Ask an Expert: What to Do If You Suspect Drug Dealing on Your Property

I own a small, 10-unit apartment building. I suspect that at least one of my tenants is involved in dealing drugs. I don’t want them and their buddies dragging down my property’s reputability and endangering my investment. What are my options? –Adrian in Orlando, FL — Dear Adrian, Unfortunately, your situation is not at all […]

Rental Applicants with Criminal Histories: Why Blanket Bans Are a Bad Idea

Convicted felons and registered sex offenders have to live somewhere once they’ve been released. However, is renting to rental applicants with criminal histories worth the potential risk to your residents and staff staff? It’s impossible to determine whether or not rental applicants with criminal histories will reoffend. Recidivism rates vary based a tangled web of […]

Childproofing Your Apartment: A Guide for Landlords and Property Managers

Landlords are prohibited by law from discriminating against renters based on the presence of children. That would be a violation of the Fair Housing Act’s provisions against discrimination on the basis of familial status. Even the act of alerting tenants with children to a dangerous stairwell and suggesting a first-floor dwelling for their safety can […]