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New Report: Property Manager Rents and Enhanced Reporting Experience

By on February 21, 2017 in News, Product Updates with 0 Comments
New Report: Property Manager Rents and Enhanced Reporting Experience

Your management software now offers a new Property Manager Rents report which shows rental income and management fees organized by property and grouped by property manager. The new Property Manager Rents report from Rentec Direct gives users a list of your property managers, the units they are assigned and corresponding financials.  This report was created […]

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Oregon Landlords Must Pay Renters’ Moving Fees

By on February 6, 2017 in Education, News with 4 Comments
Oregon Landlords Must Pay Renters’ Moving Fees

Portland, OR is making headlines for another pro-renter policy that is going to cost landlords thousands of dollars. How many thousands? $2,900 – $4,500, depending on the type of house a landlord owns. The latest city ordinance will require Portland landlords to pay their tenants a relocation fee for a no cause eviction or if […]

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Rentec Direct Awards Top Tech Students with $500 Scholarships

By on February 1, 2017 in News with 1 Comment
Rentec Direct Awards Top Tech Students with $500 Scholarships

Rentec Direct is pleased to announce the recipients of the Rentec Direct Tech Mastery Scholarship for Fall 2016. 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 in knowledge pays the best dividends for the future,” […]

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New Rental Law will Limit Move-In Fees for Seattle Renters

By on December 21, 2016 in Education, News with 1 Comment
New Rental Law will Limit Move-In Fees for Seattle Renters

Rental laws in Seattle just got a little tighter this December, when legislators passed a new law that will limit move-in costs for Seattle renters. The Seattle city council recently voted to pass new proposal that will cap the move-in money landlords are allowed to charge and give renters the right to pay their move-in […]

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New Rental Law in Seattle – First of Its Kind

By on August 17, 2016 in News with 18 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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