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Real Estate Predictions for 2013 from Industry Experts | Multi-Housing News Online

Real Estate Predictions for 2013 from Industry Experts | Multi-Housing News Online | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
With 2012 coming to a close, experts are predicting how the real estate industry will fare in 2013.
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Trulia Signs Deal with PRIMEDIA Making Big Move in the Rental Category

Trulia Signs Deal with PRIMEDIA Making Big Move in the Rental Category | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Trulia and PRIMEDIA, which owns the popular Apartment Guide, have entered into a significant new agreement that accelerates Trulia’s ongoing moves into...
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Housing crash leaves a generation of young homeowners underwater: Diminished expectations

Housing crash leaves a generation of young homeowners underwater: Diminished expectations | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it

A local Oregon couple is featured in this story

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When a Pit Bull is Classified as a Service Animal

When a Pit Bull is Classified as a Service Animal | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
If your apartment community's pet policies have breed restrictions in place, it's a pretty black and white issue when dealing with prospects or residents and those pets.
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Legalization of Marijuana & Tenant Screening

Legalization of Marijuana & Tenant Screening | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it

Colorado and Washington made history recently by legalizing  recreational use and possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults over  the age of 21 – though it remains a crime under federal law.  Prosecutors in  Pierce & King County, Washington, and Boulder County, Colorado are dropping  minor pot possession cases.  Officials in both states are working with federal  authorities to sort all of this out.

So what must landlords and tenant screening services  operating in these two states do differently going forward? 

The short answer is… nothing!

First of all, possession of marijuana (even small amounts)  remains a crime under federal law.

Secondly, there is nothing in either statute or case law  (at this juncture) that prohibits denial of tenancy for minor marijuana  convictions - though few landlords actually do so.  Ultimately, it is within  your rights as a landlord to deny tenancy for any reason you wish as long it is  not either directly or indirectly discriminatory.

Nor does legalization of marijuana require changes to what  tenant background check companies can report in these two states.  There will be  fewer convictions for minor offenses going forward certainly – but there is  nothing in the law that prohibits reporting of those that make their way into  the public record – though Washington and Colorado limit reporting of  convictions (of all kinds) to those (the date of final disposition of which)  antedate (precede) the report by no more than seven years.

Another question is whether landlords can prohibit smoking  of marijuana on the premises.  The answer is… yes.  The best way  to do so is to implement (and incorporate in your lease) a no-smoking policy.  “Smoking” is typically defined as inhaling, exhaling, breathing, or carrying any  lighted cigar, cigarette, or other tobacco product or similar lighted product  in any manner or in any form – which, of course, would include smoking of  marijuana for either recreational or medical purposes.  Such policies do not run  afoul of the American’s with Disabilities Act and the requirement to make “Reasonable Accommodations” - since medical marijuana can be taken in other  forms.

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Milles Gordon's curator insight, August 21, 2013 7:45 AM

I wonder if such law will ever be passed in UK.

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6 Rental Upgrades that Aren’t Worth It | PropertyPak™

The linked article discusses the following: Home office remodel Backup power generator Sunroom addition Upscale master suite addition Bathroom addition Upscale garage addition 6 home fixes that aren’t worth the money – Yahoo!
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Portland, Seattle in Top 10 for apartment rent growth - Portland Business Journal

Portland, Seattle in Top 10 for apartment rent growth - Portland Business Journal | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Portland and Seattle ranked in the top 10 cities for apartment rent growth in a ...
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Home Prices Rise in 81% of U.S. Cities as Markets Recover

Home Prices Rise in 81% of U.S. Cities as Markets Recover | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Prices for single-family homes rose in 81 percent of U.S. cities as the property market extends a recovery from the worst crash since the 1930s.
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New Report Reveals that Despite Rapidly Rising Rents, 25% of American Renters Never Want to Own a Home - The Sacramento Bee

New Report Reveals that Despite Rapidly Rising Rents, 25% of American Renters Never Want to Own a Home - The Sacramento Bee | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
/PRNewswire/ -- ApartmentList.com , the fastest-growing apartment search engine that is reinventing the rental market on a foundation of trust and transparency, has released the results of its first %22Rentonomics%22 Report, which uses both pricing...
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Tenant Screening: What Criteria Can You Use?

Tenant Screening: What Criteria Can You Use? | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
My previous two articles discussed the importance of tenant screening and how to avoid a federal discrimination suit. In this article I want to discuss some of the criteria that you can and should be using to screen your potential ...
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Holy Turrets! See 10 Castles for Sale in the U.S.

Holy Turrets! See 10 Castles for Sale in the U.S. | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
If you think castles only exist in Europe, think again. Surprisingly, there are many castles in the U.S. and some are even for sale.
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Federal consumer watchdog bares teeth at consumer reporting agencies | DeadlineNews.Com | Real Estate News

Federal consumer watchdog bares teeth at consumer reporting agencies | DeadlineNews.Com | Real Estate News | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
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Housing Market Recovery Accelerating, Now 47% Back To Normal

Housing Market Recovery Accelerating, Now 47% Back To Normal | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Each month, Trulia’s Housing Barometer charts how quickly the housing market is moving back to “normal.”  We summarize three key housing market indicators: c...
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Micro-Apartments Proposal Passes San Fransicso Board of Supervisors

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Six Ways to Show Pet Lovers Your Apartment Loves Pets

Six Ways to Show Pet Lovers Your Apartment Loves Pets | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Want to show pet lovers that your apartment community loves pets? Try some of these suggestions and make your apartment property THE pet-friendly destination.
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Production of New Apartments: Upward Trend Continues

Production of New Apartments: Upward Trend Continues | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
In October, the previous month’s upward trend in multifamily production continued, as starts in buildings with five or more apartments came in at a (seasonally adjusted annual) rate of 285,00...
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Mortgage Update for Nov 2012

Mortgage Update for Nov 2012 | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Creating warmth, comfort, and security for families, community and our company...
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4 Tips to Keep the Vacancies Away

4 Tips to Keep the Vacancies Away | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Every day your rental is vacant, you’re leaving money on the table. But, minimizing the time your property is empty without compromising tenant quality is no...
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President Obama’s second term, housing and the national recovery | DeadlineNews.Com

President Obama’s second term, housing and the national recovery | DeadlineNews.Com | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
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tenant screening ..cheer me up? - Landlord Forum thread

tenant screening ..cheer me up? - Landlord Forum thread | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Any encouraging words for a landlord having a he'll of a time finding new tenants? The screening process is starting to wear on me and I'm going on 2 months vacant.. pity party for me tonight. Had to deny an application ...
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Tips to Avoiding Post-Sandy Scams - Huffington Post

Tips to Avoiding Post-Sandy Scams - Huffington Post | Landlord tips and housing news | Scoop.it
Tips to Avoiding Post-Sandy ScamsHuffington PostCharity Navigator has an explainer online with tips for handling charity appeals in times of crisis.
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