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July 14, 2016

Although doing a walk-through with a tenant at move out may seem like the proper thing to do, it has many pitfalls.

Most tenants, at move out, are looking for reassurances that they've done everything correctly and will be having their security deposit returned.

There ar...

July 12, 2016

Although it may not, on the surface, appear to be advice on how to be a good tenant, you'll see how moving out respectfully really is part of being a good tenant.

Give proper advance notice to your landlord about your intentions to vacate the property, according to the...

July 7, 2016

It's important to establish a fair system of setting, collecting, holding and returning security deposits.

In conjunction with this, inspect and document the condition of the rental unit BEFORE the tenant moves in to help avoid disputes over security deposits when the t...

July 5, 2016

Respect you home. Keep it clean and in a sanitary condition. If you have pets, pick up after them.

Failure to do so is often considered a lease violation and can be cause for eviction.

Also, when it comes time for your move out, it's likely that not only will you not get...

June 30, 2016

Part five of our series on How to be a Great Landlord deals with entering a tenant's dwelling.

When entering a tenant's rental unit, provide notice before entering. Learn about your tenants' rights to privacy. Notify your tenants whenever you plan to enter their rental...

June 28, 2016

Part five of How to be a Great Tenant touches on your rent.

Pay your rent on time. Many tenants believe they have a "grace" period. Most leases will not charge a late fee until three to five days after the due date. Though this appears to create a grace period, it does...

June 23, 2016

In part four of the HHU series, How to be a Great Landlord, we follow up on Tuesday's installment of How to be a Great Tenant.

Try to resolve disputes with your tenants without lawyers and lawsuits. If you have a conflict with a tenant over rent, deposits, repairs, yo...

June 21, 2016

In part four of our HHU series, How to be a Great Tenant, our advice is do unto others as you would have done to you. Be a respectful and courteous neighbor and tenant. Landlords often find themselves mediating arguments between tenants. Many of these issues can be res...

June 16, 2016

Don't let your tenants and property be easy marks for a criminal. Assess your property's security and take reasonable steps to protect it. Often, the best measures, such as proper lights and trimmed landscaping, are not that expensive.