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As a property owner, you can design a pleasing exterior while keeping the safety of your property and your tenant in mind. Natural elements, smart landscape design, and strategic plant selection can be incorporated to keep your property safe. Check out these easy exterior solutions to safeguard your rental property.Read More »

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The end of the year is often a time for giving. Religious and secular holidays alike include elements of thankfulness and giving gifts. This is also the close of the fiscal year for many companies, when annual bonuses or gifts of appreciation are given to employees, vendors, and customers.Read More »

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As any homeowner knows, the changing seasons bring lots of maintenance chores. But what about your rental? Who is responsible for all of the tasks that must be done? The best way to spell out these terms is directly in your lease agreement. If you and the tenants are unsure of the division of labor, the chances increase that maintenance will be overlooked or left undone. In the end, this can damage your property andRead More »

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It pays off to have your tenant feel at home in your property. You want them to love it there so they stay year after year, and care for the property as much as you would. On the other hand, the property is your financial investment, and some decorations can cause permanent damage to your rental unit. That is why it is important to think about this issue in advance. You can ensure that theRead More »

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Collecting rental debt from a tenant who moves out is never fun for the landlords. Unpaid rent collection is an utterly frustrating task for the landlord especially when it is hard to locate a tenant who has run-away. There is a loss of money and waste of time in finding a runaway tenant to get the money back.

Don’t panic! Some mischievous tenant skips out rent and moves out. But thereRead More »

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