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Why the Cares Act Seems So Uncaring Towards Landlords

Veteran landlord and private investigator David Pickron shares his thoughts on why the cares act seems so uncaring toward landlords. By David Pickron Landlords, it’s time...

New Administrative Rules Proposed To Fair Access in Renting Ordinance

Some new rules are proposed for Portland's fair access in renting ordinance so Ron Garcia offers his opinion. By Ron Garcia The Garcia Group “We’re in the...

Credit Bureau Report Reveals Pandemic’s Impact on Rental Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our global economies. Some populations, though, including renters, have been particularly hard-hit. TransUnion recently conducted an intensive...

Some Types of Rent Payments Show Less Decline During Pandemic

Property manager Justin Becker shares some of his thoughts on why some types of rent payments show less decline during the pandemic. By Justin Becker Property...

More Pain Ahead for the Rental Housing Industry Says Multifamily Outlook

With the pandemic continuing to spread and additional federal funds to help uncertain, the second half of the year could mean pain ahead for...

Summer Humidity: 5 Steps To Find Mold Problems in Your Rental Property

With the humidity of summer hitting, here are 5 steps to check to detect mold problems in your rental property, the weekly maintenance tip...

Rental Property Gutters: The Hot Maintenance Job of the Month

The hot maintenance job this past month has been gutters and rental property gutter cleaning needs, according to Keepe's maintenance folks out in the...

Grateful To Be Debt-Free: A Client 1031 Exchange Success Story

Grateful to be Debt-Free: Kay Properties Helps a Client Stay Debt-Free in their $1million 1031 Exchange into DST Properties for Sale Kay Properties is proud...

Group Says Multifamily Should Ban Smoking Inside and Near Buildings

Multifamily buildings should have complete smoking bans inside and near buildings in order to protect nonsmoking adults and children, according to the American Society...

Negative Rent Growth Year-Over-Year For First Time Since 2010

The pandemic is impacting rents now and negative rent growth year-over-year is showing up in statistics across the country for the first time since...

Apartment Market Conditions Weaken Due to Continued COVID-19 Impact

Apartment market conditions weakened in the National Multifamily Housing Council’s Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions for July 2020, as the industry continues to deal...

Unemployed Renters Stand to Lose Lifeline of Federal Unemployment Benefits

Unemployed renters stand to lose the weekly federal $600 payments which, along with eviction moratoriums, have been a lifeline for many renters out of...

MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE

Why the Cares Act Seems So Uncaring Towards Landlords

Veteran landlord and private investigator David Pickron shares his thoughts on why the cares act seems so uncaring toward landlords. By David Pickron Landlords, it’s time...

New Administrative Rules Proposed To Fair Access in Renting Ordinance

Some new rules are proposed for Portland's fair access in renting ordinance so Ron Garcia offers his opinion. By Ron Garcia The Garcia Group “We’re in the...

Some Types of Rent Payments Show Less Decline During Pandemic

Property manager Justin Becker shares some of his thoughts on why some types of rent payments show less decline during the pandemic. By Justin Becker Property...

Summer Humidity: 5 Steps To Find Mold Problems in Your Rental Property

With the humidity of summer hitting, here are 5 steps to check to detect mold problems in your rental property, the weekly maintenance tip...

Rental Property Gutters: The Hot Maintenance Job of the Month

The hot maintenance job this past month has been gutters and rental property gutter cleaning needs, according to Keepe's maintenance folks out in the...

Landlord Must Pay Tenant Allergic to Neighbor’s Emotional Support Dog

A court has ruled that a landlord caught in a “pickle” must pay a tenant with dog allergies the value of one month’s rent...

5 Tips for Child-proofing Rental Property as a Property Manager

Here are 5 tips for child-proofing rental property to help property managers keep their rentals safe, according to Keepe the maintenance company. As a property...

How Property Managers Are Managing COVID-19 Cautions in Apartment Communal Spaces

How property managers, landlords and other apartment operators are making decisions on how to open apartment communal spaces. By Holly Welles It's now time for many...

What to Do During Plumbing Emergencies In Rental Property

How to handle plumbing emergencies in rental property is this week's maintenance tip from Keepe, the on-demand maintenance company. If you manage rental property, you...

Do You Know The 5 Questions Landlord Hank Asks Tenants When They Call?

Ask Landlord Hank is done each week by veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi who takes on questions each week from landlords and...

LEGAL

Landlords to Appeal Rent Control Case to Oregon Supreme Court

Portland landlords plan to appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court after losing the appeal of the Portland rent control ordinance in the Oregon Court...

How Some Innovative Services Can Get Property Managers In Trouble in Oregon

Property managers can get in trouble in Oregon with some innovative services due to the archaic Oregon Landlord/Tenant Act attorney Brad Kraus points out...

Lawmakers Extend Oregon Eviction Moratorium Through End of September

Lawmakers have voted to extend the Oregon eviction moratorium for both residential and commercial properties through the end of September and give renters until...

Justice Department Sues Owner, Manager of Rental Properties for Sexual Harassment of Female Tenant

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit alleging that the owner and manager of rental properties in Davenport, Iowa violated the Fair Housing Act...

Property Management Companies, Others Sue Seattle Over Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

Property management companies in Seattle and other businesses have filed a class-action suit in federal court against the City of Seattle over the Capitol...

Lawsuit Seeks To Allow Landlords To Start Evicting Tenants

A lawsuit has been filed in California that seeks to overturn an emergency order that prohibits landlords from evicting tenants who can pay rent...

Property Management Company to Pay Tenants $300,000 to Settle Eviction Moratorium Lawsuit

JRK Residential Group violated the Washington eviction moratorium by threatening tenants and starting to evict 14 of them, and will pay $350,000 to settle...

Handling Maintenance Issues During a Pandemic: A Legal Perspective

Are there legal issues for a landlord around handling maintenance issues during a pandemic? Attorney Brad Kraus takes on that issue this month. Bradley S....

Seattle Adds an Inability-to-Pay Defense to Eviction Protection For Six Months

In an effort to provide renters with more protection against evictions, the Seattle City Council created an inability-to-pay defense that renters can use in...

Unintended Issues Presented by COVID-19 Moratoria

Bradley S. Kraus Attorney at Law, Warren Allen, LLP There is an old saying often uttered by attorneys: “Bad facts make bad law.” If COVID-19 has...

TOP STORIES

 No Guns In My Apartments: Can A Landlord Say That And Put It In A Lease?

“No guns in my apartments” is again a point of discussion with the recent mass shootings. How are landlords to decide whether to prohibit...

Can I Say “No Pot In My Apartments” When It’s Legal In My State?

California just became the world's largest legal marijuana market. When pot is legal in a state, what issues does this present to property managers...

Why Is The Internet In Apartment Complexes So Bad?

Sponsored Blog Can A Multifamily Internet System With WiFi Installation Be The Ticket? By Hart Steen An Educational Series for Apartment Owners Part 1 - Modem Service...

Solving The Pet Pee Needs In An Urban High-Rise Apartment

How to solve pet pee needs in the middle of the night when you live in a high-rise apartment can be a real challenge....

The Scoop On How Pet DNA Testing Fixes Your Apartment Poop Problem

Pets are a way of life in rental housing and if you want your rentals fully leased, pet owners are a key tenant demographic...

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...

Legislation Changing in Many States to Make Them Less Landlord-Friendly

Legislation recently passed or pending in many states is making them more tenant-friendly and less landlord-friendly, according to some new research by RentCafe. With Oregon...

The Changing Role of the Property Manager from Handyman to Almost An Attorney

The changing role of the property manager today requires more and more knowledge of ever-changing local city ordinances, state laws and federal rules. By John...

Which Cooktop Is Best For Your Rental Property?

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

A Guide To 4 Types Of Flat Roof Systems

The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on a guide to flat roof systems for your rental property. Flat roofs can offer a clean look...

6 Ways To Trash Your Apartment Waste Management Issues

The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on the challenges of apartment waste management. Whether you manage a single apartment complex or multiple high-rise apartment...

Five Holiday Decorating Guidelines To Give Your Tenants

Five holiday decorating guidelines for your tenants to keep them happy and avoid maintenance issues and damages is this week’s maintenance tip from Keepe. As...

NEWS AND TRENDS

More Pain Ahead for the Rental Housing Industry Says Multifamily Outlook

With the pandemic continuing to spread and additional federal funds to help uncertain, the second half of the year could mean pain ahead for...

Group Says Multifamily Should Ban Smoking Inside and Near Buildings

Multifamily buildings should have complete smoking bans inside and near buildings in order to protect nonsmoking adults and children, according to the American Society...

Negative Rent Growth Year-Over-Year For First Time Since 2010

The pandemic is impacting rents now and negative rent growth year-over-year is showing up in statistics across the country for the first time since...

Apartment Market Conditions Weaken Due to Continued COVID-19 Impact

Apartment market conditions weakened in the National Multifamily Housing Council’s Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions for July 2020, as the industry continues to deal...

Unemployed Renters Stand to Lose Lifeline of Federal Unemployment Benefits

Unemployed renters stand to lose the weekly federal $600 payments which, along with eviction moratoriums, have been a lifeline for many renters out of...

Apartment Search Data Not Showing Exit from Cities

Apartment search data and behavior show subtle regional shifts, but no overwhelming evidence of a large-scale urban exodus, according to behavior on the Apartment...

Rent Control Still Not the Solution to Housing Affordability

The pandemic is intensifying the housing affordability problems that have existed for decades, according to Growing Homes Together, a National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC)...

Pandemic Will Lead To Companies, Millennials Moving To Suburbs, Research Says

Companies and millennials will be moving to suburbs as a result of the pandemic and the increasing trend of working from home and desire...

Greater Seattle Area Mid-Year Residential Rental Housing Update  

By Corey Brewer While the world has been all but flipped on its axis during the first half of 2020 in reaction to the COVID-19...

25 Percent of Renters Say They Will Never Buy A Home

A significant share of current renters now say they will never be homeowners, according to a survey of 7,000 renters from RentCafe. Also, one in...

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Credit Bureau Report Reveals Pandemic’s Impact on Rental Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our global economies. Some populations, though, including renters, have been particularly hard-hit. TransUnion recently conducted an intensive...

Grateful To Be Debt-Free: A Client 1031 Exchange Success Story

Grateful to be Debt-Free: Kay Properties Helps a Client Stay Debt-Free in their $1million 1031 Exchange into DST Properties for Sale Kay Properties is proud...

Looking for DST Properties for Sale? See Our 1031 DST Marketplace

If you are looking for DST properties for sale, here is why a comprehensive 1031 DST marketplace is imperative for 1031 exchange investors. By Orrin...

Kay Properties Online Real Estate Marketplace Platform

By Dwight Kay, CEO and Founder, Kay Properties and Investments, LLC and Chay Lapin, Senior Vice President, Kay Properties and Investments, LLC At Kay Properties we...

How to Manage Tenant Communication During COVID-19

Tenant communication is always important but now vital during covid-19. By Barbara Jackson With COVID-19 affecting every aspect of daily life, it’s important for tenants to...

Do You Know Credit Reporting Rules and What The CARES Act Says?

As our country experiences one of the worst economic downturns in its history, consumers and companies alike are facing unprecedented financial hardships. If you...

In a 1031 Exchange? Why waiting until after COVID-19 to complete your exchange could potentially be a bad idea

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the IRS issued Notice 2020-23 which provided a multitude of tax extensions including the extension of the...

Tips for Controlling Your Insurance Costs

With property and liability rates continuing to rise after several years of costly catastrophes, not to mention the current financial challenges of the COVID-19...

How To Update And Improve Fitness Equipment And Facilities During Covid-19

Ruben Mejia SportsArt Apartment residents across the United States are currently confined to their apartments due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. As a result, fitness rooms, rooftop, ground...

Should I Pay The Taxes Or Defer?

Should I pay the taxes, or defer, and why doing a 1031 exchange may be smart financial planning now. By Ehud Gersten Vice President, Kay Properties...