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New Rental Law in Seattle – First of Its Kind

By on August 17, 2016 in News with 15 Comments
New Rental Law in Seattle – First of Its Kind

Starting in January of 2017, Seattle landlords will need to employ updated rental screening processes to ensure they are accepting applicants on a “first come, first serve” basis. The new policy is intended to combat housing discrimination in the Seattle rental market.   This new rental law, which is being hailed as the first of […]

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Can Micro-Apartments Solve the Multifamily Housing Shortage?

By on August 10, 2016 in Education, News with 0 Comments
Can Micro-Apartments Solve the Multifamily Housing Shortage?

Ever since New York’s city council approved the development of their first micro-apartments (contradicting the 400-sq.-ft. minimum) in November 2015, tiny apartments have been in the limelight ever since. With over 60,000 applications received for New York’s Carmel Place even before it was completed, it’s hard not to be intrigued. However, now that the dust […]

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New Legislation Will Benefit Rental Assistance Programs

By on July 18, 2016 in Education, News with 2 Comments
New Legislation Will Benefit Rental Assistance Programs

A new housing policy bill, that will benefit rental assistance and public housing programs, passed unanimously in the Senate on Friday, July 15.   The Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700) will make several reforms to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, and particularly to the Housing […]

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Fair Housing Update – Illegal Use of Criminal Records For Tenant Screening

By on April 7, 2016 in Education, News with 0 Comments
Fair Housing Update – Illegal Use of Criminal Records For Tenant Screening

New guidance has been issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to explain legal use of evaluating criminal history when performing tenant screening for your rental properties. In clarifying what constitutes discriminatory behavior when reviewing a rental applicant’s criminal background, landlords and property managers may find they need to revisit their tenant […]

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How Do Renters Find Their Next Apartment?

By on March 31, 2016 in Education, News with 2 Comments
How Do Renters Find Their Next Apartment?

There are currently more than 100 million renters in the United States, a number that has been steadily climbing since the beginning of the 21st century.  In the past year, high demand has led to decreased vacancy rates and a record breaking rent prices. High demand has created a competitive marketplace for the booming multifamily […]

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Tenant Tricks Landlord Into Signing an Altered Lease

By on March 7, 2016 in News with 1 Comment
Tenant Tricks Landlord Into Signing an Altered Lease

Electronic lease agreements provide convenient options for landlords who want to streamline the leasing process with soon to be tenants.  Sending a lease agreement via email or through e-signature providers, like DocuSign for Rentec, eliminates the time consuming process of printing a lengthy document and coordinating schedules to meet in person for the lease signing. […]

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Rentec Direct Introduces New Academic Scholarship

By on March 4, 2016 in News with 0 Comments
Rentec Direct Introduces New Academic Scholarship

Rentec Direct is honored to announce a new program to support the academic advancement of students pursuing a degree in computer programming, software development or computer science. The Tech Mastery Scholarship program from Rentec Direct aims to assist undergraduate and graduate students with achieving their academic dreams and future goals. “We understand that the investment […]

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Oregon Votes to Prevent Sudden Rent Increases

By on March 1, 2016 in News with 26 Comments
Oregon Votes to Prevent Sudden Rent Increases

Update: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 4143 on March 15, 2016.  According to terms, the new laws regarding rent increase notifications will go into effect 30 days after it is signed. A new bill proposal in Oregon will extend the timeline requirements for landlords when issuing notices for rent increases to tenants.   […]

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Rentec Direct Recognized as Trust Account Compliant Software

By on December 28, 2015 in News with 0 Comments
Rentec Direct Recognized as Trust Account Compliant Software

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission recently evaluated Rentec Direct’s property management software and verified the program’s compliance with the provisions of the Commission’s Rules and Trust Account Guidelines.  This certification provides property managers with additional confidence when using Rentec Direct’s management software to comply with trust accounting guidelines and requirements. Accurate accounting is a […]

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The Millennial Effect on Rental Housing

By on November 30, 2015 in Education, News with 0 Comments
The Millennial Effect on Rental Housing

A new report from student housing experts ABODO, reveals the preferences and spending power for student renters and the millennial generation.   Millennials are the largest source of new demand for rental housing, making their housing needs an important consideration for property managers and rental property owners. With 78.6 million young Americans aged 19-36 making up the […]

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