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What Can I Withhold From A Tenant's Security Deposit?

After a lease ends and the tenant moves out, it's guaranteed that there will be some amount of work that will need to be done to get the property ready to rent again.

This can range anywhere from just a good cleaning to a full scale rehab project. If it's the latter, this can take weeks to complete and cost thousands of dollars.

Many landlords are left wondering how much of the security deposit they can use to help cover the costs of getting the property prepped and presentable for a new tenant.

The hard part is determining what damage is considered tenant responsibility and what is normal wear and tear, and how much you can charge for each given item.

Also, how long do you have to complete repairs and return the unused portion of the deposit to the tenant?

Some landlords view the security deposit as a bonus that they get for renting out their property that they will keep no matter what. This is not only unethical, but can have some serious legal ramifications as well.

All of this is covered under California Civil Code Section 1950.5 but we'll go ahead and break it all down for you here.

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What Does An Appraiser Do?

If you're looking at buying a home, chances are you've been told that you will need to get an appraisal.

You may then find out that you are responsible for paying for the appraisal and that it can cost several hundred dollars.

Maybe you don't need to have an appraisal done. Is it actually required in order to purchase a home?

Usually, it is and is ordered by the lender. You will end up paying for the appraisal as a part of your closing costs.

So what are appraisals and why are they so important?

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Raise The Rent Or End The Lease Agreement?

When a lease nears the end, many property owners wonder if they should raise the rent, keep it the same, or end the agreement altogether and look to rent to a different tenant.

Assuming you signed a 1-year lease agreement and you would like the tenant to continue renting your property, decide if you want to have the tenant sign another 1- year lease or simply let the lease expire and go to a month-to-month term. Your original lease should specify if the the lease will convert to a month-to-month tenancy. Legally, as long as the tenant continues paying you rent and you continue to accept the rent, you have a month-to-month tenancy.

If the tenant has been a good tenant, paying the rent on time, in full every month and taking care of the property, you should evaluate the local rental market and decide if you want to give the tenant a rent increase. Be sure you abide by any rent control laws in your area as you look at increasing the rent.

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Should You Buy a Home That's Part of an HOA?

There are a lot of misconceptions as to what a homeowners association actually does. Depending on your preferences, an HOA can either be a great asset or a great pain!

When you buy a home, there's a newfound freedom that you didn't have before. There's no landlord telling you that you can't paint the house whatever color you want or install a fancy new patio cover.

That is until the HOA steps in and tells you they don't approve of that lime green color and your patio cover detracts from the well groomed look of the community.

Wait a second. I own this home. I can do whatever I want to it! Can the HOA actually prevent me from making the modifications I want to make?

Unfortunately, they can. Homeowners Associations have rules (covenants, conditions, & restrictions) commonly referred to as CC&Rs on what the home owners can and can’t do to their homes.

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What To Expect After A Tenant Moves In

After the lease is signed and your tenant is all moved in, you may be surprised at how much you have to communicate with them, especially in the first 30 days.

You may even think you've made a mistake! A real estate investment was supposed to be pretty straight forward, and now you have a tenant calling you constantly with some new problem.

Don't worry, this won't last forever.

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What Credit Score Do I Need To Buy A Home?

A good credit score is an excellent asset when you are in the market for a new home. It's one of the first things a lender or mortgage broker will look at and will play a big part in determining what loan amount and interest rate you qualify for.

Does this mean you need a 700 or higher FICO before you buy a home?

Not necessarily, but for the most part, the higher your credit score, the better loan you will be able to secure.

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What defines a good or bad credit score?

All three major credit reporting agencies grade your credit history from 350-850. The ranges for what's good and bad are as follows:

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Important Landlord Responsibilities Before a Tenant Moves In

The lease is signed and its almost time for your new tenant to move in!  You get to stop spending money advertising and screening applicants and now you get to start making money as your property generates a monthly income for you in the form of rent.

The process doesn't end once that lease is signed though.  There are still a few things to take care of before moving in a tenant.

There is one thing that can always be said about any property inspection: “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  In the age of the smartphone, there is no reason not to have pictures and even video of every major area of your rental property.

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5 Things To Consider When Saving Money For A Down Payment

Welcome to the post-Great Recession era of home buying!  

Prices and interest rates are almost right back up to where they were before the housing crash in 2008, but the standards for you to be able to afford and qualify for a loan are completely different, especially if you are a first time home buyer.

In the pre-Great Recession era, buying a house with little or no money down was extremely easy to do. 

And everyone did it.

Then came the housing crash.  All of a sudden, everyone was looking around and wondering how all these people with no money were living in expensive houses that they supposedly owned.

These days, it's much harder to get approved for a loan if you clearly don't have the ability to pay it back.  Lenders are much more strict with who they will lend to and the income requirements and debt ratio you must have to be considered a strong borrower have also gone up.

So the real question is, how much money do you need to afford a house?

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20+ Essential Details to Include in Any Residential Lease

A well written lease can truly help you sleep better at night.  

How do you write that perfect lease though?  

If you are using a property manager or even a Realtor to lease your property, they should have access to good, well written leases.  You can also get a good lease from various landlord associations that specialize in your property type.  You should avoid buying a very basic, generic lease, especially if it doesn’t include all the specifics that your State may require.

A good lease is necessary to protect yourself and your tenant from any legal issues that may arise, but remember, it all starts with placing a good tenant.

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Here are 20+ details that you should include in ANY residential lease agreement:

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What Do I Need To Qualify For A Home Loan?

Finding a good lender is difficult enough, but once you've tackled that, how do you actually qualify for a good home loan at the best possible interest rate?  In case you missed it, check out our tips on How to Get the Best Home Loan before reading this post and learn how to best qualify for the loan you want.

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4 Things To Know When Screening a Tenant

Screening and selecting a tenant for your rental property is the MOST important step in renting out your home.  

Think about it.  What do you worry about most when it comes to your rental property?

Here are some common concerns that we hear all the time:

  • Is the tenant cleaning the home and preventing mildew and mold?
  • Are they doing anything illegal in the house?
  • Are they subletting to other people that I wouldn't have approved?
  • Are they upsetting the neighbors or being disruptive?
  • Are they damaging the walls, cabinets or appliances?
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How to Get the Best Home Loan

Securing a good home loan at the right rate is one of the most important steps in the home buying process.  This can be a pretty confusing part, especially if it's your first time buying a home.  Here are some steps to take and where to go when it's time to find the perfect loan.

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