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Duringer-Legal Corner | January 2, 2008

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Q: I own a house that I use as a rental property. Since it was my residence at one time, I like to make sure that it is kept-up by the tenants. In the rental agreement, I include provisions for upkeep and maintenance. As a landlord, I like to periodically inspect the house for compliance by the tenants with the terms of the rental agreement. I always post a 24-hour notice indicating that I will be inspecting the property during “normal business hours”. I have never had a problem until recently. My tenant says I have no right to come in and snoop around. Is she right?

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Duringer-Legal Corner | November 30, 2007

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Q: I seem to be able to work out differences with my residents quite easily, but there are times when we disagree as to just who is responsible for making certain repairs to the apartment. Can you give me some guidelines that will help me decide if the repairs are my responsibility or the responsibility of the tenant?

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Duringer-Legal Corner | November 30, 2007

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Q: I’m currently reviewing and updating the rental forms that I’ve been using. It seems like the forms are getting longer and more complex. I’ve read in your previous articles of several disclosure forms that should be given to my residents. Can you summarize these forms for me so that I can be sure I’m doing it right?

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Duringer-Legal Corner | November 30, 2007

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Q: I expect a vacancy to be coming up at the end of the month. I started advertising the unit and I put a sign in the window. Luckily, I’ve already received quite a few applicants. There are a few that sort of qualify, and I guess I could rent to one if I had to, but I’d like to continue with the ad and get a few more prospects to choose from. The thing is, this one applicant is getting pushy. She calls me several times a day, says that she knows she is qualified, that I have to rent to her because the unit is still available and she was the first to apply. Truth is, she probably does qualify, but I’m just not sure. I haven’t actually denied her nor have I accepted her, I just need more time. Do I have to rent to her because she was first to qualify?

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Duringer-Legal Corner | November 30, 2007

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Q: Lately, it seems like my apartments are falling apart. I do the best I can, I fix most stuff myself, and contract out some, but it seems like some of my tenants are sabotaging the apartments. I’ve replaced the smoke detectors in one of my rentals four times in the last six months. I know something’s up, what do I do?

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