Oregon Mulls Ban on Pet Rent

February 11, 2019

Oregon lawmakers have proposed a measure that would ban landlords there from charging pet fees or pet rent. Landlords can continue to charge security deposits. However, the measure still is stoking some controversy. Tenants fear that no pet rent will translate into no pets allowed and some landlords have confirmed that fear by threatening to […]

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7 Tips for Resolving — and Preventing — Noise Complaints

February 11, 2019

Noise is one of the most common tenant complaints, and most landlords will need to diffuse a dispute at some point. Here are some tips to help restore peace — and quiet — to your rental property: Doing nothing is the worst option for landlords. Even if the noise cannot be eliminated, the fact that […]

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Tenants Scam 4 Landlords

January 28, 2019

It’s a landlord’s worst nightmare: no rent, property damage, and months to wait for an eviction. The only way this gets worse is discovering that the same bad tenants have scammed other landlords. A couple in Ontario have been ordered to pay over $20,000 in combined back rent owed to three different landlords, according to […]

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How to Use Credit to Screen Tenants

January 28, 2019

Using information from tenant credit checks when screening tenants can be confusing. For instance, does a landlord need a tenant credit check if they have verified the rental applicant’s income? What if the person seems honest and has good references? Is it unfair to use credit when screening tenants? A tenant credit check is used […]

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These Landlords Most at Risk for Income Loss

January 28, 2019

Absentee landlords. It’s a term that applies when a landlord isn’t around very often. This may be because the landlord lives a significant distance from the rental. Some people never intended to be landlords but found themselves needing to move or managing a property they inherited. Some wanted a rental investment but are reluctant to […]

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Alberta Rebounds

January 28, 2019

The Alberta rental market saw significant improvement over the past five months, according to a new report from Hope Street Real Estate Corporation, an industry leading tenancy management firm specializing in residential rental management. Edmonton experienced a 21% rise in the average rental rate from this past September. The blended average rental rate for all […]

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Landlord Sued for Rejecting Ex-Con

January 14, 2019

A Chicago landlord is facing a lawsuit after rejecting a rental applicant with a criminal history. The tenant was convicted of armed robbery 20 years ago and served six years in prison. The African-American man currently suffers from a disability which limits his mobility. In the complaint filed in federal district court, the applicant claims […]

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When Was the Last Time You Updated Your Rental Application?

January 14, 2019

A solid rental application allows a landlord to quickly identify qualified tenants, obtain the consent needed to run a tenant background check, lead a debt collector to a tenant who defaults, and flag and prosecute tenant fraud. Is your application up to the task? A generic or outdated rental application form can hamper a landlord’s […]

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U.S. Apartment Market Sees Record Growth

January 14, 2019

Demand for apartments across the U.S. climbed to an eight-year high last quarter and rent growth accelerated, according to the latest report from real estate technology and analytics firm RealPage, Inc. The occupancy rate climbed to 95.4 percent, and rent growth moved to 3.3 percent, compared to the 2.5 percent growth recorded in 2017. Greg […]

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Lawmakers Seek to Curb Fraudulent Companion Animal Requests

January 14, 2019

The Utah State Legislature is mulling a statute that would criminalize fraudulent companion animal requests. The move comes after extensive news coverage of perceived companion animal fraud, most recently involving airline passengers. Companion or emotional support animals (“ESAs”) are controversial because, unlike service dogs, ESAs can be any animal — squirrels, peacocks, ponies — and […]

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