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4 Ways To Avoid Screening Pitfalls With Applicants 

4 Ways To Avoid Screening Pitfalls With Applicants 

“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 some of the screening pitfalls to avoid with applicants for your rentals.

By Ellen Clark

Here are some tips for conducting applicant screening in a way that complies with fair housing law, and makes all people feel welcome in your community and helps you avoid the screening pitfalls.

 

No. 1 - Think before you speak

It is natural to make friendly conversation with prospects during the application process. This is fine but think carefully about questions you ask or comments you make.

Mon
18
Jun
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Property Managers Challenged By Tenants Thin, Limited Credit History

Property Managers Challenged By Tenants Thin, Limited Credit History

Property managers have a lot of balls in the air and many problems to deal with, but potential renters with thin, limited credit history is one of the bigger issues.

In a survey across all geographic areas of the country conducted by MMR Research Associates, Inc. earlier this year on behalf of Equifax, the company received feedback from nearly 200 nationally-based landlords and property managers of varying size apartments.

Respondents were asked about the pain points they experience in areas such as screening processes and online payments and how they rank them on level of importance.

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18
Jun
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Potential Renters Pass On Apartments Because Of No Time To See Them

Potential Renters Pass On Apartments Because Of No Time To See Them

Nearly 40 percent of potential renters passed on an apartment because they could not find time to see it, according to a survey by a company that does online tours.

While over 40 percent of U.S. adults have searched for an apartment in the last two years, four in 10 have passed on an apartment because they couldn’t find time to see it, according to a recent survey conducted by Zogby Analytics and commissioned by tour24

Another 27 percent prefer to take a self-guided tour with no leasing agent.

Leasing agents did not show up

The survey also shows:

Thu
14
Jun
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Portland Commissioners Overreach In Draft Landlord Regulations

Portland Commissioners Overreach In Draft Landlord Regulations

Portland City Commissioners overreach on landlord regulations is the focus of this blog post by Clifford A. Hockley

By Clifford A. Hockley

President Bluestone and Hockley

In early May 2018 the City of Portland introduced a rent control concept to limit annual rent increases for tenants to 5 percent.po

 In addition, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and the Rental Services Commission are testing out new approaches in application screening.  Both

Tue
12
Jun
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What Is The No. 1 Reason Renters Move?

Jobs are the No. 1 reason renters move

Jobs in locations with strong economies are the main reason renters move, according to a survey of more than 10,000 renters from across the country.

Sydney Bennett, Senior Research Associate at Apartment List, said in an interview the company decided to do the research because, “We're a rental platform. We're kind of helping people move all the time, and we got curious. We wanted to talk to our renters and better understand when they're making these moves.

“Moving to a new state, or even a new city across the state can be a big life change, and we wanted to know if they're moving because they had a job offer there that kind of retracted them away from their current city? Or, if it was because they're ready for a change, and they just kicked up and decided on a new city and started looking for jobs there,” Bennett said.

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12
Jun
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Pet Friendly Companies Help Engage, Retain Employees

Pet Friendly Companies Help Engage, Retain Employees

Employees at pet friendly companies are highly bonded to their job and more engaged in their work when employers offer pet-friendly benefits to workers, according to a new study.

The recent study by Nationwide Insurance and the Human Animal Bond Research Center shows more than three times as many employees at pet friendly workplaces report a positive working relationship with their boss and co-workers, significantly more than those in non-pet friendly environments.

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11
Jun
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Millennial Loans To Buy New Homes Increase Steadily

Millennial Loans To Buy New Homes Increase Steadily

Millennial homebuyers across the country continued to pursue the limited housing inventory available despite rising interest rates in April, as millennial loans rose to highest level since May 2017, according to a release from Ellie Mae.

Eighty-nine percent (89 percent) of mortgage loans made to Millennial borrowers during the month were for new home purchases, up one percentage point from the month prior, and the highest percentage since May 2017.

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11
Jun
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Company Breaks Ground On New Affordable Apartments In Salt Lake City

Company Breaks Ground On New Affordable Apartments In Salt Lake City

A Utah company has broken ground on a new mixed-use, affordable apartments in Salt Lake City, according to a release.

J. Fisher Companies, a Utah-based fully integrated real estate firm, gathered with Millcreek city officials and community partners to celebrate the groundbreaking of Moda Meadowbrook in Millcreek, Utah.

"The Moda Meadowbrook groundbreaking was an exciting event for our companies,”   Owen Fisher, CEO, J.Fisher Companies, said in the release.

“We have spent a lot of time working with local city officials and national partners and consultants putting this project together.  It has been a huge success so far and having representatives from all of these organizations attend the event was a tribute to what is to come," he said.

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06
Jun
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Can You Legally Maintain A Marijuana-Free Workplace Around Your Rentals?

Can You Legally Maintain A Marijuana-Free Workplace Around Your Rentals?

If marijuana is legal in your state, can you maintain a marijuana-free workplace around your rental properties? The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on some of the confusing issues around marijuana and rental properties.

By Ellen Clark

 Landlords and property managers face confusing legal issues when it comes to marijuana use and their rental properties, especially in states where marijuana is legal.

Tenants using marijuana in your rental properties is one issue.

What about the employees and people you hire to work on and around your rentals when marijuana may be legal in your state?

It is important to know that no state law requires employers, including landlords and property managers, to tolerate on-the-job marijuana use.

Tue
05
Jun
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10 Maintenance Jobs You Or Your Tenants Should Never Try

10 Maintenance Jobs You Or Your Tenants Should Never Try

Maintenance jobs - no matter the circumstances - that should be left to a maintenance professional  is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week.

Fixing a paint job yourself that didn’t turn out right is one thing. However having to pay thousands of dollars for repairing the structural damages that resulted from a poorly done plumbing, electrical or HVAC job is another.

Leaving these maintenance projects to a professional will make what you spend worth the peace of mind and safety you’ll get in return.

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