Landlord’s Misstep Repeated 14 Times

June 3, 2019

A Vermont landlord has been charged with housing discrimination after rejecting an applicant with small children. According to the complaint lodged with the Vermont Human Rights Commission, which reviewed a voicemail message and a recorded phone conversation, the landlord made 14 statements that the Commission concluded were direct evidence of discrimination. Those statements, which are […]

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Minneapolis Mulls Far-Reaching Restrictions on Tenant Screening

June 3, 2019

Minneapolis lawmakers are considering a proposal that would force landlords there to accept tenants with criminal backgrounds, bad credit, and prior eviction history, and limit both general and pet deposits. Landlords are fighting back. The proposed rental ordinance would prohibit landlords from rejecting tenants for felony convictions after five years, and misdemeanor convictions after two […]

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Landlord Regrets Not Screening Tenant

May 20, 2019

A landlord in Ontario told the news that if he had run a background check on his nightmare tenant, he wouldn’t be in the situation he’s in today. At least three landlords say they were victimized by the same tenant who moved in, stopped paying rent, and called in bylaw officers and police as often […]

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4 Reasons to Avoid Renting to People You Know

May 20, 2019

Generally, it is best to avoid renting to people you know. The most obvious reason is that doing business with a family member or friend can damage the relationship. But it’s a small world, and at some point, you are bound to be approached by someone you know who wants to rent your property. There […]

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5 Winning Property Management Strategies

May 20, 2019

Half the battle of managing rental properties is having good systems in place. Even if a landlord only fills vacancies occasionally, it’s important to have solid processes to rely on to avoid recreating the wheel with every new tenancy. Landlords who stick with these basics can avoid bad tenants and reduce liabilities: 1. Credit is […]

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Phase 1: How British Columbia Plans to Change the Rental Landscape

May 20, 2019

The British Columbia government announced that it has begun implementing the recommendations of the Rental Housing Task Force released last December. (See our post British Columbia to Revamp Rental Regulations.) These changes will be adopted in three stages. Phase 1, according to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, includes a new enforcement agency that […]

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3 Things Landlords Need to Know About Tenant Screening

May 6, 2019

Tenant screening may the most important part of property management, but it doesn’t need to be the most difficult. Don’t make it harder than it has to be. Avoid these mistakes and keep your properties profitable for years to come: Your Rental Ad Could Be Your Undoing Wouldn’t it be frustrating to lose all the […]

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Property Manager Settles Claim Over Secondhand Smoke

May 6, 2019

A property manager in San Diego agreed to pay damages to a tenant to settle a claim over secondhand smoke. The tenant has a child with a respiratory disability, and the neighboring tenants were heavy smokers. The tenant claims that the secondhand smoke was aggravating her son’s condition and asked to be moved to another […]

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Landlord Sued for Allegedly Taking Tenant’s Cat

May 6, 2019

The property manager and the owner of a rental home in Portland are facing a lawsuit after the manager allegedly entered a unit and removed a tenant’s cat. According to a news report, the tenant claims that a neighbor saw the property manager take the cat. The tenant claims he was not given notice of […]

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The Hottest U.S. Rental Markets

May 6, 2019

Chicago, Los Angeles, and Atlanta are the most popular places to rent, according to analysis conducted by popular rental search platform HotPads. More renters are looking to relocate to these cities while locals don’t want to leave. HotPads analyzed rental searches on its platform to find the most sought-after areas for renters in the United […]

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