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A generic or outdated rental application form can hamper a landlord’s efforts.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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Leases can be short or long. Leases can be simple or convoluted by multiple addendums or amendments. Regardless of the format, pay special attention to these 7 essential lease terms that give a lease its backbone: 1. List of Intended Residents A lease must name every adult (over 18) intended resident. By signing the lease, ….  Continue Reading

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Landlords tend to pour much of their time and attention into an ironclad lease agreement. That’s a wise investment as many tenants use loopholes. However, even an expertly drafted lease won’t help protect a landlord if the property is not being properly managed. While generally a written lease agreement will prevent a tenant from moving ….  Continue Reading

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Each day, legal disputes arise between landlords and tenants over Common Leasing Mistakes. Some of these disputes end with the landlord owing the tenant money, or unable to enforce the lease provisions. Follow the best leasing practices and protect your legal rights as a landlord: Make sure your new tenant has the opportunity to read ….  Continue Reading

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Last week, an Iowa tenant was awarded nearly $11,000 in damages and attorneys fees from  her former landlord after a judge declared the landlord fees illegal in the leasing agreement. The dispute arose after the tenant’s father came to visit her at her apartment. He brought along the family dog. The dog remained in the property ….  Continue Reading

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An iron-clad, written lease agreement is a must-have tool for successful landlords. This document serves as the road map for everything from rent payments to evictions in order to improve your lease agreement and rental practices. But the lease will not stand the test of time unless you have the cooperation of the tenant. Here ….  Continue Reading

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Move-out inspections go much better if both the tenant and the landlord have the same expectations for the Cleaning Checklist. 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 ….  Continue Reading

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A couple who own rental property in Brown County, Wisconsin, face housing discrimination charges for allegedly requiring a mother of a teenager to be at home any time her son had visitors. The allegations, brought by HUD, also include the claim that the landlords’ lease agreement included policies and rules restricting and imposing limitations on ….  Continue Reading

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Québec’s National Assembly is in process of adopting a measure brought forward by Marguerite Blais, Minister responsible for Seniors, that would allow some tenants to break a rental lease early with no consequences. The implementation of this new lease termination rule could put your landlord business at risk. This Bill, Number 22, amends certain provisions of ….  Continue Reading

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Manitoba’s tenancy laws now include new sections relating to tenancies where landlords provide tenant services such as meals, light housekeeping and transportation. The new provisions became effective November 1. Landlords who manage these facilities will want to review The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act. Landlords who manage these facilities will need to: Give new tenants a written ….  Continue Reading

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The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service just announced it will slow first class mail delivery to 2 or 3 days. This will likely create late rent payments for many landlords and property managers. That means landlords relying on paper checks may be receiving rent a day or so later than expected.  As the postal service struggles to ….  Continue Reading