Category Archives: Landlord Education

7 Common Ways to Hold Title to Real Estate in San Diego, CA

Should I put my house in a trust or LLC? This is a question we hear a lot from rental property owners, and today we’re discussing the seven common ways to hold title. We’ll also tell you why it matters. Continue reading

Should I Buy a Home Warranty for My Investment Property in San Diego, CA?


When you buy a house for your personal residence, obtaining a home warranty can be a good idea. But with investment properties, warranties never make sense. Today, we’re telling you why. Continue reading

Emotional Support Animal Laws: Regulations on Allowing Service Animals in San Diego Rental Properties

DISCLAIMER: Please check with your attorney regarding all matters pertaining to assistance animals. My advice is general in nature and should not be relied upon without checking with your attorney.


An emotional support dog, service animal, or assistance animal mean different things, but they are all protected by law. For the sake of this conversation, I use the term assistance, service, and emotional support animal interchangeably. The most important thing you need to know is that they are not pets. These are animals that work. They provide emotional or additional assistance to people with disabilities. Continue reading

Should I Rent My San Diego Property Furnished or Unfurnished?

A very common question we get from owners moving out of their primary residence to rent it out is: should I rent my property furnished? The answer comes down to whether your home would make a good short term rental. Continue reading

How Changes to Credit Reporting May Boost Your Score! San Diego Landlord Education

Credit bureaus are implementing some changes that can affect landlords in general and you personally. Transunion got together with Equifax and Experian and they announced a National Consumer Assistance Plan. Basically, they are trying to ensure that their data is as accurate as possible. Continue reading

How Long Will It Take to Rent My San Diego Property?

In today’s market, a properly priced home should rent to a qualified tenant in just a couple of weeks. There is a lot of demand for rental housing right now. There’s been an inflation of prices, and wages are staying flat. So, fewer people can buy, and more people are forced to rent.

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What Can I Do If a Tenant Destroys My San Diego Rental Property?

What do you do if a tenant destroys your property? This is a common question, especially from first-time landlords. Everyone has the worst case scenario in their minds. Your course of action will depend on the severity of the damage and whether the tenant still lives in your property. Continue reading

How to Sell Your San Diego Rental Property While It’s Tenant Occupied

What happens if you need to sell your tenant occupied property? Owners sometimes call for help because they need to sell fast, and a tenant is in place. When this happens, you need to understand a few things.

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Renting Your House Out? Best Time of Year to Rent Out a San Diego Property

In San Diego, the best time to rent out a house is April through September. This is when there’s the most activity and more people in the market. Renting out your house during this peak season will bring you a better price for your property. So, we recommend that you try to schedule your leases to expire during these months. Continue reading

What is Landlord Insurance and Why Do You need it for Your San Diego Rental Property?

Landlord insurance is different from homeowner’s insurance. If you live in a house now and you plan to rent it out, contact your agent and switch to a landlord policy. Your new insurance will provide three specific types of coverage. Continue reading

How to Evict a Tenant from Your San Diego Rental Property

The most common reason to evict a tenant from your San Diego rental property is nonpayment of rent. You may also be evicting for some other lease violation like the tenant having a pet that’s not allowed. Be careful if you’re evicting for anything other than nonpayment. Winning in court is difficult in those cases. San Diego owners need to follow a few specific steps to successfully evict a tenant. Continue reading

Should I Show My San Diego Rental Property to Prospective Tenants While Occupied?

There’s a belief by some in the landlord community that once a tenant gives notice to vacate, you should immediately list the property for rent and start showing it. The idea of course, is you want to limit any vacancy time. After being in this business many years, we have found this is not the best approach. The best approach, is to wait until the current tenant moves out and the property is made rent ready before you show it and I will explain why. Continue reading