Landlord Tenant Rental Forms and disclosures are essential to ensuring a safe and profitable rental.

Could you afford to lose $13,000? $20,000? or $45,000 for failure to follow Lead Paint Disclosure Rules? These are examples of fines levied against landlords for failing to provide tenants with lead paint disclosure forms. It is important to note that these fines are not conditioned upon actual injury. Failure to provide the proper lease and disclosure forms to your tenants can

Most importantly a solid updated rental application allows a landlord to quickly identify qualified tenants, obtain the consent needed to run a tenant background check, lead a debt collector to a tenant who defaults, and flag and prosecute tenant fraud.

Is your application up to the task?

A generic or outdated rental application form can hamper a landlord’s efforts. Current trends — from the way we communicate to restrictions on what information landlords can collect from rental applicants — impact the effectiveness of rental applications because they can create legal traps for landlords.

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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: Tenants Can Sink your landlord business. Know the laws in your state before you rent out space. Being a successful landlord business ….  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 controversial provision in the rental lease agreement that land most in hot water. Late fee provisions are frequently troublesome for landlords and can be the most controversial provision in the entire lease agreement.  There are three ….  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. Will your lease protect you from scammer tenants? Attorney Elena Franz warns landlords to take preemptive action and review their rental leases before ….  Continue Reading

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A Chicago landlord was ordered to pay a judgement well over $33,000 after making a simple lease 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 ….  Continue Reading

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A hot topic facing landlords today is no smoking rental policies. Should Landlords and Property Managers ban cigarette smoking in  rental properties? While there are many different views on the topic, there are few rules.  Little rules can make it confusing for landlords! One thing is emerging as a universal truth -there is no right ….  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.   The landlord faces fine of over $85,000.   The landlord faces fine and is accused of 14 violations of federal lead-based paint disclosure laws in four of his 19 leases, according ….  Continue Reading

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Lease modifications are a tricky part of property management, and should be handled with care. That’s because the language of the lease was carefully drafted or reviewed by an attorney, and lease modifications muddy the waters by potentially limiting a landlord’s rights, or creating contradictions which make the lease hard to enforce. It is much easier ….  Continue Reading

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Does your lease prevent disputes, or incite them?  That’s a question every landlord should ask before a tenant signs the lease. Each lease has a personality, and it sets the tone for the remainder of the tenancy.  When push comes to shove, make sure your lease is your friend, not your enemy. Look at the top reasons ….  Continue Reading