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How to Fix a Sticky Lock

Whether it is a new key that doesn’t quite glide or a mailbox key that always gets stuck, a sticky lock is always a hassle! Before you go through the trouble of changing the locks or getting a new key, here are some tips to get your lock working without busting the budget or upsetting the management. In a Pinch If you are in a rush and need to remedy a sticky lock, the most convenient way...

How to Prepare for a Move Out Inspection

Moving is always a stressful time. On top of your normal duties like work, family and hobbies, you also have to find time deal with everything involved in moving! To help ease your stress a bit, here’s a short guide on how to prepare for a move out inspection. Is a Move Out Inspection Required? Not all states require one, although some do. For example, landlords in Alabama are not required to do...

How to Evict a Tenant

Having to evict a tenant is never fun… but it’s something every landlord has to do at one point or another. When you are renting out property as a source of income and building wealth, you have to remember that you have a business relationship first, and a personal relationship second. If your tenant isn’t holding up their end of the contract, you need to cut ties as quickly as possible. This...

House Rental Application

There are a few key fields to include in any house rental application. Even though you may choose to add a lot more just for your own information, here’s a list of the most important. Full, Legal Name Some people get used to going by a nickname. But even if it’s part of their full name (such as a Matthew who goes by Matt), make sure they’re filling out the rental application form with the same...

What is Property Management?

Investing in real estate is one of the best things you can do with your money. Time and time again, it’s proven to be a sound investment for consistent cash flow- especially if you’re able to hold the property for a long time. But managing a lot of real estate can be a HUGE pain. Especially if you’re a new investor who is doing everything without a property management company...

Landlord Responsibilities to Tenants with Disabilities

The best property managers know how to provide exemplary service to all tenants, regardless of special circumstances. With senior housing on the rise, and an aging Baby Boomer population turning to rentals, property managers should be well-versed in the laws regarding housing for people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became the law of the land in 1990. The ADA is an...

Communication 102: Mediating Disagreements Between Neighbors

Last time I lived in an apartment complex, my landlord asked me to do something weird. He called out of the blue and said “Hey I know this is kind of a weird request but I’ve had some noise complaints about your unit and I think this is the best way to handle it.” My confusion was immediate and I started to sweat from the anxiety of worrying how I could possibly be making enough noise to bother...

Not A Missed Connection: How to Write an Effective Rental Ad

Do you have questions about rental investing? Check out this post for some common questions a real estate investor who is interested in rental properties would be interested in exploring before diving into this article. It’s easier than ever to post rental listings online. But writing an effective rental ad is harder than you think. I’m currently in the middle of a housing search and some of the...

Communication 101: Skills for Handling Resident Disputes

As a property manager, you work as a mediator between property owners and tenants, and need highly developed interpersonal skills to represent each party’s interests as well as your own. The ability to communicate clearly, to assert your needs and desires, and to say “No” with confidence, are hallmarks of a successful business leader. Mastering effective interpersonal communication takes...

Selling A Tenant Occupied House

There are a handful of reasons why you might consider selling a tenant occupied home. When the housing market was a bit sluggish, there were a high number of people who decided to become landlords rather than deal with the headache. In doing so, they probably found that it wasn’t as easy as getting someone to sign a lease and handing over the keys. This also begs the question: how do you sell a...

How Can Property Managers Help Veterans?

You probably realize that our veterans face a lot of challenges when they retire from the line of duty. What you might not realize is, that as a property manager or landlord, you can help ease some of those challenges, particularly, respective of housing. In September of 2012, The Department of Veterans Affairs first initiated their program called Supportive Services for Veteran Families, or SSVF...

Keep tabs on your Tenants and More…

Hot on the heels of our last update is another one.  This time we have added some exciting improvements to the tenant profiles.  You’ll now have access to the latest feed items recorded for a tenant and a ledger style transaction history report.  When generating your management fees, we’ve improved the workflow.  Now you can generate the owner statements, view and verify all the...

Realtor Turned Property Manager? Software Could = Profitability.

In the wake of the 2008 Financial/Housing Crisis, the real estate industry was dealt a series of direct blows (as could be expected), and indirect effects continue to exacerbate the pummeling; at ground zero the dust has not settled, but what can be deciphered is a re-assignment of equity and the subsequent paradigm shift within the real estate industry.  Over a million new or “converted”...

Tenants, Take Back Your Security Deposits

Stop worrying about whether your security deposit will be returned at lease end. No need to feel powerless, subject to the whim of king landlord. Here are some great tips and pieces of knowledge to help YOU take control, and take back what is rightfully yours. If you are unsure of whether you are responsible for the slight damages -You’re Probably Not! Here’s one that might surprise you: you are...

Landlord: Remember Who You Work For!

It seems tenant farming’s primordial residue has stained modern day renting with a peculiar interpersonal and professional environment, considering landlords stand mightily above ye obsequious tenants. Even more interesting, few seem to recognize the relationship is, well, backwards. Wonder what I’m talkin’ ’bout? Typically, tenants commission other individuals or...

Communication Part One: The Key to A Thriving Landlord-Tenant Relationship

Traveling through the world of rent, we at RentPost have acquired a deep understanding of the renters market from many different perspectives, including investment, interpersonal, professional, and even historical thanks to The Witt. Through our plight, we have uncovered a commonality, affecting all perspectives – communication. It marks the fine line that divides rent’s interpersonal...

Where the Renters and Real Estate Markets Go From Here!

Okay – it’s time for a look our country’s current political and economic environment, anticipating how they are going to affect YOU as a landlord, tenant, or homeowner in the very near future. It’s a shaky situation that was touched briefly on previously with an article regarding the way Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac operate to facilitate home purchases in this country. However, legislation may be...

When Will the Real Estate Market Pickup? What Does that Mean to Me?

Be you a seller, landlord, manager, tenant, or investor, it’s a looming thought: “when will the real estate market pick up? Though your reasons to pursue the answer may differ, it is, regardless, a common theme. So, our aim today is to help you grasp the fundamental economics behind the United States real estate market, while displaying the importance of the information to you...

Rent History: Part 1 From Pyramids to Poolhouses How Rent History Applies Today

At RentPost we try to provide you with the entire spectrum of data when it comes to leasing and renting and making better decisions. We even offer some good do’s, don’ts and general points of reference when it comes to landlord-tenant interactions. However, no explanation, no matter how involved, of the science of renting could ever really be complete without paying a little attention...

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