Tenants Pet Caused Damage, Lease States NO Pets Allowed?

February, 2017

Question I own a rental house. Although the lease agreement states that no pets are allowed, the tenant’s dog damaged the plastic water supply line where it enters the house resulting in water damage in addition to the broken line. What can I do? Answer It depends on a number of things, including the terms […]


Landlord Wants to Sell Rental While Tenants are In It.

February, 2017

Question I own a rental home that I wish to list for sale. The lease includes the following clause: 12. INSPECTION OF PREMISES. The Landlord and/or Landlord’s agents shall have the right at all reasonable times during the term of this Agreement and any renewal thereof to enter the Premises for the purpose of inspecting […]


Landlord’s No Smoking Policy for Tenants

January, 2017

Landlord’s No Smoking Policy Does a no-smoking policy benefit multi-unit housing? Many landlords think so. A no smoking rental policy can help protect the landlord’s investment in the property and the health and safety of his tenants. As landlord, there is a legal duty of care to tenants to exercise reasonable care in the management […]


Standard Letter about Getting the Security Deposit Back for Landlords and tenants.

January, 2017

Question: Do you have a standard letter that I can send to a tenant where I can list the reasons that they will not be getting their security deposit back? Answer: We have a “Landlord Tenant Closing Statement” form available for most states. It is found by clicking “Forms by State” on the “Member Home […]


Bedbug Awareness for Landlords and Tenants

December, 2016

Bedbug Awareness Bedbug Awareness Week is an annual public outreach campaign by the pest management industry to help educate consumers about bedbugs, bedbug protection measures, and treatment protocols. This year’s awareness week was June 5-11. For reasons of consumer health, safety, and peace of mind, bedbug infestations are a serious concern that should not be […]


Landlord Is Owed Back Rent From Tenant That Moved Out Of State

December, 2016

Question I am owed back rent from a property in Washington State by a tenant that has now moved to Idaho and a second person on the contract that was a guarantor that lives in Iowa. Both signed the contract. I’d like to take possibly both to small claims court. Do I do this in […]


Guidelines Regarding Collection Of Late Fees In California From Tenants

December, 2016

Question Are there any guidelines regarding collection of and amount limitations for late fees in California? Answer From brief research, it is my understanding that the following applies to late fees in CA residential leasing. First, I’ll mention that, in order to minimize various potential problems related to rent payments, a landlord’s lease agreement should […]


Tenants Only Stay 6 Months Of a 1 Year Lease

November, 2016

Question Tenants notified me on the 19th of month that they would vacate the premises by 1st of month, only 6 months into a 1-year lease. It actually required until the 4th of the month before they had removed all their belongings and turned over their keys. Can I keep all their deposit since the […]


Landlords Use Of Criminal Records for Housing Decisions

November, 2016

The Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Landlords for Housing Decisions The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings and in other housing-related activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. The U.S. Department of […]


Denial Of Application To Rent Letter for Potential Tenants

October, 2016

Question Is there a particular format required for Denial of Application to Rent letter? Answer The actual name of the document required under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is “Adverse Action Notice” and the notice is only required when the landlord uses a “consumer report” as defined under FCRA. An adverse action is […]