VOLUME IINote from the EditorAs the new Magazine Editor for Go4RentMagazine, I am elated to be a part of the team, both as a second-year condo board member and a homeowner. I work with property managers, landlords and contractors on a daily basis, so this is the kind of magazine I’d read for fun. Joining the editorial team is an added perk! Now let’s explore what you’ll find inside.In the second issue of Go4RentMagazine, whether you’re a pet lover or a landlord who is hesitant to allow four-legged friends inside, “Can Pet-Friendly Homes Bring Better Tenants?” provides the pros and cons of a pet leasing agreement. Are pet owners more responsible renters or is opening your property up to pets going to lead to a total disaster? It depends.And before you reject that potential tenant (pet owner or not), you may want to know the legal blowback in “Is Saying 'Nay' to Tenant Applications OK?” When you do decide to accept that new tenant into your property, consider why four of five payment options in “Give Me Five ... Ways to Collect Rent the Right Way” aren’t recommended by Go4Rent. We want to make the tenant selection process and rental collection process easier for you, and help you avoid extensive insurance claims. That’s why we’re all about options to “Protect Your Assets: Renters Insurance.”Are you ready to explore other neighborhoods in Texas? Look no further than The Woodlands, along with additional Neighborhood Spotlights coming in more issues.The team for Go4RentMagazine is here to help property managers, Realtors and landlords with business, legal and marketing needs. We hope Volume II answers some of your questions. Is there a topic you’d like us to talk about? Contact me at shamontiel.vaughn@go4rent.com. We look forward to hearing from you!Shamontiel L. Vaughn, Editor-in-ChiefAbout Shamontiel:Shamontiel L. Vaughn has been in the publishing industry for 17 years as a newspaper reporter, a web editor, social media specialist and a print editor. Her areas of expertise include K-12 and adult education textbooks; local and nationwide news; and health news. She's also completed approximately 235 interviews in a variety of areas, including business, entertainment, criminal and civil law, internet technology, nursing, and real estate. Some of her bylines can be found in the Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune and CBS Chicago.

The unapologetic dog lover also owned two prior dogs (German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever mix) before becoming a two-year dog walker (500+ walks with 84 different dogs) and adopting a third dog of her own on Juneteenth 2021: a Hound mix named Junee. When she's not writing, editing or playing with her dog, she can usually be found scoping out vegetarian and Thai restaurants, daydreaming at a beach, or practicing her next Toastmasters speech.

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For a landlord, a rental property is an uphill battle against mishaps, calamities, the hands of time and sometimes nature itself. To guard their investment, property owners must plan ahead, maneuver tactfully and sometimes be prepared to cut their losses.


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Rekey for Tenant Safety

Each state will exhibit different property code requirements for rekeying rentals. This is partially due to the demographics and population needs of individual landlords and tenants.


How To Protect Yourself From Marginal Applicants

Property managers and landlords are often faced with uncomfortable choices: to rent to the well-meaning but credit-challenged tenants or wait until the ideal candidates pop up.