Landlords: Don’t Forget Lead Paint Disclosures

June 3, 2020

Every month, landlords across the country face penalties for failing to provide lead paint disclosures. Many are unaware that they have violated the law. The most likely landlords to be affected by these rules are those who have purchased an older property as an investment, and those who are renting out their own homes for […]

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Parking Dispute Costs Landlord $80,000

June 3, 2020

The landlord of an apartment complex in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a lawsuit over its refusal to provide a reserved parking space for a tenant with a disability. HUD successfully argued that the action violated the Fair Housing Act’s requirement that landlords provide reasonable accommodation to tenants with mobility limitations and […]

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Landlords Hurt by Eviction Freeze

May 25, 2020

April and May brought largely good news for landlords as most reported that tenants paid either all or some of the rent owed. Landlord and Tenant Boards across Canada encouraged tenants who were impacted by the pandemic to work with their landlords on an installment plan, and most did. However, at the same time, the […]

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How to Make Online Leasing Safer for Landlords

May 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting social distancing guidelines have impacted the way landlords manage rental properties, including how they find and screen tenants. Companies that offer turnkey leasing services are touting the benefits of online leasing, such as user-friendly video tour uploads and a ready pool of rental applicants. However, landlords need to be […]

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Keeping Pests at Bay During a Pandemic

May 25, 2020

As if COVID-19 business closures and social distancing restrictions weren’t enough to deal with, pet control experts now are warning that rodents, unable to feast on trash from crowded restaurants and bars, now are roaming the streets in search of food. Complaints are mounting over mice and rats migrating closer to residential areas, while wasps […]

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5 Ways to Avoid Tenant Disputes

May 25, 2020

The last thing landlords want to deal with is a disgruntled tenant, especially if that tenant gets passive-aggressive and stops paying rent. Target the most common reasons why tenancies go sour, and you can avoid disputes with your tenants: Noise Unresolved noise complaints are a major reason that tenants withhold rent, cause disruptions, or look […]

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Good News for Landlords

May 4, 2020

A strong majority of tenants paid rent in April, that according to the National Multifamily Housing Council’s Rent Payment Tracker. The survey results show 89% of apartment tenants made full or partial rent payments by April 19, with a significant uptick for the week of April 13-19. As of April 26, 92% of apartment renter […]

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Screening Tenants at a Distance

May 4, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on our social interactions. Experts warn that the social distancing guidelines currently in place in most states may be with us long into the summer, and possibly beyond. To avoid liabilities — and avoid picking the wrong tenants — landlords may need to adapt their tenant screening policies, […]

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Mediation Services Fill the Void

May 4, 2020

Landlords in many states are facing a temporary ban on evictions for nonpayment of rent. Even in states that don’t have a ban, the courts are closed or on reduced hours. As the summer progresses, these courts will need time to process the backlog. One option that can fill the void is mediation, a cost-effective […]

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Airbnb Host Facing Criminal Charges

May 4, 2020

An Airbnb host in Tampa is facing criminal charges after renting a property for two nights. Florida is one of many states and several major cities that have banned vacation rentals during the pandemic. According to a police report, local teenagers were throwing a party at the property which they had rented for the weekend […]

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