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The subleasee: The case of the mystery tenant

By Ryan Colquhoun

The statement at the root of this discussion may seem comical when you read it, but, sadly, I hear it at least once a month from landlords that call

Broken leases: Better to use honey or vinegar?

By Ryan Colquhoun

When a tenant breaks a lease, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to resolving the issue, but choosing the wrong approach may lead to otherwise avoidable complications.

Renting vs. selling your home: Pros and cons

By Ryan Colquhoun

When you’re ready to move, you have two options to consider when it comes to your existing home: selling it or renting it. When it comes time to decide between the two, here are some things to consider:

3 things to consider when choosing a property management company

By Ryan Colquhoun

A property management company can take a tremendous amount of pressure off your day-to-day as a landlord. If you’re in the...

Your year-round property maintenance checklist

By Ryan Colquhoun

In order to make sure your property looks and functions its best all year, it’s important to make sure to keep up with basic property maintenance tasks.

How to prepare your rental for new tenants

By Ryan Colquhoun

If you’ve secured a new tenant, there is no doubt you are eager to move them in and start collecting rent. However, it’s important to make sure you have fully prepared the property for your new tenants in order to ensure a...

What should a landlord do when a sole tenant dies?

By Ryan Colquhoun

In my last post, I focused on the improvements made to laws by...

When is a property 'abandoned'? How to handle abandoned tenant property in a rental unit

By Ryan Colquhoun

Over the last four years, the Pennsylvania legislature has taken steps to help landlords handle abandoned tenant property.

Evictions: 3 steps for handling every landlord's horror story

By Ryan Colquhoun

There are few, if any, landlords who do not have an eviction story. Among landlords, stories about evictions are passed around like terrifying urban legends — they induce anxiety much more than they inform. We regularly have...

Tenant screening: Best practices go beyond the rental application (part 4)

By Ryan Colquhoun

A great deal of consideration goes into a custom tenant screening process. In previous parts of this series, I have reviewed

Tenant screening: Best practices go beyond the rental application (part 3)

By Ryan Colquhoun

In parts 1 and 2 of this tenant screening series, I reviewed key elements of our...