Renting vs Owning

Whether to rent or buy the place where you will be living is a major decision that will affect

Whether to rent or buy the place where you will be living is a major decision that will affect your lifestyle and size of savings that you accumulate over the years. Renting offers flexibility, predictable monthly expenses, and someone to handle repairs while homeownership brings a sense of

Read More

5 Reasons Not to Be a Landlord

Being a hands-on landlord is hardly glamorous, and at times it can be tedious, and a lot less

Being a hands-on landlord is hardly glamorous, and at times it can be tedious, and a lot less profitable than many make it out to be—especially when you factor in your time. There are definitely many benefits to owning real estate and investing in income-producing rental property. There can be

Read More

How to Get COVID-19 Rent Relief

What if losing a job, even temporarily, means you cannot pay your rent? As more and more states

What if losing a job, even temporarily, means you cannot pay your rent? As more and more states impose lock downs or stay-at-home orders to prevent further spread of COVID-19, renters, who are among the most vulnerable when it comes to housing security, wonder what relief they could

Read More

How Often Should Landlords Paint?

Interior paint is both an aesthetic boost and practical need for rental properties, and

Interior paint is both an aesthetic boost and practical need for rental properties, and landlords will have to deal with paint at some point in their management and maintenance duties. The Appeal of Fresh Paint The smell of fresh paint and the look of bright new walls is highly attractive to

Read More

Early Lease Termination for Owners: Part 2

Reduce the Risk of Court If you’re concerned you may have to take your tenant to court for

Reduce the Risk of Court If you’re concerned you may have to take your tenant to court for refusing to pay rent while the unit is vacant, an early termination clause is a good way to reduce that risk. In the event you do have to take your tenant to court, your best evidence is […]

Read More

Early Lease Termination for Owners: Part 1

Life Happens Life happens, but it rarely happens to conveniently coincide with the end of a

Life Happens Life happens, but it rarely happens to conveniently coincide with the end of a lease. Your tenant needs to terminate their lease early, but signed a legal document with binding terms, including to pay rent through the end of the lease. However, as much as the lease serves to

Read More

Tips for Moving During the COVID Crisis

We find ourselves in strange times. Widespread stay-at-home orders and pervasive social

We find ourselves in strange times. Widespread stay-at-home orders and pervasive social distancing have left Americans feeling confined at the best of times and incarcerated at the worst. We are all adapting to the COVID-19 lifestyle as best we can, but many still have questions about how they

Read More

COVID-19 AND FORBEARANCE

COVID-19 is taking a severe toll on the balance of American life, leaving millions jobless and

COVID-19 is taking a severe toll on the balance of American life, leaving millions jobless and accruing outstanding debt in the form of bills and missed mortgage or rent payments. The federal government recently passed the CARES act to try to blunt the blow to our economy by giving renters and

Read More

Rent Assistance in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit home hard for many Americans, calling the most fundamental human

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit home hard for many Americans, calling the most fundamental human needs into question. A rush on supermarkets and drug stores has left shelves bare of essentials as the entire country shelters in place, praying for hurricane Covid to pass quickly, and hoping they

Read More

Overcoming Obstacles when Renting to College Students

The American college experience has often been satirized by popular media. From Revenge of the

The American college experience has often been satirized by popular media. From Revenge of the Nerds (1984) to Old School (2003), American college students are depicted as crazed and tribalistic, frequently throwing sprawling parties that leave the type of mess property managers have nightmares

Read More