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Jan
16
MTM: Pros and Cons

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Month-to-month lease agreements provide both the landlord and the tenant with flexibility, but as with anything they also have some down sides


Pros for Tenants:

- Flexibility to move - one of the most common reasons for a tenant to sign a month to month or opt to go month to month is so they have the ability to move quickly.

- No specific end date - unlike a long term lease agreement, month to month leases allow you to give a normal (typically 30-60 day) notice and you aren’t burdened by lease break penalties

- You can (usually) switch to a long term lease -a lot of owners give the option to sign a longer term lease if plans change

- Can look for a home - this is often an ideal option for those looking to purchase or having something built but aren’t 100% sure when that will happen.

Cons for Tenants:

- Short Notice to End the Lease - Just as a tenant only has to give a normal notice (typically 30-60 days), that is all an owner has to give as well

- Fluctuating Rent Prices - landlords often charge a premium for a month to month lease due to the risk factor

Pros for Owners:

- Can Get Tenants Out Quickly - This gives owners the ability to give a normal notice to the tenant.

- Charge Higher Rent - Month to month leases are limited, so a lot of owners will charge a premium to allow this

- Keep quality tenants - Sometimes tenants request a month to month lease for whatever reason and landlords allow it to keep good quality tenants in their properties that are worth the risk

- Can Increase Rent - another benefit is you can increase rent with just a standard 30 day notice (instead of waiting until the end of the lease term).

Cons for Owners:

- Less stable/ lack of security - You are never really sure when the tenant will give their notice.

- Prepare for a vacancies - Since the tenant can give a notice at the end each month you always have to be prepared for it


Oct
18
Maintaining a Rental: Tenants

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Although Landlords can’t control how tenants live, they do have the right to expect the proper use of their properties.

Tenants are to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner, including all equipment, appliances, furniture and furnishings therein. Some tenant responsibilities for care and maintenance of the premises, at their expense, include but are not limited to:

  1. Waste Disposal

  2. Replacing AC filters

  3. Replacing burnt out lights

  4. Pest Control

  5. Landscaping

  6. Mold Prevention

  7. Proper Appliance Use

  8. Smoke detector maintenance

  9. Changing out batteries in anything appurtenant to the premises (i.e. thermostat, garage door opener, smoke detector, etc).

  10. Reporting issues in a timely manner

When it comes to maintenance issues for tenants, it’s important to read and understand the lease before signing it. Read and understand your responsibilities as a tenant before signing.


Aug
10
Jul
26
Rental Myths vs. Reality

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1. YOU'RE THROWING MONEY AWAY

WHILE YOU MAY NOT BE GAINING EQUITY IN A HOME, YOU ARE PAYING FOR SOMEWHERE TO CALL HOME, WHICH IS NOT THE EQUIVALENT OF THROWING MONEY IN THE TRASH

2. YOU HAVE NO NEGOTIATING POWER

RENT PRICES AND LENGTHS OF LEASES ARE OFTEN NEGOTIABLE. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK THE PROPERTY MANAGER OR LEASING AGENT TO SEE WHAT THE OWNER WOULD CONSIDER.

3. IT'S DIFFICULT TO GET OUT OF A LEASE

ALTHOUGH YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LEASE, DEPENDING ON THE LEASE TERMS, LEASE BREAK POLICIES CAN DIFFER. RESEARCH YOUR LEASE OR AS THE LANDLORD/PROPERTY MANAGER FOR MORE INFORMATION

4. THE LANDLORD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENTS

AGAIN, DEPENDING ON THE LEASE TERMS, THIS CAN DIFFER FROM RENTAL TO RENTAL. BE SURE TO UNDERSTAND THE LEASE AND WHAT IS COVERED BEFORE SIGNING

5. A LANDLORD CAN END YOUR LEASE EARLY

THE LANDLORD HAS TO FOLLOW THE LEASE, UNLESS THEY SELL THE PROPERTY TO AN INVESTOR WHO WILL KEEP THE RENTER IN PLACE THROUGH THE LEASE DATES.

KEEP IN MIND, WHEN IN DOUBT, ALWAYS ASK YOUR LANDLORD OR PROPERTY MANAGER BEFORE MAKING AN ASSUMPTION.


Jun
14
Tenant Maintenance Responsibilities

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Here are some common things that are a tenant’s responsibility when it comes to maintenance. A good rule of thumb is if anything was caused by misuse or neglect, it is the tenant’s responsibility to take care of.

  1. Carpet Stains or floor damage beyond normal wear and tear
i.e. Spills, pet accidents, bleach, nail polish, etc.
  1. Plumbing Clogs
Plunging/clearing clogged toilets, drains and garbage disposal
Common causes: hair, trash in disposal, floss, QTips, wet wipes (are not flushable)
  1. Replacing light bulbs
To include regular and fluorescent, light fixtures, ceiling fans, refrigerator, pool, etc.
  1. Change out AC Filters every 30 days
  1. Replacing batteries
Including but not limited to garage remotes, smoke detectors and thermostats
  1. Simple fixes
Such as resetting a breaker or GFI or reset buttons
  1. Damage to walls/ceilings
i.e. drawings, scuffs, odor, etc.

TCT Property Management Services, LLCLess

TCT Property Management Services, LLC

2500 S Power Road #121

Mesa, AZ 85209

T: (480) 632-4222

F: (480) 632-4226

E: info@tctproperties.com


Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30AM-5:00PM, Friday 8:30AM-4:00PM

2500 S Power Road #121

Mesa, AZ 85209

T: (480) 632-4222

F: (480) 632-4226

E: info@tctproperties.com


Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30AM-5:00PM, Friday 8:30AM-4:00PM

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Jennice Doty, Designated Broker


For AFTER BUSINESS HOURS maintenance EMERGENCY, please call 480-632-4225 and the on-call property manager will assist you

Jennice Doty, Designated Broker


For AFTER BUSINESS HOURS maintenance EMERGENCY, please call 480-632-4225 and the on-call property manager will assist you

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