Don’t send that deposit check! New and experienced renters alike are often victims to rental listing scams. It happens like this: you search online for that perfect rental. You find it and contact the manager/owner about renting. They message you back and tell you to email all your personal info for an “application” or ask you to mail them a deposit check with certified funds. Next thing you know, they have your money and you have no keys. When searching for rentals online, it is very easier for scammers to steal pictures and details about a house to create their own rental listings. If in..
I haven’t paid my rent because I hardly used the home this past month and I will be out of town for a lot of this probably month.
I haven’t paid my rent because actually I don’t feel like paying it.
I don’t have the money for the rent, because I spent it all on Christmas presents for the kids. You don’t expect me to tell my kids they don’t get Christmas presents, do you?
A tenant continually complains that it is cold in their rental property, and insists that the windows and doors need to be sealed better or replaced! When the manager arrives it is truly cold in the home. Upon further inspection he notices that the furnace is actually turned OFF? When he questions the tenant about it they state, “Of course it’s off, do you know how much the gas bill would be if we turned it on ALL.WINTER.LONG?” Needless to say, the windows and doors (and furnace) were just fine, it was the tenant who needed ‘instruction’ photo credit: http://www.freeimages.com/photo/thinking-1237556
A tenant calls an owner and starts complaining about the late fees that she accrues & has to pay every month. Stating that it is excessive, exorbitant, extreme (and every other “E” word you could think of). It is unfair! She doesn’t understand WHY she has to pay them. After carefully explaining (repeatedly) that her lease agreement says that rent is due on the first and a late fee will be charged on the 5th she still didn’t understand. She simply states that she can pay rent whenever she gets paid, so too bad! Unfortunately, she still had to pay the late fee monthly and..
As February draws to a close, here are the bills that we are tracking that will have an impact on the Rental Housing industry. HB 376: Landlord-Tenant Rights This bill was passed out of committee by an 8-4 vote in the House with some small modifications requested by the courts. The tenant’s attorneys showed up at the hearing to oppose the bill, but when they admitted that the loopholes they were using were only delaying tactics which ultimately made evictions more expensive for both tenants and landlords, the committee declined to support their position. This bill will give all evictions the same process – regardless..
While many of us like to DIY things to save a little money, there are many areas where this can work out well, and some where it’s better to hire a professional, like plumbing, electrical, law, and real estate. There are people all over that have gotten lucky and will claim that the professionals aren’t needed, but it’s the little things that come up later that often cause them to regret their decision; the leaky pipe, the shorting wire behind the wall, the lawsuit they didn’t see coming, and the unhappy realization that what they “saved” is often less than what they could have made. ..
Isn’t it interesting how quickly things can turn around? A single mother was renting out her basement to a nice couple with a few kids of their own. The first few months were great, they paid rent on time, and their children even became friends. Until the day that she smelled pot smoke coming through the vents. When she confronted them about it, everything changed. They started banging holes in the walls and burning the countertops in retaliation for her telling them to stop smoking in the home (something clearly stated in their lease) It took 3 months to evict and over $2 in damages,..
In recent years, the numbers of rental scams have increased exponentially. With so many rental listings out there, how do you know a scam from a valid rental listing? The majority of rental scams actually start as a valid rental listing. Scammers will peruse websites for available rentals, and “steal” the listing by re-posting it with their contact information and changing a few items. Usually, the price. If you see a rental listing for an unbelievable price it could be a scam. Others, will create “made up” addresses, be sure to check the address on listings that you find by searching the address online...