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3 day notice, Riffraff & a Bad Check

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Q: When I serve my three-day notices to pay rent or quit, I know that I’m supposed to include some information directing the tenant where to pay and when. I heard that some judges are requiring additional information be put on the notice. Can you explain these new requirements?

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Fair Housing "Testers"

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Q: Is there anything I can do to increase my collection rate after I've evicted someone? It seems like after the Sheriff gives them the boot, these characters just disappear into the wind never to be heard from again. I know you see this every day, so I thought you might be able to share some thoughts that will help me get my money back from these deadbeats?

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What Is The Fair Housing Act Anyway?

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Q: Help! Seems like everyone wants a pet or two, and they'll say anything to get one! I had a prospective tenant with two cats apply. When told of our no-pet policy she said she'd leave them with her mom and then signed our lease prohibiting pets. She never mentioned any "disability" and she showed no signs of any disability. She moved in, apparently hiding the cats, until we discovered them during an emergency plumbing repair. When confronted, she asked if there was any way she could keep her "pets". She said she could even get a "sappy" note written for her, that the "Fair Housing Act" required me to allow the cats because she is "disabled" and entitled to a "reasonable accommodation".

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Implied Warranty of Security

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Q: I'm accepting applications from prospective residents for an upcoming vacancy. I'm kind of surprised at the response I'm getting from my advertisement. Lots of calls, and lots of interest. A fellow in a wheel chair applied and asked if I allowed cosigners. He says that because of his injury, he can't work full time and that his parents help him out with the rent. I have always had a strict no co-signer policy (just seems like too much hassle), so I told him that I was sorry but I did not accept co-signers and wished him good luck. Now I think that maybe I should have handled the situation differently, should I have?

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You Can Require the Resident to Take Responsibility for Minor Repairs

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Q: Seems like I'm always clearing out a clogged drain, or fixing some other minor problem generally caused by my tenant. Trouble is, I don't live near the units, and calling a plumber out for such routine repairs is way too expensive. Is there a way to pass this responsibility on to the resident?

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