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Top 10 Landlord-Tenant Laws to Remember

By on September 20, 2017 in Education with 2 Comments
Top 10 Landlord-Tenant Laws to Remember

Laws pertaining to rental housing are established to protect both parties of the landlord-tenant relationship.  Knowledge of and compliance with federal, state and local regulations is crucial for both landlords and tenants.  Rental property owners want to run a profitable business and protect their investment.  Tenants want to live peacefully in a rental home and […]

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Repair and Deduct Options for Renters and Landlords

By on September 18, 2017 in Education with 0 Comments
Repair and Deduct Options for Renters and Landlords

If your rental property is in need of maintenance or repairs, some state laws allow tenants to make the repair and deduct the cost of the repair from their rent, referred to as repair and deduct. The concept of repair and deduct can be a point of contention between landlords and tenants who don’t fully […]

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Iowa Introduces New Rental Inspection Requirement for Landlords

By on April 11, 2017 in Education with 0 Comments
Iowa Introduces New Rental Inspection Requirement for Landlords

  Rental Inspection Programs are city or county wide ordinances that require rental property owners to register their properties and agree to an inspection. The properties are typically inspected for compliance with state and local laws involving property maintenance. The Oskaloosa City Council voted to adopt a Rental Housing Inspection Program in April 2017, which […]

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How Long Does an Eviction Take?

By on March 21, 2017 in Education with 1 Comment
How Long Does an Eviction Take?

Evictions are one of the most expensive and stressful parts of being a landlord. Evictions can result in lost rent, require a big time commitment, and can increase the risk for property damage. Evictions are a worst case scenario for any landlord, property owner or manager because of the costs associated with the process. One […]

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Seattle Landlords Sue City Over New “First Come, First Serve” Rental Law

By on March 14, 2017 in Education with 5 Comments
Seattle Landlords Sue City Over New “First Come, First Serve” Rental Law

Landlords in Seattle, WA are dealing with new rental laws that protect renters and enact tighter regulations on housing providers. In response to one of these new laws, known as the “First Come, First Serve” renter approval policy, some Seattle landlords banned together to overturn the policy and protect their rights as housing providers. New […]

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Oregon Landlords Must Pay Renters’ Moving Fees

By on February 6, 2017 in Education, News with 11 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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New Rental Law will Limit Move-In Fees for Seattle Renters

By on December 21, 2016 in Education, News with 2 Comments
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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UPDATE The Elections and Rentals: Is Your City Voting for Rent Control

By on November 9, 2016 in Education with 0 Comments
UPDATE The Elections and Rentals: Is Your City Voting for Rent Control

Updated: November 9, 2016 This article has been updated to reveal the current results from the 2016 election.  Find out which cities are voting to change the rental market in their area on November 8th. On November 8th, five Bay Area cities will vote on new rent control proposals: Alameda, Burlingame, San Mateo, Mountain View […]

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New Rental Law in Seattle – First of Its Kind

By on August 17, 2016 in News with 21 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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