how to look up evictions

How To Look Up Evictions (And Prevent Disastrous Rentals!)

There’s one word all experienced landlords have come to fear: eviction. Nothing is worse for a landlord than going through the long and expensive process of evicting a tenant. Many landlords hope to avoid this nightmare by performing an eviction records search on their potential tenants. But, how do you make sense of the results…Read More

COVID-19 rental market and investing

Covid-19, The Rental Market, And Investing: How Will It Affect You?

With the coronavirus pandemic affecting virtually all businesses and individuals across the country, you’re likely wondering what that means for you, your investment properties, and the future of the real estate market. While it may be difficult to predict exactly what’s going to happen, issues related to COVID-19 may be leading to market shifts we’ve…Read More

Renters Rights Air Conditioning

Renters Rights Air Conditioning

Nearly all states and cities in the U.S. have rules establishing a baseline of “habitability” for residential rental units. Typically, landlords are responsible for ensuring that the rented unit is fit for human beings to live in – a standard that varies from place to place, but typically includes things like roofs that don’t leak,…Read More

When Is a Landlord Liable for a Dog Bite Injury?

When Is a Landlord Liable for a Dog Bite Injury?

Many tenants have dogs, and many landlords make allowances for a tenant to keep one or more dogs. A well-drafted lease can help protect landlords from the costs of repairs for pet damage, but it may not be able to protect a landlord from a lawsuit if a tenant’s dog bites another person. Landlord liability for…Read More

How Big Can the Security Deposit Be?

How Big Can the Security Deposit Be?

How much do you charge each tenant as a security deposit?  How much can you charge according to state law? Nearly every landlord knows the answer to the first question, but fewer know the answer to the second one.  While you’re not required to charge the maximum security deposit allowed by law, you are prohibited…Read More

Can a Landlord Evict a Tenant for Domestic Violence?

Can a Landlord Evict a Tenant for Domestic Violence?

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), domestic violence accounts for approximately one in every five violent crimes nationwide. Seventy-seven percent of these encounters take place at or near the victim’s home. With millions of adults renting homes and apartments nationwide, landlords need to know their responsibilities when it comes to domestic violence –…Read More

Self-Help Eviction : What Landlords Need to Know

Self-Help Eviction : What Landlords Need to Know

Most states prohibit self-help evictions, instead of requiring landlords to go through a cumbersome and often lengthy eviction process in order to remove tenants from a rental property. The stated purpose for these laws is to protect tenants, who usually need time to find another place to live. This tenant protection, however, often comes at…Read More

3 Steps to Get Rid of Unapproved Roommates

3 Steps to Get Rid of Unapproved Roommates

While a specific landlord’s options are always limited by the specific facts of the situation and the terms of the lease, landlords that find themselves in situations in which they need to evict one or more unauthorized tenants typically find they do not have free reign to do so. What are a landlord’s options in this…Read More

bed bug infestations

New Hampshire Tackles Bed Bug Infestations With New Law

Bed bug infestations in rental units are an itchy, crawling nightmare for landlords and tenants alike.  The bed bug’s preferred meal is human blood, and bed bugs are particularly well-adapted for getting it. They thrive at temperatures near seventy degrees, they’re nocturnal, and they can hide in even the smallest cracks. Their immunity to most…Read More

Can Landlords Make Certain Rules Regarding Children in Their Rental?

Can Landlords Make Certain Rules Regarding Children in Their Rental?

Most landlords are aware that, in most situations, landlords cannot refuse to rent to families with children. However, some landlords may attempt to mitigate the noise, clutter, and other effects children can cause by writing a number of rules into a lease. Even these rules, however, can land a landlord in legal trouble. Landlords Are…Read More