Being a landlord is not a simple as it seems, especially in the legal area. Here are some common legal mistakes that landlords make. 



As a landlord, it is fundamental for you to know and understand the Fair Housing Act and ensure you are practicing responsible, nondiscriminatory acts. According to the National Fair Housing Alliance, there are more than 4 million fair housing violations annually. The Fair Housing Act is a law that prohibits discrimination in renting, selling, buying or financing of housing. This includes discrimination based on race, skin color, sex, nationality, religion, disability, and familial status. There can be additional protected classes in your area, so you have to do your research. So as a Landlord you can’t refuse to rent a property to a tenant for discriminatory reasons.


Discriminatory Questions

One of the most common legal mistakes new landlords make is asking the wrong questions during an applicant screening. A simple conversation starter like “Do you have any kids?” is technically illegal. Your prospect might think that you don’t want to rent him because of his family size. Even asking a couple if they are married is illegal. It is also illegal to ask a disabled person about his disability. Avoid questions that may appear discriminatory or suggest discriminatory intent. If you are not sure if the question might be discriminatory then just don’t ask it. Discrimination lawsuits are more common than you think and can cost you thousands of dollars.


Tenants’ Rights to Privacy

You can’t just enter a tenant’s home. If you did that, you would be violating the tenants’ rights to privacy. As a landlord, you must first give your tenants a 24-hour written or verbal notice before entering the rental unit. You must first check your state’s laws because rules vary from state to state. Each sated has detailed rules on when, for what reasons, and with how much notice you may enter a tenant’s home. 


Refuse to Make Repairs

As a landlord, you are responsible to keep their property and maintain it a habitable living space. The legal term is “Implied Warranty of Habitability” and it means that the rental unit must meet the basic living and safety standards before occupation and continue to meet them for the duration of the occupancy. As a landlord, your rental unit must provide heating, plumbing, gas, clean water, a structurally safe roof, and flooring, and electricity. If you fail to keep the rental unit habitable you might get sued. 


Property management is a serious business and if you don’t feel ready to take the full responsibility of being a landlord, feel free to contact us. At CRM Properties, we will give you peace of mind knowing that your investment is in good hands. We have the experience, tools, and resources to effectively manage your property and maximize the rental value of your home. 


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Bethan Johnson

Turn Coordinator

Bethan is a Property Manager Assistant. She performs all property inspection and evaluations, creates tenant invoices and oversees disposition of security deposits.

Why choose CRM Properties?

We have the best selection of homes in the Kokomo area. Our staff’s dedication to customer service leads to a swift response to maintenance and tenant questions.


What is your screening process?

We verify income with copies of pay stubs and verification from your employer. We check court records for any judgments and criminal activity. We also contact your previous landlords directly for a referral. We will verify that the person we call is actually your landlord.


Are pets allowed?

Most homes allow pets. We do have breed and size restrictions. We limit the number of allowed pets and you must provide proof of vaccinations on all pets. We charge an additional $25 per month and $150 additional deposit.


How much is the damage deposit?

The damage deposit is equal to one month’s rent. An additional $150 is required for all pets.


How long of a lease must I sign?

Our leases are typically one year. During winter months we structure our leases to expire during the spring.


How do I pay my rent?

You can pay rent in person with a personal check, cashier’s check or money order. You may set up an e-payment or direct deposit. You may also mail your rent or use our dropbox.


What happens if I can’t pay my rent on time?

We do not make arrangements on rent. Rent is due on the 1st of each month. Late fees start on the 5th. If we do not receive rent by the 15th we file an eviction. You may stop the eviction if you pay rent in full prior to the eviction date.


How are utilities handled?

Utilities are typically the tenant’s responsibility. Utilities must be transferred into the tenants name prior to signing the lease. If the tenant is responsible for the sanitation bill and fails to pay it, we reserve the right to increase the monthly rent and include sanitation in the rent.


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Amanda Mendenhall

Leasing Agent

Amanda is our Leasing Agent. She oversees property showings and screens applicants.

Bethany Shoffner

Portfolio Manager

Bethany is one of our Property Managers. She is the single point of contact for owners and oversees the tenant experience.

Hannah Dobbins

Resident Service Coordinator

Julie Mullinax

Operations Manager

Julie is our Operations Manager. She oversees the staff and the day to day operations of our company.

Heather Johnson

Property Manager

Heather is one of our Property Managers. She is the single point of contact for owners and oversees the tenant experience

Jennifer Koenig

Resident Services Coordinator

Jennifer is our Office Assistant. She assists the Property Managers with all property and social media marketing.

Amanda Marshall

Maintenance Coordinator

Theresa Cain-Rush

Property Management Assistant

Darin Olson

Maintenance Manager

Darin is our Maintenance Manager. He investigates maintenance issues and offers suggestions and estimates for repairs.

Lynda Simpson


Lynda is our Bookkeeper. She handles all accounts payable and receivables. She also coordinates all owner and tenant billing.

Chris Mullinax

Broker Owner & New Business Development

As President and Owner of CRM Properties Chris helps generate new business and works on making sure the business is compliant with all local, state and national laws and ordinances.

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