SERVICE ANIMALS AND THERAPY ANIMALS AND RENTAL PROPERTY

Landlords are required to make reasonable accommodations for tenants with service animals and therapy animals under the Fair Housing Act. If you have a no pets policy, you have to make reasonable accommodations for service and therapy animals. Companion animals, emotional support animals (ESA), therapy animals are terms used to describe animals that provide comfort […]

How to Improve Your Credit Score: 7 strategies that will get you a better credit score

Your credit score is one of the most important measures of your financial health. It tells lenders at a glance how responsibly you use credit. The better your score, the easier you may find it to be approved for new loans or lines of credit. A higher credit score can also open the door to the lowest […]

Tips for Tenants on Moving Day

Reach Out to Your Current Landlord About 60 days before you plan to move, notify your current landlord that you won’t be renewing your lease. The exact amount of time required to give notice is likely specified in your lease agreement. By giving notice as far in advance as possible, you’re giving your current landlord […]

The Military Clause and what it means for Landlords

As a City with a Naval base here in Newport we have a lot of Military renters coming for school or general employment and part of entering in to an agreement with active service members is understanding their orders may change. The clause in our leases reads: MILITARY CLAUSE: In the event the Tenant is […]

How much should you pay for rent?

You’re moving and putting together a budget, but just how much should you pay for rent? Whether you are moving to a new town, changing jobs or just want to get a better hold on your finances, you’ll want to know roughly how much you should pay for rent depending on your lifestyle and location. […]

Considering Solar? Well Rhode Island’s solar incentives are some of the best in America.

Despite being the smallest state in the USA, Rhode Island certainly punches above its weight in terms of its solar policies. Rhode Island is ranked 37th in the country for installed solar capacity in 2014 – an impressive feat considering how much smaller it is than the dozen states it beat out. The top solar […]

Cutting the Cord: Should You Let Cable TV Stay or Go?

Whether you’re a Netflix enthusiast or a loyal cable subscriber, there’s no denying that TV entertainment is as popular as ever. However, as the streaming services continue to expand their lineup of original content and improve upon their existing offerings, you might find yourself considering whether it’s time to join the millions of “cord-cutters” who […]

Guest or Tenant? How to Create and Enforce a Guest Policy

As a property owner, you’re liable for the people who call your property home. That’s why you carefully screen each potential tenant and then write up a lease agreement explicitly defining the residents. But when a guest crosses the territory from temporary visitor to ongoing occupant, what do you do to recognize the situation and […]

Is Smart Home Technology for you?

Smart home technology, especially smart thermostats have become increasingly popular with homeowners to automate their homes and add some convenience. But what’s the appeal of a smart thermostat for a landlord? What Do Smart Thermostats Do? Smart thermostats help save energy, which means lowering heating costs. They allow users (landlords or residents) to precisely control the temperature […]

Rhode Island’s Housing Supply Shows Gains

RHODE ISLAND ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, INC. “The Voice of Real Estate in Rhode Island” Serving Rhode Islanders Since 1948 Warwick, RI – March 21, 2019 — February sales data released today by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors and its subsidiary, State-Wide Multiple Listing Service show signs of promise for buyers who have been hindered […]