2019 Roommates

Q:  My tenant is requesting to add a roommate to her lease. Do I have to allow my tenant to have a roommate? A: It depends on the terms of your lease. As a landlord, you may include a clause in your lease or rental agreement that authorizes or prohibits your tenant...

2019 Illegal Late Fee

Q: I rent a residential unit to a tenant on an oral agreement. The rent is due on the 1st of every month. The tenant keeps paying late and I want to charge him late fees. Can I do this? A: No, you cannot charge a late fee without a proper late fee provision in a...

2019 Section 8 Tenants

Q: I am a landlord of an apartment complex. I have several tenants that receive government assistance through Section 8 housing. All of my Section 8 contracts state the landlord is responsible for paying the water bill. However, I have one tenant that always has a...

2019 LEASE

Question: I am a landlord and do not want to look for new tenants every year. How many years should I make my lease for? Answer: A lease can be beneficial or disastrous for a landlord. It is beneficial to keep a tenant for multiple years, so you do not lose time and...