When is rent late? & How to collect the rent!

When is the rent due? How do I collect the rent? When should I start an eviction? These are all common questions by property owners. The lease agreement sets the terms for when rent is late. There’s a lot of variations out there, so please read the lease contract carefully. Most leases are going to…

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Can you force tenants to be clean?

How can you force the tenants at your rental property to be clean? Nobody likes the idea of dirty renters, but what can you do about it? Everyone has a different standard for what clean is, so let’s start by saying there’s messy renters and then there’s unsafe-level-dirty renters. For your average messy renter, there’s…

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Can you deny college students?

College students have a bad reputation when it comes to rental properties. Some of the stereotypes are they are loud, they throw parties, they have too many roommates, they use drugs and drink too much, they break things and are generally hard on properties. So many landlords ask us do I have to accept college…

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How many people can live in my rental?

How many people can live in your rental property? I’m Kyle at TrueDoor Property Management. I understand that you want to limit the number of occupants living in your rental. More people can increase the wear and tear. But beware, this is a sensitive issue. HUD gives us some basic guidelines. They say a property…

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Find a new renter before the current one moves out

The tenant at your rental property just gave notice that they are moving out. Let’s talk about how you can find a new renter before the current one moves out. You have two options when your tenant moves out. Wait until they have vacated or start advertising and showing right away. I recommend starting right…

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$20K Mistake. What appliances should I provide in my rental?

$20,000 dollar mistake: What appliances should I provide for my rental?  As a landlord you don’t think providing an appliance could be a $20,000 mistake but you’d be wrong. Once upon a time in Orange County California there was a landlord that rented a house to a family with a year old refrigerator. The fridge…

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How to get rid of unwanted pets

I just read an article about an evicted tenant that left behind 85 dogs. If your tenant has an unauthorized pet at your rental property. You might think you know how to handle it, but you might be doing it the wrong way. I’m Kyle at TrueDoor Property Management. Fortunately the dogs from that story…

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Neighbor Danger: Survey from Real Property Management Reveals DIY Landlords May Put Neighborhoods at Risk

Neighbor Danger: Survey from Real Property Management Reveals DIY Landlords May Put Neighborhoods at Risk Do-it-yourself (DIY) landlords, individuals who manage their rental properties without assistance from property management companies, may be putting neighborhoods at risk, according to a survey on landlord practices conducted by independent research firm Liminality, Inc. on behalf of Real Property…

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