Legal Department

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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...
forgiveness of rent letter to Oregon governor landlord group multifamilynw

Oregon Landlords Ask Governor Not to Allow Forgiveness of Rent, Mortgages

The top landlord group in Oregon has written the governor asking her to “please ignore the misguided and uninformed correspondence“ from the Portland City Council letter requesting forgiveness of rent and mortgage payments due...
andlord tenant law and covid-19

COVID-19: Landlord/Tenant Law in the Age of Global Pandemic

By Bradley S. Kraus Attorney at Law, Warren Allen, LLP Much like everything else in the world, the relationship between landlords and tenants changed dramatically with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time, I...
Seattle Landlords Concerned About Possible Rent Strike

Activist Group Threatens Rent Strike In Portland

A group of local activists is advocating a rent strike in Portland for April rather than following the guidelines set out by the Portland Housing Bureau to notify landlords in advance if they cannot...
Governor Extends Oregon Foreclosure Moratorium to End Of The Year

Oregon Governor Orders Stop to Residential Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent During Crisis

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has ordered a stop to residential evictions in Oregon by placing a temporary moratorium effective for 90 days due to the public health emergency caused by the spread of coronavirus...
California Apartment Owners, Manager to Pay $14,500 to Settle HUD Sexual Harassment Complaint

California Apartment Owners, Manager to Pay $14,500 to Settle HUD Sexual Harassment Complaint

The owners and manager of a Bakersfield, California, apartment complex have agreed to pay $14,500 to several female residents to settle allegations of sexual harassment, according to a release from the U.S. Department of...
Allowable Fees Under The Landlord Tenant Act

Allowable Fees Under The Landlord Tenant Act

Bradley S. Kraus Attorney at Law, Warren Allen, LLP As a Landlord’s attorney, I’ve had the opportunity to review thousands of rental agreements. I can often tell which rental agreements came from different states or the...
Multifamily NW and Landlords File Suit to Stop Portland’s New FAIR Rules

Multifamily NW and Landlords File Suit to Stop Portland’s New FAIR Rules, But Judge...

Multifamily NW and Portland landlords have filed suit in federal court to stop Portland’s new Fair Access In Renting (FAIR) rules from taking effect, but lost the first round as the judge has denied...
HUD Settles with California Landlords Over 2-Person-Per-Bedroom Policy

HUD Settles With California Landlords Over 2-Person-Per-Bedroom Policy

Some Upland, California, owners and property managers will have to pay $10,000, abolish any 2-person-per-bedroom policy, remove language regarding the two-person-per-bedroom policy from advertising and marketing materials, and have property managers and staff attend...
3 Areas Where Congressional Legislation Falls Short, Could Be Detrimental to Rental Housing Market

Seattle City Council Bans Winter Evictions

The Seattle City Council has voted to ban winter evictions from the months of December through February, shortening the original proposal from five months to three months, according to reports. The council also added a...