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As a landlord, you play a role is ensuring the health and safety of the tenant renting your home. You'll need to take added steps and precautions to protect your tenant and comply with all federal laws. If your home was build prior to 1978, it may contain lead paint, which can be potentially hazardous. Failing to disclose this information to your tenant is illegal and could land you in hot water. Complying with federal rules and regulations isn't complicated, but many landlords simply ar ... Read More
Your tenant screening process may include many things, but one of the most common criteria landlords use is the credit score. A credit score is a number that rates an individual's creditworthiness by weighing several factors, including credit card usage percentages and the age of credit accounts. While you may want to judge a person by the credit score alone, it's important to understand how the score is calculated and the problems that may make prospective tenants appear less creditwort ... Read More
Tenant screening can make the difference between finding high-quality tenants and renting situations that end in eviction, property damage, and lost income. Getting a credit report from a service such as LandlordStation is the first step in determining whether a tenant is a good candidate. You need to know how to read the report for it to be an effective tool for screening.
The credit score itself doesn't tell the applicant's whole story. Some may have a great credit ... Read More
Squatter's rights in Delaware are governed under the laws of adverse possession. Decisions are handled by the Court of Chancery and are based on the levels of hostile and adverse possession that squatter's have over a parcel of land. Adverse possession covers registered and unregistered tracts of property. To establish a claim of adverse possession, squatters must also occupy land or structures for a minimum of 20 years. In April 2015, the Court of Chancery ruled that someone who had cam ... Read More
Tenants in the State of Wisconsin are guaranteed the right to have a safe rental property. This includes appropriate locks on all exterior entryways, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and the right to know about any building code violations that have not yet been corrected if there is a threat to tenant health and/or safety. Tenants also have the right to ask their landlord to change their locks, while in Madison tenants can change or rekey locks without permission as long as the landlord rec ... Read More
Masonite siding is durable and long-lasting, but it is also made from compressed wood fiber. This means it can be vulnerable to moisture and pets if it has not been properly sealed. If you have noticed some dark marks on your home, then knowing how to repair Masonite siding can help you restore the curb appeal of the structure for a minimal investment. Here's what you've got to do.
1. Remove The Rot.
The first step is to remove the rotted siding from the home. Scrape off any paint ... Read More
In basic terms, a tenant who is renting a room in a house has the same rights and responsibilities as other tenants. What makes a room rental a little different, however, is that many jurisdictions consider this action to be “lodging” instead of “renting.” This may make it a little easier to evict a problematic tenant... or create a very large headache. Here's why.
1. Tenants With a Room Have a Right To Occupy It.
What happens if an unexpected layoff requires th ... Read More
The eviction process in Maine can be completed fairly quickly, especially when dealing with the non-payment of rent. Evictions can only happen with appropriate notice and court order, so it is important to follow these specific steps when dealing with a problematic tenant.
1. Serve The Tenant With a Proper Notice.
Maine allows for a 7 day notice and a 30 day notice to be served to tenants. The 7 day notice is reserved for major breaches of a rental agreement, including the failure to pay r ... Read More
When a tenant agrees to a lease for a rental property, they are agreeing to take care of certain rights and responsibilities while they occupy the premises. Many of these duties are specifically outlined in the rental agreement, but even when they are not, there are certain duties that a tenant must fulfill. Here is a brief outline of those tenant rights and responsibilities, although some landlord/tenant laws may have specific duties not listed here.
1. The Need To Take Care Of The Rental Pr ... Read More
Just as a landlord has the right to terminate a lease if a tenant is not fulfilling their obligations, a tenant has the right to do the same thing. Landlords are required in almost every jurisdiction to provide a property that is safe and healthy as a rental unit. If this has not been provided and a tenant has given the necessary notification of its condition, then they may have the right to immediately move out and terminate a lease without penalty. Although landlord/tenant laws vary on the rea ... Read More
A tenant submits a written notice to their landlord that they've discovered roaches in their rental unit. Who is responsible for this cost? Many tenants automatically assume that their landlord is responsible for all pest control costs, but this isn't necessarily true. There are times when tenants may be on the hook for pest control costs. Here are the circumstances that must be considered.
Why Are the Pests In the Home?
Sometimes the weather drives pests from outside to inside ... Read More
Adverse possession is a method of acquiring a title deed to property when no transaction of sale has been completed. Often referred to as squatting, these squatter's rights in Connecticut are difficult, but not impossible, to fulfill so that a claim can be filed. Since 1996, Connecticut has revised the statutes involved adverse possession three times. In general, it takes 15 years for squatters to be able to make an adverse possession claim and that occupation must be continuous in nature. C ... Read More
A leasing agreement is a contract between a landlord and a tenant. It has definitive starting and ending date. What happens if the lease expires without an addendum to it? In a majority of jurisdictions, landlord/tenant law mandates that the terms and conditions continue on a month-by-month basis. This means every aspect of the lease is still enforceable for both parties. Here is a look at some of the most overlooked rights that tenants still have.
1. Tenants Must Still Be Evicted Through ... Read More
When a porcelain sink is first installed, it looks incredibly beautiful. As time goes by, however, that beauty begins to fade as the bowl begins to scratch and collect dings or nicks. Knowing how to repair a porcelain sink can add life to this fixture while improving its aesthetic value in the process. Here's what you've got to do.
1. Make Sure The Sink Is Dry And Clean.
Any dust or debris is going to make the repair difficult. Make sure the entire sink, not just the repair area, i ... Read More
When water gets into drywall, it can create the potential for a lot of damage. Not only will it affect the drywall and require it to be replaced, but it may also damage the studs, insulation, and even the wiring or plumbing that is situated behind the wall. Knowing how to repair water damaged drywall first requires the ability to identify all water damage that exists. The yellow stains on the drywall are a first-level indication. There may be a musty smell from molding or rotted wood behind the ... Read More
When it comes to tenant rights and the security deposit, there is often a lot of confusion about what can or cannot happen with both parties in the landlord/tenant relationship. Although each jurisdiction has different requirements regarding the deposit, here is a general look at what the tenants rights are in getting their cash back.
1. Normal Wear And Tear Is Not a Chargeable Issue.
If a tenant is in a property for three years and there are dings or scratches in the paint, this is often ... Read More
The first step in the eviction process in Connecticut is the Notice to Quit Possession. Every tenant who lives at a rental property must receive this notice and it must have the specific reason for the eviction, such as not paying the rent or the lease expiring. Tenants must be given 3 days to move with this notice, but the first and last days are not counted. This means in Connecticut, 5 days must be given for a 3 day Notice to Quit. These additional steps must be completed for the eviction pro ... Read More
Squatters' rights may change from state to state. For local laws and information, take a look at our growing list below.
Oregon ... Read More
The squatter's rights in Wyoming are basic and straightforward. If someone acts as the owner of a property for 10 consecutive years without permission of the owner, then they will have the ability to file for an adverse possession claim. It must be occupied with hostility for those 10 years and there must not be a legal disability that the property owner faces. Even if a property is awarded through adverse possession, the former owner can make a claim for its return within 10 years after the ... Read More
Georgia is a unique state when it comes to landlord/tenant laws. There are many areas that are not governed by statutes whatsoever. Late fees, grace periods, and the maximum amount of a security deposit are just a few examples of this. There are certain tenant rights that are outlined by statute, however, so here is an overview of what to expect during the rental process.
1. Tenants Have a Right To Inspect.
Landlords that do not provide a tenant with an initial checklist to review the cond ... Read More