Little known fact about military orders……….

So every landlord is aware of the section of the SCRA (Service members Civil Relief Act) which provides a service member who receives permanent change of station orders or who is deployed to a new location for 90 days or more the right to terminate a housing lease. However most landlords think that the lease must terminate on the day that the service member must report to the new base which is not always accurate.  For leases in which rent payments are due on the first of the month, the date the lease is terminated is 30 days from the first full month after the notice is received by the landlord.  For example if the tenant provides the written orders to the landlord on June 6th that they must report at a new base on June 30 the tenant is not released from the lease until July 30 so the tenant must pay June and July rent in full.  The landlord however can not then collect rent from a new tenant until August 1 so essentially the landlord can’t “double collect” July rent.  Additionally, the tenant does not legally have to return possession of the property to the landlord until July 30.  Many landlords however do not pursue the full rent but instead hold the tenant responsible for 30 days of rent from when the orders are received which in the above example would be July 6 however it is important to understand that you do have the option to obtain a true full 30 day notice.  Lastly, be sure to confirm the orders by using a verification form just to be sure that all information is accurate.  
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So you live and breath by online reviews……THINK AGAIN!!!!

It truly is best not to believe everything you hear or in this case read.  Businesses often hire other companies to manage their online reputation by ensuring that only good reviews are posted on online sources.  These companies for hire either hire individuals to write fake reviews from home or they will have staff members write fake reviews from various sources so that the computer IP addresses are never the same.  The differing IP address are an important component to achieving successful fake online reputation status because they make the reviews appear to be from actual customers and the online company (such as google, yelp, yahoo) can’t tell they are fake.  Here is a good example, do a google search for Rathbun Realty & Investments and check out the that gives them an overall review of 4 stars out of 5 – be sure to pay the most attention to the reviews that were posted in May, June of 2012 that are pretty much raving about how wonderful the services are.  Now, after readying that would you be surprised to hear that the Arizona Department of Real Estate issued a cease & desist to stop all operations in March 2013????  Seems strange that in August 2012 the reviews were glowing yet just six months later they can’t even participate in any real estate activities!  
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