New Guidance on Companion Animals

February 10, 2020

HUD has issued a new guidance paper aimed at clarifying the process for handling companion animal requests. The move comes after HUD agreed to investigate growing concern over fraudulent companion animal requests — those made by pet owners attempting to avoid a landlord’s pet policies. These fake requests are being facilitated by online services that […]

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Oakland Bans Criminal Background Checks on Tenants

February 10, 2020

Oakland, California City Council last month passed an ordinance that prevents virtually all landlords there from researching a rental applicant’s criminal history. The measure prohibits landlords from inquiring in any fashion about an applicant’s past criminal convictions. This prohibition includes obtaining any report from the California Department of Justice, the FBI, local law enforcement agencies, […]

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Landlord Asking the Wrong Questions

February 3, 2020

“You don’t have to answer that.” That’s the advice given to a tenant after she showed a landlord’s rental application to a legal services volunteer. And for good reason. The landlord asked applicants to identify if they were alcoholics. Another question asks applicants to describe their familial relationships with proposed occupants. And rather than asking […]

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Investigation Underway to Address Delays at Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board

February 3, 2020

After a spike in complaints over serious delays at the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board, Ontario’s Ombudsman announced an investigation to address the problem. According to Ombudsman Paul Dubé, complaints about long wait times in obtaining hearings and decisions by the Board have increased. Last fiscal year, of the 200 complaints received, 160 centered on […]

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Tenant Causes $20,000 in Damage

February 3, 2020

One hundred five. That’s the total number of cats rescued from a two-bedroom apartment in Guelph last week. The tenant voluntarily surrendered the animals to the Guelph Humane Society after she was evicted from the apartment for causing an estimated $20,000 in damage, including plumbing issues caused by flushing cat litter down the toilet. According […]

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Canada’s Latest Rental Market Report

February 3, 2020

The rental vacancy rate continues to decline across Canada, according to CMHC’s latest Rental Market Report. The average vacancy rate for all unit sizes currently is 2.2%, the lowest figure since 2002, as demand continues to outpace supply. CMHC points to the 1.5% vacancy rate in Montreal, a 15-year low, as impacting the national average. […]

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Surprising Things Tenants Want in 2020

January 13, 2020

Rental leasing trends for 2020 are revealing a few surprises: Tenants Want to Report Rent Payments On average, tenants spend about 40% of their income on rent, and they want credit for it — literally. Tenants realize that paying rent on time every month can raise their credit scores, and they are looking for landlords […]

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4 Potential Problems with Your Lease Agreement

January 13, 2020

With all the variations in city, state, and federal rental laws, drafting the perfect lease agreement is a moving target. If your lease has never been reviewed by an attorney, or if it has been a while since it was updated, you might want to check for these potential problems: Rent Incentives A proper rent […]

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California Landlords Must Accept Section 8 Vouchers

January 13, 2020

California is among at least 15 other states and over 100 cities that have passed prohibitions against source of income discrimination. This month, California broadens its rules to include rental applicants using Section 8 vouchers. Several California cities already have passed this provision, but the new law makes it illegal throughout the state to discriminate […]

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City’s Anti-Crime Ordinance May Be Illegal

January 13, 2020

The Department of Justice announced last month that it is suing the city of Hesperia, California, along with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, for enforcing a nuisance ordinance that it says violates the Fair Housing Act. According to the complaint, the city, with the help of the sheriff, enforced an “anti-crime” ordinance that required […]

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