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.

Smaller rental property owners facing hardship need government help

Smaller Rental Property Owners Are Suffering, Government Needs to Act

Smaller rental property owners are suffering and many are facing 20 percent to 30 percent delinquency rates from their tenants. By Charles Tassell COO National REIA The National Real Estate Investors Association says individual property owners, most...

Tenant Screening Company to Pay $4.2 Million Settlement Over Inaccurate Background Reports

A tenant screening company has agreed to pay a $4.2 million settlement over the accuracy of tenant screening reports given to property management companies, according to a release from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The...
Washington Courts Launch Eviction Resolution Program

Washington Courts Launch Eviction Resolution Program

King County Superior Court has established an Eviction Resolution Program (ERP) that will require problem-solving steps in situations involving non-payment of rent so that there will be no need to file an eviction case,...
Transitioning from Landlord to Seller: Using a Qualifying Landlord Exemption for a Sale

Transitioning from Landlord to Seller: Using a Qualifying Landlord Exemption for a Sale

Many landlords are looking to sell so here are some of the issues around transitioning from landlord to seller from attorney Bradley Kraus. By Bradley S. Kraus Attorney at Law, Warren Allen, LLP As we approach the...
Oregon Supreme Court Will Review Portland Relocation Ordinance

Oregon Supreme Court Will Review Portland Relocation Ordinance

The Oregon Supreme Court has granted review of the Owen decision, which relates to landlords’ appeal to invalidate the Portland Relocation Ordinance, according to attorney John DiLorenzo. Portland landlords had appealed to the Oregon Supreme...
Justice Department Sues Apartment Owners, Managers for Racial Discrimination

Justice Department Sues Apartment Owners, Managers for Racial Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the owners, operators and rental agent of several apartment complexes in Pearl, Miss., and violation of the Fair Housing Act by...
HUD Charges Apartments with Discrimination Against Tenants Who Need Emotional Support Animals

HUD Charges Apartments with Discrimination Against Tenants Who Need Emotional Support Animals

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has charged a Philadelphia apartment owner with discriminating against a person with disabilities based on its refusal to waive pet fees for emotional support animals,...
Court Orders Property Manager To Pay $585,000 In Restitution

Court Orders Property Manager To Pay $585,000 In Restitution

A property manager who added rooms and walls to rental properties without the owners’ consents has been ordered to pay $585,000 in restitution, according to a release. A King County Superior Court Commissioner in Seattle...
California Voters Reject Rent Control

California Voters Reject Rent Control

California voters rejected rent control In Tuesday’s election by defeating a ballot measure called Proposition 21 that would have rolled back state limits on rent control. Proposition 21, which failed, would have allowed local governments...
Fair Housing Matters – Landlord Liability for Tenant-on-Tenant Discrimination

Fair Housing Matters – Landlord Liability for Tenant-on-Tenant Discrimination

Tenants spending more time indoors can mean issues for landlords such as tenant-on-tenant discrimination which attorney Bradley Kraus takes on this month. By Bradley S. Kraus Attorney at Law, Warren Allen, LLP As the calendar turns, 2020...