Mitch’s Top Ten Tips* for Landlords to Avoid Getting a Mean Call from Mitch (or another tenant attorney)

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September 13, 2018
Author: Attorney Mitch
Organization: Neighborhood Law Clinic

1. Provide written Receipts to Tenants

2. Provide Tenants with a written reason why you non?renewed or denied their application

3. Do a check?in Inspection

4. Do NOT do a check?out inspection

5. Remind Tenants in writing and orally before their move out that they have to be
COMPLETELY moved out at or BEFORE the specific end date and time [in their lease or
otherwise agreed upon]

6. Do NOT throw any of a tenant’s belongings away unless they give you explicit written
permission after they moved out

7. Keep records (receipts and photos) of all repairs and remodeling—even when you are
not charging the tenant. Especially for painting, floor or carpet replacement, and
appliance repair and replacement

8. Do give second chances—but put them in Writing

9. Do NOT let “the last straw” be in response to a complaint about a condition of the

10. Do NOT jump any notice requirements, for just one example, five day notices require six
days before you can file on the seventh day

Bonus Tip: Remember that tenants have a different perspective than you. When
communicating with them be respectful of their rights, and be more than clear—confirm that
you both understand one another.

*Nothing in this document or the accompanying presentation should be construed as creating
any attorney?client relationship. These “Tips” are generally more than the law requires. For
information or advice about any particular situation, the best tip is: Consult an attorney!

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