17th April 2012

Interesting: Non-Paying Tenant Insurance

The other day I happened to run across a company called Aon Rent Protect who claims to offer insurance that will pay the landlord when their tenant stops paying. I thought it was a very interesting concept and I have to say, up front, that I have not used this service before nor do I have any experience with this company personally.

From the outset, the company’s sales pitch sounds really great and the costs don’t seem too onerous but  the devil is usually in the details. Read the rest of this entry »

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12th August 2010

Attitude and Altitude Are Directly Related

After close to a year of paying her rent late. Every. Single. Month. I had to effectively read a tenant the “riot act” and told her in no uncertain terms that I would be terminating her lease. I let her know that we could do this the hard way or the easy way. The easy way being that she could pay what she owes and vacate the premises, leaving them in good condition, or the hard way being that I could file for eviction and get her kicked out by the county Sheriff. Since she did not send a rent payment I assumed she wanted to do it the hard way. Why am I not surprised?

Yesterday, I posted an inspection notice which is a requirement, under Florida law, before I can enter the premises without her permission. The law states that I must post this notice 12 hours in advance of the inspection. I wanted to inspect to make sure that she was at least preparing to move. Read the rest of this entry »

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4th May 2009

Landlord Tenant Law

Just recently I received three emails, in quick succession, from smaller landlords, like myself, asking various questions about dealing with tenants in general.

landlord-tenant-law-bookOne question was from a landlord who asked what they should do with a HEAP of stuff being removed from one of their units after their pack-rat tenant moved out.

Another question was from a landlord who asked what they should do about a tenant who was demanding that the landlord return their security deposit the day they moved out of the unit they were renting.

My response to all the landlords’ questions was that they should consult the appropriate state law where the property is located. Tenants can scream and threaten all they want about what the landlord should or should not do but when it comes down to it, the state law spells out pretty much everything to do with the landlord/tenant relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

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8th April 2009

Handling Tenant Deposits

Today I had a conversation with a good friend who just rented a residential property she owns. She asked me a question about how I handle my tenant security deposits. Florida state law says that tenant security deposits must be kept in a separate  non-interest bearing bank account in Florida. As in, you cannot “commingle” (mix) deposit money and business operating money in one account.

Handling Tenant DepositsApparently she had asked a long-time seasoned landlord the same question and he said that no one ever checks and he keeps his deposits in his operating account.

Early on in my (not so?) illustrious landlord career, I asked another long-time landlord the same question and she said that, yes the state law says that but she keeps her tenant deposits in an interest bearing account. Granted, the number of units she owns number in the hundreds so the interest earned on her deposits would be substantial. Mine? Not so much.

Regardless, I like to follow the law to the letter so that if I’m ever in front of a judge for any reason to do with landlord-tenant issues, the judge will have absolutely no choice BUT to find in my favor. Believe me, in my experience it’s worked like that before. To quote the judge, “Ma’am, if you want to stay there you MUST pay the rent. It’s the law.” And this was after asking me all these questions about the eviction procedure to see if I screwed up on my procedure.

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31st March 2009

How To Make Your Landlord Love You

Just last week, I had an email exchange with a reader who let me know that after our move to a new web server, a function of the site was not working properly (thanks David.)landlord-tenant-love

He mentioned that he is a tenant and he mostly  reads this blog to gain insight into the mind of a landlord. Wonderful!

I think that in the future, I will be writing more tenant-centric posts along with the landlord-centric ones.

So, without further ado, here goes; 

How To Make Your Landlord Love You:

The landlord-tenant relationship can sometimes be a contentious one. It seems that no matter how friendly the two parties become, the lowest common denominator is that it is a relationship based on mutual trust. Read the rest of this entry »

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