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How to prevent leasing to a bad tenant

As a landlord, you understand the importance of finding a good tenant. With this person in place, you don't have nearly as much to worry about. Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, there could come a time when you're stuck with a bad tenant and wondering what to do next.

Before you find yourself in this position, it's best to learn more about the steps you can take to prevent leasing to a bad tenant. Here are some ideas:

  • Run a background check. This can go a long way in helping you learn more about a person, thus giving you a better idea of if you should rent your property to him or her.
  • Interview the applicant in great detail. Don't just assume a person is going to be a good tenant. Instead, conduct a thorough interview that will give you a better idea of what he or she is all about.
  • Ask for references. For example, you can ask a prospective tenant to provide you with references from past landlords, if available. If the person was a good tenant in the past, there is a greater chance he or she will be a good tenant in the future.

What are the different responsibilities of landlords and tenants?

When you sign a lease agreement for your new apartment, it should clearly spell out the responsibilities and repairs that both you, as the tenant, and your landlord are responsible for making. If it doesn't, then you may benefit from asking for clarification on such matters.

As you may expect, it's virtually always the responsibility of the landlord to take care of any and all common areas in your building. This includes cleaning, adequate lighting in common areas and ensuring the proper maintenance of all elevators, the lobby, outdoor areas, stairwells and the laundry room. It's also the responsibility of the landlord to clearly designate and provide clear access to all emergency exits as well.

Don’t let your home inspector miss these things

Buying a home can be one of the most exciting times of your life, as long as you are comfortable with the purchase you're making.

Unfortunately, your excitement can turn to anger if your home inspector misses something important. The same holds true if the seller hid something from you, thus making it impossible to pick up during the inspection.

Do you know how to approach a lease buyout?

As a landlord, there's nothing better than finding the perfect tenant who plans on staying in place for many years to come. This can make your life much easier.

However, there are times when this doesn't happen. There are times when a tenant moves on. Adding to this, he or she may want to break the lease early. In this case, you may want to consider negotiating a lease buyout.

Questions to ask before closing on your first home

There is nothing quite like buying your first home. This can put a smile on your face that lasts for many days (or longer).

Unfortunately, many people make mistakes leading up to their closing, which ends up causing them unnecessary stress in the near future.

Are you avoiding these mistakes as a renter?

Renting a home or apartment can bring a lot of joy to your life. However, before you get too excited, you need to realize there are some mistakes that you need to avoid at all costs.

Here are some of the more common mistakes, all of which have plagued renters before you:

  • Neglecting to review the lease in great detail. The lease you sign is an agreement between you and the landlord. You need to fully understand the details, as you never know what could come to light in the future.
  • Renting before you see the property in person. Even if there is a lot of interest, you don't want to make this mistake. You need to see the property yourself before you sign on the dotted line.
  • Forgetting to document the condition of the property. You need to make it known to the landlord if anything is wrong before you move in. This way, you aren't accused of causing any damage when the time comes to move out.
  • Passing on renters insurance. You may assume this is a waste of money, but nothing could be further from the truth. Just the same as home insurance, a good renters policy will give you peace of mind.

What to look for when reviewing a real estate contract

Buying a home is one of the most exciting times of your life. Unfortunately, there's a lot to think about along the way, such as the real estate contract.

If you ignore this detail, you could end up signing something that doesn't work in your favor. Subsequently, you could be disappointed with where things end up once the purchase is complete.

Vermin continue to plague Queens apartment

Most of us get creeped out at the thought of sharing living space with mice, rats and roaches. Yet, despite the "ick factor," one Queens family has been forced to live among the vermin in their Queensbridge House apartment.

Inside the apartment, cockroaches skitter across the floors and up the walls of every room. Look up and you see them above. Look down, you spot them darting across the floor. They have invaded the kitchen cabinets and drawers. They rush out of the oven once it's turned on. One was even photographed on the nipple of a toddler's sippy cup. Others crawl around inside a newborn's crib.

Breach of real estate contract: What comes next?

When real estate changes hands, it goes without saying that there will be a contract in place. This contract is created to protect both parties throughout the process.

While most transactions go off without hitch, there are times when trouble arises. If you're dealing with a breach of a real estate contract, such as if the other party is no longer willing to fulfill their contractual obligations, you need to understand your legal rights.

Can a tenant pay off all due rent to avoid eviction?

A tenant has missed multiple rent payments. The landlord wants to evict the tenant from the space, despite the fact that they've had no prior issues and the tenant has adhered to all of the rules in the lease before this incident.

The two go to court, and it goes to trial. Does the tenant have the option of paying off the money that is due, erasing the debt and staying in the space?

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