10 Tips for Landlords
Being a landlord can become difficult task! Eviction Group, A Professional Law Corporation, has these helpful tips for you:
- Screen your tenants. Check credit history, references, and background before consideration for housing. This helps eliminate renters who are prone to late payments, damaging property and/or breaking the rules of the lease agreement. Use a written rental application to efficiently screen your tenants.
- Get it in writing. There is no question that a lease or month-to-month rental agreement should be written. Include when and how you handle tenant complaints and repair notices, as well as notice to enter a renter’s apartment, etc. Not sure what to else include? Call Eviction Group, A Professional Law Corporation at (800) 985-9885.
- Properly handle security deposits. Establish a system of collecting, holding and returning security deposits. Inspecting the rental unit before the tenant moves in is crucial to avoiding disputes when the tenant moves out.
- Stay on top of repairs. Make repairs when they are requested. This helps to make sure the problem doesn’t get worse and if the property is well maintained, you will attract good tenants and avoid disputes.
- Provide secure premises. Honestly assess your property’s protection and security. Make sure your property is not an easy mark for criminals. Maintaining proper lighting and trimming landscape are some of the easiest ways to prevent break-ins and trespassing.
- Provide notice before entering. Respect your tenant’s right to privacy. Notify your tenants whenever you plan to enter their rental unit and provide as much advanced notice as possible- 24 hours is require by law.
- Disclose environmental hazards. Tell your tenants if there is a hazard such as mold or lead. Landlords are increasingly being held responsible for tenants health problems caused by exposure to toxins.
- Supervise managers. Choose and oversee your managers carefully. If a manager commits a crime or is incompetent, you may be held legally and financially responsible. Just like choosing a tenant, complete a thorough background check and set clear responsibilities to prevent problems.
- Obtain property insurance. Purchase enough liability and property insurance to protect you from the possible threat of lawsuits, fires, burglary and vandalism.
- Resolve disputes. If you have a conflict with your tenant over rent, repairs, noise, or some other issue that does not immediately call for an eviction, meet with your tenant to see if the problem can be mended informally. If that does not work, contact a neutral party or an eviction attorney at Eviction Group, A Professional Law Corporation.
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