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Tips for Landlords
- Screen potential tenants using a written rental application
- Document the important facts of the agreement with a written lease
- Establish a fair system of setting, collecting, holding, and returning security deposits
- Stay on top of maintenance and make repairs when requested
- Provide secure premises
- Provide adequate notice before entering the rental space
- Disclose environmental hazards
- Choose and supervise your property manager carefully
- Purchase liability and other property insurance
- Try to resolve disputes with your tenants without lawyers and lawsuits
Source: Top Ten Tips for Landlords (NOLO, 2022)
Landlords Ready War Chests to Buy in Cooling US Housing Market (Bloomberg, Jun. 13, 2022)
Big Landlords Jump into The Homebuilding Business as Demand for Single-Family Rentals Surges (CNBC, Jun. 10, 2022)
Crypto Boom Opens Door to A New Class of Landlords (NBC News, Apr. 24, 2022)
7 Mistakes Every New Landlord Makes (and What You Should Do Instead) (The Motley Fool, Apr. 22, 2022)
U.S. Rent Trends: It’s Still A Landlord’s Market (REjournals, Mar. 25, 2022)
The Real Rental Housing Crisis Is on the Horizon (Urban Institute, Mar. 11, 2022)
Landlord Tenant Law (American Apartment Owners Association, Feb. 8, 2022)
America’s Rental Housing 2022 (Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, 2022)
Rental Assistance Resources
(National Association of REALTORS®
, Nov. 12, 2021)
Investing in Multi-Family Property
The Myth of Passive Real Estate Investing (Kiplinger, Jun. 6, 2022)
MBA: Multifamily Lending Expected to Fall Short of 2021’s Record Volumes (Multifamily Executive, Apr. 22, 2022)
International Investment in US Multifamily Sector Grows (Multifamily Dive, Apr. 18, 2022)
America’s Rental Housing Report 2022: Podcast (Freddie Mac Multifamily, Mar. 23, 2022)
The Way People Invest in Real Estate Has Changed - What This New Strategy Means for Investors (Yahoo, Mar. 23, 2022)
Why Multifamily Investment is Attractive for Investors in 2022 (First National Realty Partners, Mar. 22, 2022)
Single-Family Landlords Eye Wealthy Renters with High-End Houses (Bloomberg, Mar. 8, 2022)
Best Cities to Invest in Rental Property (ManageCasa, Mar. 8, 2022)
Rent Controlled Markets Feel Reduction in Multifamily Investments (Rental Housing Journal, Feb. 11, 2022)
Renter Preferences Survey Report Shows the Future Is Remote Work (Rental Housing Journal, Jun. 2, 2022)
Sustainability in Property Management: The Whys and Hows (The Environmental Magazine, Jun. 2, 2022)
Top 5 Tenant Retention Ideas for Multifamily Rental Properties (Luxury Property Care, Apr. 11, 2022)
Turning the Tables: New Trends in the Multifamily Residential Sector (Journal of Property Management, Jan./Feb. 2022)
10 Design Trends Shaping Multifamily Buildings in 2022 (Multifamily Executive, Jan. 18, 2022)
The Future of Renting (National Multifamily Housing Council, Jan. 18, 2022)
8 Property Management Trends We Should Let Die in 2022 (Multi-Housing News, Jan. 4, 2022)
Marketing and Leasing: Multifamily Properties (Realtor.org). — NAR’s education matrix.
Multi-Housing News — Provides current news and statistics about the multi-housing industry.
National Apartment Association — A trade association for the apartment housing industry.
National Association of Residential Property Managers® — A trade association for residential property managers.
National Multi Housing Council — Provides a forum for insight, advocacy and action for members and the community.
Property Manager — Sells property management software, and shares perspectives and best practices to help manage your property management business.
Books, eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings (eBook)
The Complete Guide to Real Estate Finance for Investment Properties: How to Analyze and Single-Family, Multifamily, or Commercial Property (eBook)
Complete Landlord and Property Managers Legal Survival Kit (Audiobook, eBook)
The Complete Real Estate Encyclopedia (eBook)
Every Landlord's Legal Guide (eBook)
Happy About Apartment Management: 30 Years of Expert Tips and Advice on Multifamily Property Management (eBook)
Insiders Tips to Operating a Successful Property Management Company (eBook)
Multi-Family Millions: How Anyone Can Reposition Apartments for Big Profits (eBook)
Opportunities in Property Management Careers (eBook)
Property Management Kit for Dummies® (eBook)
Property Manager, Community Manager, Real Estate Manager - How to Land a Top-Paying Job: Your Complete Guide to Opportunities, Resumes and Cover Letters, Interviews, Salaries, Promotions, What to Expect From Recruiters and More! (eBook)
Rich Dad's Advisors®: The ABC's of Property Management (Audiobook, eBook)
Streetwise Landlording & Property Management (Audiobook, eBook)
What Every Landlord Needs to Know: Time and Money-Saving Solutions to Your Most Annoying Problems (eBook)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
As a member benefit, the following resources and more are available for loan through the NAR Library. Items will be mailed directly to you or made available for pickup at the REALTOR® Building in Chicago.
Principles of Real Estate Management (Chicago, IL: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2011) HD 1394 In7rm
The CompleteLandlord.com Ultimate Real Estate Investing Handbook (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009) HD 1382.5 L49
Buy It, Rent It, Profit! : Make Money as a Landlord in Any Real Estate Market (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2009) HD 1394 C39
7 Secrets to Successful Apartment Leasing: Find Quality Renters, Fill Vacancies, and Maximize Your Rental Income (Chicago, IL: McGraw-Hill, 2006) HD 1384 C91
Every Landlord's Legal Guide (Chicago, IL: Nolo, 2006) HD 1394 St4e
Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings (Chicago, IL: John Wiley & Sons, 2005) HD 1377 B46
Practical Apartment Management (Chicago, IL: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2005) HD 1394 In7pr Ed. 5
The New No-Nonsense Landlord: Building Wealth with Rental Properties (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2003) HD 1394 J76
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