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Prepare Your Home This Summer

Summer months can bring some of the highest energy costs of the year, because of the high demand for air conditioning or any cooling appliances. In this month, make sure you're ready for hot weather and prepare into it.  Keeping your home comfortable can be expensive, but it can be dangerous as well. If your air conditioner runs too often, your electric system can be stress put you, your family and your home at risk and usually to fire.

 

Let us embrace the days of summer with…

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Added by James Loftis on July 8, 2014 at 8:28am — No Comments

Save Water and Energy This Summer

Summer is the peak time for water and energy use in every state. Heavy water use at peak times during heat waves means to add more and more effort to use energy; in total energy and water is related and both are highly demand in this season. And with energy prices at their highest during peak hours, it costs more to pump and deliver water to your home during peak times – which means higher energy costs for your water agency and higher water and energy bills for you.







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Added by James Loftis on July 4, 2014 at 10:14am — No Comments

Common hazards in your old house

Yes, older homes have their charms, and when it well-maintained they are more often command a premium for buyers seeking for history home. But some homes are just old and how hard it can be to keep it maintained and updated. It has plenty problems, from asbestos in the attic to radon in the basement. Before planning to deal the owner, you do need to bring along a knowledgeable architect to check out hazards common in older homes.

 

Find the problems early enough and you might…

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Added by James Loftis on July 3, 2014 at 8:56am — No Comments

Keep Your Family Stay Healthy During the Summer Season

Summer means fun in the sun. This time kids are out of school, adults are going on vacations and it's time for outdoor activities like visiting amusement parks, riding bikes and parties and much more.

 

Tips to enjoy the summer:

 

  • Let natural air coming-in to your home. Open your windows during day time. If you don’t have plan yet for vacation, still, you can enjoy the summer season, have your breakfast or lunch be held outdoors, maybe…
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Added by James Loftis on July 2, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

Keep Your Home Safe This Summer

 

 

Summer is the warmest season of the year, occurring between spring and autumn. With temperatures up and school out, homeowners and renters just want to have vacation and enjoy summer -- which sometimes means taking the risk to leave your home for a while. Although they do lock their doors, but are you sure your home will be safe?

 

"Safety starts and ends at home," says Rebecca Smith, a spokeswoman for Master Lock. "There's no better time to…

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Added by James Loftis on June 30, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

Tree Owner Responsibility

 

One of the best ways to avoid problems with neighbors over your trees is to know your rights and responsibilities as tree-keeper.

 

In general, the landowner where tree grows will be the respondent to take care and maintain well to prevent injury, death or damage to a neighbor’s property. 

 

If landowners or tree owner has the actual knowledge of the defective condition of a tree and no action was taken is liable for any damages, injury or death…

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Added by James Loftis on June 27, 2014 at 8:23am — No Comments

Avoid Fire Hazards

 

Human negligence sometimes causes fire that may result to injury, property damages or even death. Fire safety measures must always perform in every home and building unit.

 

In order to avoid fire hazards, tenants should:

 

 

  • Don’t put burning materials in garbage bins like cigarette butts; make sure it’s not still smouldering. And not to throw flammable liquids cans in interior garbage bins or chutes. There’s a garbage bins or…
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Added by James Loftis on June 26, 2014 at 6:10am — No Comments

Tips for Security in Rental Home and Unit

Always protect yourself, your neighbors, and your home.

 

Tips:

 

  • Do not let anyone into your rental home or unit to block that you don't know or report suspicious people standing or walking around the building to your landlord or police.
  • If someone calls and you don't know them, give a call and inform to your landlord and keep the number who called you for evidence.
  • Always locked your front and back door, even when you are…
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Added by James Loftis on June 25, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Deductions from Tenancy Deposits

Deductions from Tenancy Deposits

 

Remember, landlord should not make any deductions from your tenancy deposit just because of a sort personal problem between landlord and tenant. Landlords can only claim or can deduct if they have financial loss that they have actually suffered.

 

 

Reasonable deductions from a tenancy deposit:

The tenancy deposit is money that belongs to tenant and should be returned back unless your landlord can show…

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Added by James Loftis on June 24, 2014 at 3:14pm — 1 Comment

How to Handle Dirty Tenants

 How to Handle Dirty Tenants

 

Dirty tenants can be landlord’s problems. And due to unclean living conditions, it can cause growth of pest, like bugs and rodents and can cause health hazards and worst it can bring down the property value. Ultimately it make very difficult to re-rent.

 

If your property already smells like a trash, then as a landlord have to take action immediately. Mandate your tenant in a polite way to clean up.  But if not, kick…

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Added by James Loftis on June 20, 2014 at 4:19pm — 1 Comment

How To Keep Your Rental Unit

 

How To Keep Your Rental Unit

 

Always remember, it is important to avoid conflicts with your landlord.  As a tenant follows what is written in the lease agreement and do what is tenants right, as well as landlord will do what is his right.

 

  • Be sure that you pay your rent on time. The landlord / property manager can start to charge for late payment. Or if tenant failed to pay the rent, the landlord can issue an eviction notice for…
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Added by James Loftis on June 19, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

For Dog Owners: How to Prevent Injuries to Your Family and Neighbor

 For Dog Owners: How to Prevent Injuries to Your Family and Neighbors

 

Don't think that because your dog is gentle, old, or small, it can't cause an injury. Any dog can hurt someone. Even the owner can hurt from their own pet. And majority of dog bites victim is the family or friends. Normally docile dogs will bite when they are frightened or when they are protecting their puppies, owners, or sometimes food.

 

The best way to avoid liability is to prevent…

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Added by James Loftis on June 18, 2014 at 9:21am — No Comments

Tips How To Make Sure Getting My Rental Deposit Back When I Move Out

 Tips How To Make Sure Getting My Rental Deposit Back When I Move Out

 

  • Usually, landlord will ask for a deposit fee together with the first month payment; so make to sure ask for a receipt when the deposit is delivered. The receipt should state and spell our correctly it is for a rental deposit and completely detailed together with correct amount.

 

  • Put a note of any damages already there when you move in. It's best if the…
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Added by James Loftis on June 17, 2014 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Are homeowners and renters can take action against cigarette-smoking neighbors?

There are Laws for smoking or non-smoking in public places but if the smoke air get into your private area like home, condo unit or apartment from your neighbor's cigarette and bothered you; you may find a way to take immediate action.

 

Find out if the rental agreement contains a no-smoking clause. If it does, then the smoker tenant is violating the lease agreement and you may be able to convince the landlord to take an action and tell the smoker to stop smoking in the area or…

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Added by James Loftis on June 16, 2014 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Tenant Smoking Issues

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Tenant Smoking Issues

 

Smoking in apartments unit is a problem. Many damages or accidents may happen if the tenant continues to smoke. Smokers ruin paint; stink up the halls and usually it can cause fires. It we have a choice between a smoker and a non smoker we’ll go with the non-smoker. The…

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Added by James Loftis on June 13, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments

What to do if your neighbors are littering his cigarette butts?

What to do if your neighbors are littering his cigarette butts?



We can anticipate finding some cigarette butts if our neighbors are smokers. Usually it may happen in rental units like apartment or condo. But of course littering is not good.



Some cigarette butts came from those smokers who tossed out cigarette out of car windows, littered in the sidewalks, and left behind any doorways. Cigarette butts are one most abundant type of litter found in our roadways and one of the… Continue

Added by James Loftis on June 12, 2014 at 11:11pm — 1 Comment

Ways to Prevent Tenants from Smoking in the Rental Property

Ways to Prevent Tenants from Smoking in the Rental Property

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As a Landlord, it’s difficult to convince a smoker tenant from not smoking inside the rental property; so the best solution is to talk and tackle the problem may arise in the future if tenant continue to smoke in renting time period.

 

For best solution find a tenant that doesn’t smoke,…

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Added by James Loftis on June 11, 2014 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Know some Basics of Land Lording

 Basics of Land Lording

 

Whether a landlord owning a one particular home for rent or several large apartment units, you want to run it with a profitable business and avoid legal mistakes. Every business success are depends on how you are knowledgeable and complying the laws as a citizen of your state.

 

Landlord must know his/her responsibility as an owner of the property. Legal responsibilities also are the task of being a landlord like tenant laws, in…

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Added by James Loftis on June 10, 2014 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Common Rental Damages by Kids and How to Prevent Them

Common Rental Damages by Kids and How to Prevent Them



• Drawing on the walls and floor

As usual, kids did this at some point.



Possible Solution: Purchase only washable markers and crayons to make sure if kids try to make your wall as a drawing book it can be easily erase. Of course purchase also a drawing book or a board an offer that to them or let you kids do the art works in space or rooms provided so they cannot draw the whole corner of the home.



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Added by James Loftis on June 10, 2014 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Restrictions on Day Care Programs in Rental Units

Restrictions on Day Care Programs in Rental Units

Situation:

Tenant wants to run a small day care program out of their rental unit. Is this legal?

 

Answer:

It always depends on your landlord conditions and the location of the rental unit. Also the tenant who want to run this programs must be qualify to take care children or if your tenant has state license to run a family care home. The building codes also are one factor that…

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Added by James Loftis on June 6, 2014 at 9:27am — No Comments

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