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Upgrades to attract health-conscious renters

These days, renters expect more from their homes. Many want to live in a place that naturally inspires health and wellness. By implementing smart home upgrades that make it easier for renters to stay fit, you’ll broaden your appeal among health-conscious renters while creating a vibrant apartment community and increasing tenant quality of life. Add a … [read more]

Review: Best Property Management Software

If you manage properties, you probably rely on an army of online tools to get the job done. If not, allow us to introduce you to some property management software that’s going to free up your time and money. We recommend that DIY landlords who need help managing a handful of properties check out Rentler’s property management … [read more]

Vacant property? Here’s how to secure it

If you’re renting a residential home, it is more important to ensure that your property remains safe and protected. There are many ways to protect your home between tenants, one of those options you may not have heard before: roller shutters. So, what exactly is a roller shutter and how it can provide security to … [read more]

Get ahead with great photography

Here’s a fun fact we’ve noticed at Rentler—listings with photos get 27% more views than those without photos. That’s 27% more people that could be looking at your property instead of at another property. This might come as a surprise, but many landlords don’t take the time or the effort to upload photos. Now that our … [read more]

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 deposit or a monthly fee, but be aware that there are some restrictions with both options. Rentler’s free property management software allows you to include a … [read more]

What tax deductions are available to 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 deductions that most landlords can claim. Repairs and maintenance. The key here is to make sure that your expenses throughout the … [read more]

What are the reasons I can keep a tenant’s security deposit?

They say one of the biggest points of contention in a relationship is money. That’s especially true when the relationship is between a landlord and a tenant, and one major pain point is the security deposit. In most states, security deposit laws exist to assist landlords in recouping potential damages to rental units. However, keep … [read more]

How to deal with guests that overstay their welcome

When you’re a landlord you have to deal with all kinds of unwanted visitors. From creatures of the insect variety to ones that are decidedly more…human. When guests become pests it can be frustrating all around. Besides being annoying for your renters that actually pay to live there, long-term guests can be a liability if anything … [read more]

How do I evict a tenant?

If the time has come to evict a tenant, there are a few things you should do to keep it legal and avoid a costly lawsuit. While laws vary from state to state, here’s a basic rundown of how the process should go. 1. Brush Up on Landlord Law The Landlord and Tenant Act is … [read more]

3 Things You Didn’t Know Were Illegal

Call us optimists, but we like to think most landlords out there are genuinely trying to do their best at owning and renting a property. However, we also believe that nobody is perfect. Here are three things you might not know you’re doing wrong so that you can avoid unintentionally breaking the law and losing … [read more]