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Jason Van Steenwyk
| 5 min. read
The nuts & bolts of requiring renters insurance
If you’re managing a residential rental property of significant size and are not already requiring renters insurance, you’re in a decided minority. The latest Apartment Cost Risk Survey from the National Multi Housing Council, which surveyed some 55 apartment...
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...
Elise Beck
| 3 min. read
Why property managers should insist on renters insurance
Renters insurance is a great investment… for your tenants. But what can renters insurance do for you? Here are four reasons why requiring renters insurance at lease signing is a smart business decision that can actually benefit you...
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...

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