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Tenant_Break_up

No landlord wants to get the call that their tenants no longer want to live together. Whether they are romantic partners or not, these conversations are rarely easy. One tenant may want something from you, such as releasing them or the other tenant from the lease. Maybe they want you to take care of kicking the other person out of the unit for them.
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Tenant_no_longer_cares_for_property

Although you place a tenant with the hopes that they will remain in your property for the full term, many factors can change that destiny. The tenants may have decided to buy their own home. Maybe a new job will take them to a new location. Their family situation might change. Or there could be many other reasons. (If they are a member of the military, remember that servicemembers have special protections allowing themRead More »

Tenant_breaking_lease

When you set up your lease, you put in every last detail about your requirements to live in your rental. When your tenant signed that lease, they were agreeing to all of those rules. So what should you do when a tenant no longer wants to follow your rules? Maybe they have snuck a pet into the unit, despite a prohibition against it. Or perhaps you have found out that an unauthorized guest has beenRead More »

Going_to_Court

We had been landlords for years before we had to appear in court for the first time this fall. After losing, and being sued for another $10,000, we went to court again. In addition to these two cases on the East Coast, we experienced one more in California. These are the lessons we learned - the hard way - so that you can learn from our mistakes when you have your day in court!Read More »

Court_Costs

Your lease is the legal contract governing the landlord-tenant relationship. Over the course of that relationship, it is unfortunately not uncommon for the tenant’s actions to fall outside of the rules set out in the lease. Some infractions may be minor, such as a failure to bring the trash can up to the building after trash day. Unfortunately, sometimes the offense is major, such as failing to pay rent or damaging your property. While itRead More »

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