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13
Mar
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AG’s Sting Hits Property Management Over Rejecting Veterans Vouchers

AG’s Sting Hits Property Management Over Rejecting Veterans Vouchers

Eight Washington State property management companies have been charged with improperly rejecting disabled veterans vouchers after a sting operation, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a release.

Some landlords and property management companies have pushed back saying they were confused by conflicting information from the state and never intended to discriminate against veterans vouchers or veterans..

Ferguson said completion of a sweep to crack down on illegal housing discrimination against veterans with disabilities, has resulted in enforcement action against eight companies across the state.

As part of the enforcement action, the eight companies will stop discriminating.

“Veterans are protected from discrimination by Washington law,” Ferguson said in the release.

 

Mon
12
Mar
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Portland Landlords Will Have To Pay Tenant Moving As City Makes Policy Permanent

Portland Landlords Will Have To Pay Tenant Moving As City Makes Policy Permanen

Portland landlords now face a permanent policy that forces them to pay tenant moving costs if they want to increase rent by 10 percent or do no-cause evictions to move tenants out to rehab old apartment buildings to upgrade them, according to reports.

Landlords see the ordinance as disguised rent control.

The permanent renter protection policy requires landlords to pay tenant moving costs ranging from $2,900 to $4,500 to tenants subject to no-cause evictions or who choose to move if their rents are raised more than 10 percent a year.

The council revoked an exemption for landlords who own just one rental unit, except in limited circumstances. The revised policy is effective immediately, according to reports.

Fri
09
Mar
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Renters Can Cut Expenses And Save $650 A Month With Roommate

Renters Can Cut Expenses And Save $650 A Month With Roommate

Renters save $650 a month, more than $1,000 if they live in San Francisco or Los Angeles, if they move in with a roommate, according to a new survey.

Nationwide, a renter living alone in a one-bedroom apartment can expect to spend about $1,486 per month on rent. The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,650, which means two roommates splitting a two-bedroom apartment can each expect to spend $825 a month on rent, saving $661 a month, according to the analysis from HotPads®.

Wed
07
Mar
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Sleepless In Seattle: 44% Of Professionals Lose Sleep Over Work Stress

Sleepless In Seattle: 44% Of Professionals Lose Sleep Over Work Stress

Sleepless nights caused by work anxiety are taking a heavy toll on employees, according to a release from a top global staffing firm.

Research shows more than four in 10 professionals, 44 percent, often lose sleep over work, according to a release from staffing firm Accountemps.

"Work stressors can often follow you home, but try to check them at the door," Michael Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps, said in the release. "If you have too much on your plate, schedule time with your manager to discuss possible solutions to alleviate the pressure, such as delegating work to others, adjusting deadlines or bringing in temporary help." 

Tue
06
Mar
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Fair Housing Discrimination Against Someone You’ve Never Talked To?

Fair Housing Discrimination Against Someone You’ve Never Talked To?

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on the issue of potential fair housing discrimination against someone you have never talked to.

By Ellen Clark

When you think about upholding Fair Housing Act laws, you probably think about treating people fairly and equally when they come in for a tour, or as you interact with them as potential tenants.

But did you ever think if you fail to answer an email, you end up on the wrong side of a fair housing claim without ever interacting with a person?

Fair housing laws protect people from discrimination throughout all stages of your interactions, not just after they become your tenant or residents of your apartment community. 

Tue
06
Mar
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Which Cooktop Is Best For Your Rental Property?

Which Cooktop Is Best For Your Rental Property?

The pros and cons of which cooktop - gas, electric, smoothtop or induction - is best for your rental property is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week.

Cooktops are easily the most important component of a rental property’s kitchen and one of the most frequently used appliances.

As a rental property owner or manager, you want to consider installation and repair. Plus, you want a cooktop that will last without needing major repairs over the years and provide safe and efficient heating performance for your tenants.

Different manufacturers produce many models with different special features at vastly different price points. Here are the pros and cons of different models of cooktops:

Mon
05
Mar
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 Can A Landlord Say No Guns In My Apartments?

 Can I Say No Guns In My Apartments?

 Generally a private landlord can make a decision about whether to say "no guns in my apartments," unless a state  forbids landlords from banning guns in apartments or rental property, according to Denny Dobbins, general legal counsel and vice president of RentPerfect.com.

By John Triplett

State laws vary on the issue of what landlords can mandate regarding saying “no guns in my apartments,” and gun possession in general by tenants in privately owned rental properties.

Landlords and property managers need to be aware of whether their state or local government has specific laws, Dobbins said in an interview with Rental Housing Journal.

Only four states have specific statutes laws regarding guns in apartments and rental properties:

Tue
27
Feb
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Almost 4,000 Jobs Available In The Rental Housing Industry

Almost 4,000 Jobs Available In The Rental Housing Industry

The rental housing industry had almost 4,000 jobs available across the county In January, according to a new apartment jobs report that will be coming out regularly from the National Apartment Association.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

Property management jobs in the rental housing industry are the most in demand right now, according to a new apartment jobs report from the National Apartment Association Education Institute.

The new report, which will be coming out monthly in the future, shows almost 4,000 apartment jobs were available in January. The report shows the need for all job types and skills in the high-demand rental housing industry. And, it shows job growth in the industry is going to be strong in the future.

Tue
27
Feb
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Phoenix’s Strong Tailwind For Multifamily Growth

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Multifamily growth is strong as Phoenix is reinventing itself as a tech hub driven by a diverse economy, welcoming young professionals and investors looking for higher yields in secondary markets, according to a new report from Yardi Matrix.

Phoenix rents rose 3.2 percent in 2017, outpacing the 2.5 percent national growth rate. The average rate across the metro reached $1,020, below the $1,359 national average.

These and other highlights are summarized in Yardi Matrix’s new report, “Phoenix’s Strong Tailwind,” a microeconomic analysis of the city’s multifamily market.

Tue
27
Feb
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7 Checklist Items For Spring Rental Property Maintenance Outside

7 Checklist Items For Spring Rental Property Maintenance Outside

Getting ready for warmer weather and rental property maintenance is the maintenance checkup this week, provided by Keepe.

Spring is the best time to plan and get to work on a rental property maintenance on the exterior.

As weather gets milder, it becomes easier to begin projects that would have been difficult or even impossible to complete during the wet and cold of winter plus summer heat is right around the corner.

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