Top 50 Landlord blogs and websites every landlord must know

I am continuously searching for great landlord and property management blogs, articles, and stories.  I have learned a big lesson over the past several years sharing stories about landlord and property management experiences.

The big lesson is, it does not seem to matter what country you live in, the landlord / property management business is not only tough, it is very similar.

We all face similar challenges.  Feed Spot compiled an amazing list of the top 50 Landlord blogs.  They are from Canada, United States (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK).

Lots of fantastic information to solve many of the challenges you face as a landlord or property manager, everyday.

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Top 50 Landlord Blogs And Websites Every Landlord Must Follow

 

 

How to reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack

This is a guest post from Wendy Michaelis founder of fixAIRx – She is an air quality professional in Dallas Texas.  Make sure to check out her website for tons more valuable information and reach out to her if you need your air quality tested.

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There are plenty of studies surrounding common triggers of asthma. Those with allergies cringe at the idea of stepping outside. There are so many factors that could be a real irritant for someone with breathing problems. The easy solution is staying indoors, but even then, you’re not truly safe from what could bother you. Your indoor air quality can be just as bad, if not worse, for your asthma compared to stepping out of your home on a sunny day.

The truth is, your home may contain such pollutants like dust, volatile chemicals from conventional cleaners, mold, and pet dander. For those who don’t have pets, you may feel a sense of relief, but according to David Lang, MD, the head of Allergy/Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic, “Even if you don’t have pets, you’ve probably got pet dander.” This is because even being associated with those who own furry friends can pass the dander along from clothes and you can bring that home with you.

These triggers, found in homes, can act as severe irritants for young children, the elderly, and those who suffer from asthma. Other things to look for is smoke, mold that could be growing on the shower curtain, and even dust clinging to pillowcases. If you experience coughing, chest tightness, and other wheezing problems, these could be the beginning of asthma troubles -which is never a good thing!

As asthma can be life-threatening in some cases, it’s important to take proper precautions when assuring your house is as close to allergen-free as it can be. If you are someone prone to asthmatic attacks, make sure you speak with your doctor about being prescribed an inhaler pump and medication to have as a backup to an attack.

Here are some helpful tips for treating the air in your home to reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack:

  • Smoke outside; don’t allow family members or guests to smoke in your home or car.
  • Be sure to clean your home on a regular basis.
  • Wash sheets and blankets in warm water.
  • Be cautious of the material you are using for pillows, bedding, and furniture.
  • As much as you may not want to, keep pets off the bed and other furniture.

While you may already practice some of these tips, others may seem like a huge commitment to follow. Continuously getting up to smoke may seem annoying, but it will help the air quality of your home and your overall well being. We are tempted to allow our furry friends to sleep wherever we do, but having that much pet dander on your sheets, couch, and clothes is a recipe for disaster. Having allergen-stimulant particles clinging to you all day long is not doing any favors for your asthma.

After a while of practicing these tips, you will see an improvement in your indoor air quality and hopefully, a major difference in the frequency in which you experience asthma attacks. Being short of breath is not a good feeling at all and can cause panic for those experiencing it. While things like stress and certain situations can also cause this, a huge factor is what you are actually breathing into your body. Treating the air in your home will absolutely help!

Author’s short bio:

Wendy Michaelis founder of fixAIRx is an indoor air quality professional in Dallas, Texas. With 5 years in business diagnosing and correcting Poor Air Quality conditions. We offer a wide range of customized environmental & mold testing services in Dallas and at the same time we help find the best solution that fits your families unique needs and budget.

Contact:

Wendy Michaelis
Owner
FixAIRx
P: (469) 224-7774
www.iaqrx.com

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Why Tenants Need Fire Insurance

The fire spread quickly and most the tenants were without insurance.  Now all they had to look forward to was salvaging burnt, wet and smoke smelling personal possessions.  Then rely on the kindness of strangers and organizations like the Salvation army and red cross.  The fire was accidental, careless (not criminal), a cigarette, candle, pot left on the stove, curling iron, it could be anyone of those things.  Now all of a sudden tenants are left to fend for themselves.  The insurance company for the landlord will only look after the building, the tenant contents and living arrangements are the responsibility of the tenant.

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Oh, and it gets worse, you know the tenant that “accidentally” caused the fire and put all those people on the street?  Well they are now liable for all the damage.  If they do not have fire insurance, that does not mean they will not get sued.

If they do not pay, a judgement can be placed against them. The judgement  will follow them until it is paid or the rest of their lives.  It could be years later and they want to get a mortgage, well too bad, until the judgement is paid.

Do not allow your tenants to get into this kind of situation.  Educate them on why they need fire insurance.  Do not let a tragic incident like a fire ruin the rest of there lives.

In most cases a  tenant can get fire insurance for a few dollars a month.

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I am going to end my post with some random links to examples of tenants getting sued that I gathered from a quick Google search on the topic.

Landlord/Tenant – Insurer May Sue Renter for Fire Damage
Tenant VS Landlord – Bigger Pockets
Tenant Sued for Apartment Fire
Insurance Company Sues Tenant
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Spring Maintenance: 4 Common Landlord Concerns

 

Spring Maintenance: 4 Common Landlord Concerns

| 2015 Apr 02 |
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Spring Maintenance: 4 Common Landlord Concerns

 

When you own property, there’s plenty to worry about. When you own multiple properties, there’s even more to worry about. The spring can be a particularly hard time for landlords: tenants come and go, and there’s always something to clean, repair or renovate.

If this sounds all too familiar, don’t worry; you’re not alone. Here we’ll discuss 4 of the most common landlord concerns when it comes to spring maintenance and how to effectively deal with them.

Mold Busters consulted John Richardson, creator of Landlord Relief Property Management, on the following matters:

  • 1. Tenant turnover
  • 2. HVAC maintenance
  • 3. Outdoor/yard work
  • 4. Leaks, mold

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Problem #1: Tenant Turnover

Tenant turnover is a landlord’s biggest cost, says Richardson. Below are 3 ways you pay (in time and/or money) when your tenant takes off:

  • Advertising the unit, finding a new tenant
  • Redecorating the unit (i.e. splashing a fresh coat of paint on the walls)
  • Less rent money (as long as the space is unoccupied)

Treating your tenant like a paying client is the best way to avoid the pitfalls of tenant turnover. Be responsive. Be courteous.

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Problem #3: HVAC Maintenance

Spring is an ideal time to inspect and maintain heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems primarily because of the weather. It’s neither too cold nor too hot that tenants will be uncomfortable when you shut down the systems temporarily, explains Richardson.

Skipping HVAC maintenance will lead to poor air circulation and excess moisture, which–with the right temperature and a food source–will trigger mold growth, a problem very difficult and costly to resolve.

By regularly monitoring and maintaining HVAC systems, you’ll keep comfortable living quarters for your tenants, prevent the buildup of indoor air quality pollutants and, in many cases, spot problems before repairs are needed.

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Problem #3: Outdoor/ Yard Work

It’s no secret that winter weather is hard on the exterior of a building. Exterior caulking, siding, decks and the roof must be inspected thoroughly and, if necessary, repaired in the spring.

One of the most important tasks is tending to gutters and downspouts, clearing the debris from both and making sure there’s proper drainage.

According to Richardson, landlords are usually responsible for outdoor work involving the house; for example, the aforementioned task of clearing debris. It’s not standard for landlords to take on yard work for small single-family rental units, although they probably will for multi-unit dwellings.

There’s no shortage of outdoor work once the snow melts. Because inspecting and tending to the exterior of a home is crucial for keeping your tenants safe, hire help if you need it.

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Problem #4: Leaks, Mold

If there is exterior damage, melted snow or April rain will enter the home–fast. Water damage paves the way for black mold growth and termites, among other problems.

Richardson’s 2 sure-fire ways to prevent moisture intrusion this spring:

  • 1. Inspect and repair the roof
  • 2. Waterproof the foundation–a costly but necessary step

Because it’s not always easy or possible for tenants to spots leaks, annual inspections are important.

If a landlord suspects a mold problem, it must be dealt with immediately. A good time black mold remediation is in between tenants, when the unit is vacant. Of course it doesn’t always work out that way, and still mold must be dealt with immediately.

Conclusion

Staying on top of all your responsibilities as a landlord requires a great deal of time and can be both physically and emotionally taxing. For this reason, Richardson suggests small landlords hire a property manager. This way, their properties and tenants will surely get the attention they deserve.

About John Richardson

John Richardson is a lawyer, educator and real estate investor. He created Toronto-based “Landlord Relief Property Management” to help small investors manage their residential rental properties.

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This has been a guest post, if you have property management information you would like to share, make sure to get in touch.  I especially enjoy sharing stories of personal experiences.

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The home butcher shop

The home butcher shop

I want to share a story about tenant vs landlord communication.  When you lease your property it is very important that both parties are clear about the intended use.

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In this story it appears the tenant lacked some common sense and caught the landlord of guard.  This is not my story, but it happened to a close friend (we will call her Jane).  I was asked what I would have done in the situation, and I have to say I was at a loss for words.

You see Jane had a single family home, rented to a family (the Clampetts).  The house is located on a very busy street.  The Clampetts were long term tenants and paid the rent (mostly on-time).

There were some red flags leading up to the incident, things like a lot of junk, like old trailers, cars, boats, and miscellaneous stuff around the yard.

Nothing prepared my Jane for what was about to happen this one particular day.

You see the papa Clampett somehow secured a full beef cow.  He decided he would butcher the cow in the front yard.  I guess in their defense, there was a great tree with a limb strong enough to hang a cow.

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As I mentioned this house was located on a very busy street.  Imagine driving by papa Clampett covered in blood holding a chainsaw, cutting up a huge body hanging from a tree.

Blood and guts everywhere.  Many people knew who owned the property, so the calls started coming in.

Jane did not know what to think, it was one of those things where you are in shock, then realize, you need to take action.

She was not sure what the laws were around such an event.

She decided the bast thing to do would be to make a phone call, so she did.

Papa Clampett answered the phone and explained how they had an opportunity to get this cow, but had to act fast.

He apologized for all the commotion, and said he was almost finished cutting it up, and would not do it again.

The big question is, did this tenant violate his lease agreement.  That could be debated, however, common sense would state, this was a poor judgement call on the part of papa Clampett.

Municipal, town and city by-laws generally require all residents to abide by current laws, rules and by-laws (applies to tenants and owners).

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Most residential communities have by-laws in place that specifically mention the guidelines around back yard slaughter, urban farmers,  and back yard butchers.  There has been a lot of recent media about people wanting to keep chickens in urban areas.

It also may cross over into the rules around food safety and handling.

What makes this situation unique, is that it was a one off case.  The Clampetts never butchered any other animals in the yard after that day.

To answer the question of what I would have done, would likely have been what Jane did.  Confronted the issue, and receive assurance from the tenant that it would never happen again.

The house was in a location that had by-laws in place prohibiting the actions of the tenant.

The overall lesson is to make sure to always stay close to knowing what is happening at your properties, either by a personal weekly drive by, or having someone else do it.

Also when you are going over the lease agreement with a new tenant, It is good practice to go over the rules of the neighborhood. Although cow butchering in the front yard may not come up.

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