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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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Are you breaking Fair Housing Laws unintentionally?

By on August 17, 2015 in Education, News with 0 Comments
Are you breaking Fair Housing Laws unintentionally?

The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of recognizing disparate-impact as valid claims for discrimination lawsuits under the Fair Housing Act.  The June 2015 ruling, saw a 5-4 decision that an action can be considered discriminatory even if the intent was not. Like all Fair Housing laws, the recent ruling is established with the intent […]

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The 411 on Tenant Screening

By on January 7, 2015 in Education with 1 Comment
The 411 on Tenant Screening

Tenant screening is quite possibly the best way for a property manager or landlord to make certain they are choosing the best tenant possible. There are rules, as with anything, that have to be followed when tenant screening. The biggest regulators of course are the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Fair Housing Act. […]

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What You Need To Know To Protect Your Real Estate Investments

By on October 3, 2013 in Education with 0 Comments

Building a relationship with tenants and protecting your real estate investment is the goal when creating a lease agreement. I have compiled a list of tips for landlords to use as a tool for creating a lease and guidance on rental property management in general. 1. Fair Housing Act When advertising for a new tenant, it is […]

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Would You Rent to a Felon?

By on July 12, 2013 in Tenant Screening with 0 Comments
Would You Rent to a Felon?

If you got your tenant screening report back and you note that the applicant has a felony charge would you still rent to him or her? If you said “No” you may be discriminating. When we think of discrimination we usually think of intentional acts which exclude members of certain groups from employment, housing, or other opportunities. […]

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