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How Proper Paperwork and Rental Agreements Protect You and Your Phoenix Investment Property

Dora Pinter

As in every other industry, documentation is the mainstay of the rental business. Documents are the trusted pieces of evidence that play a significant role in securing your investment in case of any dispute. They prove that any communication between the landlord and the tenant was clearly conveyed and left no scope for misunderstandings or disputes.

Apart from protecting you against legal issues, proper paperwork also assists in efficiently dealing with tax responsibilities. These are some of the documents that can protect your Phoenix investment property.

Rental Application  

The rental application is the primary document that gives you an overview of the potential tenant, including their contact information, rental history, employment history, and proof of income. It is the principal document that helps you shortlist good tenants and eliminate bad ones from the list.

The rental application helps you avoid any renters who might misuse the property, be a nuisance to your neighbors, or cause property damage. It protects your house from damages, missed rent payments, and other issues arising due to bad tenants.

Rental Agreement for Your Phoenix Investment Property  

A rental agreement is a legally binding document that includes important details such as the amount of rent, security deposit, tenant and landlord responsibilities, and disclosures related to the house. It protects your house when there are any property damages, disputes, or lease violations by tenants.

The rental agreement creates a sense of awareness and accountability with the renter towards the property and ensures that they take care of the place well. You can consider hiring a property manager in Phoenix or a legal attorney to develop a proper agreement for you, so errors are avoided.

Move-In and Move-Out Checklists for your Phoenix Property 

Move-in and move-out property condition checklists can help you compare the house's condition at different stages. Since you can't visit the house frequently after giving the possession to the tenants, these lists can be beneficial. You may even wish to consider taking pictures or video in addition to your checklist.

When you make a move-in checklist, ensure that you make a note of and add all the appliances, furniture, and condition of the walls and the ceiling in every room. Refer to this during all the routine inspections and when the lease expires. These checklists are like blueprints of the state of your rental before the renters move in and after they move out, thus ensuring that your rental investment is protected from accidental and intentional damage.

Different Notices that You May Send the Tenant from Time to Time

Once the agreement is signed, you may be required to send various other types of notices to the renters, such as the welcome notice, the routine maintenance notice, the past due rent notice, the prior-visit notice, the pay-or-quit notice, and the eviction notice. Such documents require a specific legal tone and format, and keeping them ready well in advance will save you time and ensure that there are no loopholes in the way the document is worded. Notices should be to the point and convey the message. They usually mention the maintenance expectations, letting the tenants know of their responsibility towards the house.

Proper paperwork plays a major role in protecting your property. When you notify the renters about the actions expected from their end and the repercussions of not fulfilling these responsibilities, they tend to use the property responsibly.

It can be beneficial to hire a professional Phoenix property manager to prepare the checklists, the application form, the screening documents, and maintain all the paperwork as they can ensure that your documentation is airtight and has no room for error.

At Service Star Realty, we don't just manage your property but also protect your investment with proper paperwork. Our managers will help you with all the essential documents and make them ready for you when required. 

For more information about the different documents you need to maintain for your Phoenix rental, contact us at Service Star Realty.

Service Star Realty

2929 East Camelback Road #119, Phoenix, AZ 85016

(480) 426-9696

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