Advice from a Landlady

Short Term Rentals

What is a short term rental? Why are there so many fees attached to a reservation?

An increasingly popular way to travel in the United States is by the week or month when going on vacations or adventures. Why wouldn’t you if you had the time and resources? Unfortunately these getaways do not fall into long term rentals or seasonal rentals. Any stay less than 6 months at a property is technically considered to be a short term rental (STR) and they have some laws and rules of their own.

Subleasing the Smart Way

Imagine getting a knock on the door at night, “police, open up!” It’s not your property and you rent from a local owner. You give the owner a call but he’s standing right behind the police. The owner is being fined because there has been a report of illegal [...]

What is an Escrow account

Listen up first time home buyers or home owners- there’s a funny word I want to talk to you about. Escrow.

As Ice Cube states in one of his songs: 

You punks is petty, still we steady, countin' fetti

I'm the one closin' escrow, with the best flow

Closing an escrow account can happen after the sale of a property. It is an account held by a [...]

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Thank You for not Smoking

Recently asks: I am a smoker and I’ve been turned down twice because I smoke even though I only smoke outside. Isn’t that discrimination?

Answer: In a word, no. It is not discrimination. Don’t get too fired up about not being able to find a place to rent because you’re a smoker. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 can’t help you on this one. This [...]

In Who's Name?

 

QUESTION: NWhipple asked, Should I put the utilities in my name or should they remain in the landlords name and why.

ANSWER:

Thanks NWhipple this is a good question. Tenants should put electric and other utilities in their name whenever possible. 

This prevents any future confusion...

Advice from a Landlady

Looking For or Renting Out?

 

“Sup dawg! WYD?”

Dude, can you hook me up with a crash-pad?”

“I swear I’m fun/responsible/friendly/not-an-axe-murderer.”

These are all terrible ways to introduce yourself when looking for a property to rent. When you’re looking for a rental, or renting your place out, it’s really an interview process.  Don’t show up smelling like a seedy bar that you were in the night before. Handshakes and eye contact are important. Put on some clean clothes, brush your hair and teeth and make sure to use your real first name and stay away from slang.

In November I wrote about some etiquette tips and tricks ?