Tips for Current & Prospective Landlords

Being a landlord is a full-time job. From finding tenants to managing your property, learn what it takes to be a successful landlord.
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Benefits and Risks of Allowing Tenants to Sublease
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3 Steps to Verify a Prospective Tenant's Income
How Section 8 Determines Voucher Amount
How Much Section 8 Will Pay a Landlord
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What Is Prorated Rent and How to Calculate It
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7 Great Places to Find Tenants for Your Property
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7 Tips for Picking a Great Tenant
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What Is a Move Out Inspection for Landlords and Tenants?
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Top Ways Tenants Can Help With Rental Property Maintenance
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Preparing to Sell Your Rental Property
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Landlord Characteristics and Responsibilities
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Deciding How Much Rent to Charge Tenants
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Learn How to Run a Credit Check on a Prospective Tenant
Potential Problems Landlords Face With Section 8 Tenants
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7 Basic Parts to Include in Your Rental Lease
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3 Strategies for Managing Rental Property
Image shows a woman painting a blue wall white and a man scrubbing a sink. There is paint, a mop bucket, and a broom scattered around the apartment. Text reads: "The tenant move-out checklist: clean all windows, clean/paint walls, sweep/vacuum the floors, clean the bathrooms and kitchen"
Tenant Vacating Checklist for Landlords
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When and Why the Section 8 Inspection Is Conducted
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Can Landlords Keep Security Deposits for Normal Wear and Tear?
7 Steps to Get Water Flowing in a Frozen Pipe
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13 Questions to Ask When Screening Tenants
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How to Calculate the Fair Market Rent for Your Unit
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Considering a Career as a Landlord? Be Aware of These Duties
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How Section 8 Decides if Landlord Is Charging a Reasonable Rent
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How to Verify a Prospective Tenant's Employment
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5 Reasons to Keep a Tenant's Security Deposit
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5 Things You Must Include in Your Security Deposit Agreement
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Preparing for a New Tenant? 31 Tasks and Issues a Landlord Must See To
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Topics to Stay Away From During Tenant Screening
4 signs of frozen pipes: 1. strange smells from faucet or drain. 2. no water or very little water coming out of the pipes. 3. frost on the pipes. 4. not at the right temperature.
4 Tips for Spotting Frozen Pipes Before They Burst
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Complete This 10 Item Checklist Before Tenant Move In
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How to Increase Rent on a Yearly Lease
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Here Is a Look at the Advantages of Renting to Section 8 Tenants
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5 Best Ways to Collect Rent From Tenants
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4 Rent Payment Options to Accept and 4 to Avoid
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Top 10 Reasons Good Tenants Leave
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The Proper Legal Notice for Raising a Monthly Tenant's Rent
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Use This Rental Checklist to Document Property Condition
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The Pros and Cons of Renting to Tenants Who Have Pets
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5 Basics of Rental Property Security Deposits
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Who Is a Prospective Tenant?
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Use This Form as a Security Deposit Receipt for Your Rental Properties
How to Keep Your Pipes Warm When It's Cold Outside
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7 Safety and Maintenance Responsibilities of a Landlord
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How Much to Collect From Tenants As a Security Deposit
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Here Are Some Signs That a Prospective Tenant Could Be a Problem
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When to Collect Rent From Tenants
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What Is a Lease?
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Reduce Noise Complaints With a Quiet Hours Clause
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Tips to Increase Security at Your Rental Property
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8 Essential Resources for Screening Potential Tenants
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Section 8 Offices in Union County, New Jersey
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Reasons Tenants Can Break a Rental Lease Agreement
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7 Reasons No One Is Renting Your Property
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Pros and Cons of Renting to Students
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Types of Property Inspections
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The 8 Best Rental Listing Sites of 2021
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A Guide to Tenants' Rights in Maryland
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What Responsibilities Does a Landlord Have to Their Tenants?
Text reads: "Landlord responsibilities under section 8: notify section 8 of any rent increases; find out if you're required to accept section 8 tenants; select a section 8 tenant; submit request for approval to section 8 office, including anticipated lease start date and proposed rent; pass housing quality standards inspection/pass yearly inspections; adhere to terms of lease agreement; collect security deposit and monthly rent"
7 Rules Section 8 Landlords Must Follow
Section 8 tenant responsibilities
Rules That Section 8 Tenants Must Follow