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Amanda Maher
| 7 min. read
When dogs attack: Despite a sound pet policy, owner loses civil case
It started off as a picturesque afternoon: Two Long Island grandparents took their 4-year-old grandson and 14-month-old granddaughter for a stroll. But the idyllic scene didn’t last long. As the toddler road his tricycle along the sidewalk, three...
Amanda Maher
| 6 min. read
Who pays the price for a partying teen? 4 ways to minimize the risk of property damage
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions”—or so the saying goes. And it was good intentions that ended up wreaking havoc at the property of one hapless owner. An unsuspecting Kius Pahlavan hosted an open house...
Jim Gallant
| 5 min. read
Landlord-tenant dispute in Kentucky takes decade to resolve
Many landlords go to court seeking unpaid rent from evicted tenants. But few cases take nearly a decade to resolve. Indeed, many landlords wouldn’t even bother continuing a case that long, but a July 10 decision by an...
David Roberson
| 3 min. read
The legal tool every property manager should know about: The confirmation letter
While handling day-to-day tasks, property managers sometimes run into tenants and have innocent, friendly chats about kids, the news, the neighborhood, and so on. Sometimes, though, these conversations head in a different direction, turning into what I call...
Barbara Ballinger
| 4 min. read
How marijuana laws impact your tenants & property: Today, it’s a bit hazy
Marijuana: Whether or not your tenants can grow, store, or use it in your buildings is rapidly changing. As of mid-May 2015, 27 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing cannabis, the marijuana plant, for...
Barbara Ballinger
| 5 min. read
How settling out of court saves time, money—& your sanity
Settling—or reaching an agreement out of court—on most legal issues is usually smart, whether it’s a divorce, automobile accident, or landlord/tenant dispute. Too often, anger builds, and both sides refuse to budge. Bringing in an objective third party...
Barbara Ballinger
| 7 min. read
How to break a lease early with the fewest costs & issues
Leases are legal contracts meant to provide financial security for both sides—property managers or owners on the one hand, and tenants on the other. Sometimes, though, either side may want out a little early. In a perfect world,...
Colin McCarthy
| 4 min. read
The tenant reference check: Choose your words carefully
Not only am I a lawyer, but I am a husband and father of three. In the little free time I have, I often find myself mediating disputes not among my clients or partners or among opposing counsel,...
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Jake Belding
| 10 min. read
Buildium vs AppFolio: An in-depth comparison
Buildium vs Appfolio: Which the best property management software for you? Read our in-depth comparison of key features and pricing.
Robin Young
| 2 min. read
What renters want their property manager to know about communication [The Lookout]
Would it surprise you to know that 59% of renters want to communicate with their property manager via text message?   For years, email has been the most popular communication method. But over the last two years, we’ve...
Robin Young
| 2 min. read
How demand for property management services is changing in 2024 [The Lookout]
The pandemic not only changed how property management companies operate—it transformed the demand for property managers’ services.   But as the pandemic has receded, are rental owners still seeking out property managers at the same rate? That’s what...
Jon Park
| 8 min. read
4 of the best rental listing sites for 2024
If you own a rental property, you know how costly vacancies can be. On top of losing income, you need to pay for utilities, advertise your property, screen new tenants, and get them moved in. Today, rental listing...
Tara Mastroeni
| 10 min. read
The Ultimate Property Management Vendor Guide: How to Build, Audit, and Manage a Reliable Network
Managing property maintenance effectively takes more than just having a list of vendors at the ready. It means knowing exactly who to assign to a project to get the best price for the fastest, highest-quality work. Having the...
Jon Park
| 10 min. read
6 top ways to grow your property management revenue and door count
For a third year straight, over 90% property management companies have told us that growth is their #1 priority, according to Buildium’s Industry Report. However, with the rising cost of insurance, utilities, property taxes, and labor, the question...
Jake Belding
| 12 min. read
6 of the best lease management software options for 2024
Compare the features of 6 of the best lease management software of 2024, including Buildium, Propertyware, Landlord Studio, and more.
Jon Park
| 12 min. read
8 of the best property management systems for 2024
Compare the features and benefits of the X best property management systems for 2024, including Buildium, ResMan, LeadSimple, and more.

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