What To Know Before Signing a Rental Lease

A person holding a pen about to sign a rental lease with a pair of key atop the agreement papers.With the price of housing at an all-time high, more people are becoming and staying renters. If you’re one of those people and you’ve found the perfect apartment for your lifestyle, it can be tempting to rush the agreement process and settle into your new home. However, it’s important you take some time to assess the situation and ask the landlord the right questions before moving in. Being informed protects you from any unwanted surprises down the road or from agreeing to an unfavorable contract. To help you out, we’re here to discuss what to know before signing a rental lease. [Read more…]

Identifying and Avoiding Rental and Landlord Fraud Scams

A pair of house keys in a mousetrap meant to represent rental and landlord fraud scamsThe COVID-19 pandemic has generated a lot of uncertainty as eviction deferrals have come to fruition. This has many in need of affordable housing, which has unfortunately uncovered a lot of scammers seeking to take advantage of peoples’ desperation. False apartment listings or hidden rental fees can be a huge burden on those already struggling financially. With these sorts of schemes becoming increasingly common, let’s review the keys to identifying and avoiding rental and landlord fraud scams. [Read more…]

Who is Responsible for Improvements on Leased Property?

Businesswoman reviews lease agreement in office.

From spiffing up a single-bedroom apartment to overhauling a leased retail space, an improvement made on leased property changes the value of the property overall. Unlike with possessions, many improvements (or betterments) made to the property cannot easily be taken with them, so who is responsible for cover the increased value when it comes to insurance: the lessee or the landlord? Today we’re going to look at how improvements on the leased property should be covered and whose responsibility they should be.

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Massachusetts Renter’s Rights: What You Need to Know

If you are renting an apartment or house in Massachusetts, it is important to know your rights. [Read more…]

Rental Property Tax Deductions

Rental properties are a great source of income when designed correctly. [Read more…]

Things to Think About Before Becoming an Accidental Landlord

“Accidental landlord” became a hot-button term as the housing markets crashed. [Read more…]