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Landlords Sue Seattle Over Criminal Background Check Restrictions

Landlords Sue Seattle Over Criminal Background Check Restrictions

Three small landlords have banded together with two organizations to sue the City of Seattle over a criminal background checks ordinance that keeps landlords from considering certain criminal histories of tenants during the tenant screening process.

 

Sean Martin of the RHAWA, left, Ethan Blevins and William Shadbolt

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

The Pacific Legal Foundation and the Rental Housing Association of Washington (RHAWA) have filed suit against the City of Seattle over the ordinance which bans landlords from most criminal background checks when screening an applicant. The suit argues the ordinance violates due process and free speech.

Tue
08
May
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5 Ways To Protect Applicants, Residents And Employees From Sexual Harassment

5 Ways To Protect Applicants, Residents And Employees From Sexual Harassment

Do you know best practices when it comes to avoiding sexual harassment complaints? The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on 5 ways to protect your applicants, residents and employees from sexual harassment.

By Ellen Clark

Recent high-profile sexual harassment allegations have highlighted the need for increased sexual harassment training, education, and awareness.

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) protects individuals against discrimination because of sex. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a final rule, formalizing legal standards under the FHA for sexual harassment and other forms of harassment in housing

Tue
08
May
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Washington, Colorado Top States For Economic Growth

Washington, Colorado Top States For Economic Growth

Washington, Colorado, Arizona and Utah were among the top states for economic growth, showing top gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates between 2016 and 2017, according to a new report from Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Real estate and rental and leasing, health care and social assistance and durable goods manufacturing were the leading contributors to national economic growth in 2017, according to the news release.

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07
May
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7 Common Maintenance Emergencies And What To Do

7 Common Maintenance Emergencies And What To Do

Maintenance emergencies are a nightmare for property managers and tenants so this week the maintenance checkup from Keepe will discuss how to handle 7 common maintenance emergencies.

Most of the scenarios we will discuss present the possibility of causing serious damage to the property, and in some case even harm tenants.

 

7 common maintenance emergencies and how to resolve them

The goal is to solve the emergency as quickly and safely as possible. And with a result that both property managers and tenants will feel satisfied with the way their discomfort was addressed and resolved.

No. 1 - Flooded basement or ground floor

Generally caused by piping failures or harsh weather, indoor floods are just as dangerous as they are inconvenient.

Mon
07
May
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HUD Settles With Landlords Over Sexual Harassment In Housing

HUD Settles With Landlords Over Sexual Harassment In Housing

Sexual harassment in housing complaints by tenants continue to be a HUD focus as HUD and the U.S. Department of Justice have combined to fight sexual harassment in housing which has led to fines totaling more than $120,000 against landlords in three states recently.

“It’s against the law to harass residents of housing because of sex, disability or any another protected characteristic. The settlements we are announcing today reflect HUD’s commitment to rooting out sexual harassment and all housing discrimination as we know it,” Anna Maria Farias, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, said in a release.

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07
May
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April Highest Rent Growth Month Since End Of 2016

April Highest Rent Growth Month Since End Of 2016

Increasing demand across the board has caused one, two, and three-bedroom apartment rent growth up by 3.3% in April 2018 compared to prices in April 2017, according to a new report from RentCafe.

With a 6% increase over the year, Las Vega rents rose the most among the largest U.S. cities, reaching $979/month in April, as the local housing market is rebounding.

Denver, Phoenix also lead rent growth

 Denver remains one of the hottest cities for renters in the U.S., with apartments renting for $1,559/month, 5.8% more expensive than they were one year prior. Rental housing in Detroit is making a comeback after years in the slump. Apartments in Detroit saw the third highest yearly increase in prices among big cities, 5.4%, reaching just $1,015/month, still well below the national average.

Tue
01
May
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Landlord Attorney Warns Smaller Cities May Be Pushed To Follow Portland Tenant Relocation Payments Ordinance

Landlord Attorney Warns Smaller Cities May Be Pushed To Follow Portland Tenant Relocation Payments Ordinance

A Portland landlord attorney has written to other city attorneys in Oregon warning them that they could soon see a push in their city for an ordinance similar to Portland’s requiring landlords to pay for tenant relocation.

Portland attorney John DiLorenzo, who represents landlords in a lawsuit on appeal challenging the Portland tenant relocation ordinance, said he wrote the letter because “all kinds of city attorneys are interested in our case.

“We have heard there are tenant advocacy groups approaching smaller cities in Oregon,” he said and he wanted the other city attorneys to have the background on the case and the filings.

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01
May
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Apartment Jobs In Maintenance Continue In High Demand

Apartment Jobs In Maintenance Continue In High Demand

Apartment jobs in maintenance continue to be in high demand as leasing and property management jobs have leveled off, according to quarterly jobs report from The National Apartment Association Education Institute.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

The new jobs report focuses on jobs that are being advertised in the apartment industry as being available, according to Paula Munger, Director, Industry Research and Analysis, for the National Apartment Association’s Education Institute.

While the total number of apartment jobs were down compared to first quarter last year, “I don't see it as an alarming sign that jobs are down. Even though we are comparing the same quarter of the year, I think there is still seasonality factors in here,” Munger said.

Mon
30
Apr
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How To Save Money And Water In Apartments

How To Save Money And Water In Apartments

How to save money and water in apartments is the passion of entrepreneur Richard Lamondin Jr., who has founded a company to take on the challenge of both saving water and helping apartment owners, landlords and property managers make their apartment communities more green and eco-friendly.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

Recently Earth Day helped remind us of  to save money and water in apartments..

In an interview with Rental Housing Journal, one entrepreneur, who is in the middle of a large 10-property project in Dallas to help the Dallas-Fort Worth area with water conservation, talked about his passion and his company. The project is expected to save multifamily properties there an estimated 108 million gallons of water this year alone. The company is expecting to save two billion gallons of water over time.

 

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29
Apr
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Tacoma Votes To Make Landlords Give 90-Day Notice Before Evictions

Tacoma City Council Votes To Look Into Tenants’ Rights Issues

The Tacoma City Council has adopted a temporary ordinance that requires property owners to give 90 days notice to tenants who are being evicted due to building demolition, renovation or change of use.

That ordinance will expire at the end of September, but the city council said it's working on something more permanent.

The new temporary ordinance came after councilmembers  voted to look into tenants’ rights issues and landlord-tenant laws after a hearing involving residents at the Tiki Apartments who had been facing evictions after a 20-day notice, according to reports.

The temporary ordinance is intended to provide interim enhanced protections as the city develops further recommendations to address housing and tenant protections for City Council consideration.

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