Violent Residents – Guilty by Association?

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Many of our tenants (and owners, too!) have been going through some tough economic conditions in the last few years. It’s no surprise that incidences of domestic violence tend to increase when a family is suffering economic hardship. Studies show that domestic violence is three times more likely to occur when couples are experiencing high […]

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Rottweilers, Shepherds, and Pitbulls, Oh My!

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The subject of today’s post was inspired by a recent class on accommodating the needs of residents with disabilities. As professional property managers, we know the Federal Fair Housing Act (FFHA) requires us to make reasonable accommodations for renters with physical or mental disabilities. Often times, these requests revolve around assistance animals (note: the term […]

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one…

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In the area of screening tenants for residential rental properties, property managers often like to think of themselves as great judges of character. After all, as a property manager, you deal with prospective tenants from all walks of life, don’t you? A few years in the business is likely to give us the feeling that […]

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Security Deposits and Fair Housing Laws

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A few days ago, I participated in a discussion around security deposits. The issue at hand was whether a landlord (property manager) could increase a security deposit for a single tenant, and not run afoul of fair housing laws. I maintain that YES, in Nevada, you can charge different deposit amounts for different tenants.

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Questions from Property Managers – Renting to Sex Offenders

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This question comes up frequently, and the response might surprise you.   Peter writes, “Can a landlord refuse to rent to a convicted sex offender, and can a homeowners association have rules and regulations prohibiting owner/landlords from renting to sex offenders?”

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Questions from Property Managers – Part 2

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Last week, my blog addressed a few of the more common questions raised by Nevada Property Managers. This week, I’ll address a couple of questions received from a California landlord, as they pertain to managing residential rental property throughout the USA.   Screening Tenants I am a landlord renting out a single detached home in […]

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Accommodations and Modifications for Residents with Disabilities

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  Whether you are a property manager, owner-landlord, board member, or HOA manager, sooner or later you’ll be faced with a request from a resident for an accommodation under Fair Housing Law.   How about a quick test, just to see how ready you are for these requests… 

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Revised Rules for “Service Animals” under ADA

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Finally! Clarification from the Department of Justice on the new rules for implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it pertains to “Service Animals.” The publication can be found here.   It’s important to note that ADA and Fair Housing laws are NOT the same. Fair Housing Law provides for a much broader […]

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Fair Housing Progress in Nevada

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  Governor Sandoval has signed into law SB368 which affords fair housing protections to the LGBT community in Nevada. The bill, co-sponsored by Senators Sheila Leslie and David Parks, adds to Nevada’s existing protected classes under fair housing law (race, color, religion, gender, national origin, family status, ancestry, disability) two more classes of individuals: gender […]

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Assistance Animals – Clearing the Confusion

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  A few months back, I posted a blog addressing both ADA and Fair Housing laws, and the differences between the two in terms of how each deals with the subject of “assistance animals.” It seems the recent amendments to ADA that limit such animals to trained dogs, continues to present a good deal of […]

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