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How to Address Rent Increase

No tenant likes having their rent go up. However, as a landlord, there are ways to handle a rent increase that make it much less likely to lose good tenants to a potentially costly turnover. Even if a tenant has already decided to move out, you might not know it when you choose to initiate a rent increase.

How Long Should a Landlord Keep Tenant Documents?

When a landlord rents an apartment to a tenant, he or she wants to know that the tenant can pay the rent and their property will be maintained. To verify that this is possible, a landlord may do a background check, a tenant credit check, an eviction search, an employment check, and a previous landlord reference check.

Why Do I Have Different Credit Scores?

The three largest credit bureaus are Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian. All three bureaus collect credit information, credit histories, and may tabulate a credit score (FICO score) on you. Landlords, property managers, and real estate agents, can use StarPoint Screening as a resource to pull a tenant credit report.


Evaluating a Self-Employed Renter

A self-employed renter can be a scary prospect. Not only does a landlord have to worry about the potential instability of a tenant’s income—where lulls in sales or the loss of a client could put them behind on rent—but the viability and success of the business itself.

New Denver Law: Licensing for Rental Properties

The Denver city council has passed a law that requires all landlords to obtain licenses for their rental properties. Licensing requirements will take effect in 2023 for properties with multiple units and in 2024 for single-unit properties. Certain actions are required to obtain a license.

Rental Employment and Income Verification

Verifying a tenant’s income and employment is an essential part of the tenant screening process. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure you get the information you need as quickly as possible.

Ordering Multiple Reports on a Rental Applicant

Ordering Multiple Reports on a Rental Applicant

What does it mean when a Tenant Credit Report says unable to score?

When you order a tenant credit report on a rental applicant there are different messages you may receive. This is your guide to make sense of those messages.

Tax on Rental Income

A successful business strategy is built on more than just income generation. For landlords, knowing and understanding the tax structure used on rental income can be an important way to increase the money they take home after taxes.

Tenant Screening Authorizations Best Practices

Screening a tenant—whether they have submitted a housing application or are renewing their lease—a signed authorization is required. Consumer reports, which can include credit reports, eviction history, and criminal history, can only be accessed under this law for a “permissible purpose.”

Spring Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for Landlords

The work of a building manager or landlord is never done, but certain times of year are more important for routine maintenance than others.

What the American Rescue Plan means for Property Managers and Landlords

In January, 1-in-5 American renters were behind on their rent. As the pandemic has continued, unpaid rents are adding up — collectively over $70 Billion by one estimate. This poses real challenges for landlords.

What kind of Insurance do you need for your Rental Property?

Landlord insurance is like homeowner’s insurance in that it will protect you when wind, fire or another unavoidable act damages or destroys your rental. Many policies also cover the income that you would typically receive from your property while it is uninhabitable.

2021 Tax Preparation for Landlords and Property Managers

Most landlords realize that tenant screening is only part of the formula for success as a real estate investor. Knowing how to minimize the amount that has to be spent in taxes at the end of the fiscal year while still operating within the tax laws is equally as vital to your success as a landlord.

Reporting Non-Payment of Rent to Credit Bureaus

As a Property owner or manager, there is little more frustrating than a tenant who fails to pay rent as agreed. The situation is costly, time-consuming, and aggravating. Learn how to navigate non-payment issues with the credit bureaus.

Security Deposit Rules for Landlords and Property Managers

What are the rules for how a security deposit can be used and how long does a landlord or property manager have to return a security deposit by law?

SSN Lookup Tool — Check to see if a Social Security Number is Valid

Are you unsure if an SSN is valid or do you think a tenant gave you a fake Social Security Number? Learn how to find out the state and date range the SSN was issued.

A Free Rental Income & Expenses Spreadsheet

Download the Rental Income Spreadsheet Template to help you organize your rental income and expenses.

Accepting Cash Rent and Security Deposit Checks

There are multiple ways landlords can choose to accept rent from their tenants. No matter how they prefer to accept payment, landlords need to protect themselves against fraud.

Hurricane Preparation Checklist for Landlords and Property Managers

We've created a few checklists that may be beneficial to you as a landlord or property manager in the instance a hurricane or storm is near.