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Old 05-29-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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After reading all these posts from LL's and their horror stories I am very curious about a few things...

A. How many of you have a copy of your States'/Counties LL/Tenant Handbook?

B. How many of you have actually read it?

C. How many of you provide a copy of this handbook to your tenants so they
know you have read it and won't expect to 'get over on you' w/certain issues?

Koale
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:23 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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After reading all these posts from LL's and their horror stories I am very curious about a few things...
"accidental landlord"
It is a critical distinction to remain conscious of.
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Old 05-29-2011, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Clermont Fl
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After reading all these posts from LL's and their horror stories I am very curious about a few things...

A. How many of you have a copy of your States'/Counties LL/Tenant Handbook?

B. How many of you have actually read it?

C. How many of you provide a copy of this handbook to your tenants so they
know you have read it and won't expect to 'get over on you' w/certain issues?

Koale
A yes
B Yes
C Yes only if they ask
You should have a D can I prove the mortgage is up to date and the answer is Yes on all my properties.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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yes, Yes, No. My lease is 12 pages long. All the provisions are there and if there are any questions I can refer the tenant to the proper place to check legalities or questions about what to do or what is right.
I have only had a question or controversy one time. It was settled in one day by reading the LL/tenant laws.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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Yes on all 3. We provide a Fair Housing booklet to all tenants when they sign their lease along with our handbook and whatever addenda are necessary.

It's not my job to try a prove something to them before it even occurs. This is simply what professionals do as a part of treating everyone fairly in the same manner, every time. They can do their own personal diligence and also know the laws as they apply to them, too although Realtors or LL's are held to a higher standard because it is a given, that we are better informed because of our position. But I don't babysit people either.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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Yes on all 3 and if there was a 4th as one person decribed it would be "yes" too!

I have given tenants a paper stating there is no mortgage on the property, so I can't default on a mortgage or get a lis pendens due to a not paid mortgage.

Is there some where we can get a similar thing about tenants?
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:43 PM
 
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A - Yes I have a copy and I have a copy with special notes as well.
B - Not only did I read it but by financial backer required i take a CC course on LL Tenant laws.
C - The LL Tenant Laws are reference at the begining of the lease. (Its not reprinted but the entire laws are listed by Title and Chapter) and the tenat must intiial that they understand and it's their responsibility to understand that these are the laws that are part of the lease.
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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A. yes

B. yes

C. yes

I can honestly say that good screening and following the laws makes most cases fairly simple. The only time I've ever had concerns is when I have rented to friends - blurring the line between professional and personal.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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yes, yes, no
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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yes, yes, no

Ours are available online from the attorney general's office, via a quick google search, and are over 50 pages. With around 100 rentals, that is a ton of wasted paper for people who will never read them anyway. I will gladly make a copy if requested to do so.
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