Californians Reject Rent Control — Again

November 23, 2020

For the second time in two years, California voters defeated a ballot measure that would have paved the way for cities to enact more stringent rent control. In 2018, voters defeated a similar measure. Both propositions lost by a 60% majority. The failure to pass rent control measures comes as something of a surprise in […]

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San Francisco Offers Rent Assistance to Landlords

November 23, 2020

Lawmakers in San Francisco have passed an ordinance to support landlords whose tenants cannot pay rent due to the pandemic. According to a report by the city’s Budget and Legislative Analyst, the eviction moratorium put in place in response to COVID-19 has cost landlords in the city between $81.3 million and $196.2 million. Unemployment, which […]

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10 Simple Ways to Avoid Nightmare Tenants

November 16, 2020

Major property management firms report that tenant fraud — rental applicants who misrepresent qualifications — is a common occurrence. These applicants are the most likely to become nightmare tenants, skipping out on rent, damaging the property, or causing disturbances. Experienced property managers know they need to take steps to deter and detect tenant fraud before […]

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Eviction Ban Highlights Need for Tenant Accountability

November 16, 2020

A retired British Columbia couple in their seventies shared their frustration after their tenants disappeared during the province’s eviction moratorium, leaving the fixed-income landlords with over $4,500 in unpaid rent. To add insult to injury, at least one of the tenants was receiving benefits, but failed to apply any of that money to rent. Now […]

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How to Succeed in Dispute Resolution

November 16, 2020

With pandemic eviction bans coming to an end, it is likely many landlords will be queueing up for dispute resolution, some for the first time. Judging by recent decisions coming out of these tribunals, it is apparent that some landlords are going into dispute resolution unprepared and facing the consequences — waiting all this time […]

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British Columbia Extends Freeze on Rent Increases

November 16, 2020

Landlords in British Columbia will not be allowed to increase rent in December as previously announced by the Province. In March 2020, the Province ordered a freeze on rent increases due to the pandemic. Subsequent emergency orders had slated rent increases to begin December 1, 2020 for landlords who had provided the mandatory three months’ […]

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Eviction Ban Clarification Generates Confusion

October 19, 2020

After enacting a ban on eviction filings for nonpayment of rent from September 4 through December 31, the Administration issued further guidance last week that is causing some confusion. This latest guidance comes in the form of an FAQ offered jointly from the CDC, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HUD, and the U.S. […]

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Lawmakers Resist Effort to Seal Eviction Records

October 19, 2020

Louisiana’s legislature rejected a bill that would have prevented landlords there from obtaining eviction records on tenants who did not pay rent during the pandemic. The measure would have prevented courts from reporting eviction cases for nonpayment that occurred during a period from March 16, 2020 to August 1, 2021. Proponents argued that this would […]

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3 Ways to Avoid Nightmare Tenants in 2021

October 19, 2020

With an expected wave of eviction filings for nonpayment of rent to begin in January, rental applicants are going to begin to line up for vacancies. Some paid rent and simply are relocating. Others didn’t pay anything and they’re leaving before the current landlord has a chance to get an eviction order. Can you spot […]

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Lease Clauses That Prevent Income Loss

October 19, 2020

A lease agreement should include provisions that help landlords avoid income loss — including these: Joint and Several Liability “Tenants shall be jointly and severally liable for all obligations under this lease.” Few tenants understand the legal ramifications of renting with roommates. These relationships are tricky and tenants need to understand the commitment they are […]

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