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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.

June 14, 2016

In our third installment of How to be a Great Tenant, we're talking about maintenance. All maintenance requests should be submitted in writing and this is where our Tenant Portal will help. You can also follow up with a phone call to our maintenance line. While landlor...

June 9, 2016

Staying on top of maintenance and repair needs, and making repairs when requested, not only is helpful to the tenant, it protects the landlord. If the property is not kept in good repair, you'll alienate good tenants, and tenants may gain the right to withhold rent, re...

June 7, 2016

In our second installment of How to be a Great Tenant, we discuss changes.

If you want to make changes to your unit, don't arbitrarily change the rules. You want to paint? You want a little furry friend? You want to wallpaper your hallway? You may be making an improveme...

June 2, 2016

Following up on yesterday's How to be a Great Tenant subject, we discuss the importance of lease. Be sure to use a written lease or month-to-month rental agreement to document the important facts of your relationship with your tenants -- including when and how you hand...