How can I be sure I’m complying with fair housing laws?

In 1968, the Fair Housing Act was passed to protect tenants from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and familial status. If you’re a landlord, you’re probably pretty familiar with fair housing laws (if not, read up here).  Although it seems pretty basic, thousands of lawsuits are filed each year by […]

How do I avoid bad tenants?

The best way to avoid bad tenants is simple: do thorough tenant screening on ALL tenants that you are considering. In the past, this process has been made complicated by companies selling many different screening packages but Rentler’s tenant screening services are comprehensive–making tenant screening easier than ever before. When you complete a tenant screening, […]

What are a landlord’s maintenance responsibilities?

If you’re a DIY landlord you probably have the privilege of being your own CEO, accountant, and maintenance person all rolled into one. Since you’re doing everything, it’s sometimes necessary to make a judgment call about what needs to be fixed right away and what can be done at a later date. However, there are […]

Should I charge a pet fee or pet deposit?

If you allow pets in your rental, it’s in your best interest to cover your bases with some form of pet protection. You can choose to charge a one-time refundable deposit or a monthly fee, but be aware that there are some restrictions with both options. Rentler’s free property management software allows you to include a […]

What tax deductions are available to landlords?

Tax time doesn’t have to be painful. If you’re a landlord, there are actually several deductions that can wind up working in your favor when it comes time to file. Here are some basic deductions that most landlords can claim. Repairs and maintenance. The key here is to make sure that your expenses throughout the […]

What are the reasons I can keep a tenant’s security deposit?

They say one of the biggest points of contention in a relationship is money. That’s especially true when the relationship is between a landlord and a tenant, and one major pain point is the security deposit. In most states, security deposit laws exist to assist landlords in recouping potential damages to rental units. However, keep […]

How do I evict a tenant?

If the time has come to evict a tenant, there are a few things you should do to keep it legal and avoid a costly lawsuit. While laws vary from state to state, here’s a basic rundown of how the process should go. 1. Brush Up on Landlord Law The Landlord and Tenant Act is […]