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Lease a Classic 3 Bedroom/2 Bath Older Home located in Druid Hills Historic District within walking distance to Emory University.
Features include a spacious Living Room with Fireplace and built-in Bookshelves, large formal Dining Room, cozy Den with French Doors to covered patio; Custom Kitchen with glass-front cabinets, ample pot drawers, stainless steel appliances, pull-out Pantry and Granite Counters.
The property has a main floor Bedroom and Full Bath. The upper level addition includes a Master Bedroom with Sitting Area and French Doors to Deck, Master Bath with Double Sinks, separate Tub and Shower, Walk-in Closet plus additional Bedroom/Office and Full Bath with Washer/Dryer.
Other features include Hardwood Floors throughout, High Ceilings, Screened Porch, Large Lot, Patio, Offstreet Parking with easy turnaround for 2-3 cars.
Contact Atlanta Decatur Homes for availability and further details.
Before you begin marketing your Decatur property for lease, take a critical look at the overall condition of your home. Renters have certain expectations when they are searching for a place and Condition matters!
Here are a few essential preparations that will help attract good, qualified tenants :
If you plan to lease a property in the Emory Area or in Decatur, you should know what may be expected before you complete an application to rent a home.
Finding the right home in the Emory Area where you want to live is an obvious first step, but prospective tenants often have to pass stringent credit and background checks. In popular neighborhoods where rental properties are at a premium, there may be tough competition for a desirable home. It's best to be prepared in advance:
Emory Decatur Property Management always recommends that prospective tenants be thoroughly screened through credit, criminal and prior landlord reference checks.
It's easier to prevent a potential problem from occurring when considering a new tenant than it is to try to evict them later. Because property managers represent investors who trust them to obtain qualified tenants for their properties, extreme care must be utilized during the screening process.
Screening begins with an Application completed by the applicant, giving written permission to obtain a credit report, criminal background, and former landlord reference information. Here are a few good policies to follow when dealing with applicants:
While many applicants look promising on paper, a thorough check might show previous late rent payments, bad credit, eviction proceedings, or criminal activity. It's important to evaluate every aspect of the appliant's ability to pay the rent and to be a viable tenant, without violating any provision of the Fair Housing Act.
In fact, a recent U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidance policy recommends exercising caution when considering criminal history for prospective applicants. According to a National Association of Realtors (NAR) publication, the guidance suggests "housing providers should create thoughtful policies and practices that are tailored to serve a substantial, legitimate and nondiscrimatory interest of the housing provider, such as resident safety and the protection of property".
Careful review of the prospective tenant's credit, ability to pay, criminal history, and past landlord references should be made in every case.
With appropriate due diligence during the screening process, the ultimate goal will be achieved - a new tenant who pays their rent on time and maintains the property.
What happens if a tenant who owes you money moves out of your Decatur rental property in the dead of night?
You happen to stop by your rental property in Decatur shortly thereafter and discover an unoccupied home. The place is in terrible condition with debris on the floor, dirty dishes in the sink and on the counters, a filthy refrigerator with food inside. Clothes and other items are strewn about. The tenants also left numerous personal property items behind - some of value and some obviously trash. Your tenants have definitely abandoned the premises and are long gone!
After you've calmed down, your first impulse might be to start clearing the property, disposing of items, and cleaning it up for the next tenants.
Before you fill up the trash cans, you may need to consider filing an Eviction Order with the Court to be safe, as there are eviction laws in most states that protect the personal property of tenants, even if it appears they have abandoned their personal property.
Once you have a Court Order giving you back possession of the rental unit, you can lawfully remove the tenant's belongings, according to the Georgia Landlord Tenant Handbook published by the State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
If you have questions regarding the legality or eviction process, contact a qualified real estate attorney.