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Rental Basics in Richmond : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jul 8, 2016
Helen G asked:
I had one lease violation for failure to pick up pet waste outdoors at a property over a year ago. I paid a fine, on time, never paid my rent late, and I got most of my security deposit…
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Mon Feb 23, 2015
memaynes asked:
Person claiming to be the owner texted and said someone would be calling me with a code. Not to give it to anyone, and text them with the code. Someone called with the code, person has…
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Tue Apr 29, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
ekdoolin,
I have no idea what the law is about this in VA. I do suspect it happens all the time and its a matter of working things out in a reasonable way. If you want the temperature at 80 in the winter and 60 in the summer, then your bills are going to be huge and the other tenant is not going to be happy with a 50/50 split. If you both have reasonable expectations and can find a way to divide things that is mostly fair, then you live with it. ... more
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Thu Aug 22, 2013
Wallace S. Gibson CPM answered:
She should have a student VISA and you should offer 6 months rent in advance if there is a problem checking her credit....not having a social security # is not a bar to getting an apartment...otherwise, you be the authorized tenant on the lease and make her an authorized occupant ... more
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Thu Aug 22, 2013
Alyse Marshall Auernheimer answered:
It is legal in Richmond. Most landlords to not include utilities in your rent though it is more likely to have your water, sewer, and trash included in multi-family rentals than in single family homes. It really just depends on how the utilities are set up and distributed and sometimes what the landlord wants to include. ... more
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Mon Jun 17, 2013
Rose Ramos answered:
Hey Brittany great question. You take th r amount of rent your thinking about paying ex:$500 and you multiply it 40 times. So $500×40=$ 20,000 should be your yearly income or more. Its great to know your spending habits so you know what you yourself can handle a month.

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Fri Jul 20, 2012
Linwood Byrd answered:
Please email me at: Linwood@metrorichmondhomes.com or contact me below:

Linwood Byrd, III
REALTOR, SFR
EXiT First Realty
11207 Nuckols Rd., Suite E
Glen Allen, VA. 23059
804-482-1031- DIRECT
804-527-EXiT-ext.369- OFFICE
866-916-0452- FAX
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Fri Mar 9, 2012
Heather O'Sullivan, Broker answered:
Great Tips for a renter before signing a lease, ah where to begin?
If you can afford to have the lease reviewd by a real estate attorney then do it. this little bit of investment can educate you on what the landlord expects and what your responsibities are to the property and the landlord.
be sure that the lease states the exact amount of monthly rent agreed on - once all parties sign it is a legal contract and can be binding.
find out what is going to be done with your security deposit. most state laws specify that these funds will be kept in an escrow account. find out what your state law is and be sure that the landlord is following the law. that is your money and should not be used towards rent, repairs, or late fees until the lease is up and you have moved out.
i always find that taking photos prior to a move in is good protection for both parties. be sure to promptly print or save to disc and share those photos with the other party - preferablly with the move in evaluation form.
best of luck in your rental!
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Sat Feb 27, 2010
Brenda Feria answered:
Shannon,

The best way to screen tenants is to screen them equally the same. I never rent to someone who has bad credit. I let them know that up front. They must provide me with a complete credit report that is clean with no red flags. This is for each person on the lease, as I do not allow anyone who has bad credit to be on the lease either Also remember that you should always check out their references to make sure that what they are stating on the application is correct. I have never had a problem with a tenant. I attribute that to renting to only tenants with good credit. Most landlords cannot afford to have a tenant not pay and personally, I am one of them. It is not so easy to remove a tenant from the house once they fail to pay their rent. Also, it takes a lot of time and money to get the house ready, once again, for another tenant after they have moved out. Of course you may not rent the house out to the first person who sees it, but when you do find a tenant, you can be relatively assured that they will pay on time, unless of course, there is an unforeseen misfortune, which no one can control. ... more
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