Vinyl plank flooring, also called “luxury vinyl plank” or "LVP," is a great flooring option for your rental home. It's affordable, durable, and easy to install. Though there is new technology in carpeting that has made things easier for landlords, vinyl plank flooring is possibly an even better solution for whole home flooring. Luxury vinyl plank can give you the durability you need without having to replace flooring with each tenant turnover, if you choose a good product. Vinyl plank flooring can give you the look and texture of real hardwood floors. Plus, it is easily cleaned so that you
When you own an investment property, you have a big decision to make. Should you manage your own property or hire a property manager? Ultimately that decision will depend on a number of factors. Is it even feasible? Managing Your Own Investment Properties Property managers have several responsibilities. Here are the basic services offered by property managers that would become your responsibility if you manage your own investment properties: Respond to emergency and repair calls from tenants. (Remember, this could mean a call while you're sleeping or in another meeting.) Co-ordinate repairman visits. Finding tenants to place in your rental
Purchasing a foreclosed home can be a great investment opportunity. Whether you’re taking occupancy yourself, or leasing the home to tenants, you’ll most likely see some gains from your purchase. But, what if the foreclosure already has renters taking up residence? If you’re considering purchasing a foreclosure with tenants, you’ll first need to decide whether you’re going to live there, or continue renting it. Depending on the location of the home, there may be some state and local laws in place that will determine how you proceed. If there is a lease, tenants may be protected in a foreclosure situation.
If you have playground equipment on your rental property, you may be wondering whether the risk of a child (or adult) getting hurt outweighs the benefits. Whether you’re renting a single-family home with a backyard play structure or managing a multi-unit rental with a community park, you’ll want to know what your responsibilities are as a landlord. It is possible you could be held liable for any injuries that may occur. Let’s face it: children are accident prone – especially on playgrounds. It should always be assumed that there’s a chance for injury. If a child is injured on your
While everyone is scrambling to get their festivities organized and shopping done, unfortunately, it's too common for rent payments to be put on the back burner. Landlords are faced with this problem each year, and if it's happened to you, you know that it's a tough decision (you know, whether or not to be a Scrooge). Keeping a Professional Distance From Your Tenants If you're a landlord, you know that maintaining a professional relationship and not becoming involved in your tenant’s financial woes is a necessity. No one enjoys evicting a tenant—especially during the holiday season—but you should remember that this is
If you’re new to the world of commercial investment—there are a lot of terms, lease types and calculations you’ll need to be aware of. On top of that, everything is an acronym. Learning the lingo of the industry can be overwhelming—but it should be ranked high on your to-do list. If you’ve acquired a building and think you’re ready to start looking for a tenant, you’ll want to have the lease conditions drafted well ahead of time—but be prepared for negotiations! Here are some acronyms you should be familiar with before starting out. Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA):
When entering the world of commercial real estate, you were probably told to pick one of the basic types of leases and to stick with it. Determining whether a gross, net or modified gross lease is best for you can depend on a number of factors, including who you’re marketing your building to and what type of structure you have. If you’re thinking about a net lease, you’ll find that the term can actually be broken down even further, into three categories: single, double and triple. Single net leases have you charge the tenant for rent (high), utilities, and a part of