Great advice on leases clauses. I would add three points:
- Lease should contain written, signed move-in condition of the home.
- Update and edit your lease constantly. Steal every good idea from articles, landlords, other leases, court cases. Customize to match your judge’s thinking and local laws.
- Time spent orienting/training the new tenant makes managing easier and more profitable. We do a “Lease Ceremony” – tell new tenant to allow an hour and get a sitter for the kids. We review the lease highlights, they initial each critical clause, answer their questions, do a safety walk (breakers, shut offs, filters), handle monies, give keys, and take their picture while happy in a clean home.