Landlord-Tenant Law is my speciaLTy
Return of security deposits
Breach of lease
Landlord Do’s & Don’t’s
- DON’T rent a property without a written lease. And DON’T use a lease from a stationery store or the internet. Have it reviewed by an attorney.
- DO use a licensed real estate broker to rent the property. If you don’t have experience renting apartments, you may not notice the typical warning signs of an undesirable tenant that sound familiar to an experienced broker, such as an immediate move-in, paying all the rent up front, paying in cash, etc. In addition to a higher quality tenant, a broker is more likely to get a higher rent because they know the local market better and can more effectively market the property.
- DON’T use a realtor that you don’t know. There are lots of disreputable people in the real estate industry, so ask around for some referrals.
- DON’T give the keys to the tenant or let the tenant move in before collecting the security deposit and first month’s rent and those funds have cleared.
- DO take pictures before the tenant moves in and after the tenant moves out. Photos will be a big help if the tenant challenges any deductions you make from the security deposit.
- DON’T cash the security deposit or deposit it in your personal account. It must be held in a separate interest-bearing account, and the interest must be paid to the tenant annually.
- DON’T renew the tenant’s lease year after year without an increase, assuming the property is not subject to a municipal rent control ordinance. If you keep the rent same for five years and then raise it substantially to make up for lost time, the tenant will surely fight it.
Tenant Do’s & Don’t’s
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