No one said being a landlord was easy. Yes, it can be a very rewarding, but it is also a lot of work. Not only do you have to ensure your rental property is full, not only do you have to ensure your rental property is well maintained, not only do you have to manage rent collection and finances, but you also have to comply with extensive legal requirements.
10 Common Legal Mistakes Landlords Make (Part 1)
- Tennant Screening & Discriminating Questions: One of the most common mistakes made by landlords is during the tenant screening process. Many landlords ask prospective tenants inappropriate questions. Not only is this incredibly unprofessional, but it is also illegal. Remember, the federal Fair Housing Act prohibits a landlord from refusing to rent a property on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex or gender, disability, and familial status. Because of this, you, as a landlord, need to be careful about what questions you ask.
- Failing to make Disclosures: This mistake may not be as obvious for many landlords. It is illegal for you to fail to disclose important information about the rental property, like mold, lead paint, and even recent deaths in the rental property. Federal law requires that a landlord disclose this information and more.
- Rental Agreement and Illegal Provisions: Your rental or lease agreement is a legally binding document. Because of this, it must not violate state and/or federal laws. So be careful and have a lawyer look over your rental agreement before giving it to a tenant.
- Safety: It is your responsibility to provide a safe environment for your tenants. A landlord must take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of tenants from other tenants and from criminals.
- Timely Repairs: Did you know that lack of regular maintenance is one of the top reasons most vacating tenants cite as their cause for moving? It can also get you in legal trouble. Failure to maintain a rental unit that is fit to live in could result in lawsuits.
- No One said you had to do it Alone: Yes, landlording is hard. But no one said you had to do everything on your own.
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Whether you’re looking to rent out a primary or vacation residence until the market improves, or this is purely an investment property, Auburn Rose will protect your assets:
- Thorough screening for quality tenant placement
- Dependable rent collection and accounting
- Quality maintenance that keeps your house in great condition
- And so much more!
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