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A realistic dummy laid on a lawn in Michigan each Halloween caused panic when passersby didn’t realize it was a prank. Many thought someone was seriously hurt and called 911 as the homeowner giggled inside the house. A much more gruesome scene, hosted each October on a front porch in Texas, included a child’s crib filled with zombie babies. And, in Illinois, a homeowners association felt compelled to enact new rules about Halloween displays after receiving complaints about a home whose decorations included 2,000 lights that blazed for weeks.

Are you seeing excessive Halloween decor at your rentals? Do your suggestions for a more tasteful harvest design fall on deaf ears? Is there anything you can do - without seeming like a witch - about a tenant who overdoes it on Halloween?Read More »

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Difficult tenant situations can make landlords feel as if they must turn into ogres to put things right. The tenant promises to pay back rent and never does. Garbage that should be bagged and on the curb each week is piling up and stinking. The lease says that only Mr. Jones may live in the rental, but three friends appear to have moved in with him. And, on and on.

Fortunately, someone inventedRead More »

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Sometimes, it may seem as if a lease really isn’t necessary when renting property. There are situations that differ from the typical house-for-rent scenario. For instance, these:

¿ You’ve decided to let your favorite cousin move in for a few months while he looks for a job and his own place. Your cousin wants to be fair and pay something toward room and board and, frankly, you could use the extra cash. Since it’s family,Read More »

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With hundreds of thousands of landlords across the United States, there are few tenant issues that haven't been encountered by someone, somewhere, at some time. And out of those experiences come new lease clauses.

At the very least, rental agreements or leases – terms we use interchangeably here – cover dates, rent and security deposit amounts and who pays utilities. Clauses modify and expand those basic terms, just as they do in anyRead More »

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You gathered a pile of applications for your rental property. You narrowed it to several finalists and, after screening a few backgrounds, you finally settled on the best candidate for your next tenant.

Now, that tenant is backing out of the lease at the very last minute. What should you do, besides tearing your hair out?

It depends on whether or not the tenant signed your lease agreement, and whether youRead More »

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