Legal Department

The Legal Department area helps landlords and property managers keep up with the ever-changing government regulation at the local, state and national level.

Man Who Threatened to Kill His Landlords Sentenced to 40 Years

Not Renting To Felons Could Be Discrimination, Says Justice Department

The U.S. Department of Justice last week weighed in on the issue of landlords categorically not renting to felons saying it can be considered discrimination and a violation of Fair Housing Act.The Justice Department...
Justice Department Sues Owner, Manager of Rental Properties for Sexual Harassment of Female Tenant

Not Renting To Felons Is Racist, Says Washington AG

The State of Washington’s attorney general’s office has filed another consent decree against a landlord for illegally discriminating against potential tenants who are felons, according to news reports.A recent court filing indicates that the...

Tax Penalties Will Be Up But Tax Bills Down in 2017

A new report for taxpayers shows that with the upward penalty adjustments, the cost of noncompliance for taxpayers again increases in 2017, but individuals and businesses also can look forward to potentially lower tax...

Apartments Settle With Justice Department Over Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Children

The owners and operators of seven apartment complexes in Michigan will pay $25,000 in a discrimination settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations the apartments violated the Fair Housing Act by prohibiting...

Property Management Group Accused Of Discrimination Against Families

Fair housing advocates have filed a complaint with the federal government against Indianapolis-based property management group AMP Residential, alleging the group has “engaged in systemic discrimination against families with children,” according to a story...

Co-Signers and Guaranties of Contracts

Co-Signers and Guaranties of ContractsLandlords and management companies should be extremely careful in understanding Arizona law as it relates to co-signers and guaranties of contacts.  This article will cover these areas as they relate to...

HUD Seeks to End Discrimination Against Tenants with Criminal Records

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published guidelines in April, 2016, for the proper consideration of applicants’ criminal records when considering them for housing.  HUD notes that because a disproportionate amount...