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When a tenant abandons the property

Thankfully this is a rarity if you are using a reputable management company like us that screens tenants thoroughly, but it’s impossible to completely avoid. Sometimes there will be a tenant who abandons a property mid-lease. It usually happens after the tenant loses his jo...
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Illegal Eviction

Although our eviction rate is less than half the national average, we do occasionally have to evict a tenant. When this happens, the property owner sometimes gets upset at the fact that we have to follow a legal process that can take 1-3 months, depending on which county the hous...
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Why is it taking longer to rent my house?

Many owners of rental property have friends who also own rental property, and they sometimes wonder why it’s taking longer to rent their house than it did their friend’s. There could be many reasons, including the condition of the house, the neighborhood, the conditio...
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The Terrorist Watch List and rental property

Most people have heard of “the terrorist watch list,” and most people associate it with preventing potential terrorists from boarding airplanes. But the list is used for a lot of reasons beyond that, including tenant screening, and has actually been around since way b...
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How our blogging helps our clients

Sometimes we get asked why we devote time to writing blog entries for our website. Obviously, it does take time, and time is valuable, so why spend it on a blog? Several reasons.First, we think there is a lot of valuable information that we can give property owners through our bl...
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Bounced Checks

Thankfully, bounced checks are relatively rare, but we do see on average about one bounced rent check every month out of the 260+ properties that we manage. Knowing how to deal with bounced checks is an important part of making sure that a tenant doesn’t feel that they can ...
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Credit Checks

We frequently get asked by both tenants and property owners about what we check when we’re doing tenant screening. We do the most thorough check available, which includes: credit report, eviction search, criminal background, prior addresses, employment, aliases, the sexual ...
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Renters Insurance

We require all of our tenants to have renters insurance, and our leases clearly stipulate this requirement. This doesn’t just protect the tenant, though, it also protects the landlord.For tenants, your biggest concern is your personal property. In Georgia, the landlord has ...
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Making Late Fees Stick

Many individual landlords (or inexperienced property managers) fail to write their leases or collect rent in a way that will make late fees enforceable if you end up having to go to court to collect and evict a tenant. You would think it would be easy, right? Just write the amoun...
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Our Business Philosophy

We usually talk about specific property management topics in this blog, but I wanted to take a quick detour this week to discuss something more broad: our general business philosophy. Our philosophy applies to how we interact with everyone, from tenants to property owners, and fr...
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