Would an oral agreement with a tenant be legal if he understands the terms of my rental policy?

February, 2019

You should research what your state’s statutes say regarding the issue. An oral lease in most states is a legal contract enforceable against landlord and tenant if the rental term is month-to-month or for a term of one year or less. However as a practical business matter, all leases of any duration should be in […]


Last Month’s Rent

February, 2019

Typically landlords require a new tenant to pay the first month’s rent and a security deposit at the time of move-in. Some landlords also collect the last month’s rent as well. Whether the practice of collecting last month’s rent is a good business practice may depend upon the landlord’s business necessity and/or market conditions.  Whether […]


Pre-Employment Screenings

February, 2019

Employers use pre-employment screenings to quickly and effectively qualify an applicant to determine if the applicant can be advanced as a candidate for employment. While application forms serve to collect basic applicant information, written and/or oral questions asked during pre-employment screenings provide additional information to determine if the applicant’s qualifications meet job requirements. With appropriate […]


What about compensation for a resident manager? Should it be an hourly rate and/or reduced rent? Do I need some sort of employment contract?

February, 2019

Compensation for a resident manager may be dependent upon the manager’s duties and responsibilities, the number of hours worked, the work schedule (days and time), on-call availability, employee benefits, and comparable wages/salary paid for similar job positions in the local rental community. Compensation can be paid as a flat salary or by an hourly wage. […]


What are some of the duties usually performed by a resident manager?

February, 2019

Once the decision to employ a resident manager is made, your next consideration is to define the manager’s duties and responsibilities. By writing a detailed job description, you have a better idea of the skills and knowledge required for the job, how to determine the expected work schedule, and what to offer in compensation. For […]


What do I need to know about hiring a resident manager?

February, 2019

If you haven’t already done so, you need to research state and local laws regarding real property management in general and those specific to the issue of resident managers.  In some states and cities a landlord may be required to hire a manager for rental properties having a specified number of units. Most states require […]


Document Management

January, 2019

A frequent comment from landlords is how much documentation is needed for legal compliances, general business matters, landlord-tenant issues, and tax reporting. Common advice given to new landlords regarding paperwork is to “document everything” closely followed by “just in case.” This is good advice but taken literally can prove to be too much of a […]


I’ve got a money judgment against my former tenant. How do I get it collected?

January, 2019

The best way to get paid on your judgment is to have the tenant voluntarily pay the judgment and get it over with. That usually does not happen without some landlord encouragement. The judgment gives you the legal right to collect the money owed to you. The court does not have a collection duty. It […]


I began an eviction against a non-paying tenant, but he has now offered to pay me what is due. Is there a problem in accepting his offer?

January, 2019

You should research your state’s landlord-tenant statute regarding eviction to determine what you can do and cannot do regarding accepting rent payments after the eviction process has been started. As a general rule, if you accept a tenant’s full or partial rent payment during the notice period, the pay or quit notice will be cancelled […]


Can I evict a tenant who is always late in paying the rent and pays only after I’ve called to remind him?

January, 2019

There are many reasons that a landlord may bring legal action to remove a tenant from the rental property. The two most common reasons for eviction are non-payment of rent and chronic late payment of rent. A landlord should always include specific language in his lease agreement regarding all rent issues – e.g. amount, due […]