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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.

Sun
26
Jan
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Utah Rental Housing Journal - January

 

Rental Housing Journal Utah is published by Rental Housing Journal each month in conjunction with Utah Apartment Association. We are the business journal for the landlords, apartment owners, property managers, multifamily investors and other real estate professionals in Utah. Thanks to our sponsors! Affordable Building Maintenance Alpine Cleaning & Restoration Specialists Anderson GMI Insurance Bonneville Asphalt & Repair Llc Century Link (Formally Qwest) Davenport Foundation Repair Dun-Rite Manufacturing Find & Rent Gary's Handyman Plus Hainsworth Laundry Rentegration.com Salsbury Industries Mailboxes Smith Knowles P.C. Surface Tech Utah Department of Health Walter T Merril, P.C.

Thu
26
Dec
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Rental Housing Journal - Utah - December 2013

 

 

 

 

Rental Housing Journal Utah is published by Rental Housing Journal each month in conjunction with Utah Apartment Association. We are the business journal for the landlords, apartment owners, property managers, multifamily investors and other real estate professionals in Utah. Thanks to our sponsors! Affordable Building Maintenance Alpine Cleaning & Restoration Specialists Anderson GMI Insurance Bonneville Asphalt & Repair Llc Century Link (Formally Qwest) Davenport Foundation Repair Dun-Rite Manufacturing Find & Rent Gary's Handyman Plus Hainsworth Laundry Rentegration.com Salsbury Industries Mailboxes Smith Knowles P.C. Surface Tech Utah Department of Health Walter T Merril, P.C.

 

Thu
19
Dec
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Vacancy Rates Hit 6 Year Low

Vacancy rates for apartments have fallen to a six year low of 4.7% in the greater Salt Lake area while rent growth has accelerated to a annually adjusted 3.9% according to the mid-year report from EquiMark multifamily investment services. The report is based on data provided by 60,000 rental units in the area.
According to the report, "the economic fundamentals in the Salt Lake Rental market continue to favor apartment owners. Strong job growth, increasing population, low unemployment and escalating single family housing prices have all teamed to create sustainable rent growth and the lowest vacancy rate (4.7%) since 2007."

Thu
19
Dec
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Vacancy Rates Hit 6 Year Low

Vacancy rates for apartments have fallen to a six year low of 4.7% in the greater Salt Lake area while rent growth has accelerated to a annually adjusted 3.9% according to the mid-year report from EquiMark multifamily investment services. The report is based on data provided by 60,000 rental units in the area.
According to the report, "the economic fundamentals in the Salt Lake Rental market continue to favor apartment owners. Strong job growth, increasing population, low unemployment and escalating single family housing prices have all teamed to create sustainable rent growth and the lowest vacancy rate (4.7%) since 2007."

Thu
19
Dec
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Ask The Director:

Dear Paul,
I do not allow pets at my rentals but my tenant wants a companion animal, and I only allow service animals. I do not want an apartment full of animals that will make a mess and destroy my property. How do I clarify this so my renter will leave me alone?
Vicky K.

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