How much notice do we have to give a tenant before we can enter the apartment for repairs? Can a tenant refuse to allow entry?

March, 2021

In most states the landlord or agents of the landlord may access rental property for the business purposes of inspection, repair, alterations, or improvements provided the landlord complies with statutory notice requirements. This could include access to the rental property for contractors, tradespersons, or service technicians. The conditions for notice requirements and reasonable hours of […]


Does a lease option really benefit a landlord?

March, 2021

A lease option is an agreement between a landlord/seller and a tenant/buyer where they simultaneously execute a lease agreement for a specific term, with the agreement giving the tenant an option to purchase the property, but not the obligation to do so. The term of the option need not be the same as the term […]


Rental Application Process

March, 2021

The rental application process is a progressive series of business practices that collectively assess an applicant’s potential risk of lease default. The process provides opportunity for discussion and disclosure of important rental policies and rental standards that may affect a potential tenant’s decision to submit an application, subsequent qualification to standards, and potentially an offer […]


Do I need to re-key the locks when the tenant moves out? What are some tips for key control?

March, 2021

There are basic measures the landlord can take for tenant protections to adequately protect entry to rental units and common areas. Since a landlord has no way of knowing if a tenant has made duplicate keys of his rental unit, and whether those keys have been given to outside persons, the very best policy is […]


Besides the basic information in the lease, what are some lease clauses that can help protect my rental business?

March, 2021

Failing to provide adequate detail of policies and practices or falling silent on important landlord-tenant issues (wherein a lease does not address an issue) can prohibit or limit a landlord from exercising his rights in enforcement of lease terms and conditions or in a defense against legal actions. There may be specific lease language required […]


How do I write rules and regulations for my property?

March, 2021

A good lease agreement should include a clause regarding Rules & Regulations (R&Rs). The clause would make it clear that the R&Rs have the same force as a lease clause and state that they may be modified from time to time for the convenience, safety, or welfare of other tenants or even of neighboring properties. […]


Continuous Employee Background Screenings

March, 2021

Employment screenings can reduce the risks of negligent hiring, negligent retention, internal threats, and workplace violence. Employment screenings are risk mitigation measures to protect the organization against liability for employee acts and to protect the safety of the workforce. One-time employee background screenings conducted at time of hire may not be adequate to fully protect […]


Qualifying Rental Leads

March, 2021

Leads for filling a vacancy can come from personal referrals from tenants, family, friends, co-workers, business contacts within the community, rental property websites, online rental listings, traditional advertising, and social media. Qualifying leads to a good lead, that is, determining the likelihood of converting a lead to a prospect interested in becoming a tenant is […]


When does it make sense to offer rental concessions?

January, 2021

Local market conditions may be a determining factor in offering rental concessions. In order to quickly fill a vacancy and/or be competitive with other rental properties in the area, landlords could offer financial incentives, attractive lease terms, or unit upgrades to attract new renters. For landlords with rental property in less desirable neighborhoods, a rental […]


Should I be concerned with liability if a tenant’s dog bites someone?

January, 2021

A landlord does have valid concerns about dog bite liability. For some landlords, the liability concern can be a determining factor in a decision to allow pets on the rental property. A dog bite victim’s medical costs are usually reimbursed through the dog owner’s homeowner insurance policy. When the dog owner is a renter and […]