The Metro Blog

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May 29, 2019

The look, feel and features of a rental property’s front door are more important to tenants than landlords and property managers might think. Front door material and look is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week.

The front door is one of those subt...

May 19, 2019

How dangerous to your net income might it be to rent to a serviceman or woman?

Yes, I know, they are serving their country and we need to support them. But we need to review what is known as the “Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act,” (SSCRA) the name of which was r...

May 19, 2019

The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing transaction. The Fair Housing Act specifically cover’s discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and th...

May 19, 2019

I have discovered over the years -sometimes the hard way-that the more time and effort you spend in the initial screening process and lease signing appointment, the less trouble you will have in the overall tenancy.

I refer to it as "Training Your Tenant." Not always d...

May 19, 2019

The Grace Hll training tip of the week focuses on the documentation for assistance animals, service animals, and emotional support animals.

If you suspect that documentation for assistance animals is suspicious, you may ask for more information.

Recently, you m...

March 28, 2019

Keep your rentals (and your own home) running smoothly and looking great with this simple checklist. Making these repairs and/or additions may also attract possible tenants to that vacancy you have been trying to rent out!

  • Repair window screens and check screening o...

February 13, 2019

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on The Fair Housing Act and how to respond to a sexual harassment complaint.

HUD aggressively pursues violations of The Fair Housing Act (FHA) involving harassment in housing and complaints often name property ma...

January 26, 2019

An increasing threat to the rental housing industry is government legislation mandating a rental property owner be responsible for tenant behavior. We have seen this mandated in local crime free legislation and we are watching this unfold at a county level regarding te...

January 26, 2019

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on the issue of how a no pet policy can be discriminatory when it involves potential tenants with disabilities.

Landlord and property managers must make reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of people...

January 26, 2019

If all you want to do is fill your vacant apartment as fast as possible, almost any process, or no process, will suffice. You take a good look at the applicant, decide whether or not he or she looks acceptable to you, get three recent pay stubs, collect the first and l...