Winterizing your Rental Properties: A Landlord’s Guide Against Rain and Snow

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When it comes to rental property maintenance, the sooner the better – and with winter well on its way, now is a perfect time to look into winterizing your rental properties. While most landlords have a fall maintenance to-do list that includes winterizing, some lists are longer than others. Depending on where your property resides, winter might not be too bad. Average winter temperatures range from a high of 67.4 degrees (F) in Hawaii to a low of 2.6 degrees (F) in Alaska. As you compile your winterizing to-do list, keep in mind your state’s average winter temperatures and focus your efforts towards keeping your property safe from upcoming rain or snow.

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Optimizing the Tenant Screening Process

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All properties aim to find quality residents, but few take the time create detailed property guidance and invest in screening. By fleshing out your rental policies and training your staff on proper pre-screening and tenant screening, your commitment can help you increase your net operating income (NOI), decrease future resident problems, and maximize a property’s potential.

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What to Do if your Tenant Dies

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When a tenant dies, knowing how to proceed with the duration of the lease agreement or rental payments, returning or withholding a security deposit, and relocating your tenant’s personal property is crucial to avoiding stress and legal liabilities. Death isn’t a fun topic to talk about – but knowing your rights to regain the rental property is a big part of being a landlord. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared just in case.

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Why Tenant Screening is More Important Now than Ever 

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Tenant screening is a vital part of the leasing process as it protects the property, property owner, and the local community, all while ensuring that Fair Housing Guidelines are being met. With legislation in the past year attacking the use of criminal and eviction records in tenant screening, it’s more important now than ever that landlords and real estate agents band together to voice the value screening has. If you are uncertain whether or not you want to utilize tenant screening on your rental property, take a look at the benefits background screening has to offer.

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Should Landlords have Access to the Sex Offender Registry?

Should Landlords have Access to the Sex Offender Registry?

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch ruled that Colorado’s sex offender registry law was unconstitutional early this September, citing the Eighth Amendment’s “cruel and unusual punishment”, as it impeded on offender’s ability to find work or housing after completing probation and parole. While this ruling has no immediate effect, even on the three sex offenders who wanted to remove their information from the registry, if the case is appealed and upheld by the federal 10th Circuit (which includes courts in Colorado, Kansas, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Oklahoma), then it would be binding.

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Know your Credit Risk Score options: VantageScore® 3.0 vs. FICO® 8

Knowing your credit risk score (or “credit score”) and consistently trying to improve on that score is an important aspect of adult-life. Consumers with higher credit scores have an easier time getting approved for loans, mortgages, and rental housing, so achieving a score as close to 850 as possible is the ultimate goal in order to make life easier. While you certainly know where your credit risk score stands, do you know how your score is being calculated? Take a look at the most commonly used versions of FICO® and VantageScore®, and the benefits your credit score might see from understanding key elements to improve it.

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