Year in Review: The Best of 2016

Written on January 3, 2017 by , updated on April 18, 2017

Landlordology Year in ReviewFour years ago, Landlordology consisted of a handful of articles that attracted 534 unique visitors during 2012. Nonetheless, we had a passion to improve the rental industry by teaching landlords and tenants how to be successful.

Now, Landlordology has become a premier educational resource that reaches more than 2.6 million people annually!

With industry best practices in mind, Landlordology provides the practical instruction, while Cozy offers the rent collection and tenant screening tools needed to be successful. And best of all, they’re both free (it’s true!).

Cozy is about a million times better than PayPal. You have no idea how much stress you’ve taken off of my shoulders.

Judd, Landlord in Massachusetts

Without further ado, let’s review the highlights from this past year.

Cozy grew, more than 400%, in fact.

Cozy, the company behind Landlordology, grew tremendously in 2016. Together, we’re bringing peace of mind to renters, property managers, and landlords everywhere.

  • 🚀  >400% revenue growth
  • 🗺  13,000 ZIP codes contain Cozy-managed properties
  • 📖  66,714 paper rental applications were eliminated
  • 🏠 8,000 new properties were added. (Our community is more than three times as big as the largest Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in the United States.)
  • ❤️  211,475 landlords and renters signed up for Cozy
  • 🖊  360,557 paper checks were eliminated
  • 💰  $600 million in payments were processed
  • ✅  99.9992% up time for the entire year!

For more details on Cozy’s amazing growth, read the full Year in Review article.

Landlordology grew, too.

  • 2,651,704 unique visitors, up 180% from 2015
  • 13,000 average daily page views
  • 109 articles
  • 9,316 podcast episodes downloaded
  • 6,869 Landlord guides downloaded

We also had the honor of speaking at 7 national and local conferences and meetups, attended by nearly 15,000 people. 🎉

Our best articles in 2016:

I have been a landlord for 15+ years, and have learned so much from just browsing your website in the last two to three months.

Nanette, Landlord in Colorado

We published 109 articles in 2016 – here are our 15 favorites. We picked these articles because they represent our ethos about education and do a great job of providing essential information for landlords.

  1. Top 10 Electronic Signature Tools for Landlords
    This article discusses the best electronic signature tools you can use to run a more efficient rental business.
  2. Top 8 Most Effective Leasing Incentives for Renters
    To find and keep great renters, a landlord can provide incentives. Learn how to attract renters with creative and inexpensive incentives.
  3. The Ultimate Guide to “Normal Wear and Tear”
    There’s a phrase in landlord-tenant laws called “normal wear and tear.” Here’s what you should assume is normal wear and tear.
  4. Who is Responsible for Cleaning Dirty Carpets?
    What exactly is meant by “livable condition”? And how does cleaning carpet stains fit in?
  5. Can a Landlord Enter the Property Whenever They Want?
    When it comes to landlords entering their occupied properties, landlords and tenants are often at odds. Learn how both sides can compromise.
  6. 5 Simple Lease Clauses to Help You Make More Money
    If you have an open mind to making extra money through moneymaking lease clauses, this might be the best article you’ll read all day!
  7. How to Solve the 5 Most Common Complaints from Tenants
    If you want to keep good tenants in your property, you need to be responsive to tenant complaints, or prevent situations that lead to complaints.
  8. Can My Tenant Break the Lease?
    After a tenant signs your lease, you expect them to stay for the entire lease period. But sometimes a tenant wants to leave early.
  9. When Does a Guest Become a Tenant?
    It’s a tricky question! Find the answer and info about whether you should add this person to your lease.
  10. How Often Can a Landlord Inspect a Rental Property?
    Most landlords aren’t looking for a way to get out of returning a security deposit when they inspect a rental property.
  11. 6 Signs You Should Fire Your Property Manager
    Hiring a property manager affects your bottom line. Here’s how to tell if it’s time to fire your property manager.
  12. Ask Lucas 031: Should I Charge a Pet Fee or Pet Deposit, and How Much?
    Sharon from California wants to allow pets in her rentals. However, she’s not sure what kind of pet fees or pet deposits she should ask the tenant to pay. Lucas gives his recommendation and some tips for handling pets.
  13. Top 35 Listing Sites for Rental Properties and What They Cost
    This is the definitive guide to listing sites for rental properties, so you can feel confident that your listing will be seen.
  14. Collect a Larger Deposit Instead of Last Month’s Rent
    Some landlords live by a certain mantra before letting tenants move in: security deposit, first month’s rent, last month’s rent.
  15. How to Remove Cigarette Odor From Your Rental Property
    Even if your former tenants cleared out all their belongings, they might have left something behind—cigarette odor. Learn how to get rid of it.

How can we improve?

We’re making big plans for 2017, and we want your input. Please let us know how we can help you even more this year, and we’ll do our best! I truly believe we’ll all succeed if we stick together.

Thanks again for your presence in this community. Here’s to you and a promising new year!

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3 CommentsLeave a Comment

  • Rebecca

    Problem. Didn’t want tenants with a big dog. I folded & let them bring the dog. Tenants pay xtra. In lease they are to pick up daily after the dog for they share a yard w/ duplex next door and they agreed. Since they moved in I have had to speak with them three times about the dog mess. The other tenant complained & I went to check the yard. There were over 20 piles of mess, holes dug in yard from their dog and I was informed that their dog has gotten into the other tenants house threw the doggie door. I contacted them again and told them the dog need to be put on a leash and for “sanitary” reasons they need to clean up the yard. They are not listening. I can hire someone but I know they won’t pay. How do I handle this?

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Rebecca,

      If its a lease violation, then you can send them a material warning (according to your state laws on notice), and ultimately terminate their lease if they don’t remedy the problem.

      If you want to hire a professional to do this job for them, then you could send them bills, and then take it from their deposit at the end of the lease if they don’t pay.

      Sometimes a strongly worded letter threatening lease termination is all that is needed. I hope that helps. Please know that I’m not a lawyer, nor is this legal advice.

  • Gaile

    I have a tenant that hates rules. She signed a lease one and a half years ago. So many times I have spoke to her about late rent. Finally I decided to the Demand for Rent notice and a 7 day eviction. And since then she constantly texts me saying that the place is a dump and the halls are disgusting.etc….. I have given her written warnings about a unkept porch and for her to remove items from the common areas that she uses as storage and she rarely complies. Why can I do?

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