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11
Sep
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Raccoon Attack Leads To Lawsuit Against Portland Apartment Complex

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A tenant in a Portland apartment complex has filed suit after she was bitten by a raccoon on the property while she was walking her dogs, according to reports.

The tenant, Heidi Schultz, filed suit Aug. 31 against Prime Wimbledon SPE, LLC, doing business as the Wimbledon Square and Gardens Apartments, according to Multnomah County Circuit Court records.

Earlier this year a jury has found the same Portland apartment complex failed to make proper repairs to a walkway and awarded $20 million to a man who fell through the walkway.

“I saw something fuzzy under one of the cars,” Schultz told OregonLive.com. “I thought it was a cat. The next thing I know, this thing is launching itself at me and wrapped around my leg.”

Tue
11
Sep
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Multifamily August Rents Show Another All-Time High

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The average U.S. multifamily rent rose $2 in August to $1,412, yet another all-time high, according to a survey of 127 markets by Yardi Matrix.

“The multifamily market … shows no signs of being at the end of its cycle,” the report says, noting that the monthly average was the seventh consecutive all-time high.

Wed
05
Sep
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97 Percent Of Property Management Companies Have Experienced Fraud

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A new report from Forrester Consulting shows that in the last two years alone 97% of property management decision makers have experienced fraud in the properties they manage.

On top of that, 83 percent of property management companies have experienced fraud 20 times or more in the past two years, according to a release from TransUnion which commissioned the survey and interviews with 153 property management decision makers.

59 percent of rental applications now online opening up property management to potential fraud

“Property managers responsible for managing thousands of units, particularly in urban corridors, have moved the rental application process online to cater to customer preferences for digital interactions.

Tue
04
Sep
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The LGBT Community, Sex Discrimination And Fair Housing

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Discrimination based on nonconformity with gender stereotypes is covered by the Fair Housing Act, so this week the Grace Hill training tip takes a look at the LGBT community and Fair Housing.

By Ellen Clark

In recent years, the LGBT community has earned additional rights under the law in many different contexts.

 From same-sex marriage recognition to restroom access corresponding to a person’s gender identity, the law is constantly evolving.

 The Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) does not specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. 

However, discrimination against a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person may be covered by the FHA if it is based on nonconformity with gender stereotypes.

Tue
28
Aug
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Facebook Engaging In Housing Discrimination HUD Charges

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on a Facebook housing discrimination charge by HUD and how Fair Housing Laws apply to social media posts and property management.

Facebook is violating the Fair Housing Act (FHA) by allowing landlords and home sellers to use its advertising platform to engage in housing discrimination, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) charges in a housing discrimination complaint.

“Facebook invites advertisers to express unlawful preferences by offering discriminatory options, allowing them to effectively limit housing options for these protected classes under the guise of ‘targeted advertising.’

“The alleged policies and practices of Facebook violate the Fair Housing Act based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin and disability,” the complaint states.

Mon
27
Aug
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7 Issues And Answers About Renting To Felons

7 issues and answers about renting to felons

7 issues and answers about renting to felons that landlords and property managers need to know now that Portland is considering placing rules on tenant screening.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

Are “no-felony-ever” lease clauses dead? We decided to ask this question of an expert in the field of investigations and tenant screenings to follow up all debate last year over whether landlords are required to rent to someone with a felony record.

David Pickron, owner of RentPerfect, an investigative screening company in Arizona, says the days of saying “no-felony-ever” are over for landlords unless the felony is a sex offense.

Tue
21
Aug
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Portland May Propose Tenant Screening Rules On Criminal History, Credit

The Portland City Council may be asked to make changes in current rules applying to tenant screening and criminal background checks, credit checks or financial stability, according to reports.

Willamette Week is reporting that City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly wants the council to look into creating new tenant screening rules involving criminal background checks and credit reports.

Under the proposed rules, landlords couldn't set a policy requiring tenants to have an income that is more than twice their monthly rent when the current industry practice is usual 3 times or 2.5 times the rent, according to the newspaper.

Tue
21
Aug
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HUD Charges Apartment Owners With Discrimination Over Newborn Baby

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has charged an apartment complex in South Dakota with discrimination after the complex refused to allow a couple living in a one-bedroom unit to remain in their home after they had a baby.

HUD charged both the owners and their property management company at The Village at Three Fountains in Sioux Falls, S.D. with housing discrimination for refusing to let a couple and their newborn baby stay in their one-bedroom apartment because of the owners' occupancy policies, according to a release.

“Shortly after the new baby arrived, the mother asked representatives of the property management company how long two adults could live in a one-bedroom unit with an infant and was told that since there were three occupying the apartment, they would have to move to a two-bedroom unit,” HUD says in the release.

Tue
21
Aug
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Big Wall Street Landlords Sued By Tenants

The largest owner and landlord of single-family rental homes in the United States is fighting a class-action lawsuit filed in California that alleges illegal and overly punitive late fees in Arizona, Oregon, California, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Texas and five other states in which it operates.

Invitation Homes, which owns nearly 7,500 properties in Arizona and more than 82,500 properties nationwide, is one of a group of real-estate investment companies that went public and, plaintiffs say, have allowed stockholder demands to unfairly affect how the companies are run. The growth of Wall-Street-owned single-family landlords came after the 2008 financial crisis, when equity companies and institutional investors bought foreclosed homes in bulk.

Mon
20
Aug
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How Do You Choose The Right Paint For Rental Properties?

How Do You Choose The Right Paint For Rental Properties?

Which type of paint for rental properties and paint finish is right? Which will both help with maintenance and be attractive to get new tenants? The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on paint. Be sure you are protecting your investment and income as well as keeping your tenants happy..

Paint is an important consideration when getting a rental unit ready for the market.

Potential renters can be easily turned on or off by the color and finish of the paint.

Recently, Zillow published a guideline for choosing the paint color to optimize the sale prices of homes. There are some other factors to consider for rental properties given that the renter’s mindset is different than that of potential homeowners.

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