Tenant vs Landlord Responsibility

Tenant vs Landlord Responsibility
Nothing sucks like something breaking in your house. But hark! You are a tenant, and the landlord will fix it for you! But not every repair on a rental property is the responsibility of the landlord. For example: Landlords do not have to fix items that are cosmetic in nature (paint, carpet, outdated fixtures, etc.) Damage caused by the tenant (clog in toilet caused by diaper being...

When do I get my deposit back?

When do I get my deposit back?
After moving out, the most important thing to you is getting your deposit back. It seems like your landlord is dragging their feet…what are your rights as a tenant? Now, we aren’t proclaiming to be real estate lawyers here and your situation may require a knowledgeable attorney, but for the most part a landlord has 30 days to return your deposit. If anything is withheld,...

Personnel Changes

Personnel Changes
Just a couple personnel changes that everyone should be aware of… Starting on Thursday 09/23/2013, Megan Mayo will be going on maternity leave. She will return in November. Congrats to her! Also, we would like to congratulate Gary Saenz on obtaining his real estate license! He has been with the company for a year now, but now he is an official real estate agent. He will be taking...

Advertising rental homes

Advertising rental homes
You go to Craigslist and you’re going to advertise a rental home. It’s your house so you can advertise it however you want, right? Absolutely….not. You  have to follow the Fair Housing Act, which says you cannot discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap, and it extends into your advertising. For example, you...

What’s in an application fee?

What’s in an application fee?
When you apply for a rental property, most companies require that you pay an application fee. How much varies from agent to agent, company to company, making everything more confusing. Why is an application fee charged? To Pay for Tenant Screening Most companies have tenant selection criteria, and need to pull various reports and pay services to make sure you meet those requirements....

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