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How to Make a Lien Friendly and Protect Your Real Estate

Yes, there is such a thing as a “Friendly Lien”. This is a lien against your property held by a party who is friendly to you. Ideally the “friendly party” is an LLC or corporation…

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Real Estate Joint Venture Liabilities Likely to Get You Sued

Freddy Stein is an active real estate flipper making big moves in the Atlanta market. He currently has four properties he’s rehabilitating, all held under his corporation.  Bad idea! We always recommend that our clients…

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Housing Discrimination Complaints: What Landlords Need to Know

No matter what walk of life you come from you’ll eventually deal with or perhaps serve as a landlord. As a tenant, you must stay on top of security deposits, rent increases, eviction policies as…

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Landlord Liability for Tenants’ Dogs

We’ve all heard of horror stories about the dog owner who had to go to court because his/her dog bit a child at the park or snapped at the pizza delivery guy. These cases can…

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The Fair Housing Act’s Protected Classes: What Landlords Need to Know

Over several years of helping landlords fight and win cases, we’ve noticed that the term “protected classes” leads to a lot of confusion. In this educational guide, we’ll discuss what all landlords need to know…

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HUD Guidance Memo on Landlords’ Use of Arrest and Conviction Records

Do you use arrest and conviction records to assess potential tenants before allowing them to rent your property? You might want to read this as a misstep can destroy your business and your life. The…

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When Should a Landlord Hire a Lawyer?

While there are some landlords out there who make a career out of being a landlord, most folks who rent out properties do so because it’s a lucrative form of investment. They own one or…

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Tenant Injuries: Landlord Liability and Insurance FAQ

Even a good landlord occasionally finds themselves in a tricky situation. When a tenant injures themselves, there are a number of situations in which a landlord could find themselves liable for the injuries. This is…

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Mold in Rentals: Landlord Liability, Responsibility, and Prevention

Mold is a serious problem in a number of older homes. Not…

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Becoming Judgment-Proof Against Litigation

  Becoming Judgment-Proof Against Litigation   This might sound strange, but as a real estate investor you are in one of the most litigated industries in the United States of America. Which is one of…

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Lead Disclosures for Rental Property FAQ

Lead-based paint and heavy metal poisoning are one hazard that the government will expect landlords either to have professionally removed or disclose before renting out the property to tenants. This is going to be especially…

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Lawsuits Against a Series LLC Vs. A Traditional LLC

Lawsuits Against a Series LLC Vs. A Traditional LLC The more money you have located inside of any individual LLC, the more attractive it’s going to be for someone to sue you. It makes sense,…

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What Happens When a Land Trust Gets Sued

Forming a land trust is a no-brainer for the savvy real estate…

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How Real Estate Investors Lose Money

How Real Estate Investors Lose Money Real estate investors lose money in…

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Identifying a Nightmare in Litigation

Identifying a Nightmare in Litigation What I do is I make it…

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Judgment-Proof

Judgment-Proof This might sound strange to you as a real estate investor,…

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Protect Yourself from Swimming Pool Liabilities

For those that don’t remember, we’re going to start with a real…

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11 Crucial Questions You Should Be Asking Before Investing

You probably already know that investing can be a risky business. Some…

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Defamation and Bad Reviews: How To Protect Your Business & Personal Reputation Online

You’ve no doubt seen negative reviews and comments about someone or a…

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Attorney-Client Privilege & You: How to Talk to Your Lawyer

 “So then I says to the guy, ‘leave the gun, take the Canolli.” Yes, we’ve all seen that movie. When it comes to going over your business plans and tax structure with your lawyer, you…

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The Only Two Ways Real Estate Investors Lose Money: Lawsuits & Bad Investing

Believe it or not, as a real estate investor you can only lose money in two ways. Think about it. Either you make a bad investment, or someone sues you and takes your hard earned…

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