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When is the Right Time to Negotiate Rent with Your Landlord?

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

It’s possible to negotiate rent with your landlord at almost any time, which could result in you paying lower rent monthly. But many landlords may only agree to lowering rent if you approach them at the right time. So when are the best times to negotiate rent with your landlord?

When Average Rents Are Lower

At the time you agreed upon rent with your landlord, the city you live in might have been booming economically. However, if more and more …

Solving Tenant and Landlord Issues

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Since all people have their own opinions, there will always be disagreements.  Because we are unique, no two of us think alike.  In the world of renting, this can cause problems.  In a world filled with introverts and extroverts, issues always arise.  These issues need to be resolved in a civilized manner.  In the world of rent, issues may be so blown out of proportion that it may seem as if they can never be resolved to the satisfaction of

Know Your Tenant Rights

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Statistics show that people who rent are generally singles 29 to 35 years of age. This figure does not reflect the number of low income families that pay rent. Considering the rising cost of rent in the United States, we see that a greater number of Americans have decided to rent rather than buy. Data is now showing that rental units are becoming harder and harder to get, as people lose their homes due to the current housing issues that

Defining Normal Wear and Tear on a Rental Property

Monday, January 28th, 2013

A rental property is a great investment, and can be a good source of income. As a landlord you can expect some signs of wear and tear. However, it is important to distinguish this normal wear and tear from considerable damage, which will need repairs. In cases of actual damage, the security deposit paid by the tenant can be used by the landlord for the repairs.

Normal Wear and Tear

Fading paint is inevitable, even when the tenant is very

Notice Requirements for Landlords Entering Rented Property – By State

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Below are the notice requirements for the amount of notice landlords must give tenants before they enter a rented property (in non-emergency situations). For more details, see your state’s landlord-tenant statutes.

Source – Nolo.com

State – Amount of Notice Required
Alabama – Two days
Alaska – 24 hours
Arizona – Two days
Arkansas – No statute
California – 24 hours; 48 hours for initial move-out inspection
Colorado – No statute
Connecticut – reasonable notice
Delaware – Two days
District of