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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    7 Issues And Answers About Renting To Felons

    Submitted by John Triplett on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 8:18am


    Are “no-felony-ever” lease clauses dead? We decided to ask this question of an expert in the field of investigations and tenant screenings to follow up all debate last year over whether landlords are required to rent to someone with a felony record.

    David Pickron, owner of RentPerfect, an investigative screening company in Arizona, says the days of saying “no-felony-ever” are over for landlords unless the felony is a sex offense.

    “We really tackled this hard in April and May of 2016 when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) first came out with their guidelines,” Pickron said in an interview. 

    “We also own an employment screening business and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) came out with this years ago. Recidivism rates say if the (convicted felons) can get a job and find a place to live, then recidivism rates go down. So the government mindset is that it’s in our best interest to get these guys housing and to get these guys back into the employment field.

    “The problem is that no one wants to take on that liability. Because on the other side, if they do something, we get sued or we all lose rent. So there is a big fight now between the private markets and the federal government.”

    Read the rest of this article: http://rentalhousingjournal.com/articles/2017/01/31/7-issues-and-answers-about-renting-felons

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    Portland Landlords Sue To Halt Ordinance Requiring Payment To Move Evicted Tenants

    Submitted by The Editors on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 9:48am

    Portland landlords have sued the City of Portland to stop an ordinance that requires landlords who evict tenants without cause to pay moving expenses for the tenants, effective immediately.

    The “relocation assistance” ordinance mandates that if a landlord raises the rent on a tenant by more than 10 percent or evicts a tenant without cause, the tenant can then demand the landlord reimburse them for moving costs up to $4,500, according to news reports.

    Two Portland landlords, Phillip E. Owen, of Owen Properties, LLC and Michael L. Feves have sued the City of Portland in Circuit Court of Multnomah County asking for an injunction arguing the ordinance is invalid because it violates state law in several ways, including state laws against rent control.

    Read the rest of this article: http://rentalhousingjournal.com/articles/2017/02/07/portland-landlords-sue-halt-ordinance-requiring-payment-move-evicted-tenants?utm_source=Master%2BInvestor%2FOwner%2FProp%2BMngr%2FSocial&utm_campaign=5dc314b66a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1df36dfca7-5dc314b66a-113714285

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 2:54 PM | Anonymous

    The Secret Your Tenants Hope You Never Discover

    By Dan Faller Tenant Screening 4 Less President/Founder

    You can discover how to avoid costly mistakes when screening your prospective tenants.  Read on to discover the secret I recently uncovered while doing a special study to find the best source of tenant screening information. 

    The Tenant Screening 4 Less Study

    It started when we decided to make certain that we were still using the best source for the tenant screening information we provide landlords.  No one had ever done the size and scope of this study before.  We know this for a fact as some of the source companies told us that they had never provided the scope of information for which we were asking.

    As a result of this study, Tenant Screening 4 Less provides a service, that we believe no other tenant screening service has ever considered.  Others will follow our lead however; it will take some time and a lot of effort on their part. 

    Here’s what we did…a study was made of the six major sources for information on evictions.  Then we ran at least 1,000 different prospective tenant names, so that the research would be statistically accurate. 

    The goal was to find the percentage of “hits” each source could produce.  A “hit” is when you discover that a prospective tenant has been evicted.  To our surprise, in addition to identifying the best source, we made a major unexpected discovery!

    Read the rest of the article: https://tenantscreening4less.com/the-secret-your-tenants-hope-you-never-discover?utm_source=Master%2BInvestor%2FOwner%2FProp%2BMngr%2FSocial&utm_campaign=5dc314b66a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1df36dfca7-5dc314b66a-113714285

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 2:52 PM | Anonymous

    Landlords who refused to waive the pet deposit for a combat veteran with an emotional support dog have been charged with discrimination and violating the Fair Housing Act, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to a release.

    The veteran was renting a single-family home in Moore, Oklahoma, and asked that the $250 pet deposit be waived because his dog was an emotional support animal needed to assist him with his disability. The veteran provided landlords a letter from his doctor, according to the complaint.

    Under the law, assistance animals are not considered pets.

    Read the rest of this article: http://rentalhousingjournal.com/articles/2017/02/09/hud-charges-landlords-discrimination-against-combat-veteran-assistance-animal?utm_source=Master%2BInvestor%2FOwner%2FProp%2BMngr%2FSocial&utm_campaign=5dc314b66a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1df36dfca7-5dc314b66a-113714285

  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017 1:37 PM | Anonymous

    Here is a flow chart that outlines the basic eviction process once you have given a 30 Day For Cause or a 30/60 No Cause or a 72 Hr. For Non-Payment of Rent and the tenant has not vacated or paid the rent: FED Flow Chart 2-2017.pdf

  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    If you wish to keep a copy of the Applicant / Tenants credit report on file, you will need to have a 3rd party inspection to insure all documents are kept in a secure and locked location. This form is what you would use to have the required inspection done: NTN Physical Onsite Inspection Request Form-2.pdf

  • Friday, February 03, 2017 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    Please enjoy this months issue: February 2017 Insider.pdf

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    Please enjoy this  wonderful article by our valued member and past SOROA and ORHA President Herb Neelund: Landlord tenant Coalition by Herb Neelund.pdf

  • Monday, January 23, 2017 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    Since the legislature is going to consider some new house bills this year, we are asking our members to contact their representatives to fight the aggressive house bills being proposed.  We are fighting to eliminate rent control statues, a 5% cap on rent increases, paying tenant relocation expenses, the elimination of no-cause notices and the regulation of leases.

    This link takes you to the Oregon Legislators list for all of the districts, find yours and let them know how you feel about the upcoming session: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html

  • Monday, January 16, 2017 2:15 PM | Anonymous

    Here is a link to an article regarding the proposed issue of rent control for the 2017 legislative session: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/01/top_bad_idea_of_2016_campaign.html#incart_email

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