You love being able to lease out your duplex, but you also know that whoever you bring in needs to be a safe, respectful tenant. How can you make sure you protect yourself as a landlord and only work with people who are respectful of your property?
Here are a few tips for keeping yourself safe. First, unless you live on the property, there's no reason to give away your home address. Simply give your tenant a phone number or email address where he or she can reach you in an emergency or when he or she needs to talk to you. If you would like to be paid via check, it's a good idea to opt for a P.O. box, so no disgruntled tenants know where you live.