Get Rid of the Lies! Telling the Truth on Renting Myths

There’s a whole new generation moving out for the very first time! While millennials tend to take a bit longer to get out of their parents’ homes due to economic stressors, they do eventually get there. New property managers and on-site staff are on an exciting adventure too, learning what it is to manage a property and learning how to be good at this job in rental housing. Being new to the industry isn’t necessarily a bad thing, people just have a bit of learning to do, as would anyone striking out to do something new. You just need to make sure you know what is true, and what is myth, fact or fiction.

“You Can Evict Residents for Any Reason”

One of the first myths that needs to be busted (thank you, Adam Savage) is that property owners and managers can kick a resident to the curb whenever they feel like it. It’s important you know that you cannot. If your resident is renting on a month to month basis, you may be able to just not renew the lease when it’s time to flip a page on a calendar, but a typical contract will have its clauses. When writing a lease, be careful with your listed reasons for eviction. Standard reasons may include missed rent, property damage, or violating the contract (such as having a dog despite a no pets policy). Typically, you will need evidence to evict a renter of something listed within the contract.

Read Our A to Z Guide to Evictions

“Owners are Responsible for All Maintenance and Repair”

It’s true that HVAC, plumbing, and appliance needs are cared for by property management, but when a renter causes smaller damage, they can be expected to clean up their own mess. If a renter, as humans are wont to do, clogs a toilet, they have no need to call up the property manager or office staff. Or, if a renter’s child draws on the walls, it is their parents’ job to clean that up.

Learn More about Rental Housing Myths!

There’s a whole new generation moving out for the very first time! While millennials tend to take a bit longer to get out of their parents’ homes due to economic stressors, they do eventually get there. New property managers and on-site staff are on an exciting adventure too, learning what it is to manage property and how to be good at this job in rental housing. Being new to the industry isn’t necessarily a bad thing, people just have a bit of learning to do, as would anyone striking out to do something new. You just need to make sure you know what is true, and what is myth, fact or fiction.

“You Can Evict Residents for Any Reason”

One of the first myths that needs to be busted (thank you, Adam Savage) is that property owners and managers can kick a resident to the curb whenever they feel like it. It’s important you know that you cannot. If your resident is renting on a month to month basis, you may be able to just not renew the lease when it’s time to flip a page on a calendar, but a typical contract will have its clauses. When writing a lease, be careful with your listed reasons for eviction. Standard reasons may include missed rent, property damage, or violating the contract (such as having a dog despite a no pets policy). Typically, you will need evidence to evict a renter of something listed within the contract.

Read Our A to Z Guide to Evictions

“Owners are Responsible for All Maintenance and Repair”

It’s true that HVAC, plumbing, and appliance needs are cared for by property management, but when a renter causes smaller damage, they can be expected to clean up their own mess. If a renter, as humans are wont to do, clogs a toilet, they have no need to call up the property manager or office staff. Or, if a renter’s child draws on the walls, it is their parents’ job to clean that up.

Learn More about Rental Housing Myths!

“The Property Manager Can Waltz in Whenever They Want”

It’s fun to imagine first time renters huddled by their windows, wanting to make sure they see their property manager make their way up to their door to find out if they’re holding wild parties. The manager or maintenance staff does need some access to the property, for things like checking the fire and smoke alarms, CO2 monitors, or routine maintenance. However, generally you need to give 24-hour notice and depending on the area, maybe needing at least 72-hour notice, before entering the rented property in order to adhere to renter’s right of privacy. The only exception is in an emergency, such as fire.

Don’t Trust Your Renters? Revising Your Rental Criteria May Help!

“The Property Manager Can Waltz in Whenever They Want”

It’s fun to imagine first time renters huddled by their windows, wanting to make sure they see their property manager make their way up to their door to find out if they’re holding wild parties. The manager or maintenance staff does need some access to the property, for things like checking the fire and smoke alarms, CO2 monitors, or routine maintenance. However, generally you need to give 24-hour notice and depending on the area, maybe needing at least 72-hour notice, before entering the rented property in order to adhere to renter’s right of privacy. The only exception is in an emergency, such as fire.

Don’t Trust Your Renters? Revising Your Rental Criteria May Help!

“Resident Screening is Hard”

A major proponent of finding the perfect renter is the resident screening process. This will help you find out who is the right fit for you, the kind of background you’re looking for, if they’re fresh from college or an experienced renter. You need to screen residents to make sure they fit your property’s standards, but the general myth is that resident screening is time consuming and unnecessarily delays filling up those vacancies. The good news is that in reality, it’s not! CIC’s MyDecision rental recommendations take your property’s written rental standards and applies them automatically to every applicant’s background report. Plus, with our average processing time at 5 seconds, you’ll fill those vacancies in no time.

See How We Work to Make Resident Screening Easy for You

Every industry has one or two myths that outsiders whisper about, little fictions that are fun to gossip about. When first entering the industry, however, it’s always good to keep in check about what is real and what you need to learn.

What is your favorite Let us know in the comments below!

“Resident Screening is Hard”

A major proponent of finding the perfect renter is the resident screening process. This will help you find out who is the right fit for you, the kind of background you’re looking for, if they’re fresh from college or an experienced renter. You need to screen residents to make sure they fit your property’s standards, but the general myth is that resident screening is time consuming and unnecessarily delays filling up those vacancies. The good news is that in reality, it’s not! CIC’s MyDecision rental recommendations take your property’s written rental standards and applies them automatically to every applicant’s background report. Plus, with our average processing time at 5 seconds, you’ll fill those vacancies in no time.

See How We Work to Make Resident Screening Easy for You

Every industry has one or two myths that outsiders whisper about, little fictions that are fun to gossip about. When first entering the industry, however, it’s always good to keep in check about what is real and what you need to learn.

What is your favorite Let us know in the comments below!

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Nicole Seidner

Cole Seidner is a copywriter here at the CIC Blog. She holds a degree in Writing from Savannah College of Art and Design with a focus in creative nonfiction. Her free time is spent taking pictures of her dogs or reading deep dive analysis on movies that she hasn’t seen.

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