Leasing

July 26, 2015

Top 7 reasons why Tenants lose Security Deposit money

There’s an old Landlord saying…. If it wasn’t for the dealing with Tenants and property maintenance, Landlording would be Easy! If you’ve been a Landlord for more than 2 months, you’re silently nodding your head acknowledging the above with a smirk.  It’s OK.  Everyone does it, too. You also know that, as required by State law, you are required to send the outbound tenant a letter accounting for deductions to their security deposit. With this in mind, here’s the Top 7 reasons why tenants frequently see deductions made from their security deposit funds: 1.  Light Bulbs.   If your lease document does not require the tenant to replace burned out light bulbs in your property, you are literally throwing money out the window.  When our management company moves in a new Tenant, all the light bulbs are confirmed to be working and in good condition via photographs in our extensive […]
August 24, 2015

Your Rental property is not worth what you think it is…

August 24, 2015 Today’s New York Stock Exchange activity was historical. Ouch. We may be in for continued volatility for the near term in the equity markets, which reminds me of how this relates to your rental properties… When I speak with new potential clients, the conversation usually goes something like this…. Property Owner: “I’d like to rent out my house, but I need to get at least $1500 a month because we bought it at the height of the market in 2008 and owe too much on the mortgage still to sell it. Can we get that amount for the house?” Me: “Well, according to the market comps and the demand for your house, I don’t think we can get anything higher than $1300 a month.” Property Owner: “But you don’t understand. I NEED $1500 a month in rent.” Me: “I certainly appreciate your needing to maximize the revenue […]
October 2, 2015

Millenials ARE INDEED moving to suburbs….and the impact on mass transit plans

Over the past few years, State and city officials have been GaGa over introducing enormous plans for mass transit to Indiana and Indianapolis, specifically.  The  most recent projections I’ve read include the estimate of approximately $1.1 Billion over the next 10 years. The urgency behind such a huge undertaking?  The theory that Millennials aren’t moving to the suburbs, but only want urban areas to reside and they demand mass transit, otherwise they will not relocate to Indy. In other words, it’s about trying to attract them to Indianapolis for high paying jobs. Uhhh…..only one small tiny problem with their hypothesis:  they have zero quantitative data about this projected human behavior pattern on which they are gambling tax payer money. Today’s Wall Street Journal doesn’t help their argument either.  Case in point:  Millennials are the FASTEST GROWING class of car buyers.  Here’s the entire article: Somehow, their choo-choo train idea seems to […]
March 9, 2016

Housing Market Recovery–Split like Charles Dickens classic….

Today’s WSJ published an article about the US Housing Market recovery diverging into two recoveries.  Reminds me of the Dickens classic a bit…. Essentially, lower priced inventories are vanishing fast while inventory on the higher end piles up.  While on the surface this might seem like “Economics 101” (and it does reflect some of that light) there is more to the story, especially as it relates to your rental portfolio positions and future purchases. WSJ Housing Market Takes on Split Levels 030816. Here’s some of the highlights from the article: On the low end, after a slow recovery from the housing bust, first-time buyers are finally returning to the market, bolstered by still-cheap mortgages. But after years of little new construction, inventory is still tight. High-end buyers, meanwhile, are more sensitive to the stock market’s struggles this year.           So…..how does this information impact your rental […]
April 19, 2016

Chipping away at your Property Rights….

Property rights continue to be under full assault. Here’s another recent article describing the Who/What/Where/Why…. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/03/20/no-right-to-rent-cities-barring-property-owners-from-renting-out.html  
April 26, 2016

The importance of Tenant keeping Utilities on….

If you’ve noticed a common thread to my posts, it is the critical nature of setting proper expectations for ALL PARTIES in a lease transaction.  In other words, it’s critical for the Tenant to know what is expected of them just as it is for the Landlord to know their role. Today’s article is about the need to properly and repeatedly communicate with Tenants about utilities.  And keeping them turned on! Now, most leases will have clauses in them about who pays for the utilities–Tenant or Landlord–and that is good to have this clarity.  Where I see the expectation “break down” between Tenant and Landlord or Tenant and Property Manager is this:  What about the time period when a Tenant voluntarily moves out of the home before the end of the lease and they turn off the utilities thinking they’ll save money? Case in Point:  The picture of this once-beautiful […]
May 31, 2016

Young Adults choose living with Parents vs living with a romantic partner

Times they are a changin’……again. A new study by Pew Research Center shows that young people are choosing to live with their parents in a higher amount than ever before in modern history….even higher than living with a romantic partner. Why the change? Pew researchers suggest several factors, including declining employment among young men in recent decades and lingering effects of the recession. But the researchers said that the chief reason is a “dramatic drop in the share of young Americans who are choosing to settle down romantically before age 35” either with a spouse or a partner.  “Forming a new family is not nearly as important as it was for young adults,” said Richard Fry, a senior researcher with Pew, a nonpartisan think tank that conducts public-opinion polling, and does demographic research. So what does this mean for Landlords and Investors?  It could mean the following: Your rental properties with a target demographic of this age group may be tougher to fill due to financial constraints of the tenants moving out of […]
June 28, 2016

Evictions….weird for sure….

To avoid burnout in this industry of real estate rentals, you gotta step back and laugh sometimes at yourself and others. Evictions suck to be sure. But at least you can be thankful you didn’t have any of these 7 weird evictions happen to you.  
July 8, 2016

In Case of Emergency, Part II….

So yesterday I posed this hypothetical question of:  “What would you do if your Tenant was incapacitated and a friend of theirs needs access to the property to pick things up?” (https://danbaldini.com/2016/07/08/in-case-of-emergency/) If your lease agreement doesn’t contain specific language and data to address this situation, you as the landlord or property manager are in a tough spot. Do you deny access to the friend or do you allow him access to the tenant’s personal property? How do you know he isn’t a scam artist? How do you know he is not perhaps an identify thief who happens to know the tenant is traveling out of the country and unreadable for a few more weeks? Fact is, unless you have protocols in place prior to this event happening, you simply don’t know and you are unprepared to deal with it appropriately. Not a fun position to be in, is it? […]
July 11, 2016

Oh $%^^!!!! My Tenant just declared Bankruptcy!

A common question from my clients is “My Tenant just declared bankruptcy and I got the notice in the mail today.  What does this mean for me as the landlord/property manager/investor?” Here’s a single page, well-written explanation from this month’s National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM) magazine of what to do/what not to do. Landlord Loses Because Tenant Went Bust, Broke, and Bankrupt As with other legal issues, it’s best to seek counsel from an attorney in your state/city who deals with these issues in their primary practice. Why subscribe to our weekly tips?  Because…..