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Financial Conversations with Fitz #40 - Landlord/Tenant Consideration - 11/03/2009

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Wow!!!!  The sun is out for a week????

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We had a good meeting last week with David Sollenbarger from the Iowa Landlord Association.  We had a good number attending to listen to our speaker.  There was plenty of good information for landlords, as well as tenants.  His lead phrase was that as landlords we want a harmonious and profitable relationship with our tenant.  He covered the screening aspects of potential tenants to see how they have paid their rents and bills and if they caused any problems at their last couple of rental units.  He showed how we should use a Prospective Tenant Application to get the proper information to sign a good tenant.  He also recommended using drivers’ licenses to verify identity.  This process sounds a lot like getting a loan, in some ways.   There are protections for the tenant applicant as well as the landlord.   The application helps to prevent discrimination for the tenant.  The landlord has two different state agencies that keep track of judgments and legal action on potential tenants.  There was a good discussion about some landlords requiring tenant insurance, while the rest just recommended it.  There is protection in that for the tenant as well as the landlord.  As we have discussed here, renters’ insurance is a valuable protection for all tenants.  There was good information for all in attendance.  David also talked about upcoming legislation that could affect landlords in the upcoming session.  The conversation was valuable amongst the landlords in attendance.  They plan to meet quarterly at TSB’s Community Room.  If you are a landlord and would like to join, check with me at TSB.   I will put you on the mailing list.

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