FAQ

We researched the most common questions landlords ask and our team of experts answered them for you.

How often can I inspect my rental properties?

While there is no law (state or federal) that details an actual number of times you’re allowed to visit your rental, federal laws DO give tenants the right to “quiet enjoyment.” Meaning, a landlord must have a reason for entering, must give proper notice (check your...

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How can I be sure I’m complying with fair housing laws?

In 1968, the Fair Housing Act was passed to protect tenants from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and familial status. If you're a landlord, you're probably pretty familiar with fair housing laws (if not, read up here)....

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What are a landlord’s maintenance responsibilities?

If you're a DIY landlord you probably have the privilege of being your own CEO, accountant, and maintenance person all rolled into one. Since you're doing everything, it's sometimes necessary to make a judgment call about what needs to be fixed right away and what can...

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Should I charge a pet fee or pet deposit?

If you allow pets in your rental, it’s in your best interest to cover your bases with some form of pet protection. You can choose to charge a one-time refundable pet deposit or a monthly fee, but be aware that there are some restrictions with both options. Like most...

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What tax deductions are available for landlords?

Tax time doesn’t have to be painful. If you’re a landlord, there are actually several deductions that can wind up working in your favor when it comes time to file. Here are some basic tax deductions for landlords that most people who rent their property can claim....

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