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by Vena Jones-Cox Q: I recently rejected a potential tenant’s application to rent because her previous landlord told me that she had people in her apartment at all hours of the day and night and he was constantly getting complaints from the other residents. When I told the applicant she couldn’t have the unit, she…


A new noise ordinance that allows the city of Rochester, Minnesota to fine landlords instead of tenants has hit a snag. The police don’t think they can enforce it.


Tip#77: No Dress Rehearsals Fair housing authorities are quite serious about their work. An investigative technique that is quite popular with the enforcement crowd is to stage an interview between a landlord and a “tester”, an investigator posing as an applicant. Maybe they are pretending to have a particular religious affiliation or to be a…


Tip #76: Hit the Road! Try as we may to select the best tenants, sometimes things just go badly with a rental. Eviction is the obvious answer when a tenant is always blowing off the rent payment, causing damage to the unit, or becoming disruptive or a nuisance to other tenants. But evictions are expensive,…


Tip #75: I’m Going In! How much time must a landlord give a tenant before entering the rental unit for a non-emergency visit? If you answered 24 hours, you MAY be right — but not guaranteed. While it is true that in most of the states that have statutes regarding legal entry for landlords, 24…


Freddie Mac wants to slow down investors in favor of homeownership in neighborhoods hard hit by foreclosures.It announced this week that it is expanding the “First Look Initiative” so any home shopper can buy a HomeSteps® home as their primary residence during the first 15 days of the property’s listing without competition from investors.


Tip #73: Know Your Limits When considering how much to charge a tenant for a security deposit, landlords should keep in mind that while a number of states do not regulate the amount of tenant security deposits, more than half of the states do limit the amount a landlord can charge. So before you negotiate…


by Nathan Miller I was reading a property management advertisement the other day from a property management company trying to earn my business and on their information sheet they say “less than 1% of our leases end up in court”. 1%?!!?!? So as many as 1 in 100 leases end up in court. They were…


Landlord Believed Property Was Lead-Free Following a case two months ago where a Massachusetts landlord was fined $84,600, the EPA’s New England division has just fined another area landord $83,575 for similar lead paint disclosure violations The Springfield, Massachusetts apartment complex owner and landlord faces the penalty for charges that he violated federal lead paint…


With a population of just around 30,000, the  little town of Hazleton, Pennsylvania is getting more than its share of attention today. An appellate court just issued a sweeping decision striking down as unconstitutional the city’s law that would have punished landlords who rented to anyone the city designated as an illegal alien with as much as…

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