AuthorKurt Kroeck

Dealing With a Late Paying Tenant In Georgia

Next up in my local places series, I’m exploring Georgia laws around late payment of rent. I have spoken to a number of landlords and property management professionals about the most common questions they have. Probably the second most asked question is: what do I do if I have a tenant that needs to pay late? This is not a problem that is isolated to Georgia, so if you’re a landlord in another...

Providing References

As I’ve mentioned before, when you’re screening tenants, rental history and references should make up a large part of your overall decision. However, this also brings up another thing that landlords and property managers alike should consider. What happens when it’s time for you to give a reference for a prior tenant? There are things you should and should not say, but also, there are some things...

Rest In Peace, Harold Ramis

Most of us are familiar with movies like “Caddyshack”, “Groundhog Day”, “Stripes”, and of course, the “Ghostbusters” movies. Harold Ramis was not only a beloved actor, but he also was a talented writer and director. He passed today at age 69, of complications due to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. He’d been battling the condition for the past four years.

What Can You Do About An Angry Tenant?

Nobody likes to have to do things that may cause a upset for tenants. We’ve talked a little bit about selling a home that has someone in it, but what happens if you end up dealing with some hostility? This isn’t a common thing, but at some point in your career, you might find yourself dealing with the horror story to be that is: the angry tenant.

New Hampshire Joins the Ranks Of States With Bedbug Laws

  Recent innovations in the medical science of dealing with bedbugs have been promising. Some states are enacting laws to help the issue, as well. A bedbug infestation in a rental is a problem for both the landlord and the renter. One of the biggest issues to them is that they seem almost impervious to pesticide and they can live for up to a year with no food. A number of resources have been...

Help! My apartment smells bad!

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Whether you’re a tenant or a landlord, at some point or another, you’ve had to deal with the stinky rental. These are the stenches so strong that you can almost see the pea soup green stink cloud chasing the butterfly and rainbow cloud of Febreeze away. You can practically hear it yelping in terror as it goes.

Is Your Landlord Blog Content Conveying the Wrong Message?

I am a professional blogger. This means, I write for all sorts of vectors. I am well versed in branding and marketing. Branding is something that I believe is a very important business move, and it’s something that is universal. You are your brand, when you run a business and the image you present is important. This is something that can help to foster a great deal of trust in you as a business...

Rental History Becoming More Important As Credit Crunch Wears On

One of the most commonly held ways of screening a new tenant has been to check a person’s credit report. It was believed that this could give an accurate portrayal of someone’s financial behavior. However, in recent years, this has been becoming less and less accurate. A wobbly economy, financial uncertainties and other factors have changed things dramatically.

Are You Considering A Month to Month Lease?

If you’re looking for a more flexible option in renting, you might consider month to month leasing. This option in rental agreements tends to offer a greater freedom when it comes to being able to move without penalty. A month to month lease is having a lease that you renew every 30 days. With a typical lease agreement, you are locked in to a 12-18 month rental agreement. These leases will also...

Saint Louis Rental Trends

Multi-family housing across the nation is on the uptick due to restricted credit markets and other economic issues. More and more people are shifting towards lifestyles that involve a lot of flexibility and all of this comes together to broaden rental markets. Because more people want the flexibility to move, should opportunity arise for better job prospects and because many people are hesitant...

Are Freddie and Fannie Coming Back?

The US Senate floor was lively in January with over 30 Democrats urging initiatives to help Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to continue working on affordable housing programs. There are two unused funds that have been established by Congress since 2008, in order to finance such programs- using a part of the two organization’s revenue to fund it. In November, funds were suspended by the Federal Housing...

What to do if you’ll be late on rent

In this economy, it’s a frequent occurrence that people have trouble paying rent on time, or even just the full amount. If you find yourself in this position temporarily, it’s important to understand that there are some things you may be able to do. First off, it’s best to just be up front. Bear in mind that no one really wants to evict anyone, and if you’ve been a good tenant thus far, there is...

What Can You Do About Mold In Rentals?

Though asbestos and lead paint are well known health and safety hazards, another environmental hazard is also causing problems. There have been multi million dollar cases involving symptoms like chronic fatigue, nausea, hemorrhaging, asthma and rashes- that are all potentially linked to one thing: toxic mold in rentals. Whether you are a tenant, a property manager, or a landlord, you need to know...

State By State Legal Resources For Landlords and Property Managers

As we’ve mentioned before, there are a host of mistakes you can make when managing a property that can get you into trouble. However, avoiding those is a fairly simple matter of instead of just assuming something is a certain way- brushing up on the laws and codes wherever you happen to be by using the available legal resources for landlords and property managers.

Shelter In Place Orders

When there is a threat of hazardous materials somehow getting into a property, you may find yourself dealing with a shelter in place scenario. Shelter in place orders typically mean that you need to take shelter someplace where there is very little ventilation and few windows. This is to minimize the risk of anyone being hurt by airborne contaminants. A shelter in place order may happen as the...

Notice and Repair Issues For Property Management

One of the best ways to keep tenants happy is to keep up on repairs to the properties as they arise. All too often, the big issues with plumbing or heating need to be dealt with in a very timely fashion, however, this is where you run into a bit of an issue: advance notice. In most areas, all this is, is letting your tenants know 24 hours in advance you’ll be stopping by. There are situations...

Landlord Legal Tips

Being a successful property manager or landlord does require a lot of education, understanding of marketing, and knowing your markets. It also requires that you understand the laws that apply to certain situation. You could be a marketing guru with amazing insights to the market, but if you break one of these laws: you’re setting yourself up to fail.

What Is Section 8 Housing?

Section 8, or the Housing Choice Voucher Program is something that mystifies some and frustrates others. What it is, is a federal program that provides housing for those with low income, but also the disabled and elderly.

Improving the Safety Of Your Property

More than likely, you have thought about what you can do to provide your renters with the safest possible environment you can. There are a few basic things you can do, sure. Taking care of your doors and windows, making sure that the locks are functional is good. Adequate lighting sources outside are another very basic way you can provide a safer environment.

Urban Chickens?

So, many blogs have been advocating being more pet friendly in your rentals, but what about livestock?
If you’ve got images of cows running through the courtyard of your apartment complex- you’ve got a great imagination and are taking it a little too far. What I am talking about is a recent trend that’s got some people crowing with delight and others squawking.

Let’s Think About Spring Landscaping Plans

Though it is some time off, you might be considering ways you can make your apartment complex a bit more attractive to prospective tenants. We’ve already gone into what you can do indoors, but what about curb appeal? Have you thought about the outdoor amenities that might also both benefit your tenants but also, bring in more?

Snowpocalypse Tips

Last week, unless you lived in Southern California, odds are you got hit with some interesting weather. As it happens, my family and I were in Saint Louis when the first of the storms hit. My mother’s Saint Louis apartment complex was very quickly blanketed in just over knee-deep snow. We got 15 inches of the fluffy white stuff and the entire city was nearly shut down. It was a...

All About Long Term Storage

When relocating to an unfamiliar city, you may find yourself looking at options. Of course, you’ll be looking for a new place and all that entails, but there is one option that can act as a sort of middle ground until that happens: leasing a fully furnished apartment or condo.

Could a Pill Be The Answer To Bed Bugs?

While no property manager or landlord likes dealing with pests, mice, termites, cockroaches, and bedbugs did not get the memo. At some point in your career, it stands to reason that you may find yourself dealing with one of these common pests. However, there is new hope on the horizon in the battle against bedbugs.

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