Tenants

Apartment Building

Inheriting Tenants? Protect Yourself

When you buy an investment property, sometimes it will come with tenants already in place. These tenants can be a good thing as your new purchase will be immediately generating income. But, these tenants can also be a bad thing because you really have no idea how they were screened, how they have been as tenants or even what the details of their lease are. You can of course review existing written lease agreements, but there are landlords and tenants out there who have nothing…

Bad Landlord

7 Things Bad Landlords Don’t Do

Being a landlord is a tough and varied job. It requires the wearing of many different hats. A landlord has to be an accountant, a contractor, a guidance counselor and much, much more in order to be successful. Most landlords do a pretty good job at juggling all of these responsibilities. Unfortunately, there are a few bad landlords out that that make this already tough job even more difficult. These bad landlords get the courts involved in our business. They get code enforcement involved in…

Landlord Law

Pregnant

My Tenant Said What?!?

Can what your current tenants say to potential tenants cause trouble? You bet it can. In this recent news story from New York one of an apartment owner’s tenants (who was also his son-in-law) answered the door for a prospective tenant. Upon seeing that his potential future neighbor was pregnant he allegedly said “no babies” and shut the door.   That is a big no no as familial status is a protected class. Landlords cannot discriminate against children, even unborn ones. The landlord was fined $5,000,…

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…

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