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Tenant vs Landlord Responsibility

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Articles, Blog | Comments Off

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 For example: Landlords do not have to fix items that are cosmetic in nature (paint, carpet, outdated fixtures, etc.)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 flushed down toilet) Provisions in lease may limit repairs on certain items, such as appliances Tenant responsibilities specifically outlined in the lease (pest...

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When do I get my deposit back?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Articles, Blog | 0 comments

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, they are supposed to give you a written accounting of what was taken out and why. Normal wear and tear is cannot be deducted, but other items (like cleaning) can...

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Personnel Changes

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Articles, Blog | 0 comments

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 over showings for Megan while she’s out. Want to see one of properties? Gary’s direct line is 972-468-1452, and he speaks...

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Advertising rental homes

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

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 cannot advertise that your property is ideal for a “single person” because that would be violating the familial status part of the Fair Housing Act. You...

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What’s in an application fee?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

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. Application fees go towards criminal background checks, credit histories, and employment verification just to name a few services. To Pay For Time Verifying...

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Landlords vs Pitbulls

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Articles | Comments Off

Landlords vs Pitbulls

Most landlords have breeds they won’t take in their properties. We have a whole list of breeds that we cannot take in our homes, including pitbulls and akitas. The decision is actually not left to the individual landlord but insurance companies. Most insurance companies will NOT cover the landlord if one of these “violent” breeds bites someone and that person (the “bitee”) then sues. And it’s not just for rentals…you can even lose your homeowners insurance. But do these actions actually help the...

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What a Landlord is Looking For

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Articles, Blog | 0 comments

When I first meet a client, I have to ask them a lot of questions. Some of the questions can feel a little…personal.  Why do I ask? Because I’m trying to determine if there are any issues I need to be aware of when trying to help you find a property. So to help out, I’ve written down some of the items that landlords and agents look at when trying to qualify a client for a property. So for your personal enjoyment, here are some Tenant Selection Criteria Rental History: Have you been evicted? Do you still owe a previous...

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