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Tue
06
Jun
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Now Seattle Wants To Require Landlords Give Tenants Voter Information

Seattle wants to require landlords to give tenants voter registration information

The Seattle City Council is proposing another ordinance putting yet another requirement on landlords in the city this time to provide information to tenants about how to register to vote and how to update voter registration information.

Under a new ordinance proposed this week, landlords would have to provide new tenants with voter-registration information. Landlords are already are required to give tenants a packet of information on housing laws that’s prepared by the city’s Department of Construction and Inspections, according to reports.

Tue
30
May
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Landlords Sue Seattle Over Tenant Move-In Fees Ordinance

Landlords sue City of Seattle over ordinance for second time in past few months

For the second time in recent months, Seattle landlords have filed suit against the City of Seattle this time over an ordinance that requires them to allow tenants to pay security deposits and other move-in fees in installment payments over time.

The Rental Housing Association of Washington (RHAWA), with more than 5,000 members, has filed suit in King County Superior Court to overturn Seattle’s ordinance regulating tenant move-in fees and requiring landlords to extend payment plans to tenants, according to a release.

Wed
17
May
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Oregon House Advances Legislation To Grow “Tiny Homes” Industry

Oregon House approves bill to set building standards for tiny homes in Oregon

The Oregon House has approved bipartisan legislation directing the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) to establish standards for building “tiny homes” in Oregon, according to a release.

HB 2737 is intended to provide tiny home manufacturers and purchasers with certainty surrounding building codes and regulations, and allow the industry to continue to grow and expand.

Tue
09
May
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Former Arizona Property Management Employee Sentenced For Embezzlement

Arizona woman sentenced for embezzling from property management company

A former employee of Treehouse Realty Group, a property management firm, has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for embezzling more than $50,000 from the company, according to the Arizona Attorney General.

Lynna Swann of Tempe, Arizona,  was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for embezzling $58,158.13 from her property management employer, according to a release from the attorney general. She was also sentenced to three years probation with white collar terms after she is released from prison.

Treehouse Realty is a property management group that receives multiple checks and money orders as payment from their clients. A company audit found that Swann, 40, was stealing those money orders and checks.

Swann used a thick sharpie to write her name on the money orders and then deposited the money orders into her account. 

 

Tue
18
Apr
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Washington State AG Orders Portland Management Company To Pay Over Lease Addendums

Washington State AG orders Portland property management company to pay over lease addendums

A Portland, Oregon property management company will have to pay $16,000 for requiring service members to sign illegal lease addendums requiring them to forfeit rent concessions if they had to terminate their leases early as a result of change of station or deployment, according to Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

CTL Management included the addendum on more than 220 leases at Chambers Creek Estates, a large apartment complex in University Place, near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which houses many military families, according to a release from Ferguson’s office.

Mon
27
Mar
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Landlords Sue Seattle Over Right To Choose Their Tenants

Landlords sue Seattle over ordinance requiring them to rent to first qualified tenant

Several landlords have sued the City of Seattle over a new ordinance which took effect this year, called the first in time rule, requiring them to rent to the first qualified tenants who apply and seeking an injunction to halt the city from enforcing it.

The Pacific Legal Foundation said in a release it has sued in King County Superior Court saying the rule violates the Washington constitutional protections for property rights.

Mon
20
Mar
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Is Your Apartment Building The Hottest New Hotel In Town?

Short-term rentals and is your apartment building the hottest new hotel in town?

Your high-rise apartment building in the city may be the new hottest hotel in town for short-term rentals as downtown, luxury, high-rise apartment buildings have become a magnet for the popular online home-sharing rental platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO, and Spokane-based Stay Alfred, according to several reports.

Because the luxury high-rise apartments typically have great city views, rooftop lounges, state-of-the art gyms and more to attract renters, they also attract the overnight guest. The tenants are renting out these plush digs by the night under the radar many times of the property management and building owners.

Mon
06
Mar
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Testimony On Bill To Eliminate Oregon Ban On Rent Control

Testimony began last week at the Oregon State Legislature on a bill, backed by the City of Portland, that would remove the state-wide ban on rental control and end no-cause evictions, according to several reports.

House Bill 2004 as proposed would prohibit a landlord from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause except under certain circumstances with 90 days’ written notice and payment of relocation expenses. The bill would also repeal the statewide prohibition on city and county ordinances controlling rents, effectively allow cities to put rent control in place.

Mon
20
Feb
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Apartment Management Company Sues Airbnb Alleging It Helps Tenants Breach Leases

apartment management company sues Airbnb

A Denver based apartment management company has sued Airbnb in California and Florida state courts alleging Airbnb assists tenants in breaching their leases by subletting their apartments, according to a release.

Thu
09
Feb
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HUD Charges Landlords With Discrimination Against Combat Veteran With Assistance Animal

HUD charges discrimination over pet deposit issue for combat veteran with emotional support animal

Landlords who refused to waive the pet deposit for a combat veteran with an emotional support dog have been charged with discrimination and violating the Fair Housing Act, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to a release.

The veteran was renting a single-family home in Moore, Oklahoma, and asked that the $250 pet deposit be waived because his dog was an emotional support animal needed to assist him with his disability. The veteran provided landlords a letter from his doctor, according to the complaint.

Under the law, assistance animals are not considered pets.

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