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Company Rolls Out Smart Apartment Technology Package To 25,000 Units

Company Rolls Out Smart Apartment Technology Package To 25,000 Units

Smart apartment home technology using thermostat and lighting control, digital home access and voice-enabled control is being rolled out nationwide to 25,000 luxury apartments, according to a release.

Alliance Residential Company, Dwelo, Google and Nest have collaborated on the smart apartment rollout to deliver convenience, connectivity and conservation capabilities, as well as provide management operational efficiencies.

The Alliance SmartHome package features the Nest Learning Thermostat and Google Home Mini with Google Assistant built-in, as well as smart locks, light switches and wall outlets. Control of all devices is centralized through Dwelo, an open platform compatible with a wide range of consumer and commercial iOT devices, with convenient access for residents via the Alliance SmartHome app for smart phones.

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 What Do You Do When Assistance Animals Break The Rules?

What Do You Do When Assistance Animals Break The Rules?

 “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 assistance animals and rules for them in your apartments.

By Ellen Clark

An accommodation for an assistance animal that would otherwise be prohibited in an apartment complex is a common request property managers and landlords get.

Remember, while assistance animals are not pets, this does not mean they can run loose in your community.

Rules for assistance animals must apply to all animals on your property

Here are some rules and policies you can use for assistance animals.

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Portland Plans Pilot Program To Expunge Criminal Records For Renters

Portland Plans Pilot Program To Expunge Criminal Records For Renters

Mayor Ted Wheeler is planning to have the City of Portland launch a pilot program designed to help potential renters expunge criminal records in an effort to give them access to better housing options, according to reports.

In Oregon, violations, misdemeanors and low-level felonies can be expunged, according to the Oregon State Bar, and only after 10 years without another conviction. Prosecutors and victims may object to the expunction, according to Oregonlive.com.

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Multifamily Market Finishes First Half Of The Year With A Bang

Multifamily Market Finishes First Half Of The Year With A Bang

The multifamily market had a healthy first half of the year, setting an all-time high, and easing fears that new apartments coming on line would slow growth, according to new report.

Average rents rose $12 in June to an all-time high of $1,405, according to a survey of 127 markets by Yardi® Matrix.

 “The healthy showing might put to rest fears that rent deceleration from the peak 2015/2016 years will turn into a flattening or negative growth,” the report says, which is “a good sign that demand generally is holding up and that robust supply growth is not an impediment to rent growth in most markets.”

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5 Siding Materials And The Pros And Cons Of Each

5 Siding Materials And The Pros And Cons Of Each

Siding is not very sexy but it is important to your tenants and your budget long-term so here are 5 siding materials and the pros and cons of each as the maintenance checkup from Keepe.

When it comes to the siding on your rental properties, many things come into play such as the look and appeal to tenants, energy efficiency and of course your budget which is most important.

Knowing about the needs of different materials can allow you to plan how to best take care of your property’s siding and make an informed decision about which kind really is best for your property, needs, expectations, tenants and budget.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of 5 common siding materials.

No. 1 – Wood shingles and clapboard siding materials

Wood shingles and clapboard are a timeless favorite because they create a naturally warm and rustic look that many people like.

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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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