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How to raise the rent without losing tenants
Your vacancy rate is low and you have great long-time tenants. Sure, comparable units are renting for more, but why raise rents when things are going so well? Because, just like any other market, the rental market is cyclical. As...
Geoff Roberts
| 3 min. read
Renting to students: good or bad idea?
A line from John Belushi’s character in the 1978 movie Animal House sums up the concerns many landlords have when it comes to renting to college students: “Food fight!” While it’s true students can be hard on rental...
Handling security deposits
Security deposits—and how they’re handled—may be one of the most misunderstood topics for landlords and property managers alike. Part of this confusion stems from the fact that security deposit laws vary from state-to-state. For example, many states have...
Geoff Roberts
| 3 min. read
Keep your vacancy rate in check by retaining your tenants
I don’t know about you, but I hate filling vacant units. Maybe hate is a strong word, but searching for tenants, screening tenants, and doing showings just to fill a single vacant unit is a major pain. So...
Geoff Roberts
| 4 min. read
How to evict a tenant
Chances are, at some point in your property management career, you’ll have to evict a tenant. Whether it’s because he hasn’t paid his rent, threw one too many late-night parties, or violated any other term of the lease...
Geoff Roberts
| 3 min. read
Easy ways to make safety a priority
Not only do we all want our tenants to feel safe, but we also want them to actually be safe. The last thing any property manager wants is for a tenant to fall victim to injury, theft, or...
Geoff Roberts
| 3 min. read
The 5 stages of the tenant move-out process
Wouldn’t it be great if all tenants stayed in their units for multiple years, agreeing to regular rent increases, obeying all the rules, and paying their rent on time? Since the reality is that tenants come and go...
Geoff Roberts
| 6 min. read
Proper trust accounting makes trust unnecessary
As a property manager, you handle other people’s money on a regular basis. For example, when you collect a security deposit, you’re handling your tenant’s money; when you collect rent or pay a bill on behalf of a...

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