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So you want to be a landlord? Part 4 — The Security Deposit

Ok, Landlord. In the words of Inigo Montoya let me “sum up” our journey thus far: 1. You’ve obtained your local jurisdiction’s rental license; 2. You’ve found a qualified, responsible, and trustworthy tenant for your rental property; 3. You’ve negotiated and drafted a lease agreement that protects you, your property, and one that delineates your […]

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So you want to be a landlord? Part 3 – The Lease Agreement

Ok, Landlord.  By now, you should have accomplished the following: 1.  Obtained a rental license (if your county or local jurisdiction requires one); and, 2.  Found a qualified tenant to whom you entrust your property. The next step in the process is to negotiate and enter into a Lease Agreement.  Be careful with this.  I’ve […]

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So you want to be a landlord? Part 2 — Finding a Qualified Tenant

Hopefully by now, Landlord, you have obtained the following: (1) a habitable property to rent (and by that, I mean that the property is compliant with all building, zoning and other applicable codes); and (2) you’ve obtained your local jurisdiction’s rental license (if required). If you haven’t obtained these, stop. DO NOT rent that property….yet. […]

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So you want to be a landlord? Part 1 — The Rental License

Got Property? In these economic times, the selling of real estate isn’t happening as quickly — or for the price — that most people would like. Be that as it may, whether it’s the economy or whether someone has property and is looking to make some extra cash, I’m finding that a lot of people […]

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Landlords, Pit Bulls, and Liability. Oh my!

Before starting my own firm in Frederick, I was the “go to” attorney for landlord/tenant cases at a previous firm.  In fact, I still handle a lot of landlord/tenant cases. If you’ve ever checked out my Avvo Profile then you’ll notice that I answer a lot of questions on the topic of landlord/tenant issues. Usually […]

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