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Tips and Practices

September 9th, 2016

Tips and Practices

LOCKS: We strongly recommend that all rental property door locks be changed after each new tenant has moved out to insure that all keys are accounted for. This will give the new tenants peace of mind and minimize your liability.

LANDSCAPING MAINTENANCE: For rental units of two or more, exterior maintenance in all common areas is the property owner’s sole responsibility. F ...

Four Questions You Need to Ask Prospective Property Managers

February 16th, 2015

Property management is a crucial part of any rental investment strategy. A lot of people will do the property management themselves, and many people will also hire a professional property manager. I’ve seen the whole gamut of results with both approaches.

In my opinion, property management is the single biggest factor in determining the ultimate success for a particular investment. You c ...

Tenant Screening is an Important Part of Renting Your Unit

February 8th, 2015

1. When screening tenants don’t skimp on the rental application.  You want an app that goes beyond the basics, and that asks for plenty of information. Some applicants will feel that it’s too intrusive, but remember that you’re the one in control of the rental. If a potential tenant is concerned about handing over credit and banking details, an employer’s name, or similar information, it coul ...

Fair Housing Top Violations

March 25th, 2013



The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) enforces laws that protect you from illegal discrimination and harassment in housing based on your actual or perceived:

Top Violations:

  • Children – Stating No Kids Allowed, Restricting Kids Play Area, and Steering Families w/Kids to the 1st Floor Only vs 2nd Floor Units ...

The Importance of Property Inspections in Residential Rental Property Investment

November 18th, 2012

Criminal Background Checks

June 19th, 2012

Although it can be very lucrative, buying rental properties as real estate investments carries a number of risks. Not only do you have to worry about collecting rental payments, you also have to be concerned about damage to your rental properties, as well as the actions of your tenants toward other renters and guests. For these reasons, it is crucial that you conduct criminal background check ...

Rental Housing Agreement

June 13th, 2012

One of the best ways for landlord and tenant alike to protect their interests is to have a well-written lease agreement. A good lease agreement spells out the terms of the lease contract clearly enough so that there are no surprises for either side.

Make It Clear

Take your time to concisely spell out the terms of the lease agreement. A poorly written agreement can be misinterpreted, lead to ...

Are home rentals the new American Dream?

June 7th, 2012

GILBERT, Ariz. – Steve and Jodi Jacobson bought their Phoenix-area "dream home" in 2005. They built flagstone steps to the front door. They tiled the kitchen and bathroom. They entertained often, enjoying their mountain views.

"We put our soul into that house," says Steve Jacobson, 37.

Then, home prices tanked more than 50%. Steve, a software quality assurance engineer, suffered pay cuts. I ...

California extends Tenant Act protections to 2019

June 1st, 2012

The California legislature passed another set of bills Thursday extending protections to tenants facing eviction.

The two bills (AB 2610 and SB 1473) are the latest of the Homeowner Bill of Rights package spearheaded by democrat lawmakers and California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Under the bills, new owners of a rental property, who bought the home in foreclosure, must give tenants 90 ...

Will a Good Rental Payment History Improve my Credit Score?

May 24th, 2012

Very soon a good rental payment history will help you improve your credit score. Experian recently announced it is now incorporating positive rental data from its RentBureau Division into the traditional credit file, opening a new avenue for the estimated 50 million underbanked consumers—which can include everyone from college students and recent graduates to immigrants—to build credit with c ...

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