Landlord’s Companion Animal Policy Fails the Test

October 21, 2019

A Los Angeles landlord has agreed to pay a local fair housing agency $15,000 and undergo anti-discrimination training after denying companion animal requests. The fair housing agency sent six testers to the properties to pose as rental applicants with disabilities who need companion animals. Leasing employees failed the tests — by rejecting every request. Companion […]

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Landlord, Tenants Fight Rental Inspection Ordinance

October 21, 2019

A landlord in Zion, Illinois, and her tenants, have filed a lawsuit challenging the city’s rental inspection ordinance. According to the landlord’s attorneys from the Institute for Justice, the ordinance grants the city broad authority to inspect and re-inspect rental properties, even where there are no complaints or code violations. If a tenant refuses to […]

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Landlord Says He Learned a Lesson

October 14, 2019

A landlord who struggled for months to evict a professional tenant says he has learned a lesson: it’s easy for scammers to take advantage of the law. After investigation, a news report details this tenant’s history with at least three landlords where he failed to pay rent and launched appeals to stave off an eviction. […]

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3 Reasons to Avoid Screening Tenants on Social Media

October 14, 2019

With social media so prevalent today, it’s easy to see why landlords would turn to these platforms to get an insider’s look at prospective tenants. But social media research has its drawbacks, and landlords may want to rethink changing up their tried-and-true tenant screening policies: Too Much Information! While it may seem counterintuitive, one of […]

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Landlord Must Amend Tenancy Agreement

October 14, 2019

A British Columbia landlord was ordered to drop a lease provision that allowed for an above-guideline rent increase in the event the landlord incurred additional costs. According to a news report, the provision allowed the landlord to increase rent by an additional 7%, but only in the event the landlord needed to replace the roof […]

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Landlord Forms

October 14, 2019

Rental forms are the backbone of property management, so why not give yours a little extra punch? Check out these four tips: 1. When preparing a rental ad, include these simple words: Tenant Background Check Required. Tenants with bad rental history or bad credit openly admit they look for ads that don’t have that phrase […]

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Why Tenants Behave Badly

September 23, 2019

Before vacating a property because her unauthorized pet sparked a noise complaint, a tenant poured cement into the drains and washing machine and glued the dryer door shut. Prior to moving, she demanded her deposit back before allowing an inspection. Another tenant complains that her landlord is “gouging” her by taking security deposit deductions to […]

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Minneapolis Tells Landlords to Accept Tenants with Criminal Past, Evictions

September 23, 2019

Minneapolis City Council has passed an ordinance that seeks to prohibit landlords there from rejecting tenants based on criminal history, prior evictions, or low credit scores. The contentious measure, dubbed the Renter Protection Ordinance, is similar to a tenant screening law recently passed in Portland, Oregon. It seeks to force landlords to consider applicants who […]

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5 Landlord Forms, 5 Ways to Make Them Better

September 23, 2019

Rental forms are key to good property management. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your landlord forms: 1. Rental ad Not all landlords see the rental ad as a part of the leasing package, but the ad is a tenant’s first impression and sets the stage for the entire tenancy. […]

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Landlords Sued Over Facebook Rental Ads

September 23, 2019

Seven landlords in the Washington, D.C. area are now facing a lawsuit over online rental ads they placed on Facebook. The social media platform earlier was sued by housing advocates over allegations it enabled race, gender and family discrimination by allowing landlords to target or exclude specific interest groups who had access to the ads. […]

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