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5 Ways to Prevent Losses from Pets as a Property Owner

The United States is a nation of pet-lovers. In fact, according to the Insurance Information Institute, over two thirds (68%) of U.S. households own at least one pet.

Essentially, this means that if you prohibit pets in your St. Petersburgh, Florida rental property, you’ll be limiting the number of applicants you can pick from. This can be pretty tricky, particularly in competitive rental markets.

Apart from having a large tenant poolto choose from, pet-friendly rentals have other benefits as well.

To begin with, you can enjoy a reduced tenant turnover.

In a study conducted by FIREPAW, Inc., tenants with pets were found to rent from the same landlord for a longer period of time. It was found that they averaged 23 months compared to 15 months for those without a pet.

Another benefit of renting to tenants with pets is your ability to earn more money.

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5 Best Questions to Ask Prospective Tenants [and what not to ask]

As a landlord, renting to the right tenant is key to your business’ success.

A good tenant will take care of your property as if it were their own. He or she will also pay their rent on time every month.

A good tenant will also be drama free, neat, respectful, and creditworthy.

However, as any landlord can tell you, finding a qualified renter isn’t easy. It requires certain skills, experience, and even more importantly, a good screening process.

A good tenant screening process helps weed out the undesirable rental applicants from the good ones. Ideally, the process should start from the moment you first make contact. It could be via an email or a call.

It’s during this time that you should start screening them.

But, how do you go about it? Well, by asking the right tenant screening questions.

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Get Your Property Rent Ready in 7 Steps

7 Tips to Get Your Property Ready to Rent

Getting your property rent ready can mean a lot of things. It usually depends on your property’s unique needs, and the type of tenants you are looking to attract.

And while turnover isn’t great for business, it does provide a great opportunity to spruce up your rental property.

Of course, as a landlord, it’s your responsibility to make sure that your property adheres to habitability laws. That is, ensuring that your property complies with local building and health codes.

But does this mean you should stop there?

Of course not!

In a competitive rental market, you’ll need to do quite a bit more.

Here are 7 tips that will make your property stand out from the rest and attract the perfect tenants for your rental property.

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How to Maximize Rental Income

The goal of owning a rental property is to make money. Thankfully, you don’t need to own hundreds of properties to make that happen. You only need to know how to reap the most profit from what you currently own.

So, in this article, we share with you 6 tips on how you can maximize your rental income. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tip #1: Strategically increase the rent.

Setting the right rental price is a balancing act. If you price your rentals too high, you risk putting off your tenants. If you price it too low, then you risk leaving money on the table. It goes without saying that either of the two scenarios is bad for business.

What you want to do is find the sweet spot in between. One important factor to consider is expenses vs. revenue. Examples of property expenses include:

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How to Raise Rent on a Tenant

As a rental property owner in St Petersburg, FL, you probably know that good tenants aren’t easy to come by. Finding them requires experience, knowledge and time. So naturally, when you get them, you’ll want to hold onto them for as long as you can.

But what should you do when you need to raise their rent?

It could be that the costs of maintenance have gone through the roof or maybe the cost of living has shot up. Perhaps, it could be that property and income taxes have been adjusted upwards.

Remember, your rental investment is a business. And, the goal of any business is to make profit. So, when property expenses increase, you’ll need to adjust your rent price in order for your rental business to continue being profitable.

Albeit, increasing rent is, without a doubt, risky. Raising it could leave your tenants scurrying for a new place to call home. Opting not to raise it, on the other hand, can mean leaving money on the table.

So, in this article, we share with you 4 steps on how to raise the rent on a tenant without complaints.

Step #1: Determine Your Reasons to Rent Increase

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Florida Landlord-Tenant Laws: What You Need to Know

With a population exceeding 20 million people, Florida is arguably one of the largest states in the country. To help bring order to this enormous population, the state has put together extensive and elaborate guidelines for landlord and tenants.

The Florida landlord-tenant law guides the relationship between tenants and landlords in the state.

The following is everything that landlords and tenants in Florida need to know about the state’s landlord-tenant laws.

Landlord Entry in Florida

In Florida, landlords cannot just enter the tenant’s premises as they wish. Tenants have the right to the quiet enjoyment of their homes.

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City's Best!

Dean & DeWitt Property Management is thrilled to announce that they have been selected as the recipient of the City's Best Award for 2023.

Read the full article here.

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