Landlord and Property Manager Tips

Whether you manage five units or 500, you're sure to find some helpful tips here!

5 Ways Landlords Can Maximize Their ROI


Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or seasoned landlord, you likely want to maximize the return on investment (ROI)—a.k.a. Profit—on your rental property as much as you can.

How to Manage Dozens of Rental Properties from Anywhere in the World


Here are the basic principles to use to manage your rental properties from anywhere in the world.

Life of a Landlord During Covid-19


Landlords and property managers have had to shift from business, as usual, one day to invent procedures for no-contact showings the next, and wonder all the while about tenants who may not be able...

How to Succeed in Property Management


Being a property manager encompasses a lot of responsibilities. As a mediator between the property owner and the residents, you and your team will need exceptional people skills, organizational...

8 Qualities of a Great Property Manager


It’s not hard to find a suitable property manager. You just need to look for certain qualities.

Do You Know How To Motivate Tenants To Extend Their Leases?


The best news a landlord can hear is their tenants want to extend their leases. Here are 4 ways to motivate tenants to extend their leases.

How to Make Reporting Your Residents’ Rent a Seamless, Rewarding Process


There are many benefits to reporting your residents’ positive rent payment data to credit bureaus.

6 Organization Tips and Tricks for Peak Rental Season


The start of spring and the approach of summer means peak rental season.

My Property Is Not Renting? What Am I Doing Wrong


Stop wondering what you are doing wrong and use these valuable tips for moving properties that remain vacant.

Motivating Tenants to Extend Their Leases


The end of a lease marks an anxious period for landlords. If tenants decide to move, the rental must be marketed and the process of finding good renters starts. It’s why having tenants stay is much...

5 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Tenant-Landlord Relationship


You need to understand the healthy boundaries and obligations of a tenant-landlord relationship. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. The lines between the landlord and the renter often...

5 Ways to Make Your Tenants Feel Valued


If you value your tenants, help keep their lease active year after year by regularly demonstrating how much you appreciate them.

How to Properly Communicate Your Lease To Tenants


Communication is vital to the success of your relationship with a tenant. It is more vital to the landlord because they have more to lose. Here are 4 tips for how to properly communicate your lease...

The Pros and Cons of Month-To-Month Leases


Since a month-to-month lease offers pros and cons, it can be difficult for some landlords to know which to use. See if it's your best option.

How The Eviction Process Works


To help visualize the eviction process, Legal Templates created an infographic to detail how this works and what to expect.

Effective Ways To Welcome Your New Tenants


Once you have successfully marketed your property, screened applicants, and chosen the right tenant, it is time to welcome the new tenant to the rental property.

3 Out of the Box Money Saving Tips for Landlords


Trying some or all of these money saving tips will hopefully have you making a little bit more each month as you use rental properties to increase your personal wealth.

Understanding Rent Control for Your Property Management Business


Rent control has been a hot topic for 2020. With moratoriums in place on both evictions and rental rate increases, many property managers are concerned about the financial implications of their...

First-Time Landlords: 7 Common Mistakes to Avoid


If you have a living space you are not using; you may have thought about renting it out. This something more and more people are doing, with 36.6% of households renting their homes in 2020. And...

You Want to Be a Better Property Manager? Ask Your Tenants for Feedback.


As a property manager, how can you be sure your tenants are satisfied with how your company serves their needs with well-maintained, safe, and functional housing? Ask them.

Important Legal Tips for New Landlords


Being a landlord is about much more than sitting back and collecting rent checks. While it can be a good way to make some money, managing a rental property comes with a lot of responsibility. Here...

Myths and Facts about Eviction Records


Test your knowledge by reading below and see if you can spot something new. You might be surprised.

8 Tips for Effectively Managing Rental Properties


As you enter the world of property management, you want to ensure that your investment is a success. Here are several tips for effectively managing your rental properties and getting your maximum ROI.

The Secret Sauce to Rental Profiles That Sell in No Time


Being able to think of what your rental listing would need while you are asleep is what constitutes the secret sauce to writing a bestseller rental profile!

How Property Managers Plan to Manage Rentals Post COVID-19


The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic drastically affected the financial situations of residential and commercial tenants. What does that mean for property managers and landlords, and how might they...

Guide Tenants Through Pandemic


If you're a tenant who now needs to figure out how to make your rent payment … or a landlord who must determine how to collect rent, ease tenant anxiety, and rethink rents moving forward … where do...

Advice to Consider When Managing a Property in a New State


It’s important to consider this advice before you decide to manage property in another state.

Are You Losing Income Due to Coronavirus? Can Your Insurance Help?


As we find ourselves in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of questions are coming up in the insurance world with regards to whether insurance policies can provide any relief to landlords.

5 Tips for Safely Reopening Apartment Amenities


Your tenants are usually used to enjoying the common spaces and amenities your facilities have to offer. However, with the impact of COVID-19, you've had to close most of those spaces to maintain...

How to Make a Long-Distance Move Easier on New Tenants


To foster a healthy landlord-tenant relationship, landlords should review some of the suggestions about helping new tenants from other areas.

How Residential Real Estate Will Shift as Renters Trade Urban Living for Suburban


As the global pandemic continues, residential real estate will shift as more renters will trade urban, crowded cities for suburban, spacious areas. These areas offer a lower cost of living for more...

4 Steps to Becoming a Landlord


As of the first quarter of 2020, the US's homeownership rate was 65.3%, up from a stable 64% from 2019. The other 34.7% of the population rent their homes, and 40% of those renters are 45 or older....

How to Find Renters Who Care About Building Healthy Credit


To make a profit from your property investment, you need good tenants. This doesn’t necessarily mean tenants who are nice people.

What Should You Learn Before Becoming A Landlord?


Do you dream of becoming a landlord one day? Do you want to know what it's all about? Well, if you're going to become a landlord or property investor, there are a couple of things that you need to...

Items to Review During Due Diligence


In this article, we are going to focus on retrieving: 3 years of capital improvements, property taxes, current payroll and copies of all warranties.

How Many Property Managers Work From Home – or Still Have a Brick-and-Mortar Office?


As many areas of the country pause or slow down re-opening efforts due to the pandemic, a growing number of businesses have decided to close up their conventional offices and operate with most...

4 Things To Do When a Tenant Stops Paying Rent


Being a landlord comes with lots of perks. But at the same time, the job can prove to be tough. This is especially true when you find yourself facing a tenant who has stopped paying rent or asking...

Rights and Responsibilities Information for Landlords & Tenants


Whether you're a landlord or a tenant, you have specific rights and responsibilities outlined by the law of your province, territory, or state. Protect yourself; know what they are. Here are the...

The Secret To An Outstanding Rental Showing


Check out these quick tips for making your property showing the most effective and efficient process possible.

The Changing Role of the Property Manager from Handyman to Almost An Attorney


The changing role of the property manager today requires more and more knowledge of ever-changing local city ordinances, state laws, and federal rules.

5 Ways to Increase Profits for Your Rental Property


There are many ways you can increase revenues for your rental property portfolio without buying more properties.  Try focusing on increasing the value of each property - one at a time – and...

4 Property Management Tricks to Cut Down on Costs


While managing property can seem overwhelming at first, rental vacancy rates are consistently declining, making it an extremely lucrative field.

Landlord Leverage: 5 Options to Finance Your Next Rental Property


Most new real estate investors are unaware of all the options available to them for rental property financing. As they buy more properties and discover new forms of financing, they often find...

7 Must Have Rental Features Tenants Want for Their Home


In order to keep up with tenants needs, it’s important to make sure you have the ability to offer the features in which they are most interested in.

4 Secrets for Writing the Perfect Rental Listings


Writing a rental listing that actually converts a prospect into a client is not a walk in the park. Here’s why we think so.

Preparing Your Rental for a New Tenant: Steps for a Smooth Turnover


In order to appeal to your dream tenant, you also need to be their dream landlord – it goes both ways. And all you need to do is get everything ready to ensure a smooth, successful turnover.

Responsibilities All Landlords and Tenants Should Know


Finding a perfect tenant can be a long and daunting process, and landlords would rather spend more time on finding the best person possible rather than renting their apartment to just anyone.

Is It Worth Getting a Home Warranty on a Rental Property?


For many large purchases, buyers are given an option to purchase a warranty.

How to Review a Lease with Tenants the Right Way


One of the best ways to make sure tenants understand a lease is to sit down with them and go through it page by page. This is what is commonly referred to as a "lease review." Here are the 7 steps...

Increasing Resident Retention for Your Property


A property manager’s work is never done. Contrary to what some people might think, getting prospects to visit a community and secure an apartment lease is not the hardest part of property management.

Tips for a Friendly Rental Application Process


Whether you have first-time millennial applicants or experienced 65+ tenants, making them comfortable with the application process should be a priority.

What Is the Best Time of the Year to Advertise Your Property?


Timing is the first factor that you should take into consideration while deciding when to advertise your property. Although it seems irrelevant at first, well-planned timing can increase your...

Dealing With Late Rental Payments from Tenants


Grappling with tenants who pay their rent late is one of the worst parts of a landlord’s job. Here are some ways you can deal with late rental payments and tenants who just won’t pay on time.

Ways to Prepare Your Property for Elderly Tenants


As a landlord, your goal is usually to keep your premises occupied at all times and to have tenants that won’t give you headaches. Choosing to make your rental more attractive to elderly is one way...

Introducing New Renters to Your Rental Properties


Even though many might tell you it is very easy to rent your property, whether we talk about a flat, a house or an office space, it’s not quite that simple.

3 Ways Property Listings Can Help You Craft a Better Rental Ad


If you're looking to rent out a property in an area that's already saturated with rentals, you know that you have to do everything in your power to make your property seem as attractive as possible.

How Landlords Can Create A Win-Win For Tenants And Employees


One of the best ways to retain quality tenants in your apartments is to create a sense of community, a place where tenants call home and where they want to live with their friends and family.

Common Rental Mistakes and How to Avoid Them


Here are some of the most common rental mistakes and how you can, even as a first-time landlord, avoid them completely.

How to Protect Yourself from a Tenant Lawsuit


The key is to follow practices that are fair, equitable, and responsible. Here are 10 things you need to do to avoid a lawsuit from any future tenants.

5 Mid-Year Updates to Consider for Your Rental Business


Despite the potentially busy season, this also a great time for you to consider a few mid-year updates that will improve your business for the next 6 to 7 months of the year.

How to Transform a Residential Property into a Tenant Magnet


An ideal location and price range help a great deal. But, they are just a fraction of what it takes to really tap into a steady stream of revenue.

Lessons From The Real Estate World: From Property Sales To The Corner Office


Realtors know their business extremely well, and they just may be able to give you a new take on yours as well. Learn more inside.

4 Ways To Make Your Rental Listing Stand Out


Rental listing apps and online resources mean that renters can find your listing faster than ever before.

6 Reasons Your Rental Remains Vacant


Rental real estate is an excellent long-term investment that can give you a steady stream of passive income. But the reality is, it isn’t as easy as it may sound.

How to Prevent Negative Tenant Reviews


Online reputation might just be the difference between your property management company getting chosen as opposed to another.

The Busy Landlord: 8 Ways to Save Time in 2019


Time is one of the most valuable commodities, yet landlords seem to consistently run low on their supply, whether they’re driving around to meet tenants or spending hours fixing a leaky roof.

Documents Every Landlord Should Keep on File


A lot of people think being a landlord is easy; you just buy a place and start collecting rent checks. That’s true, to a degree. But there’s also a lot of peripheral work that goes into the job.

Considering More Profit Opportunities For Your Rental


If you are looking for more opportunities to increase your profits, check out these methods for making more with your rental.

Top 3 Landlord Mistakes on Charging Rent


Avoid these 3 FATAL landlord mistakes when charging rents to keep your rental business profitable and thriving.

How Landlords Can Handle Long-Term Guests


Much has been written about the importance of getting your tenant to understand the lease agreement. By signing it, you both agree to abide by the contract and you both have a place to start when...

5 Steps to Maximize Returns on Your Furnished Rental


There are significant benefits to renting a furnished unit—especially if you put in the time to make it a safe, comfortable space for your prospective tenants. Here are five steps to maximize your...

How To Handle The Inherited Tenant


Be prepared no matter what by taking the proper precautions. When you inherit tenants, put in action the following important tips.

Career in Real Estate: Five Secrets to Becoming a Successful Real Estate Agent


Here are five of the top secrets to becoming a successful real estate agent.

Multiple Rental Properties: How to Manage Them Like a Pro


Managing multiple rental properties can bring in a sizable income, it also brings many hindrances and challenges that can sometimes be overwhelming. If you want to manage multiple rental properties...

4 Effective Ways To Attract More Applicants


If you aren’t sure where to begin, check out these four effective methods for attracting more applicants.

4 Tips for Managing Multiple Properties In Different States


In our modern world, it’s easier than ever for investors and landlords to be in more than one place at the same time. Red-eye flights can be booked from your phone and face-to-face online video...

Challenges Facing Landlords and Property Managers Going Into Q4


2020 has been a challenging year for many industries – to put it mildly. Property management is an essential industry that had to make sweeping changes and adjustments at the pandemic's onset....

3 Must-Know Tips For Managing Your Online Presence As A Landlord


If you are new to navigating the waters of marketing online, handling social media, and other important components of your online presence, check out these must-know tips for managing your online...

Setting The Tone For a Positive Tenant-Landlord Relationship


There are many ways to welcome your tenant into their new home. A “little something extra” doesn’t need to be fancy!

Tricky Things to Check Before Returning a Security Deposit


A security deposit ensures renters pay their monthly dues and follow the terms of their contract.

How To Handle Showing An Occupied Unit


If you need to show an occupied rental property, check out these five helpful steps to ensure the process is smooth.

Being Prepared for the Tenant Eviction Process


The preparation process of an eviction is the most important. It’s what will help you get the power you need to get your tenants out as soon as possible.

Why Landlords Should Consider Raising Rent On Their Properties


Raising the rent is an important component in managing one’s property. In order to run a successful business—whether you manage one property or dozens—raising the rent comes into play.

5 Simple Steps to Ease into Becoming a First Time Landlord


If you're considering becoming a first-time landlord or if you've already taken the leap, here are five simple steps to rental management.

How to Know if Your Tenants are Taking Advantage of You


Renting properties has become a more prolific business as of late. And if you have an empty home or apartment, it’s always better to have someone look after it for you and pay for utilities,...

Common Mistakes to Avoid for First Time Landlords


There are a few mistakes that new landlords often make which can quickly result in a loss of income.

When Is The Best Time to Raise Rents?


Neither tenants nor landlords look forward to when the time comes around for a rent increase. But with the cost of living increasing year by year, landlords can choose to cover their higher costs....

3 Situations When Renting Makes Way More Sense than Buying


If you're young and have been renting for quite some time, you've likely wondered if it's smarter to continue renting or save up to buy your own home someday. After all, we've all been conditioned...

Rentometer Real Estate Investing Roundtable: Meet the Guests


At Rentometer, we wanted to know more as well. We’ve partnered with the American Apartment Owners Association (AAOA) to bring you a special Virtual Real Estate Roundtable. 

Pro's and Con's of Using Cosigners on a Lease


Some landlords allow cosigners while other landlords avoid them.  There are legitimate reasons to explore using a cosigner on the lease.  Let’s explore this further.

46 Ways to Increase Profits on Your Rental Property


We put together a list of tips to help you keep your rental profitable. By implementing some of these tips, you should be able to improve your rental value, and therefore, remain successful. 

How to Write an Effective Rental Ad


Whether you want to rent an apartment, an office or storage space, chances are that you are not the only landlord on the local market.

5 Time Saving Tips for Landlords


Become a savvy landlord and implement these five time-saving tips to simplify life. These 5 tips will save you time and money.

How To Be A Great Landlord: Your Step-By-Step Guide


As a landlord, it is in your own best interest to do your job well. You can reduce the likelihood that you will encounter problems or issues with tenants by being a great landlord.

Must Know Tips For When Tenants Move Out


With your goal in mind of renting out the property again to another qualified tenant, the following must know tips will help you when a tenant moves out of your property.

5 Things to Try Before Thinking About Eviction


Eviction is the first thing that comes to mind, but that may seem a bit drastic.

Trouble With Tenants? Here’s Some Advice


The rental business can be pretty cutthroat, and if you go in unprepared, you’re probably going to end up getting burned. Here’s how you can protect yourself.

5 Factors That Will Have an Influence on Potential Tenants


Attracting good tenants that are compatible with the place you are renting while giving you a good payment can be tricky. How can you do all that? Well, there are a few important factors that have...

Great Landlord and Property Management Tips to Start Off the New Year


Managing properties isn’t easy, but it can be easier. As you prepare for the new year, these tips will help you make renting your properties simpler.

How To Fix Really Bad Real Estate Photos


Really bad real estate photos can kill your listing and decrease your home potential market value. Learn how to take great marketing photos from our exclusive guide!

6 Key Characteristics That Make Up a High Rent Neighborhood


Real estate is a fascinating asset class for investment. It’s the only asset class that you can get so locationally specific that you can invest not only by city, but by neighborhood or even by...

Five Immediate Things Renters Want from Their Property Manager


To make your rental property a success, read on and consider these five immediate things that renters want from their property manager. Get right to the point of creating a home people will enjoy...

Everything You Need to Know About Relocating to a New Rental Market


Moving is stressful enough. For landlords, the difficulty of a move can be compounded by the learning curve of a new rental market and a new property.

How to Have the Best Relationship with Your Tenants


Being a landlord doesn’t require only a property to rent and tenants to rent that property to. Even though many believe that’s all it takes, to be a truly good landlord, you should do your best to...

Thinking of Becoming a Rental Property Landlord


Being a landlord could be a very profitable occupation, the one that is also interesting and fulfilling.

Important Tax Tips for Landlords


There is no need to stop investing in the property in order to earn a profit when you can write most of it off against your taxable income.

Experiencing a High Vacancy Rate? What Should You Do?


Have a look at our tips on how to improve your occupancy rate for maximum return on your investment property.

Restore Your Property Renting Value After Bad Tenants


Some tenants do not feel the property they are renting as their own. Others simply have bad cleaning habits and no respect for other people’s belongings.

Signs a Tenant is Trying to Scam You


If some people would put as much energy into finding honest work as they do into perpetrating scams, the world would be a much better place.

5 Simple (Yet Important) Tips for New Property Managers


As a new property manager, there’s a lot to think about: marketing your property to find tenants, making necessary upgrades without spending too much money, and much more.

Top Complaints from Tenants and Solutions for Them


As a landlord or property manager, you will have to deal with complaints from tenants. It’s the nature of the business.

How to Become A Landlord: 23 Things to Consider


Our friends at SmartMove contributed an article on tips on how to become a landlord.

How to Build a Financial Moat with Real Estate Investing


Today, many of us live in our own plain and simple financial castles that are much more vulnerable than yesterday's castles. Not only do our financial castles not have any moat for financial...

The Best Real Estate Negotiation Technique


Understand and master the use of time, and you can buy a property for thousands less!

9 Real Estate Rental Staging Tips For A Great First Impression


Staging your real estate for new tenants can be overwhelming regardless of your experience.

Tell-Tale Signs Of An Unsuccessful Landlord & What To Do About It


Being a successful landlord is about more than just having zero vacancies. Check out these management issues and how to fix them for good.

The Best Tips For Showing A Rental Property


While handling a property showing may sound simple, if you don’t master this step, you can lose out on quality tenants. Here are 4 tips.

How to Write a Business Plan for Owning Rental Properties


A business plan is the most important part of owning and running any business that you aspire to engage in.

Tips For Managing Tenant Turnover


Check out our five easy tips for managing tenant turnover during your busy seasons.

5 Simple Tips for Managing Properties Remotely


Managing a rental property is tough enough work as it is. Trying to keep an eye on everything long-distance is even harder. If you own property out of state or at a significant distance from where...

Reasons for Graduates to Start a Career in Real Estate


Have you ever thought of getting into real estate after you’re through with your college? Many people do, and most of them find it a great option to start off their professional journey.

The Dreaded Vacancy: Stabilize Cash Flow by Reducing Tenant Turnover


In the world of real estate investing, there are two numbers landlords consistently analyze: the cash flow their properties could produce in an ideal scenario, and the actual monthly cash flow they...

Determining Responsibility In A Landlord/Tenant Dispute - A Handy Checklist


We’ve compiled a checklist you can follow to help you understand, negotiate, and resolve your woes including determining which party is at fault.

How To Improve The Way You Communicate With Tenants


The following are the top communication tips for landlords.

Set Rents Confidently: 5 Things You Must Know


Whether you own, manage or are investing in one rental property or hundreds of rental units across the country, you need to be able to set fair market rents confidently.

6 Listing Details You Are Forgetting to Include


Keep these details in mind as you craft your next listing or update a current one. 

What Should You Have Put Together Before Applying for a Loan for Your Rental?


Here are 3 things you need before applying for a loan for your rental. By gathering documentation of your finances and collecting information about the property you want to purchase can simplify...

Legal Mistakes Every Inexperienced Landlord Should Avoid


There are laws that govern landlord/tenant relationships which if overlooked can be financially crippling.

How to Make Sure Tenants Pay Rent On Time


There are various methods landlords and property managers use to handle rent collection and ensure stable cash flow. What systems should you put in place to make sure your tenants pay rent on time?...

Do Landlords Have to Provide Home Appliances?


According to the law, property owners are required to adhere to certain rules and regulations. For example, they are required to provide a written lease violation document.

Hiring a Professional Property Manager for Your Rental: Pros and Cons


Just like everything else in real estate, working with a rental property manager has advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a list of the pros and cons and you can decide if hiring a property...

Giving Property Managers and Millennials an Edge: A History of Rental Payment Reporting


Reporting rental payment history is one way to help create awareness about the significance of credit scores, while allowing each renter to build credit history.

The Right Tenant Is Worth the Wait


All property owners look at the return on investment (ROI) when buying or maintaining rental property. The ideal is a positive cash flow, a tax deduction, and an increase in property value.

Mortgage Insurance: How to Protect Your Rental Property


Most banks are not too keen on losing money over foreclosed investments; however, administering house deposits is still a number one priority in the quest to keep funds flowing through the economy.

Tips on Choosing the Right Property Management Company


When it comes to choosing a professional property manager, you want to hire the best management company with good referrals and strong experience.

Becoming a Landlord? Why You Need an App


If you want to get involved in real estate, which is something most investors want to do at some point, you can do so by turning your current home into a rental or by renting out your house and...

How to Build an Elite Real Estate Investing Team


Having a circle of trusted team members can not only boost your bottom line, but it can also boost your confidence and accelerate your timeline. So, who exactly should you get on your side?

A Property Manager's Must-Have Addenda to Lease Agreements


A property manager needs to anticipate how to deal with unforeseen circumstances and shut down any similar future problems in the future. This is where addenda come into play. Here are a few lists...

How to Motivate Employees at Your Property Management Company


Happy and motivated employees are an essential ingredient of a successful property management business. When your employees are happy and motivated, it makes for a great work environment....

7 Steps To Make Your Move From Part-Time To Full-Time Landlord


Most part-time landlords work a full-time job and manage their rental property on the side. If you're fortunate, you can balance these responsibilities most of the time. As you acquire more...

The Stress-Free Guide to Welcoming New Tenants


Get ready: peak moving season is here. If you own a rental property, your life is about to get pretty busy for the next few months.

Which Type of Residential Property Should You Manage?


Property management can be a rewarding business when you decide on the right mix of property you should manage to earn and diversify risk.

8 Tax-Deductible Expenses Landlords Need to Track


When it comes to working out your tax deductions, what can and can’t you deduct? In this article, we explore 8 major tax-deductible expenses that landlords can take advantage of to minimize their...

Preparing to Purchase Investment Properties and Setting Rents in 2020


If you’re keen to invest in a rental property, but not sure where to start, we have some pointers on preparing to buy an investment property once you find one, and how to set your rent prices for...