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The Complete Tenant Interview Checklist

Tenant screening is one of the most important things that Landlords do because it ensures that you’re only handing over possession of your property to qualified Tenants. A good Tenant screening process includes a Rental Application, a credit report, and a nationwide background report. In addition, Landlords should have a Read more…

Tenant Screening Tips

Tips for Tenant Screening

Finding the right tenant is one of the most important jobs of a landlord. The reality is that having quality tenants is perhaps the most important factor for long-term profitability and, of course, it makes life as a landlord much easier. These tips for tenant screening can help finding a Read more…

How Can You Manage Your Rental From A Distance?

The great thing about ezLandlordForms and other technological tools is that so many tasks can be done long-distance. You no longer need to be in the same location as your rental. If you line up your resources beforehand, you can feel confident that you can take on the challenge of managing your own rental, even if you will be managing from afar. As a long-distance landlord, keep these four guidelines in mind

Winter Slip and Fall Poll

What happens if someone slips on a snowy or icy walk at your rental property, and then sues for injuries? It depends on who was found to be negligent. If terms in the lease agreement clearly state that the tenant is responsible for shoveling and salting during winter, then failure to do so would make the tenant negligent. But the landlord could have some liability, too.

Natural Disaster Poll

Texas – According to the Texas Apartment Association, a property owner isn’t liable to tenants or their guests if injury or damage to property occurs as a result of natural disasters. If the rental unit is livable but requires repairs, the landlord must complete repairs within a reasonable time. When damages are so severe that a rental is completely unlivable, a landlord may decide to end the lease agreement.

Florida – State statutes are clear on what happens when repairs are needed following a natural disaster. Either the landlord or the tenant can end the lease when a rental unit is destroyed. If only part of the unit is damaged, the landlord must reduce the rent during repairs, and must make sincere efforts to complete repairs in a reasonable time.

Should You Accept Applicants With Shaky Financial Histories?

A really nice tenant applied for your rental, but you’re on the fence. You like this person; in fact, you and this applicant have mutual friends and they vouched for the applicant’s warmth, courtesy and friendliness. The personal references checked out, you confirmed employment, and you reviewed recent paystubs.

But this applicant has had financial problems. Serious problems. Bankruptcy, a low credit score and even a prior eviction came up on the background check you ordered. The applicant was completely straightforward about the past, telling you in advance about an unfortunate divorce, a lengthy illness, and other unexpected setbacks that would appear on the background check.