Landlord Eviction Actions

July, 2019

As warranted by a tenant’s material default of the tenant’s duties and responsibilities under the lease terms and conditions, it may become business necessity for a landlord to take legal action to physically remove the tenant and the tenant’s personal property from the rental unit. A Lawful Eviction Process is required To legally re-gain possession […]


Social Media Background Screenings

July, 2019

Due diligence is critical to an informed, quality hiring decision. Social media background screening may be conducted to provide an employer with additional information to evaluate a job candidate’s qualifications for employment. Traditional employment background screenings generally provide verifications of the candidate’s identity, employment history, education, trainings, licensure, and demonstrated work skills, as well as […]


We are considering buying a multi-family rental property in the coastal region. Would we have some sort of responsibility to the tenants in the event of hurricane damage to the property?

July, 2019

Landlords with rental properties in areas that are at risk for hurricanes, flooding, and storm surges must take certain precautions to protect their properties and ensure tenant safety during storm season. Landlords can help protect the safety of their tenants and reduce damage to their properties by providing tenants with information to resources that address […]


What is loss of rents insurance?

July, 2019

An insurance product that helps compensate a landlord for loss of income in the event that a rental property become uninhabitable due to a covered loss – e.g., storm damage or fire damage – is available from many business insurance companies. This type of coverage may also be called a Loss of Income Policy, Rent […]


Should I be concerned about having earthquake insurance for my rental properties?

July, 2019

Unless the lender required earthquake insurance, each property owner must assess the risks of going without the coverage vs. the cost of the coverage. The risk of earthquake damage depends on the location of the property, the type of property, date of construction, and the improvements made after construction specific to reduction of damages. It […]


Tenant Abandonment of Rental Unit

July, 2019

What can a landlord do if he/she suspects a tenant has abandoned the rental unit? Being unsure whether the tenant is really gone for good or intends to come back to occupy the rental unit leaves the landlord at a disadvantage. An unannounced departure by a tenant creates problems for a landlord in retaking possession […]


Does a landlord have an obligation to disclose to a tenant that a unit has been treated for bed bugs?

July, 2019

Tenants have a right to know whether rental properties have a history of bed bugs. Some states and local jurisdictions have specific laws requiring landlords to disclose a property’s bed bug history. If the landlord fails to disclose or misrepresents the property’s bed bug history, tenants may be able to employ legal remedies such as […]


What are my legal obligations concerning bed bugs? To my knowledge there are no bed bugs in any of my apartments at this moment, but I know that are concerns regarding the matter. What if I get a call from a tenant who claims there are problems? A2

July, 2019

Comprehensive bed bug legislation has been passed by many states and some cities to prevent, manage, and control bed bug infestations. In states with bed bug laws, landlords must incorporate specific additional policies for disclosure and mitigation of bed bug infestations. You will need to conduct due diligence of applicable bed bug laws and regulations […]


Is the landlord or the tenant responsible for pest control in a single family rental?

July, 2019

Who can be held responsible for pest control in a rental unit depends upon applicable state and local laws and terms of the lease agreement. You should research your state statutes and local ordinances regarding what maintenance and repair responsibilities can and cannot be transferred to tenants. A single family rental property may have different […]


Tenant Move-Out Issues

July, 2019

Return of the tenant’s security deposit and the accounting for amounts retained by the landlord can often be a source of dispute between the landlord and the tenant upon the tenant’s move-out. A tenant expects to have his full security deposit returned. The landlord may find the condition of the unit requires deductions for cleaning […]