Tenants

Sure, I'm His Lawyer!

Sure, I’m The Laywer

Some tenants will go to almost any extreme, and even get very creative, to avoid paying rent. This one though, is a first for me. Now I have another thing to add to my eviction checklist. Make sure the paperwork is actually filed by my lawyer.

Searching Social Media

Do You Search Your Applicant’s Social Media?

Do you check your applicants on social media sites to see what they have been up too? Perhaps you should. Remember that one of the most important things you do as a landlord is find tenants who will pay, stay and take care of your property. And sometimes you need just a bit more than a criminal and work history background check to do that. Especially if a potential red flag begins to wave. Searching an applicant’s social media can help determine if those red…

Landlord Law

Firefighter

After a Fire: Leases and Tenants

I have been writing about a major fire I recently had at one of my properties. I wrote about the initial shock and finding out the day after that my property was a complete loss and in need of a complete rehab. Most thoughts that next day were focused on getting the property rebuilt and up and running again. But there were tenants that had to be dealt with, and the fire had raised some interesting legal issues. We had of course signed leases with…

Can I Make My Tentnat Move?

Can A Landlord Make A Tenant Move For Any Reason?

Non-payment of rent is just one of many reasons a landlord may want their tenant to move out. Perhaps they want to upgrade the property.   Perhaps they want to sell the property. Or perhaps they just do not like the tenant and the drama they bring to your business. So, if you fall into one of these categories, can you as a landlord make a tenant to move for any reason at all, whatever it might be? It’s a good question, one that you should…

taxes

Filling Out A 1099? Get A W-9 First

It’s a new year. And while a new year can bring many good things, it also brings thoughts of something looming right around the corner, April 15 and income taxes. I despise taxes as much as the next person. But I despise even more all of the paperwork that goes along with them. Unfortunately, if you are going to be a landlord, you are not going to be able to avoid some of this paper work, especially if you hire folks to perform various services…

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