May 29

Paid-for “certification” of service animals — bought online or anywhere else — never passed the smell test, and now it doesn’t pass the legal test in Oklahoma.

Source: Renters, don’t falsify your pit bull as a ‘service animal’ in Oklahoma

May 28

In a new collaboration with the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin and Marin Housing Authority, the county will offer a suite of financial incentives and support services designed to entice landlords to make rents affordable. The two-year pilot program, approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, is largely focused on helping landlords rent to people with Section 8 housing vouchers. In West Marin, however, the incentives won’t be limited to assisting those with federal vouchers.The county

Source: Program will help landlords make rents affordable | The Point Reyes Light

May 24

She was disqualified, the woman told her. Not because of her credit score. (At 760, hers was stellar.) And not because of a criminal record. (She had none.) Ms. Miller had another factor, it turned out, working against her: She had been sued in housing court by her landlord. That was enough to land her on something known among housing advocates and lawyers as the tenant blacklist, which is compiled by tenant-screening database companies from housing court records.

Source: On Tenant Blacklist, Errors and Renters With Little Recourse – The New York Times

May 23

A 30-year-old man didn’t get the message that it was time to move out of his parents’ home, even after they left him five notices and an offer of cash to help find new digs.The New York family drama eventually rolled into the court system, where a judge on Tuesday ruled in the parents’ favor and ordered Michael Rotondo to leave after having a room for eight years.

Source: A judge sides with parents and rules their 30-year-old-son must move out – CNN

May 21

Their real issue is that they are improving the value of property owned by others (i.e. their landlords) at the expense of their investors. This should be a huge red flag for everyone but the landlords.

Source: WeWork Owes $18 Billion in Leases? – Alexander Muse – Medium

May 16

Under the terms of the agreement, the owners and property managers will pay FHCRC $8,000, require that their employees take fair housing training, amend their rental qualification criteria to remove the requirement that applicants have “No Criminal or Police Record of Any Kind,” and develop and implement a nondiscriminatory criminal record policy.

Source: / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

May 16

HUD is charged with trying to ensure equal access to housing in a country that for generations implemented policies allowing for racial discrimination. Yet, under Carson, HUD is walking away from the agency’s mission to fight discrimination and is instead prioritizing the more nebulous “self-sufficiency” standard.

Source: Ben Carson’s ex-Uber driver chief of staff sends a signal (opinion) – CNN

May 15

The committee was taking public comment on the proposed Progressive Tax on Business, a fee on Seattle’s largest corporations to support homeless services. Last week, Amazon — the employer of more than 45,000 Seattleites that is on the hook for an estimated $20 million under the tax — announced it was pausing construction planning on a tower downtown and would consider renting some of its office space to other companies if the fee goes through.

Source: How Amazon Is Holding Seattle Hostage

May 09

Seattle, Washington; May 1, 2018: On the heels of their recent win against the City of Seattle, Kelly Lyles and a group of fellow small-scale landlords have again taken the city to court over an unconstitutional landlord law.Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, passed by city council in 2017, forbids landlords from considering applicants’ criminal histories when selecting tenants. In other words, landlords cannot base a rental decision on concerns over their own safety or the safety of other tenants a

Source: New lawsuit in Seattle: Housing ordinance is unfair and unconstitutional – Pacific Legal Foundation

May 06

As a landlord if a tenant doesn’t pay I have to follow the law to get them out. I cannot just go in and throw his personal belongings off the property. The city fines me the code violations because of the tenant. I cannot go on the tenant’s property and throw his personal belongings away or have the car towed, a car is personal property, or the couch moved off the porch, whatever the code violation might be. The tenant is leasing the property off me, the property owner. The tenant has the rights to have his personal belongings on that property. I cannot violate his constitutional rights or his civil rights. I do believe in the law. And that’s what makes it so hard to understand why the city attorneys allow this stuff to happen, the police writing tickets.

Source: Hold tenants responsible | The Times

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