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ALWAYS Collect Move In Funds in REAL Money
By: Pat Larkin
Don’t take unnecessary risks with people you don’t know. When you have a Tenant moving into one of your properties ALWAYS collect the move in funds in Cashier’s Check or Money Order.
When you have someone getting ready to move into one of your properties ALWAYS collect the move-in monies in “Real Money”. When you have a Tenant getting ready to move into your property, typically you will trade them the keys to the property for their final balances due; deposits and first month’s rent, etc. Always collect these funds in what we call “real money”… cashier’s check or money order. To help your case, be sure that you state in their lease agreement that “only cashier’s check or money order will be accepted when paying final move in amounts.” This way, you have discussed the issue with them and they have signed off agreeing to that. In fact, depending on how much time is between them paying their holding deposit and their move in, if there is not sufficient time for a personal check to clear their bank, you may want to require that all funds paid by them are “real” money also. If you do allow for the holding deposit to be a personal check, make sure that it has cleared their bank before you give them the keys to your property.
Why go through all this “dain bramage”? Well, unscrupulous Tenants have been known to pay their move-in funds with a personal check, get their keys and promptly stop payment on their check. Then the Landlord (you) have given possession to the Tenant, have no money, no income and a couple of months of legal wrangling to look forward to before you can get your property back. And don’t forget about the make ready costs to market your property again!
In summary, don’t take unnecessary risks with your property. Always collect move in funds in REAL Money.
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Thank you for reading!
Pat & Kris
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Few of us would ever allow our Tenants to move in before their lease begins but . . . many of us do unwittingly!
Would you ever knowingly allow your Tenant to move into your property early? Perhaps unwittingly.
Think about this scenario for a minute: You have rented your property and the lease begins on the 1st of the month which is a Sunday. For our convenience, many times, we may be inclined to give the Tenants the keys on a Friday or Saturday, so that we don’t have to do it early Sunday morning. What happens so many times is that the Tenant is excited about their new place and now that they have the keys they go by just for a look . . . just to “breathe it in”. When they get there, they remember those two boxes in the back of the car . . . “Gee, if I get those out, then I can start with an empty car on moving day.” Once those boxes go from their car to the house or condo, technically, they have “moved in”!
Now, let me ask you, what is the effective for their renter’s insurance? Chances are, it doesn’t take effect until the 1st. why would it start sooner? Without that date (the now NEW move in date) being covered in their lease or their renter’s insurance being in effect . . . you, the Landlord, are liable for any damage, or injuries they may occur during that time between when they moved the boxes in until the lease start date on the lease!
To solve this issue, we always wrote the lease to begin on the day we gave them the keys and, required the Tenant to have their renter’s insurance effective on that date also. You don’t necessarily need to charge them for the extra days rent . . . just cover yourself legally and from a liability perspective.
In summary, think through the date relating to move in dates and “possible” move in dates. You might just save yourself some heartache.
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Pat & Kris Larkin
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Always collect move-in monies from your Tenant in “Real Money” When you have a Tenant getting ready to move into your property, typically you will trade them the keys to the property for their final balances due; deposits and first month’s rent. Always collect these funds in what we call “real money” . . . cashier’s check or money order. Unscrupulous Tenants have been known to pay their move-in funds with a personal check, get their keys and stop payment on their check. Then the Landlord (you) have given possession to the Tenant, have no money, no income and a couple of months of legal wrangling to look forward to before you can get your property back. And don’t forget about the make ready costs to market your property again!
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For more tips and forms and educational tools to help you to effectively manage your rental property, visit our web site at: http://www.ManageToMakeMoney.com or call 949-689-4344.