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

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 this month. Bradley S. Kraus Attorney at Law, Warren Allen, LLP With the COVID-19...
Lawmakers Extend Oregon Eviction Moratorium Through End of September

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 March 31, 2021 to pay back rent. The legislature passed HB...
sexual harassment of female tenant

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 by subjecting a female tenant to sexual harassment and retaliation,...
Property Management Companies, Others Sue Seattle Over Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

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 Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), claiming the city “enabled the widespread...
Lawsuit Seeks To Allow Landlords To Start Evicting Tenants

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 but refuse, or who create a nuisance or safety hazard,...
Property management company to pay tenants $300,000 to settle eviction moratorium violation

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 a lawsuit, according to a release from Washington Attorney General...
Handling Maintenance Issues During a Pandemic A Legal Perspective

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. Kraus Attorney at Law, Warren Allen, LLP By now, many of us...
Seattle Adds an Inability-to-Pay Defense to Eviction Protection For Six Months

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 eviction court for six months after the city’s eviction moratorium...
Unintended Issues Presented by COVID-19 Moratoria

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 taught landlords anything, it can be summarized by playing off...
Property Management Company to Pay Tenants $300,000 to Settle Eviction Moratorium Lawsuit

Seattle Landlords Lose First-Come, First-Served Case Petition

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Seattle landlords’ appeal of the controversial first-come, first-served law, requiring landlords to accept the first qualified tenant who applies and clearing the way for the rule to...