This is the first in an ongoing weekly post with links to rental real estate data and happenings that have fostered discussion here at Cozy HQ.

A perfect interest rate/qualification/jobs storm is making right now is a great time to buy an investment property and become a landlord.

San Francisco's average rent price is now $2,768 in big complexes, which is $800 higher than neighboring Oakland. That said, Oakland is up nearly 20% since this time last year while San Francisco is up 7.6%. Ouch.

Renters insurance for tenants is cheap and benefits are numerous, but here are four reasons it might make sense for landlords to require tenants to carry a policy.

In earthquake-prone New Zealand, landlords are being urged to exceed current seismic codes.

Freddie Mac warns of bogus landlords renting out foreclosed homes.