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How to deal with end of tenancy for the tenant in the UK

I signed (in London - UK) a tenancy agreement in December 2013 for 3 times 1 year (the landlord wanted this instead of a 3 years contract). The term of the contract will arrive in a few months and I'd ...
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When buying a duplex are current “cash tenants” a situation to avoid?

I'm looking at duplexes for sale with the intention of buying one (both sides) to rent out. From an income-property buyer or landlord perspective, are properties for sale with cash tenants in place ...
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My tenant wants to pay rent through their company: Should this raise a red flag?

I have a tenant in a residential rental property who wants to pay rent through their company. They are asking for my SSN because they say their CPA needs it. Should this raise any red flags?
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How to properly do background check for future tenant in my own house?

I'm renting out a bed room in my own 4-bedroom house. This is the first time I'm being a landlord. How do I do proper background check of new tenants and reduce my risk that the person is a criminal?
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How to account for letting agent carrying rent over to next month's statement?

My letting agent collects my tenant's rent on the 11th of the month. They then take their fee (8%) at that time of the whole amount. Then they only pay out from the 11th of the month until the end of ...
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rental dispute between tenant and landlord

I am a tenant in a single home. My former landlord sold the property. My rent was $1300 monthly. The new landlord wants me to enter a lease agreement to pay first, last and $1500 monthly. The ...
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Resources on Buying Rental Properties

My wife and I are starting to consider investing in rental properties and becoming landlords. I'm basically looking for resources (books, websites, any other sources) that can help me understand the ...
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Submitting my property for section 8

I have a tenant who wasn't section 8 qualified when they started renting from me. The main breadwinner however has just passed away and the remaining family members (spouse and kids) now qualify for ...
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Is it legal for a landlord to report a large payment to a tenant using Form 1099?

I recently signed a Mutual Termination of Lease agreement with a landlord who purchased the complex I was living in (CA,USA). Part of the termination of lease agreement specified a large payment for ...
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I was paying my tenants' water usage without realising - how to recoup the money?

I live in Australia. I had some tenants living in my investment property for approximately 18 months (they moved out a few months ago). I have since sold the property and settlement is in a month. I ...
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Renting out rooms in my home, what's the proper way to deal with utilities for tax purposes?

I rent out two rooms in my home. Currently we split the utility bill between 3 people, i.e. the utility bill is in my name, and I pay the utilities and then get reimbursed for the other two thirds by ...
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As a prospective tenant, how can I screen a potential landlord and what should I look for?

I am looking for a room and I came across one Craigslist Ad. Please find the image below for the Ad: As can be seen above, there are lot of things that a landlord is demanding from a prospective ...
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Separate bank account for security deposit from tenant

My state (Maryland) requires me to have a separate bank account (escrow) for the security deposit collected from the Tenants. My questions: 1) Do banks have separate bank account for such a purpose ...
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What steps are required to transfer real estate into a LLC?

I'm a fairly new landlord, and learning as I go. Apparently one of the early mistakes I made when purchasing my rental properties was buying them under my name instead of forming a Limited Liability ...
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Simple Property Management Software [closed]

I am a property manager looking over 8 units in a boarding house. I was wondering if anyone knew of any free simple property management software or apps. All I really need to do is keep track of who ...
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Is a lease without signature valid/enforceable?

When our two year lease was up, the landlord agreed to about her 2 year lease by email and stated that the rent would remain the same. This was all agreed upon by both parties via email with no ...
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Property Records - Foreclosure and Fair Market Purchase, Over and Over

Here is the records I am finding on a particular property I would like to purchase: It seems like this Smith property owner has bought it out of foreclosure three times, and sold it to a party ...
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Help with calculation of interest on a security deposit on a rented house?

I know you answered a similar question on another post but I am in dire need of help. I was wondering if you could help me out with my security deposit calculations? We paid $1795 for our deposit in ...
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Tips for negotiating a rent increase (as a renter)

My landlord asked me today (via email) whether we plan to stay in the apartment and sign another lease in September. He mentioned there may be a small rent increase. He did not tell me what "small" ...
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Interest on security deposits paid to landlords, in Michigan?

Does the state of Michigan require landlords to put security deposits in interest bearing financial institutions?
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How to choose a good tenant as a private landlord?

I have 2 rental houses and am sick of the real estate agents providing such bad service. I have changed real estates 3 times over the past 5 years and I have come to the conclusion that I am the best ...
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First time landlord looking for software to manage rental properties

I am in the process of purchasing a couple of rental properties, and am completely new to property management. I know there are a few veteran landlords who frequent this site and was hoping to get a ...
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Switching apartments & the correct way to exercise notice period with current landlord?

I'm in the process of signing the contract with another apartment, but the owner of the apartment I currently live in is not responding. I've sent the current owner an email on 6th November and there ...
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How much does a tenant eviction cost in Miami and New York City?

I heard it's easy to evict a tenant that does not pay the rent in US (at least easier than in Italy). I heard in 60 days comes the sheriff and kicks the tenant out of the flat. I suppose the ...
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Landlords: what's the maximum amount of time to allow a guest of tenant to stay in a rental?

As the title says, but with these details: I have a rental unit; this situation has come up with a potential tenant. This tenant has an adult daughter, who, the tenant volunteered, has an unstable ...
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What are the basics of apartment rental finances?

During the last few weeks I have been reading on rental yield and other rental finances questions. I own a property that I have been keeping above the water by putting money into it. The mortgage ...
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What to ask a tenant on a rental application to determine if their income is stable?

I have a residential rental unit standing empty now; the last tenant – the first I'd signed myself since buying the place – turned out bad. Thankfully, not in the tear-the-place-up sense, ...
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Buying a multi-family home to rent part and live in the rest

I currently rent the top floor of a two-family house. Our landlord recently offered to sell the house to us, so I started looking at the cost of mortgages and property taxes in the area. It's my ...
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What things should I ask for in a lease addendum from tenants?

I am renting my home for a short, nonrenewable period. I have a standard lease agreement in hand which I'll use (one example here). It talks about the big issues: payments, security deposits, ...
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Should we use an expected inheritance to invest in a rental property with cash, i.e. no mortgage?

My wife and I will be getting an inheritance soon. There are many ways to invest this money. One thought we had was to take advantage of the down real estate market and buy a house for a rental ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of leasing out a property or part of a property (such as a basement apartment)?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of leasing out a property or part of a property (such as a basement apartment)?