Category Archives for Landlord-Tenant

Some Perspective on Rental Property Cash Flow Disruption

About a year ago, Sept 2014, during a violent Austin thunder storm, a rental property I personally own in SW Austin was struck by lightening and caught fire in the attic. As the thunderous flash of light, noise and immediate smoke jolted the tenant out of bed at 2:30AM, he quickly realized that he was […]

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Posted by Steve
3 years ago

Tenants: Who is Your Austin Property Owner?

I recently had a tenant utter the phrase “greedy landlords”. Ironically, it was out of frustration for what was in fact a tiny rent increase of less than 3%, raising the rent to a rate still about $75 less than market value. It was one of those “no good deed goes unpunished” moments that property […]

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Posted by Steve
6 years ago

Austin Lease Extensions Depend on Timing and Season

As we head into the Spring/Summer leasing season in Austin, and I just mailed my first batch of renewal letters, I’m already fielding inquiries from tenants who have lease-end dates that don’t coincide with their future plans. ┬áThe inevitable question is “can we have a move-out date of x instead of y? For one tenant, […]

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Posted by Steve
6 years ago

Announcing CrosslandProperties.com – Property Management

CrosslandProperties.com

Back in 2005 when Sylvia and I started CrosslandTeam.com and our Austin Real Estate Blog, we were in the process of taking a break from Property Management, having just sold our Property Management company the year before and taken a year off from real estate altogether. When we started back, we only brokered sales, mainly […]

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Posted by Steve
8 years ago

Rental Moveout Walk-through in South Austin

Yesterday, September 1st, I walked through a rental property in South Austin that had been vacated the day before. I had my Flip Mino Video Camera with me so I decided to make a short video of the walk-through and share a few things about what I look for when walking a vacant rental property […]

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Posted by Steve
9 years ago

How to Handle Tenant Deposit Disputes

As a green, freshly minted apartment landlord with zero property management experience in 1990, I one day received an abrupt and stark introduction to the world of security deposit disputes. This occurred roughly three days after mailing my first deposit accounting to a departed tenant, from which damage deductions had been assessed. The tenant response […]

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Posted by Steve
10 years ago
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