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The Landlord Times - On-Site - August 2013

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Rental Housing Managers Can Recycle Electronics for Free!

As a rental housing manager you probably get “stuck” occasionally with old PC’s, computer monitors or TVs from former tenants. You may have paid to recycle them in the past or maybe you have dumped them in the trash (hopefully only if it is legal to do so in your area).
There is a better option. Recycle them – for free.
You can save money and do the right thing by recycling TVs, computers and monitors in Washington and Oregon through state regulated “E-Cycling” programs.
The E-Cycle Washington program and the Oregon E-Cycles program provide free recycling for electronics including any abandoned TVs, computers and monitors that rental housing managers may have to deal with. Here are links to each program’s website including how to find free drop-off locations in your area:

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Washington State: The Landis Bomb.

THE LANDIS BOMB Part 1 of 2 In October of 2012 Washington State landlords were, in this attorney’s humble opinion, kicked in the teeth by the Division 1 Washington Court of Appeals. This very unwelcome dental work came in the form of the Landis case. For those interested, that is Landis & Landis Construction, LLC, an Oregon limited liability company vs Nicola Nation d/b/a Nation Management, 286 P.3d 979 (Wash.App Div. 1 2012). While this case is new enough that its impact has not yet been fleshed out in subsequent courts, it seems likely that this case will accomplish four unfortunate things from the landlord perspective and one from the tenants view. First, this case seems likely to mean that a tenant can both unilaterally cancel a rental contract without any notice to the landlord based on habitability claims.

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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Honey, I Shrunk The Apartment


Apartments are getting smaller again. The average unit size increased
dramatically in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. But developers are modifying design
ideas from the 1920s and 1950s to make smaller apartments work once again.
Costs to consumers as well as developers may be driving this trend. But
other factors are at work right now to make this trend work better than it
ever did.


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