A Guide to California Rental Application Fees

May 3rd, 2021

Most real estate agents and landlords in California decide to charge a rental application fee when screening tenants. This is a widely accepted practice that can help cover the direct costs associated with screening tenants.

But the seemingly simple act of collecting rental application fees in California can be a big area of risk for you if you don’t do things the right way.

C.A.R. Announces New Standard Forms Integration with RentSpree

April 29th, 2021

New integration allows members to close leases seamlessly online using association forms.

Los Angeles, CA - RentSpree, the leading tenant screening company, has expanded its alliance with the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.).

“We are pleased to enhance our ever-growing relationship with the California Association of REALTORS®. C.A.R. is one of the most progressive REALTOR® associations with over 200,000 members, and we are excited to collaborate by providing C.A.R. standard rental forms within our streamlined rental process,” said co-founder and CEO of RentSpree, Michael Lucarelli.

How to Write a Notice to Vacate [+ Template]

April 28th, 2021

As a landlord, part of the job is dealing with renter turnover. Whether a tenant’s lease is up, issues have risen, or you found someone more suitable to rent from, you need to know how to write a notice to vacate. 

In most states, both landlords and tenants can send a notice to vacate informing the other party about a specific move-out date.

Normal Wear and Tear vs. Property Damage: A Landlord’s Guide

April 7th, 2021

When a tenant moves out of your rental unit, they likely won’t leave it looking the same as it did when they moved in. It’s not uncommon for landlords to make minor repairs or send in a cleaning crew after a tenant’s lease expires, and routine maintenance is almost always necessary to keep a unit in good condition.

How Much Should I Charge For Rent? 6 Key Factors to Consider

April 5th, 2021

As a landlord, your main priority is to keep your occupancy rate as high as possible by finding, screening, and retaining tenants. The amount of rent you charge per unit or room plays a vital role in the type of residents you attract and if you will be profitable each month.

RentSpree Announces New MLS Service

March 31st, 2021

Ten new MLS partners announced at launch bringing total subscriber count to 332,439 agents.

Los Angeles, CA - RentSpree, the leading tenant screening company has announced today the expansion of its MLS Partnership Program by a total of ten Multiple Listing Services in the United States including BeachesMLS, bridgeMLS, Realcomp MLS, Georgia MLS, MLSListings, Smart MLS, GSREIN in Louisiana, GMAR, and Bryan-College Station Regional MLS.

“In a little over four months, we have seen RentSpree’s immense growth by welcoming ten new partners and expanding our direct reach to an additional 140,000 agents.

Rental Inspection Checklist: Tips to Maintain Your Property

March 16th, 2021

Rental inspections should be a routine aspect of any property maintenance schedule to protect you, your tenants, and your property. Keeping an eye on your property and using rental inspection checklists helps you keep track of its condition to avoid surprise expenses and maintain a comfortable rental for your tenants.

RentSpree Selected as a HousingWire 2021 Tech100 Real Estate Winner

March 9th, 2021

The HW Tech100 recognizes the most innovative and impactful technology companies serving the real estate industry.

Los Angeles, CA - RentSpree, the leading tenant screening company, is honored to be included in HousingWire's 2021 HW Tech100 - an exclusive list that showcases real estate tech companies that are changing the industry as a whole.

11 Real Estate Negotiation Tactics That Work

March 4th, 2021

Part of being a real estate agent requires that you negotiate on your client’s behalf to get them the best deal possible. Often, you will be negotiating with other real estate agents or directly with homeowners or buyers.

Your ability to negotiate relies heavily on the local and national real estate market.

What is a Rent Increase Notice?

March 4th, 2021

As a landlord or property manager, you’ll sometimes need to increase the amount of rent that your tenants are charged. They won’t be happy about facing a rent increase, of course, but by handling these changes professionally and courteously, the experience of notifying a renter does not have to be uncomfortable.

What Factors Should I Consider When Buying an Investment Property?

March 1st, 2021

If you’re interested in buying an investment property, you’ll want to be thoroughly prepared and knowledgeable about your decision. Rental homes can be a great way to bring in extra income, but it can also involve some unexpected expenses as well as other issues that can cause you to lose money on the deal.

How to Evict Someone in 5 Steps

February 23rd, 2021

Deciding to evict someone is hardly easy. The eviction process is costly, and it can feel complicated for landlords who have never had to go through it before. While landlords should try to avoid eviction whenever possible, most will find that they have to start the process at least once while renting out properties.