Verify a Rental Application in 5 Easy Steps

November 11, 2019

Landlords face a growing risk of tenant fraud. Providing false information in the rental application is the main source of this fraud, which can lead to significant income loss for landlords. Tenant fraud can impact any landlord, but smaller rental businesses and inexperienced landlords are the ones most likely to be targeted by bad tenants. […]

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Evictions: Why Landlords Always Lose

November 11, 2019

Eviction might seem like a safety net for landlords — a backstop to income loss. If a tenancy turns sour, just boot the deadbeat and try again. Unfortunately, eviction is far from smooth sailing and there is no way for a landlord to come out of it unscathed: To evict a bad tenant, a landlord […]

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Secondary Suites Popular in New Construction

November 11, 2019

In the midst of a rental housing shortage, lawmakers are giving the green light to homeowners to open suites — in basements, back rooms, and garages — to tenants. Ontario recently sought to lessen the regulatory burden of bringing these units up to code. But it appears there is no rush on the part of […]

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Ottawa Mulls Ban on Short-Term Rentals

November 11, 2019

Investors in Ottawa are angry over a proposal that would limit their ability to rent income properties on platforms like Airbnb. A group calling itself Short and Suite is collecting signatures for a petition it plans to present to city lawmakers demanding that owners of secondary properties be allowed to continue the practice of short-term […]

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How to Avoid Today’s Top Tenant Scams

October 21, 2019

In a tight rental market, landlords need to tighten their tenant screening practices as well. Tenants who never gave a second thought to late rent payments or property damage now can find themselves unable to qualify. So, they get creative. Social media makes it easy for tenants to share their thoughts and ideas when it […]

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5 Property Management Strategies for New Landlords

October 21, 2019

While lawmakers are looking for ways to accommodate more renters, like California’s new push to license in-law suites, many property owners are taking advantage of the hot market and renting out their homes rather than selling. And that means more people are becoming landlords — many of them for the first time. To be successful, […]

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Landlord’s Companion Animal Policy Fails the Test

October 21, 2019

A Los Angeles landlord has agreed to pay a local fair housing agency $15,000 and undergo anti-discrimination training after denying companion animal requests. The fair housing agency sent six testers to the properties to pose as rental applicants with disabilities who need companion animals. Leasing employees failed the tests — by rejecting every request. Companion […]

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Landlord, Tenants Fight Rental Inspection Ordinance

October 21, 2019

A landlord in Zion, Illinois, and her tenants, have filed a lawsuit challenging the city’s rental inspection ordinance. According to the landlord’s attorneys from the Institute for Justice, the ordinance grants the city broad authority to inspect and re-inspect rental properties, even where there are no complaints or code violations. If a tenant refuses to […]

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Landlord Says He Learned a Lesson

October 14, 2019

A landlord who struggled for months to evict a professional tenant says he has learned a lesson: it’s easy for scammers to take advantage of the law. After investigation, a news report details this tenant’s history with at least three landlords where he failed to pay rent and launched appeals to stave off an eviction. […]

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3 Reasons to Avoid Screening Tenants on Social Media

October 14, 2019

With social media so prevalent today, it’s easy to see why landlords would turn to these platforms to get an insider’s look at prospective tenants. But social media research has its drawbacks, and landlords may want to rethink changing up their tried-and-true tenant screening policies: Too Much Information! While it may seem counterintuitive, one of […]

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