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.

Tenants Can Hold Debt Collectors Accountable for Illegal Evictions

Tenants Can Hold Debt Collectors Accountable for Illegal Evictions

Tenants can hold debt collectors accountable for illegal evictions if the debt collectors seeking back rent payments fail to advise the tenants of the CDC eviction moratorium under a new rule, according to a...
Federal Judge Stops Enforcement of City’s Renter Protection Law

Federal Judge Stops Enforcement of City’s Renter Protection Law

A federal judge in Minnesota has sided with landlords and stopped the City of St. Paul from enforcing a new renter protection law he says is likely unconstitutional while a lawsuit filed by a...
How Do I Prove A Tenant Is Smoking Marijuana In Violation of Lease?

How Do I Prove A Tenant Is Smoking Marijuana In Violation of Lease?

Ask attorney Brad is a feature with attorney Bradley S. Kraus and this week the question is about how to prove a tenant is smoking marijuana in violation of lease and what action to...
Ask Attorney Brad: Can My Brother Move into His Own Rental and Remove Long-Term Tenant?

Ask Attorney Brad: Can My Brother Move into His Own Rental and Remove Long-Term...

Ask attorney Brad is a new feature with attorney Bradley S. Kraus and this week the question is about removing a long-term tenant and moving into your own rental with all the Covid-19 rules....
FTC Warns Landlords Not to Evict Tenants In Violation Of Moratoriums

FTC Warns Landlords Not to Evict Tenants In Violation Of Moratoriums

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning to landlords to not evict, or threaten to evict, tenants in violation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moratorium or any other applicable...
Portland’s FAIR Ordinance: Lost in the Hoopla of COVID-19

Portland’s FAIR Ordinance: Lost in the Hoopla of COVID-19

The Portland Fair Ordinance may have gotten a little lost during the Covid-19 issues, but it is still out there and attorney Brad Kraus reviews some of its issues for landlords and property managers. By...
Landlord Settles with HUD Over Assistance Animal Discrimination Claim

Landlord Settles with HUD Over Assistance Animal Discrimination Claim

A California property owner and manager has agreed to pay $10,000 in a conciliation agreement resolving an assistance animal discrimination claim that the landlord denied a resident’s reasonable-accommodation request to keep an assistance animal,...
Ask Attorney Brad: Why Can’t A Landlord Give a 30-Day Notice to Vacate?

Ask Attorney Brad: Why Can’t A Landlord Give a 30-Day Notice to Vacate?

Ask the attorney is a new feature we are starting with attorney Bradley S. Kraus and this week the question is about notice to vacate rules. If you have a question for him, please...
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...