The 12 Most Popular Articles from 2014

Written on December 29, 2014 by , updated on January 5, 2015

2014 Most Loved ArticlesLandlordology and Cozy had an incredible year of service, innovation, and growth in 2014.

Cozy announced that it’s premium landlord services are now free, while Landlordology continued to crank out a plethora of free educational articles, tips, and guides.

The following list only includes the most popular articles and tips, other than state law summaries, that were published in 2014.

Let’s get started: 

12. How to Handle Rogue Tenants and Long-Term Guests

Rogue Tenants

I require that any adult living in my rental property, to be listed on & sign the lease. It’s a simple rule that I always follow, and it has never steered me wrong. Learn how to handle long-term “guests” and rogue tenants who moved-in under the radar. Read More »

11. The Difference Between Hard and Soft Credit Checks

hard vs soft credit

In many US cities, a tenant applies to 10+ rentals before securing his/her next home.  Many landlords still unknowingly perform “Hard” credit checks, which damages the applicants credit.  Pulling a “Soft” report, you’ll get the same information, without hurting the applicant. Read More »

10. Do I Have to Accept Applicants in the Order they Applied?

Order of Applicants

As a landlord, you have the freedom to choose the “most qualified applicant”, but it can create the appearance of illegal discrimination and can be very costly to defend in court. Read More »

9. 20 Memorable Quotes from Past Tenants and How I Responded

Tenant Quotes

I am often asked the same questions year after year from tenants, some of which, I find incredibly humorous. Here are my top 20 favorite quotes from actual past tenants. Read More »

8. The Landlord Lifecycle

Landlord Lifecycle

A detailed list of all of the phases you’ll encounter as a landlord, and the resources to deal with them. If you’re just starting out as a landlord, and want to know what is involved, the Landlord Lifecycle is a great place to start! Read More »

7. Do Landlords Need to Collect Social Security Numbers?

Social Security Numbers

Social Security Numbers (SSN) are traditionally used by landlords and property managers to run credit reports and screen tenants. Although, collecting them often causes more issues than they are worth. With the presence of new technology, we ask the question, are SSNs really needed? Read More »

6. Remove Self-Locking Door Knobs to Prevent Lockouts

remove-self-locking-knobs2 Your tenants WILL eventually get locked out. They will call while crying, and expect you to rescue them. Learn how to configure your locks so your tenants will never be locked out again. Read More »

5. How to Handle Security Deposits Properly

Security Deposits

It’s not only wise to keep separate bank accounts for each property’s security deposits, but in most states, it’s required by law. Learn how to structure and organize your bank accounts to effectively manage security deposits and abide by state laws. Read More »

4. The Landlord Guides

Landlord Guides

Though not necessarily and “article”, these ebooks are so much more.  They are the definitive step-by-step guides for independent landlords. Read More »

3. How to Calculate Prorated Rent

Prorated Rent

There will be many times when a landlord needs to prorate rent for a tenant. Learn how to calculate prorated rent using two different methods. Read More »

2. Top 15 Tax Deductions for Landlords

Tax Deductions for Landlords

A in-depth review of the best tax deductions for landlords and rental property owners. Learn how pay less taxes by claiming expenses and depreciation. Read More »

1. Repairs vs. Improvements – What Can I Deduct from my Taxes?

Repairs vs Improvements

This article compares the differences between rental property repairs vs. improvements. Learn about IRS regulations regarding your ability to deduct repairs and improvements from your tax liability. Read More »

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