Posts by Becky Bower

Rental Housing Legislation That May Impact California Landlords and Property Managers

The first quarter of 2019 has been exceptionally busy for California legislators drafting acts, bills, and ordinances intended that would have impacts on the rental housing industry. From the increasing congressional popularity of “Just Cause” evictions laws and rent control, to the implementation of a statewide rental registry – take a few moments to update

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criminal eviction credit scoring data for the multifamily housing industry

Renter FICO Scores Trended Down in the first Quarter and This is Why

CIC has released credit, criminal and eviction data for January through March, 2019 and discovered that your renter’s FICO scores trended downward. CIC’s quarterly data analysis highlights the number of rental applicants that have criminal and eviction records on their renter background checks, as well as the average FICO credit score. Compared to last quarter

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Rental Housing Laws Proposed This Spring

Now that Spring has arrived, this year’s newly proposed rental housing laws are here! From Arizona to Washington, get an inside look into the rental housing laws that could affect rental properties, owners, property management companies, associations, and resident screening services come Summer. Spring Trends for Rental Housing Laws As you get a good look

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How to Easily Compare Types of Tenant Screening Services

In the multifamily housing industry, there are sizable differences between traditional and consumer-initiated tenant screening services. While consumer-initiated screening hasn’t been available within the industry for long, it’s caught like wildfire amongst independent rental owners (IROs) and real estate agents. Whether you’re looking for a new tenant screening service or are curious if the newest

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Employment Laws by State and City: A Guide to “Ban the Box”

Since 1998, employment laws seeking to “ban the box” asking about a job applicant’s criminal history have spread throughout the U.S. With “ban the box” employment regulations affecting private employers across 16 states (plus D.C.), it is unlikely that this criminal record legislative trend will go away anytime soon. If you are a private employer,

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How to Evict a Tenant: The A to Z of the Eviction Process

Unfortunately, evictions are a costly risk when owning or managing a rental property. While some tenants vacate after a simple eviction notice, others require your local courts and the aid of the sheriff’s department. Regardless of the situation you have with your troublesome tenants, take some time to review everything you need to know about

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criminal eviction credit scoring data for the multifamily housing industry

Tenants with Criminal Records are 20% of Rental Background Checks

CIC has released a criminal, eviction, and credit report for September through December, 2018. Highlighting the number of rental applicants that have criminal and eviction records on their tenant background checks, as well as the average FICO credit score, CIC’s quarterly data analysis shows that the applicants that are applying to your rental properties have

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Top 2018 Rental Housing Laws You Should Already be Following

2018’s proposed multifamily and rental housing legislation left the industry relatively unscathed by the end of the year. Despite a few challenges, things are looking up. As we see what 2019 has in store for new laws affecting rental properties, owners, and property management companies, make sure you are in compliance with these notable 2018

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