When is it Valid to Decline a Rental Application?

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Renting to tenants is risky, so it’s understandable that you want to choose the best applicants when filling a vacancy. Tenants can cause property damage, hurt your reputation, or even potentially sue you for damages, which is why it’s important to screen your applicants before extending an offer. However, some landlords can get a little… Read more »

What Landlords Need to Know About the Federal Eviction Moratorium

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In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a temporary nationwide eviction moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent to curb the spread of COVID-19. The CDC stated that the moratorium, which is set to end December 31, 2020, would help reduce the spread by allowing people to follow stay-at-home orders… Read more »

An Overview of California’s State-Wide Rent Control

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The housing crisis isn’t a new development in California; since about 1970, the state has experienced an increasing housing shortage, and by 2018, California ranked 49th in the nation in housing units per capita. Rising rents, stagnant wages, and overall high cost of living have all been named as factors in the increase in homelessness… Read more »

An Overview of State Rent Control Laws

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With housing shortages, rising rent prices, unemployment due to COVID-19, and other issues, rent control has become a hot topic this election year. As a refresher, rent control (also called rent stabilization) caps a tenant’s rent at a specific dollar amount or limits the percentage the rent can be increased by after the tenant’s lease… Read more »

Roommates: A Guide for Rental Housing Professionals and Renters

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For many Americans, roommates are a necessity. High costs of living coupled with low wages and debt have made it difficult for people to meet all their financial responsibilities in many areas of the country. Unfortunately, this trend shows no sign of slowing; if anything, it’s likely to increase with the economic fallout from job… Read more »