012 by Property Investor

There is a new trend emerging in some US municipalities regarding the degree to which a landlord can be held accountable for crimes committed by his or her tenants. If you own rental properties, this is an important trend that you must keep tabs on as it evolves over time.

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