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Security Deposit Guide for Landlords and Tenants in Sonoma County – Part II

Security Deposit Guide for Landlords and Tenants in Sonoma County – Part II

As previously mentioned in Part I of this topic, the return of security deposit after tenancy is the most common disagreement landlords and tenants face. As a landlord, you are responsible for providing a habitable rental unit to your residents. As the tenant, you are responsible for maintaining the rented premises. A landlord can only […]

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Do the Math: A Security Deposit Guide for Landlords and Tenants – Part I

Do the Math: A Security Deposit Guide for Landlords and Tenants – Part I

The most common problem a landlord will likely encounter is the security deposit refund accounting after tenancy ends. If not addressed properly, the landlord can face the risk of being sued and taken to small claims court by their tenant. To understand the laws and calculations associated with the security deposit return, one must first […]

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Raising the Red Flag: FACTA and Credit Report Discrepancies

Raising the Red Flag: FACTA and Credit Report Discrepancies

According to Dede’s Rentals, when landlords handle credit reports, they are required to abide by the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2003, also known as the “Red Flag Rule.” This legislation was passed (and subsequently modified) in response to increasing concerns about identity theft. As landlords, we don’t want to be victimized by […]

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“Who Are You?” Qualifying A Tenant Using Rental Criteria and Credit Reports

“Who Are You?” Qualifying A Tenant Using Rental Criteria and Credit Reports

One of our lawyers has a favorite quote: “it is cheaper to leave your house vacant than to rent to a bad tenant.” As a landlord, the critical distinction between a property that cash flows and one that does not can often be distilled to this one decision. A good tenant can help maintain the […]

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“Eyeballs and Phone Calls:” How to Effectively Advertise and Rent Your House in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County

“Eyeballs and Phone Calls:” How to Effectively Advertise and Rent Your House in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County

When advertising your rental property, it’s important to use effective marketing techniques. Good marketing can make the difference between a stagnant vacancy and one that attracts desirable tenants. Advertisements should at the very minimum identify the property address, bedrooms, bathrooms, and monthly rent. Narrative or bullet descriptions effectively build upon the basic information, helping applicants […]

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Face Off: How Landlords and Tenants Can Minimize Conflict During the Move-Out Process

Face Off: How Landlords and Tenants Can Minimize Conflict During the Move-Out Process

According to the California Department of Consumer Affairs, the single most common reason for dispute between landlords and tenants is over the refund of the tenant’s security deposit after they have moved out of a rental unit. In order to avoid such conflicts, it’s recommended that both landlord and tenant treat this process as a […]

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First Impressions: Some Practical Tips to Rent your House Faster

First Impressions: Some Practical Tips to Rent your House Faster

Dear Landlord: Use your imagination. For this topic, I’d like to ask that you look at your rental property from a different viewpoint…. imagine you are a prospective applicant, seeing this particular residence for the very first time. Applicants will have a judgmental opinion of your property. This is not a good or bad characteristic, […]

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Prop 215 & Residential “Pot Farms” – Why SHOULDN’T Rental Property Owners Allow Them?

Prop 215 & Residential “Pot Farms” – Why SHOULDN’T Rental Property Owners Allow Them?

Prop 215 states that marijuana use and cultivation are legal in California, but under federal law, the Drug Enforcement Agency still deems it illegal. What does this mean for homeowners? Why NOT allow tenants to turn rental properties into residential pot farms? First and foremost, a landlord’s property may be seized by the government under […]

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“Please Send Money” – What Tenants Need to Know to Avoid Rental Listing Fraud, including Craigslist Scams

“Please Send Money” – What Tenants Need to Know to Avoid Rental Listing Fraud, including Craigslist Scams

If you’re a prospective applicant in the market for a rental home, it’s important to be aware of the potential scams you may come across on the Internet. The WORST scams are usually found on Craigslist. Craigslist has many useful features, but it’s always important to remember: “buyer beware.” Here at DeDe’s Rentals, property management […]

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