Archive for the ‘Evictions’ Category

Why Cash-For-Keys Can Be Better than Evicting

Get rid of problem tenants cheaper than evicting them. So, you have a nightmare tenant that you just want to get rid of! Though most property owners are all too familiar with the legal process of...

The 3 Most Common Eviction Mistakes DIY Landlords Make

Eviction is the legal process whereby a landlord regains possesion of his rental unit, typically for nonpayment or other lease violations. Each state has their own well-defined laws and...

DIY Landlord Tips: Evicting a Tenant with Heart

When you do have to evict someone, you do it with heart. Make no mistake: evicting a tenant is hard. It takes an emotional toll on you, even if you didn’t have the best relationship with the...

DIY Landlord Tips: When to Send an Eviction Notice to a Tenant

The reality of evicting an unexpectedly difficult tenant might take the lord out of your landlording. When you’re a property management company dealing with lots of tenants, you see patterns...

Beware the Fake Property Managers and Building Owners

Not everyone who posts a Pay Rent or Quit notice actually has the rights to do so!  The following is a nearly-entirely true story. None of the tenant’s suffering has been exaggerated in the...

Overdue Rent: When to Let it Slide — and Why

“My dog ate my rent payment!” – soon-to-be-evicted tenant As a property manager, one of your most regular jobs — literally regular, like clockwork — is collecting rent....

The Crime Free Lease Addendum: Is This A Good Thing?

Are We Penalizing The Right People, The Right Way? In 2009, Saginaw passed a law requiring landlords to include a section in their lease agreements dubbed the ‘Crime Free Lease Addendum.’...

How to (Legally) Get a Hoarder Out of a Rental

Hoarding is So Much Easier with Amazon Free Delivery! Hoarders — as the popular TV show has labeled them — have a psychological disorder that causes them to insist on keeping things they...

The Right Way to Handle A Move-In Checklist

The Wrong Way is “Not Handling It At All.” If you’re not familiar with property management paperwork, rest assured there’s a lot of it — so much, in fact, that many...

Evicting Your First Tenant: What Does A Day in Court Look Like?

ProTip: Bring Every Record You Have of Every Encounter You Had. If you’re a first-time landlord or you’ve just been lucky enough to not have evicted a tenant yet, you may be rather...