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Ask The Attorney Brad Kraus Is it About What You Know, or What You Can Prove about tenants

Ask The Attorney: Is it About What You Know, or What You Can...

Ask the attorney is a new feature we are starting with month with attorney Bradley S. Kraus and this week the question and his answer is a follow up to an answer last week...
HUD Charges Landlords with Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

HUD Charges Landlords with Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

A Pennsylvania apartment owner who allegedly groped and tried to forcibly kiss a female tenant when he was in her unit to perform electrical repairs has been charged with sexual harassment and retaliation, according...
A federal judge in Ohio has ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overstepped its authority in issuing a nationwide eviction ban

Federal Judge Rules Landlords Do Not Have To Provide Free Housing

A federal judge in Ohio has ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overstepped its authority in issuing a nationwide eviction ban, according to a release. The ruling is a victory for a...
Oregon HB 4401 and the Landlord Compensation Fund: How to Manage Your Right to Funding

HB 4401 and the Landlord Compensation Fund: How to Manage Your Right to Funding

The Landlord Compensation Fund is now accepting applications in Oregon to assist landlords with the massive amounts of unpaid rent that currently exist. By Bradley S. Kraus, Attorney at Law, Warren Allen, LLP Regular readers of this series...
Ask The Attorney: Can I Terminate A Lease For Cause Over Chickens?

Ask The Attorney: Can I Terminate A Lease For Cause Over Chickens?

Ask the attorney is a new feature we are starting with month with attorney Bradley S. Kraus over how to terminate a lease. If you have a question for him, please feel out the...
Property Manager Charging Pet Fee for Assistance Animal Leads to HUD Discrimination Charge

Property Manager Charging Pet Fee for Assistance Animal Leads to HUD Discrimination Charge

A rental property owner and the property manager have been charged with discrimination for telling a prospective tenant she would have to pay hundreds of dollars in pet fees for her assistance animal, according...
HUD Directive to Enforce Fair Housing Policy Banning Discrimination over Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

HUD Directive to Enforce Fair Housing Policy Banning Discrimination over Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a new directive to begin implementation of the policy set forth in President Joe Biden’s executive order to prevent and combat sexual orientation...
Rent Vouchers, Not Eviction Moratoriums, Are Best For Tenants And Landlords

Rent Vouchers, Not Eviction Moratoriums, Are Best For Tenants And Landlords

An opinion piece by Jeremie Dufault, a member of the Washington State House of Representatives on why rent vouchers are better for tenants and landlords. By Jeremie Dufault Government shouldn’t be able to give away something it...
How HB 4401 Affects 2021

New Year, New Laws, Part Deux: How HB 4401 Affects 2021

Attorney Bradley Kraus says Oregon's HB 4401 creates a confusing mix of timelines related to important time periods—the “emergency period” and the “grace period” - and continues the implicit punishment of landlords for a...
Landlords should ask the right questions of their attorney and their tenants during the federal eviction moratorium

7 Insights for Landlords on the Federal Eviction Moratorium

Two attorneys last year joined the National Real Estate Investors Association for an online discussion to help landlords and property managers understand how best to deal with the federal eviction moratorium. The nationwide federal eviction...