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Topless Woman Charged For Apartment Damage With Front End Loader

Topless Woman Charged For Apartment Damage With Front End Loader

The topless woman who drove a stolen front end loader into a Montana apartment complex has been charged with four felonies and two misdemeanors after doing $1,600 in damage to the apartment complex, according to reports.

Officers detained the woman at the scene and interviewed a witness who stated the front end loader crashed into his upstairs window and the woman, who lived in the upstairs apartment next door, climbed into her own upstairs apartment from the front end loader, grabbed some clothes and was trying to leave before officers arrived, according to the Great Falls Tribune.

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Florida Court Allows Apartment Company To Pursue Airbnb Claims

Florida Court Allows Apartment Company To Pursue Airbnb Claims

A Florida court has cleared the way for subsidiaries of Apartment Investment And Management Company (Aimco) to pursue claims against the short-term rental giant Airbnb which has intentionally brokered unauthorized short-term rentals at Aimco communities, according to a release.

"The court decisions this week allow us to continue with our case and affirm that Airbnb can be held accountable for the illegal short-term rental activities it knowingly promotes at our communities," Aimco Spokesperson Cindy Lempke, said in the release.

 "Our residents deserve to know their neighbors and to live in a safe, peaceful environment without the disruption of transient vacationers whom Airbnb continues to send to our communities." 

The Miami-Dade 11th Circuit Court this week denied Airbnb's multiple motions to dismiss the lawsuit launched by three Aimco subsidiaries.

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Broad Coalition Supports Aimco Lawsuit Against Airbnb

Broad Coalition Supports Aimco Lawsuit Against Airbnb

Multifamily industry organizations, municipal and county government, neighborhoods, hotels and lodging, and homeowners' associations have filed briefs in support of Apartment Investment and Management Company’s (Aimco) lawsuit in California to hold Airbnb legally accountable for brokering and promoting illegal short-term rentals, according to a release.

In June Aimco filed its own Ninth Circuit brief in its appeal of a December 2017 U.S. District Court ruling that the federal Communications Decency Act (CDA) grants Airbnb "immunity" from liability for its brokering of illegal short-term rentals at Aimco's apartment communities.

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44 Percent Of Workers Would Quit For Better Pay

44 Percent Of Workers Would Quit For Better Pay

New research from staffing firm OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, says more than two in five professional office workers, 44 percent, said they'd leave their current job for one with better pay.

Whatever the reason for leaving, employees should have a good exit plan when parting ways with a company. In a separate survey of HR managers, 83 percent said the way someone quits affects their future career opportunities.

 

More women would resign for better pay than men

In terms of gender, 47 percent of women would resign if offered more money elsewhere, compared to 40 percent of men.

Among professionals in the 28 U.S. cities surveyed, those in Des Moines, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City are most attracted by a bigger salary.

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Assistance Animals Are Not Pets–Repeat–Assistance Animals Are Not Pets

Assistance animals are not pets-repeat-assistance animals are not pets

“I didn’t know” is not an acceptable defense if you face a discrimination charge, so the Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on repeating advice that assistance animals are not pets when it comes to leasing your rentals.

By Ellen Clark

The typical story goes like this, where a prospective renter provides documentation from her doctor showing she needs an assistance animal because of her disability and she is told by a leasing agent that the owner does not allow pets.

One of the most common accommodation requests is to have an animal that would otherwise be restricted by a community’s rules.

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Rents Upsurge Of 2.9 Percent Nationwide In June

Rents Upsurge Of 2.9 Percent Nationwide In June

Renters are paying an average of $40 more per month than a year ago as June rents brought an upsurge of 2.9 percent in national average rents, according to RENTCafe.com, based on Yardi Matrix data.

The national average rent reached the all-time high of $1,405.

 

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8 Deck Maintenance Dos And Don’ts

8 Deck Maintenance Dos And Don’ts

Tenants love decks, so the 8 deck maintenance dos and don't is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week, and some of the don'ts may surprise you.

Decks are a unique feature that adds both value and living space to a property’s exteriors, and alongside pools and playgrounds, tops the charts as one of the most beloved amenities among tenants.

This week’s article will provide a helpful series of contractor-approved guidelines for keeping decks in top-shape as well as overviewing common mistakes that are actually damaging to a deck’s materials and structure.

Four Dos of Deck Maintenance

Here are the top 4 things you should think about when it comes to deck maintenance.

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Dealing With Opioid Addiction In The Workplace

Dealing With Opioid Addiction In The Workplace

Opioid addiction in the workplace is the Grace Hill training tip of the week.

By Ellen Clark

Around 70 percent of employers, including those in multifamily, have seen some impact of prescription drug use on their workforce according to the National Safety Council.

It’s an alarming trend that has touched just about every aspect of life.

From impaired job performance, work injuries, absenteeism, a decrease in productivity, medical expenses, and arrests, there are many negative side effects of opioid abuse that impact employers and employees.

Remember, if you suspect an employee or coworker has an opioid problem, don’t jump to conclusions.

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Prices Rising Fastest For Two-Bedroom And Three-Bedroom Apartments

Prices are rising the fastest for two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments, according to a new rent report, and tenants should expect to see higher prices this summer than last.

Prices are rising the fastest for two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments, according to a new rent report, and tenants should expect to see higher prices this summer than last.

Rent among two and three-bedroom homes is appreciating slightly faster than one-bedroom homes in U.S. metros with more new apartment construction, according to a release from the Zillow affiliate HotPads® Rent Reporti.

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HUD Warns California Landlords For Failing To Comply With Lead Regulations

HUD Warns California Landlords For Failing To Comply With Lead Regulations

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban development has issued notices of violations against the owners of eight HUD-assisted properties throughout California for violations of HUD’s lead safety rules and regulations, according to a release.

"Landlords have a responsibility to ensure the homes they rent to their tenants are safe and healthy places to live," HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in the release.

 "These rules are designed to protect families and their young children from the preventable dangers associated with lead poisoning."

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