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Amanda Maher
| 7 min. read
Squatters’ rights in Washington State leads to onslaught of unwelcome guests
Last year, we posted “Squatters’ Rights in New York City,” an article that looked at how difficult it is to evict squatters camping out in NYC apartments. However, urban landlords aren’t the only ones facing this issue. It seems...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 7 min. read
Protect your neck: Understanding key clauses in your errors and omissions insurance policy
Errors and Omissions Insurance vs. General Liability Insurance The courts have held that errors and omissions insurance “generally protects against liability based on the failure of the insured, in his or her professional status, to comply with what...
Amanda Maher
| 7 min. read
New marijuana laws create hazy situation for landlords & property managers
This past November, voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada voted overwhelmingly in favor of recreational marijuana. These four states joined Colorado, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and the District of Columbia, which had already legalized the use of marijuana...
The Anatomy of the Perfect Lease
Great property management begins with a great lease. That’s because smart, clear leases help keep you organized, compliant with laws, and can help make you more profitable and efficient in your business. Download this comprehensive guide for advice...
Amanda Maher
| 6 min. read
Screening tenants just got more complicated—here’s what you need to know
Tenant screening has never been easy. Landlords and property managers have to balance their desire to find good tenants—those who will pay on time, take good care of the property, etc.—with the requirements set forth in the Fair Housing...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 8 min. read
Landlord insurance 101: What it is & why you need it
Why Homeowners Insurance Isn’t Enough for Landlords Most homeowners understand that they need a homeowners insurance policy to protect what is often their most important personal asset. But if you own investment properties, a standard homeowners insurance policy...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 8 min. read
Painful, vital lessons from catastrophic Ghost Ship fire
It’s any landlord or property manager’s worst nightmare: You get a call reporting a fire on your property—and there were fatalities. In the case of the Ghost Ship fire, there were nearly 40 fatalities. The horrific tragedy took place...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 5 min. read
Risk management: Why you need umbrella liability insurance
Much of risk management involves purchasing a combination of insurance policies to protect against a variety of outcomes. A typical landlord will purchase landlord insurance (a souped-up version of homeowner’s insurance, which may not pay a claim if...
The 2021 Industry Report
2020 has been a year like none other. Everything we know has been turned upside-down, and it’s hard to name a business that hasn’t had to scramble to keep its operations moving during COVID-19. But property managers have...
The 2021 Industry Report, Presented by Buildium & NARPM
Thu, Oct 29 2:00 PM ET
Rather than being sidelined by COVID-19, property managers have been motivated to adapt and adopt new technologies to stay on track with their growth goals. There are a lot of factors at play—and that’s why it’s necessary to...
Laurie Mega
| 5 min. read
Eviction bans and other COVID-related housing regulations: What to expect in 2021
In September, the CDC announced a ban on most evictions for non-payment of rent, replacing the expired federal ban through the CARES Act. The moratorium extends through the rest of 2020, ending on December 30. In several states...
Laurie Mega
| 8 min. read
The hidden potential of rent roll analysis for property managers
If you’re an investor looking to expand your real estate portfolio, you need to know the value of the rental properties you’re looking at, as well as their revenue potential. The real estate broker or current owner of...
Laurie Mega
| 6 min. read
The pros and cons of property management franchises
If you’re considering starting your own property management company, you may be tempted to look into property management franchises. They are certainly an easy way to get your foot in the door. When you buy into a property...
Carolyn Berk
| 6 min. read
Essential wildfire preparation tips for property managers
Knowing how to prepare for wildfire season has never been more urgent for those in high-risk areas. As California battles the largest blaze ever recorded in the state, property managers nationwide need to be ready for the threat...
Laurie Mega
| 8 min. read
From realtor to property manager: 6 things I learned making the jump
In 2016, Beau Miles and his wife decided to become real estate agents to provide some extra income for their growing family. They eventually bought another house they found on the market and rented their old one as...
Daniel Craig
| 5 min. read
The PM forecasting mindset
No one can deny that 2020 has been a year of change, and as entrepreneurs, agility is what we thrive on. With every new obstacle has come new opportunities—and this year has been filled to the brim with...

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