Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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.

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...
Federal Legislation Proposed to Target Eviction Crisis in America

Federal Legislation Proposed to Target Eviction Crisis in America

Landlords are facing challenges to eviction practices in many cities and states and often vilified for simply taking steps to protect their businesses. The reality is that evictions are an awful side of the...
Cincinnati Landlords Must Give Renters Security-Deposit Options

Cincinnati Landlords Must Give Renters Security-Deposit Options

The Cincinnati City Council has passed an ordinance that takes effect in 90 days requiring landlords to give potential tenants security deposit options to traditional cash security deposits, according to reports. Cincinnati is the first...
Landlords to Appeal Rent Control Case to Oregon Supreme Court

Property Manager Ordered By Court To Pay $160,000 In Sexual Harassment Settlement

A Kansas property manager and his wife must pay $160,000 in damages and civil penalties to resolve a sexual harassment Fair Housing Act lawsuit alleging that he harassed numerous female tenants since at least...