Property Management

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What Can Property Managers Do When Roommates Fight?

Tenants in different rental units don’t always get along, and sometimes tenant roommates have conflicts as well. Disputes can lead to noise complaints, destruction of property, and physical violence. What’s a property manager to do?  Are Property Managers Their Tenants’ Keeper? Recently, a CRES client called the CRES ClaimPrevent® Hotline, wondering what he should doRead More

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Military Lease Termination: What Property Managers Need to Know

Property managers may be faced with tenants who want to terminate a lease before it expires for a number of reasons. Leases exist for a reason and have regulations about how they can be ended, but what happens when the tenant is a military member?  Recently we talked to a CRES client who’s a propertyRead More

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The Best Way for Property Managers to Reject Applicants

Part of your job as a property manager is screening potential new tenants. The screening process you use and the way you reject applicants can get you in trouble if you aren’t careful. It’s important to understand the Fair Housing Act and other federal and state laws related to renting and discrimination. Under the Act,Read More

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Top Risks Agents Face When Acting as Property Managers

If you’re a real estate professional acting as a Property Manager, you face many risks every day in the course of business. Attorney Rinat Klier Erlich recently covered key risks you should watch out for — and how to mitigate them — in a webinar for CRES Insurance Services.  Erlich is a certified legal malpractice specialist withRead More

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What to Do with a Tenant’s Abandoned Property

Landlords and property managers know that when tenants leave, they don’t always take all their things with them. Recently a client asked our risk management legal advisory team whether they could get rid of personal property a tenant left behind when they moved out. 3 Steps to Dealing with a Tenant’s Abandoned Property Whether theRead More

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Now Prospective Tenants Must Also Be Informed if a Property is in a Special Flood Zone

Changes in California Law: Disclosure Requirements Flood Zones California’s legislature within the past year made the following findings and declaration: (a) In February 2017, several neighborhoods within the City of San Jose experienced severe flooding that forced the evacuation of 14,000 residents and caused significant damage to public and private property throughout the city. ARead More

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Guest or Tenant? How to Deal with Someone Who Won’t Leave

What happens when somebody pays you to stay in a room short term and then doesn’t want to leave? That happened to one of our clients. She offered a place to stay in her home since hotel rates were so high. The person agreed to pay $600 for the short-term use of a bedroom. NowRead More

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Dealing with Malicious Acts by Tenants – a Guide for Property Managers

It’s every property manager’s and property owner’s worst nightmare —  when a tenant does malicious damage. This is why it’s important to know what the liabilities are, and what you can do to reduce your risk of a lawsuit. Not only does it allow you to protect your clients by offering sound advice, but itRead More

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Can You Text Changes to a Lease Agreement?

A couple was selling one home and moving into another that needed work. They arranged to lease the house they sold, while a contractor did the work on the new house. At closing, the sellers had a written 7-month lease agreement with a specified move-out date. Before the lease was up, the buyer and sellerRead More

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Choosing The Right Tenants To Avoid Future Lawsuits

Choosing the right tenants is one of the biggest challenges property managers face. When done right, it can significantly minimize your risk of a lawsuit or Errors and Omissions claim down the road. What Makes a Good Tenant? Ideally, your clients (the landlords you manage properties for) are looking for a person who has theRead More

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