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Accepting Rent Via Electronic Funds Transfers or Direct Deposits

I am wondering how to handle automatic electronic fund transfers for rent payments. Is there a way to ensure that the tenant named on the lease is indeed the one sending the automatic payment, so that the landlord is not accepting funds from non-tenants and thereby giving them tenancy rights? I am also wondering if

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Second-Hand Smoke Woes

I own a 15-unit building that is completely non-smoking. I have received complaints from a tenant that she occasionally smells smoke, but cannot tell which unit it is coming from. I have sent non-smoking reminders to all tenants. Do I have any legal responsibility to do anything if I find out who is smoking? Or

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Why Tenants Should Not Make Repairs

My tenant broke the large picture window in the living room. I obtained a quote for $1500 from a licensed contractor. The tenant obtained quotes between $500-$600. Which quote do I use? Every landlord should always oversee and administer repairs and maintenance to apartments. This duty should never be delegated to the tenant. Owners often

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Why We Do Not Use 6.14 Notices

Title: Subtenant Safety Author: David Wasserman Dek: For the last five years, SFAA’s advice to owners regarding subtenants has remained the same: the less you know, the better. Word Count: 1,700 The following is an excerpt from an SFAA membership announcement I co-wrote with three of my colleagues, Clifford Fried, Saul Ferster and Curtis Dowling,

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Don’t Accept Rent from Subtenants

I have two tenants in one of my units, only one of whom is on the lease. When a recent rent payment was due, I accepted payment from them both, though the tenant who is not on the lease did not pay all the rent that she was supposed to. From now on, can I

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Comfort and Service Animal Issues

I have a prospective tenant who wants to move into a vacant unit and she has a comfort pet. Her financials are good, but I’d rather rent to another tenant whose financials are just as good but who doesn’t have a comfort pet. Can I do so without it seeming like I’m discriminating against the