Your Rights As A Landlord

By: tabithajnaylor
If you are thinking about purchasing real estate and renting it out, you need to become familiar with the process. Even though it may sound relatively easy to become a landlord, there are actually many details that must be tended to in order to be successful.

Most importantly, you need to know your rights. As a landlord, there are certain rights that you have, as well as rights that the tenant must follow in order to abide to any lease. A few of them are listed below.

1. As a landlord, one of your most important rights is to collect the rent from your tenants by the due date each month. This is an important because without the rent payment, you are essentially letting somebody live in the property for free. Not to mention, you will not make the money you were expecting.

2. You also have the ability to inspect the property you are renting as determined on the rental agreement. Of course, this will vary between states, but as a landlord, you are able to inspect your property at pre determined times. By taking part in these inspections, you will be able to turn up behavior and damage that may be cause for eviction. You need to protect your property at all times.

3. A landlord right that needs to be outlined in the rental agreement has to do with late payment fees or penalties. It is important to touch on these because sooner or later, you are going to run into somebody that does not pay their rent on time. By clearly specifying in the lease agreement how such circumstances will be handled, you will have the ability to assess a late fee in order to cover the losses or damages that you will incur.

The most important thing to keep in mind regarding your rights as a landlord is that they differ from state to state. Each state's laws are different, which means your rights will also change. If you are not familiar with the laws in your particular state, you may end up making a mistake that could potentially cost you a lot of money. Most states have real estate investment groups, which are full of novice and experienced real estate investors alike. They can be a wealth of information to you, and the price is very inexpensive. This is one of the quickest ways to learn about laws specific to your state.

All in all, the best thing you as a landlord can do is to create a very specific rental agreement, which will outline every right you are entitled to. If these rights are not specifically stated, you need to amend your agreement right away. Otherwise, you are just asking for trouble.
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