Welcome to The Playroom

We've named our blog after the most joyful room in the house, because that's the feeling which best describes living in a Belong home. We'll be sharing tips, trends and stories from our community that capture the many ways in which we're making long-term renting a new way of life. One where all people Belong.

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Could AI Make You a Better Rental Homeowner?

What are the pros and cons of using AI in property management? Discover where AI can streamline tasks for your rental home & where human touch is irreplaceable.

Tech & Innovation

Written By Melanie Kershaw

Last Updated Jul 9, 2024

A woman in a sage-green jacket reviews a lease agreement for her rental home at a computer desk, her face is not visible

7 Important Clauses to Include in Your Lease or Rental Agreement

Creating a lease or rental agreement isn't as simple as downloading a form. Before you start, here's 7 important clauses and disclosures you'll want to include.

Property Management

Written By Melanie Kershaw

Last Updated Jul 4, 2024

An image of spilled coffee - a common way accidental damage can occur to rental home carpets and flooring from stains

Normal Wear and Tear vs. Tenant Damage: How To Assess Your Rental Home

What is normal wear and tear on a rental house vs. tenant damage? Find out how to assess for and protect your rental home from costly damages in between tenants

Property Management

Written By Melanie Kershaw

Last Updated Jul 3, 2024

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11 Legal Mistakes To Avoid As a Rental Homeowner

Legal mistakes are common for new landlords renting their homes. Avoid the headaches by getting ahead of 11 common legal mistakes and learn how to avoid them.

Legal & Regulatory

Property Management

Written By Melanie Kershaw

Last Updated Jul 3, 2024

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The Dos and Don’ts of Home Security in a Rental Property

Is it worth the cost of installing a security system for a rental property? See 4 benefits of home security for rentals and the dos and don’t for landlords.

Property Management

Written By Melanie Kershaw

Last Updated Jul 1, 2024

A real estate photo of grey and white homes in the US, accompanying an article about rent control for landlords

How Much Rent is Too Much? A Homeowner’s Guide To Rental Increases in Rent-Controlled Cities

How much can a landlord increase rent in California? Or Texas? What are the CPI rates for 2024? We answer homeowner questions on rent increases across the US.

Property Management



Written By Melanie Kershaw

Last Updated Jun 26, 2024

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Renew Or Replace: The True Costs Of Tenant Turnover For Rental Homeowners

Discover the true cost of tenant turnover when renewing or replacing residents as a self-managing landlord, hiring a property manager, or working with Belong.

Property Management

Landlord-Tenant Relationships

Written By Melanie Kershaw

Last Updated Jun 20, 2024

A young renter complains to her landlord about a rental home issue

4 Common Complaints About Rental Homes and How to Manage Them

Handled well, tenant complaints can be opportunities for landlords. Here's how to handle 4 common issues to keep a rental running smoothly and cashflow steady

Landlord-Tenant Relationships

Property Management

Written By Melanie Kershaw

Last Updated Jun 12, 2024

A man trims the lawn on his rental home

It’s Peak Rental Season! Get Ready with This Essential Summer Maintenance Checklist

Rental Home Summer Maintenance Checklist Essentials: Maximize rental income by getting your home in top shape to attract and keep residents during peak season.


Written By Melanie Kershaw

Last Updated May 30, 2024