The goal of every landlord should be to find the best tenants possible—tenants who pay rent on time, keep their rental in good condition, and don’t cause legal or practical problems. There’s more to finding good tenants than just reviewing rental applications. Landlords will want to have a reliable tenant-finding system in place that incorporates legal and effective advertising, a solid rental application, and thorough screening procedures.
Can I Show My Apartment to New Tenants While the Current Ones Are Still in There?
What to look out for if you want to advertise your currently-occupied apartment.
Landlord Responsibilities Under Fair Housing Laws in California
Your success as a landlord in California depends on knowing and complying with dozens of state (plus federal and local) laws that affect your property management business, including security deposit limits (one month’s rent for unfurnished rentals three months’ if furnished) to when you must hire
How to Handle Tenant Holding Deposits
Should landlords accept these kinds of holding deposits?
How to Screen and Select Tenants FAQ
Check tenants' credit and avoid legal trouble over discrimination.
HUD Guidance Memo on Landlords' Use of Arrest and Conviction Records
Whether and how landlords can use information from an existing or prospective tenant’s criminal history was the subject of an April 3, 2016 “guidance” memo from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
How Landlords Can Check a Tenant's Credit Report
Private credit reporting agencies collect and sell credit files and other information about consumers.