Credit Bureaus’ New Standards might Improve Renters’ Credit Score

By Becky Bower

credit NCAP PII standards 2017 landlords renters credit scoreWith the credit bureaus’ new National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP) hot on our heels, it’s starting to look like these future changes could actually improve millions of U.S. credit scores. While a score boost definitely rears in the rental applicants’ favor, these new standards might be a little disconcerting for landlords and real estate agents where tax liens and civil judgments play an important role in the rental decision.

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How to Get a No Cost Tenant Screening Report

applyconnect tenant screening report background landlords real estat agent renters tenants get startedHave you ever wondered how to get access to quality tenant screening reports with zero hassles?  As a no cost, nationwide background screening service for landlords and real estate agents, we’ve made simplification a priority. While traditional background screening providers might require a lengthy set up process and onsite physical inspection, ApplyConnect® allows you to securely obtain an applicant’s background report immediately.

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Enhance Your Rental’s Appeal with 5 Spring Projects

By Becky Bower

Planning projects for your rental property can be difficult. While it can be easy to budget for seasonal maintenance and routine repairs, this type of upkeep doesn’t further the value of your property. In addition to your regular maintenance, consider some small and large projects for your property. By investing in current and future projects, you’ll be able to actively enhance your curb appeal, increase tenant happiness, and improve the value of your property (if you ever decide to sell).

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All About California’s New Housing Immigration Bill, AB 291

By Becky Bower

A California bill that would prohibit landlords and property managers from inquiring into the immigration or citizenship status of a rental applicant or tenant was proposed early February. Introduced by David Chiu (D-San Franciso), Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) and Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), with the principle co-author Senator Wiener, AB 291 would make the immigration or citizen status of any person irrelevant towards the issue of housing liability.

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How to Make Your Rental Family-Friendly

By Becky Bower

family friendly rentals landlordsWhen your rental’s location isn’t ideal for children, and is far from schools or parks, there are a few tricks you can use to make your rental property family-friendly. By offering childproofing and maintaining safety measures on your property, mentioning alternative family-friendly activities and services, and utilizing minimal staging, you can attract family applicants and get closer to a long-lasting tenancy.

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Should Landlords Have to Pay Move Out Fees?

By Becky Bower

portland landlords move out fees emergancy ordinanceAs large cities across the nation struggle with providing affordable housing, the city of Portland has begun to make moves to try to ease the situation—however, you probably won’t like it. Aiming to curb rising rental prices and increasing lack of affordable housing, the city has passed a law that requires landlords to pay their tenant’s move out fees. Alongside proposed legislation in California, be aware that other rental control legislation could pop up throughout the nation.

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URGENT: California Municipalities Might Enact Rent Controls with AB 1506

California State Assembly Bill Rental RatesA California Assembly Bill was introduced two weeks ago that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act. The bill, AB 1506 (BLOOM), would devastate the rental industry by allowing local governments to control your rental rates. Although this bill is in the early stages, we encourage you to call your local Assemblymember and voice your opposition when it is presented on the assembly floor.

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