Tenants

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Do You Now Have To Rent To Felons?

HUD recently announced some new guidelines that have been causing quite a stir in the landlording world.   You might think the stir was all caused by the catchy title, “Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate Related Transactions.”  Instead the stir was caused by the misconception that HUD was telling landlords they could no longer discriminate against those with felony convictions. That those with murder, rape or child pornography convictions could no…

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An Open Letter From A Landlord To (a few) Tenants

By Jeff Wallach Hate mail? Really? That’s what it’s come to? Despite what you think, I’m not your enemy. Yes, I own rental property that you’d like to live in, and yes, rents are high — not as high as in many cities, but certainly high for Portland, given its population of folks like you who make art and save honeybees and wish to live well in a hip metropolis full of bicycling nonprofit workers. For the record, I am also an artist, and I…

Landlord Law

Jail

Do You Now Have To Rent To Felons?

HUD recently announced some new guidelines that have been causing quite a stir in the landlording world.   You might think the stir was all caused by the catchy title, “Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate Related Transactions.”  Instead the stir was caused by the misconception that HUD was telling landlords they could no longer discriminate against those with felony convictions. That those with murder, rape or child pornography convictions could no…

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My Tenant Said What?!?

Can what your current tenants say to potential tenants cause trouble? You bet it can. In this recent news story from New York one of an apartment owner’s tenants (who was also his son-in-law) answered the door for a prospective tenant. Upon seeing that his potential future neighbor was pregnant he allegedly said “no babies” and shut the door.   That is a big no no as familial status is a protected class. Landlords cannot discriminate against children, even unborn ones. The landlord was fined $5,000,…

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After a Fire: Leases and Tenants

I have been writing about a major fire I recently had at one of my properties. I wrote about the initial shock and finding out the day after that my property was a complete loss and in need of a complete rehab. Most thoughts that next day were focused on getting the property rebuilt and up and running again. But there were tenants that had to be dealt with, and the fire had raised some interesting legal issues. We had of course signed leases with…

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