Looks Matter: How to Take Good Rental Property Photos

April 23, 2018

Imagine if every applicant who applied for your vacancies was qualified. Tenant screening would be a breeze! Unfortunately, landlords don’t have it so easy. A high volume of calls from interested applicants doesn’t make it any easier to choose the right one. What does help is attracting the highest number of good tenants by presenting […]

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Task Force to Review British Columbia Tenancy Laws; New Rules for Mobile Home Tenants

April 23, 2018

A full review of British Columbia’s residential tenancy laws is underway. Premier Horgan has appointed a Rental Housing Task Force to recommend changes to the current rules. “Our laws haven’t kept up with the changing housing market, and that has left both renters and landlords vulnerable,” Horgan says in a prepared statement. The Minister of […]

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Study Shows Landlords Taking Unnecessary Risks

April 9, 2018

The majority of small or do-it-yourself landlords are risking income loss from ineffective leasing policies, according to a study conducted by Real Property Management, the nation’s largest property management franchise. The study, implemented by Liminality, Inc. of Boston, surveyed over 300 landlords to determine how they navigate standard leasing practices, such as tenant screening, written […]

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Court Tosses Seattle Law That Limited Tenant Screening

April 9, 2018

Last year, Seattle’s City Council passed an ordinance that required landlords there to establish minimum qualifications, to advertise those minimum standards, and then accept the first minimally qualified applicant. Dubbed the “first-in-time” rule, the ordinance prohibited landlords from considering applicants with higher qualifications, or applicants interested in better leasing terms, such as long-term leases. Under […]

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Facebook Rental Ad Policies Spark Lawsuit

April 9, 2018

Already slammed with allegations over misuse of private information, Facebook now must confront another legal challenge, this time over allegedly discriminatory policies involving rental housing ads. Four fair housing advocates have filed a federal lawsuit against the social media giant alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act. The groups say that Facebook allows landlords to […]

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South Dakota Tackles Fraudulent Companion Animal Requests

April 9, 2018

South Dakota lawmakers have passed a new measure designed to discourage renters from passing off pets as companion animals. The state is one of more than a dozen — most recently Colorado, Massachusetts and Virginia — to tackle the problem of fraudulent service animals. South Dakota is unique in one respect: the law specifically targets […]

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Tenant Screening: What Landlords Should Be Watching For

March 26, 2018

Most landlords understand the value of screening tenants before handing over possession of an asset worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. But it’s not always clear what, exactly, a landlord should be looking for when running a tenant background check. Here’s an easy way to break it down: The Big Picture The first thing to […]

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The Downside of Screening Tenants on Social Media

March 26, 2018

In a perfect world, landlords could collect as much information as possible to adequately screen tenants and find the right renter for a property. Social media appears — at least on the face of it — to provide much of that information. The problem though, is that a rental application can only go so far […]

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4 Landlord Mistakes That Stifle Tenant Retention

March 26, 2018

Even in a tight rental market — with virtually no vacancies — landlords still stand to lose money. That’s because low tenant satisfaction leads to time wasted and money lost. Well-managed tenants generate fewer management headaches and higher property values. Income loss from low tenant retention occurs slowly, over time. Fortunately, it can be prevented. […]

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British Columbia Says Landlords Going Too Far When Screening Tenants

March 26, 2018

B.C.’s Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner Drew McArthur has published a report following an investigation into what he says are privacy abuses by landlords within the province. The Commissioner compiled information from 13 landlords, along with informal public comments, and developed a report which was published this week. “Rentals make up 30% of housing in […]

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