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23
May
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Utah Rental Housing Journal - May 2014

 

RHJ is the official publication of Utah Apartment Association.

Mon
28
Apr
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Utah Rental Housing Journal - April 2014

 

Utah Rental Housing Journal is the official publication of Utah Apartment Association.

Wed
16
Apr
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Using Rental Criteria to Avoid Violating Fair Housing law

Using Rental Criteria to Avoid Violating Fair Housing law

April is Fair Housing month and a good time to brush up on ways to avoid discrimination claims.

One of the best ways to avoid discrimination claims is to have a list of the criteria you use when

evaluating a tenant. It is better to have objective criteria and use those than to compare people to

each other or use you “gut instinct” to evaluate if someone is qualified to rent from you.

It is natural for owners to want to compare prospects against each other. But BEWARE! Because

of Federal Fair Housing Laws this can get you in trouble. Here is an example:

A landlord puts a sign put in front of her duplex for rent. At 9:00 am Marie shows up with two

children, looks at the property and decides she wants it. While she fills out the application her

children run around the yard and are loud. At 10:00 a nice looking young man, Derek, shows up.

Wed
16
Apr
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Industry Representatives visit with Utah’s Congressional Delegation

Each March the National Apartment Association holds the largest advocacy training conference

in the rental housing industry in Washington DC. As usual, Utah sent a delegation that attended

meetings, discussed federal legislative and regulatory policies and then visited with members of Utah’s

congressional delegation.

“This year, we were able to visit with both of our U.S. Senators and 3 out of four of the congressional

offices and discuss the issues affecting rental housing,” said Paul Smith, UAA Executive Director. “As

usual, our senators and representatives seem to be on the same page as us that rental housing is

a necessary component of a balanced housing policy and needs to be protected from overzealous

regulation and too much push for homeownership at any price. Living in an apartment or other kind of

rental housing is a legitimate life choice and needs to be an option for all Americans”, he says.”

Wed
16
Apr
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April Is Fair Housing Month

April Is Fair Housing Month

The protected classes in Utah are

• Race
• Color
• Sex
• Religion
• National Origin
• Disability
• Familial Status (kids in household)
• Source of Income (government housing)
• Sexual Orientation (some cities)
• Gender Identity (some cities)

Wed
16
Apr
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Utah: Fair Housing Testing Continues

Fair Housing Testing Continues

By Vard McGuire, Disability Law Center

In the Fall of 2013, the Disability Law Center (DLC) was awarded a three-year grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fight housing discrimination in Utah. Funded through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program, the award will strengthen enforcement of the Fair Housing Act through investigation and testing of alleged discriminatory practices. The funds will also be used to educate housing providers, local governments, and potential victims of housing discrimination about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

Sun
30
Mar
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Utah Rental Housing Journal - March 2014

 

Renal Housing Journal is published monthly in conjunction with Utah Apartment Association. RHJ is the journal for the Utah rental housing industry.

Sun
16
Mar
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2014 Utah Legislative Session

The 2014 Legislative session was wild and crazy as sessions always are, but we came out very well. This doesn't happen by itself. There were hundreds of hours put in by our members, committees, lobbyists and staff. Thanks to all who work so hard to protect us.

The biggest issues:

Radon regulation - We were able to help defeat efforts to require mandatory and overzealous radon inspections whenever tenants move in or out. This costs between $250 and $300 every time a tenant moved in or out and requires you to sit empty a couple of weeks waiting for test results. Unfortunately there will always be people, including the testing industry, who want to impose these requirements on us. We are going to remain vigilant in helping the legislature understand the burden that mandatory testing would be for rental operations.

Sat
01
Mar
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Utah: New Security Deposit Rules will Benefit both Landlords and Tenants

Director’s Message: New Security Deposit Rules will Benefit both Landlords and Tenants

Sb 147, Pat Jones (D), Holladay, will change security deposit return rules to benefit both landlords and tenants. Following is a brief summary of the problems, the solution, and how it affects landlords and tenants.
The problem:

While the vast majority of landlords return deposits on a timely basis, a small percentage are not doing this properly and we need to strengthen the statute to protect renters and assure they receive deposits back in a timely fashion.

The solution:

Thu
27
Feb
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Housing Authorities and UAA Strike a deal on Source of Income

A bill to allow landlords to opt out of working with housing authorities was dropped after the UAA and Housing Authorities agreed to implement an accountability system for housing authorities and tenants, in which both groups agreed to police their own.
The backstory
Utah is one of only 13 states that have “Source of Income” as a protected class. This means as long as a tenant meets all of your criteria except income, that you may not deny them just because they are receiving government assistance. Basically, says Paul Smith, UAA Executive Director, you have to work with the government including their paperwork, inspections and rules, whether you want to ort not.

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