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A Chicago landlord was ordered to pay a judgement well over $33,000 after making a mistake in the leasing process.    The landlord had entered into a rental lease agreement for a posh penthouse apartment, netting $7,500 per month in rent.  The tenants paid a security deposit of $11,200.  The tenants remained in the apartment ….  Continue Reading

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Introduction Ken Roth is a second-generation landlord, a real estate attorney and a former leasing agent. He’s been letting properties and dealing with the headaches that inevitably result for over 20 years. Test your knowledge of landlord-tenant relations with the SLAT– The Successful Landlord Aptitude Test, below. These Twenty questions cover such issues as discrimination, ….  Continue Reading

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When it comes to landlord tenant lawyers, Janet Portman is as smart as they come.  This accomplished attorney and managing editor of legal publisher Nolo shares the top ten legal traps for landlords: Know the laws in your state before you rent out space. Being a successful landlord requires lots of practical know-how, business moxie, ….  Continue Reading

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While pre-leasing negotiations center around tenant screening reports, move-in dates and contingencies like pets and parking, it’s a particular rental lease provision that most often lands you in hot water. Late fee provisions are frequently troublesome for landlords.  There are three reasons why: First, many standard rental lease forms provide a blank space for the ….  Continue Reading

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An up-to-date rental application form is a vital tool for a successful rental business.   Asking the right questions of an applicant is key to obtaining the information needed to conduct a thorough tenant background check.  What’s more, if the rental relationship goes badly, the application will provide the clues needed to collect tenant debt.  Recently, the ….  Continue Reading

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When a landlord gets ripped off by a tenant, they have to turn to the courts for justice.  However, the justice they receive may only be as good as their lease agreement. Attorney Elena Franz warns landlords to take preemptive action and review their rental leases before a problem arises to assure it has the ….  Continue Reading

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A hot topic facing landlords today is whether to ban cigarette smoking in  rental properties. While there are many different views on the topic, there are few rules.  And that can make it confusing for landlords One thing is emerging as a universal truth -there is no right to smoke.  Therefore, a landlord who restricts ….  Continue Reading

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is suing a landlord in Boston for his alleged failure to distribute lead paint pamphlets to his tenants.   EPA is seeking $85,000 in fines.   The landlord is accused of 14 violations of federal lead-based paint disclosure laws in four of his 19 leases, according to EPA’s New England ….  Continue Reading

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Move-out inspections go much better if both the tenant and the landlord have the same expectations. This way, a tenant completes the necessary maintenance and cleaning, and returns the rental property in top shape. The landlord avoids having to scramble to do the work before the next tenant moves in, and doesn’t have to fight ….  Continue Reading

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A provincial judge in Canmore, Alberta failed to find sympathy for three tenants who trashed their rental home, then fought the landlord over the cost of repairs – not even when the tenant brought his pocket-sized dog into court with him, apparently to prove that something that small could not have destroyed the carpeting by ….  Continue Reading