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July 23, 2015

Hiring a Maintenance Worker for Your Rental Properties

How to Hire a Maintenance Worker for Your Rental Properties

As handy as you might think you are, there are just some jobs you should leave to the professional. While it’s best to call a licensed and insured contractor for big jobs like major plumbing, electrical, or specialty jobs, for small to medium day-to-day repairs, you can always call on a maintenance worker.

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July 22, 2015

The Do's and Don'ts of Accepting Rent Payments

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Some landlords don't care how a tenant pays the rent, as long as the landlord receives the rent. Unfortunately, not all forms of payment are created equal. There are some forms that are difficult to document and there are others that could make you susceptible to fraud in the future.

Don't Accept These Forms of Payment for Rent

No matter how tempting, do not accept any of these forms of payments for rent.

Ever.

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July 21, 2015

Are Your Tenants Illegally Subletting on Airbnb?

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Airbnb, and other home sharing sites like VRBO and wimdu, allow travelers to rent out a property by the night. While this is great for homeowners looking to earn some extra income, it’s not so great for landlords. Here are a few things to keep in mind to avoid any sticky subletting situations:

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July 20, 2015

3 Things to Think About Before Renting Out Your House

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Although renting out a home can lead to potential risks and headaches, there are still plenty of reasons to stick that "For Rent" sign in your front yard. For starters, there are the potential tax benefits, appreciation over time, and the flexibility to sell later, should you decide that being a landlord isn't for you.

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July 16, 2015

What are a Landlord's Maintenance Responsibilities?

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Among the many duties of a landlord is to repair rental property and keep it in habitable condition. Habitable essentially means the rental has adequate weatherproofing, available heat, water, and electricity, and clean, sanitary, and structurally safe premises.

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July 15, 2015

How to Properly Evaluate a Prospective Renter's Credit History

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An empty rental property can be a costly thing, but choosing the wrong tenants can end up costing you thousands of dollars more than a month without rental income. Although it may not be possible to protect yourself entirely when you own rental property, carefully evaluating your prospective tenants is the best way to decrease your risk.

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July 14, 2015

Top Amenities Desired by Renters

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When renters are searching for a new property to call home, there are certain features that top their list. Having a property that contains these desirable features can help differentiate your rental from the competition. Learn what amenities will help get your property rented quickly.

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