Management & Maintenance

This department of Rental Housing Journal is your source for property management and maintenance information. Whether you're an independent landlord, portfolio manager, on-site community manager, leasing agent or apartment maintenance professional, the site is dedicated to bringing tips, best practices and information to help make your job easier and keep you up to date and educated.

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Wed
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Apr
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Occupancy. By Who's Standard?

OCCUPANCY BY WHO'S STANDARD, Part I of II
By Jo Becker, Education/Outreach Specialist, Fair Housing Council
Serving Oregon and SW Washington

I recently read an article on screening by a representative of a NW property management firm. In it was included the company’s screening requirements, as well as what was apparently their stock occupancy standard for all units: “Maximum occupancy of no more than two (2) persons per bedroom.”

Wed
16
Apr
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Communication On The Fly.

Flight 201 to tower, come in tower. Over. Flight 201 requesting assistance with turbulent landing. Over.
Tower to Flight 201, too much static. Say again?

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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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.

Wed
02
Apr
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ARIZONA: Remedies After The Lease Is Up

When a tenant moves out and fulfills the full term of his or her lease, he or she is not normally obligated to pay any additional rent to the landlord. However, an Arizona Appellate Court ruled that in some instances a landlord may be able to charge extra rent. This article will examine that case.
The Arizona Landlord and Tenant Act, under Section 33-1373, does allow a landlord to charge rent until the lease expires or the apartment is re-rented when the tenant breaches his or her lease.
Additionally, if a tenant who is on a month-to-month agreement does not give a 30-day notice under Section 33-1375, 30 days from the next rental period, the tenant can be charged up to an extra month’s rent.

Tue
01
Apr
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Got cats on your property? Spay/Neuter this spring to prevent litters, curb bad behavior

Got cats on your property? Spay/Neuter this spring to prevent litters, curb bad behavior

Sun
16
Mar
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How To Find Property Management SuperStars…In 30 Days!

by Ernest F. Oriente, The Coach

Would you like to learn the secrets for finding SuperStars to join your property management company…in 30 days? Are you tired of placing ads and wondering why it takes months to fill a vacant position? Have you looked at your budgets for this year and considered how a few key SuperStars could impact your compensation bonuses? Follow the three steps in this article and your dream of having a powerful property management team will be 30 days away!

Tue
04
Mar
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Poster Scammers At It Again

In what has become an annual scare tactic rife with opportunities for fraud, poster scammers contact businesses, intimidating them with threats of fines or worse for not posting or updating state and federal mandated employment posters. While it is true that most businesses must prominently display a number of employment posters, all of which can be obtained free of charge, the scare tactic works something like this:

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:

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