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Realtors, Avoid These Questions on Rental ApplicationsRealtors, Avoid These Questions on Rental Applications
Realtors, Avoid These Questions on Rental Applications

When renters apply for housing, Realtors (and landlords) may have follow-up questions for their potential tenants. No matter how harmless they might seem, some of these questions can violate the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Code of Ethics and even be prohibited under federal or local law. Here is a list of the questions Realtors cannot ask renters on applications.

Nov 4, 2022 Legal
A Guide to Renting to Aging TenantsA Guide to Renting to Aging Tenants
A Guide to Renting to Aging Tenants

There are quite a few Fair Housing Act (FHA) and anti-discriminatory rules that protect the senior population, which is why landlords should make it a point to be familiar with the law.

Nov 4, 2022 Legal
Social Media Vetting From Landlords: Is It Ethical?Social Media Vetting From Landlords: Is It Ethical?
Social Media Vetting From Landlords: Is It Ethical?

It only seems natural that property owners would also want to know a little more about the social reputation of the people who plan to live inside their properties. But is it legal for a landlord to snoop into a potential lessee's social media accounts? This article will explain the fragile line of the law.

Sep 28, 2022 Legal
Correcting Miscommunications: Language Barriers With Tenants and RealtorsCorrecting Miscommunications: Language Barriers With Tenants and Realtors
Correcting Miscommunications: Language Barriers With Tenants and Realtors

Would it make sense for Realtors and landlords to become familiar with any or all of the local languages to be able to network with a larger rental audience? Probably. Being a multilingual real estate professional can certainly help to connect with a wider clientele.

Sep 28, 2022 Legal
Tenants Welcome, Disruptive Guests Need Not ArriveTenants Welcome, Disruptive Guests Need Not Arrive
Tenants Welcome, Disruptive Guests Need Not Arrive

Before a new tenant moves in, there are some topics on the lease that need to be explained—the cost for rent and security deposits, maintenance and repair roles, condition of the premises, and pet and smoking rules. These are rules that usually have minimal room for misinterpretation. But there’s one gray area on a lease that could become a sticking point for both tenants and landlords: quiet enjoyment.

Jul 25, 2022 Legal
No Vaccine, No Rental: Can Landlords Reject an Unvaccinated Tenant?No Vaccine, No Rental: Can Landlords Reject an Unvaccinated Tenant?
No Vaccine, No Rental: Can Landlords Reject an Unvaccinated Tenant?

In today’s political climate, there’s a taboo question that landlords may (or may not) dance around: Is this renter vaccinated from coronavirus disease 2019?

Jan 12, 2022 Legal
Protect Your Assets: Renters InsuranceProtect Your Assets: Renters Insurance
Protect Your Assets: Renters Insurance

If you are a new landlord or tenant, you may have never heard of renters insurance. However, it is becoming a requirement for your tenants to obtain it.

Oct 28, 2021 Legal
Is Saying ‘Nay’ to Tenant Applications OK?Is Saying ‘Nay’ to Tenant Applications OK?
Is Saying ‘Nay’ to Tenant Applications OK?

Once a landlord gets a bad tenant, it can leave a long-lasting bitter taste in their mouths when renewals and new tenants come along. However, for legal reasons, landlords cannot just turn down tenants on a whim.

Oct 28, 2021 Legal
Rekey for Tenant SafetyRekey for Tenant Safety
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.

Oct 2, 2021 Legal