Online Leases


A Basic Understanding of Homeowner Associations

by Marcela Guajardo

Posted on 2019-10-21 20:17:01

A Homeowner Association (HOA) is the governing body that manages and maintains a community’s common areas, such as landscaping, parking garages, building exterior, and clubhouses. The HOA wants to ensure the quality of life for all the residents in the community and secure the value of the property for the owners. As all property owners in the community are responsible to maintain the common areas, they are charged association fees. If the property is a rental, the lease states who will be responsible for the fees. It may be included in the rent. If the fees are a tenant’s responsibility, it must be clearly stated on the lease before the tenant signs. If these fees are not paid, the HOA can foreclose on the house which means the landlord wi


Do-It-Yourself Landlords

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-10-04 09:17:01

If you are thinking to become a DIY Landlord, you need to have the necessary tool and system to support you because this is not an easy task.

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Pros and Cons of Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-09-03 20:17:01

Month-to-month rental agreement is good, if you happen to find a good tenant, however, it is not stable as tenants do not stay for a longer period of time and it will cause for unstable rental income too.

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Common Problems Landlords Face in Dealing with Their Tenants

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-09-02 20:17:01

....sometimes, you also must deal with tenant problems. That is why it is important to be aware of those possible potential problems with tenants that a landlord might face before it happens so you would know how to deal with it once it occurred.

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FAQs on Evictions

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-09-01 20:17:01

Dealing with eviction can be challenging, but it's part of a landlord's a life. You just have to deal with it confidently and legally. Here are some frequently asked questions about evictions

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Reducing Vacancies

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-08-23 20:17:01

Reducing the possibilities of vacancies.

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Establishing Rental Standards

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-08-17 20:17:01

Every landlord may have slightly different qualifying standards, and that is fine, as long as the standards do not violate any laws. Here are some examples you can consider.

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Common Reasons Tenancy Ends

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-08-16 20:17:01

Know the common reasons why tenancy has to end.

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Security Deposit FAQs

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-08-09 20:17:01

Collecting security deposit in rental property is usual for landlords to ask tenants before your tenants move-in because it provides landlords the assurance to cover the expenses if ever tenants fail to pay rent or do some damages to the property. Here are a few pieces of information to help you understand things about security deposit in rental property.

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Tips on Managing Property

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-08-02 20:17:02

Having a rental property to manage is quite exhausting, not to mention some legal issues that will occur in managing your properties. We have a saying, "prevention is better than cure". So we listed down some tips on managing your rental property to avoid legal issues in the future.

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Benefits of Paying Your Rent Online

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-07-29 20:17:01

Some renters failed to make a payment on time, some of them simply because they forgot; so here are some benefits that will help make your life easier by paying online.

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Questions to Ask Before Signing a Lease

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-07-27 20:17:01

When you meet your prospective landlord, take advantage of the time to ask all possible questions you have in mind so you can make sure you are well prepared and stay comfortable during your entire lease.

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Ending a Lease Agreement FAQs

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-07-19 20:17:01

Can a landlord ask a tenant to move out when a lease expires? What happens if a tenant continues to pay rent after a lease agreement expires? What options does a landlord have when a tenant moves out before a lease expires? How much notice does a tenant have to give to terminate a month-to-month rental agreement? Does a landlord have to return a security deposit to the tenant?.......

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Documenting Wear and Tear vs Damage

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-07-14 20:17:02

Knowing and documenting wear and tear against damages will let landlords know who is going to be responsible for damages that has been done to a property.

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Landlording, Then and Now

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-07-12 20:17:01

See the difference of landlording back then and now.

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Considerations When Running a Virtual Property Management Business

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-07-11 20:17:01

Renting a physical office can cost a lot of money due to it's operating cost. And having a virtual property management office can eliminate most of the physical office expenses can possibly spend. Here are some things that you can save when you have virtual property management.

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Reasons Why Landlords Screen Tenant Applicants

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-07-06 16:54:22

Here we will share some reason why landlords screen potential tenants and the steps most landlords normally do.

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Renters Insurance

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-06-26 12:52:55

What you need to know about Renters Insurance.

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Types of Rental Agreements

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-06-06 09:52:38

Knowing the types of rental agreement that you may have with your landlord.

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The Advantage of Cloud-based Property Management Software

by Mary Anne Ragragio

Posted on 2019-05-09 08:37:23

When your data is stored in the cloud, it will be stored in a big secured server. And data is accessible as long as there is an internet connection. Cloud system is so broad and provides so many services. And it offers a lot of advantage to users.


Rental vs Lease Agreement?

by Cierylene Piernes

Posted on 2019-05-08 13:14:51

Let's discuss the difference between Rental and Lease agreement


Everything online, and heres why

by Kyra Rollins

Posted on 2018-01-04 10:34:28

Smart Housing offers everything online Online rent payments, online resident application, online background and credit checks, free property rental websites


Advice from Other Landlords

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-11-27 15:17:39

Whether they plan this or not, conversations with landlords and property managers tend to leak out advice about managing properties.

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Smart Housing's Online Leases

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-10-09 16:39:44

Smart Lease is our newest product on the market and we can’t wait for you to see what it offers!


Characteristics of a long-term renter

by Kyra Rollins

Posted on 2017-10-03 08:35:20

I have gathered a small amount of information to help you recognize that valuable long-term tenant. Landlords, feast your eyes on this brief explanation of a tenant that stays long-term!

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Illegal Roommates

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-09-07 10:11:55

We’re talking about roommates we bring in to share rent, unbeknownst to the property owner.

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4 Steps of the Security Deposit

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-08-31 09:40:08

To help you keep track of your deposits amongst everything else that requires your attention, here is a list of four steps.

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A Black and White Lease

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-07-17 10:50:44

The lease is one of the most important documents you will deal with as a property owner and you will want it to be as understandable and straightforward as possible.


On the Calendar 2017

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-04-06 09:19:03

There’s a lot to look forward to this year so we’re not complaining!


The Flow of Property Management

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-02-21 13:13:55

When you think about it, property management has a nice flow to it...


Loopholes and the Lease

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-01-17 10:33:54

You want a contract that will hold both parties to an agreement and benefit you, which also means it needs to include a way out if situations change or the other party isn’t holding up their end of the deal as expected


A Look Back on 2016

by Andrea West

Posted on 2017-01-02 15:14:36

Here’s a summary of our highlights here at Smart Housing


Intro to the Smart Housing Suite

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-12-07 09:38:46

The Smart Housing Platform contains multiple products targeted to help make the lives of property managers easier.


Lessons from 'Fresh off the Boat'

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-11-15 09:30:45

Jessica decides renting is a lucrative way to earn more income. As the episode continues, the mistakes she makes as a landlord continue to grow.


Communication Equals Less Drama

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-11-08 09:27:23

That’s right, if you want to have success managing rental units, you’re going to have to brush up on your communication skills and learn how to encourage your tenants to do the same.

The Lies They May Tell

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-10-31 14:30:08

Law is about the discovery of the rules of just conduct and are created to preserve freedom and moral agency. The process of screening applicants and the points on a standard rent agreement are no different.

Smart Housing Updates and Changes

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-07-18 08:23:02

Better late than never, we’re here to tell you the Smart Housing year-end review for 2015. There was a lot of growth and a few additions made to the family.

When Residents Complain

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-05-02 08:38:28

It's not always easy to know how to deal with the multiple types of complaints residents have. Here are some suggestions to help landlords better resolve issues that residents bring up.

A Good Landlord

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-04-21 15:43:20

An effective business runs on multiple levels, and as a landlord a lot has to do with you.

Writing a Lease

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-04-21 14:42:20

The lease is an important document and is worth the time and effort required initially to protect you and your property in the long run.

Forget ABC - Inspect LMNOP

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-04-06 09:57:47

As the landlord, it’s important to run inspections of your rental property to know what is going on and make sure nothing falls into disrepair. Here’s a list of what you should be inspecting to make sure your property remains in tip-top shape.

Short-Term Medical Housing

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-03-31 10:05:42

If you own property close to a large hospital, you could consider opening spots to rent to those who are in town for temporary long-term care

10 Millennial Renter Expectations

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-03-07 09:17:03

Millennials are the new generation in the rental market. Here is a list of expectations millennials have when looking for a place to live.

Millennial Generation Rental Trends

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-25 14:48:46

The trends of millennials who rent are different from past generations. For one, millennials are renting to a later stage in life...

6 Steps to Find the Right Property Management Software

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-09 14:11:31

Each option for property management software has its pros and cons. Follow these simple steps of six things you need to consider when looking to use property management software.

3 Questions to Ask About Renter's Insurance

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-09 14:10:04

Renter's insurance can save landlords and residents in moments of unforeseen disaster. Smart Housing lets you know why renter's insurance can be a useful requirement for all residents to have.

How to Find the Best Property Management Software

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-09 14:08:07

Do your research in order to find property management software that is suitable for your individual needs. It's important to know the reliability, quality, product review, price, and options available before selecting property management software that will save you time and help you manage your property more effectively.

Smart Housing - Property Management Platform

by Andrea West

Posted on 2016-02-04 14:12:06

Online property management software is the most effective software that can be used by a landlord with several leasing properties. Software offers a wide array of benefits to its users. This will make the transaction for property management easy to access and handle. When you have the best online property management software you can assure that it offers 100% accuracy, ease of use, accessibility from any location, and real-time information that you need as long as there is an internet connection.