Landlord Arrested After Tenant Accused of Crime

December 17, 2018

A landlord in Martinsburg, West Virginia has been arrested and charged with a violation of that city’s nuisance rental law after her tenant was accused of drug activity. According to Martinsburg police, at least 35 rental properties have been taken out of service over the nuisance law, known as the Drug House Ordinance. The move […]

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Tenants and Landlords Join Forces to Battle City’s Rental Inspection Law

December 17, 2018

Seattle is facing yet another challenge to its controversial rental regulations. This time, it’s tenants who are complaining. They argue that the city’s random property inspection rules violate their privacy. Their landlords agree. The lawsuit, which is poised to become a class-action, was spearheaded by the Institute for Justice, a national firm that protects civil […]

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Landlords Beware: Tenant Fraud on the Rise

December 3, 2018

A landmark study recently conducted on behalf of credit reporting giant TransUnion revealed a disturbing statistic: more than 80% of property managers surveyed have been victims of tenant fraud. Many experienced fraud multiple times over the past two years. Equally disturbing, the study showed that most cases of fraud were not discovered until after a tenant skipped […]

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Landlord Out $40,000: How to Avoid Income Loss from Bad Tenants

December 3, 2018

A landlord in British Columbia is living with the fallout from tenants who trashed his rental property. According to a news report, RCMP and bylaw enforcement officers stood guard as the recently-evicted tenants picked through heaps of trash to claim their belongings. In addition to seven months lost rent, the landlord must incur the cost […]

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4 Mistakes Landlords Make When Collecting Rent

December 3, 2018

If you’ve ever had a tenant pay late, then you know how frustrating it is to sit and wait for that cheque to arrive. Chasing down rent payments is a colossal waste of a landlord’s time, yet many landlords experience this problem at least once. While rent payments are a tenant’s responsibility, there are some […]

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Canada’s Latest Rental Market Report Shows Strong Demand

December 3, 2018

The overall vacancy rate for rental apartments in Canada dropped to 2.4% in 2018, according to the Rental Market Report just released by CMHC. The major factors contributing to the tightening rental market include immigration, younger workers, and older renters, according to CMHC. Supply of newly-built inventory was outpaced by demand. The national vacancy rate […]

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Tenant Fraud Running Rampant

November 19, 2018

A newly-released study finds that over 80% of property management companies surveyed have experienced tenant fraud — as many as 20 times — in the past two years. That staggering statistic is a key finding in the study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of TransUnion credit bureau. Tenant fraud, which comes in the form […]

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Clean Slate Initiative Likely to Impact Criminal Background Checks

November 19, 2018

A powerhouse of well-funded community activists is promoting the “Clean Slate” initiative, a movement aimed at helping individuals charged with crimes rehabilitate by clearing their criminal history. In August, federal lawmakers introduced the Clean Slate Act of 2018. If passed, the law would pave the way for all federal criminal records for marijuana and other […]

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Landlords in Hot Water Over Reasonable Accommodation Rules

November 19, 2018

A slew of prosecutions against landlords last month highlights the need to review policies regarding reasonable accommodation of tenants with disabilities. In the most recent case, the owners and managers of an apartment complex in Las Vegas have agreed to pay $6,000 to settle a claim that they violated the law when they denied their […]

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Californians Say No to Rent Control

November 19, 2018

California’s contentious Proposition 10, a measure designed to expand rent control across the state, was dealt a resounding defeat when more than 60% of voters rejected it. The election results provide a reality check for other local governments across the country where lawmakers believe that regulating rents is the answer to gaining more affordable housing […]

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