Posts by Becky Bower

Rental Housing Legislation You Should Be Keeping your Eye On

As the majority of the country takes a break proposing and passing new rental housing laws and regulations, let’s take a moment to review the rental housing bills that are currently up to bat. From regulations on service animals in Illinois, rental property registration in the city of Portland, and additional homeless grants and assistance in California, the rental housing legislation at this point is a mixed bag. Take a look below at the passed and proposed rental housing laws in your state.

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Avoiding Discriminatory Practices in your Hiring Process

Unfortunately, discrimination can easily creep into any industry’s hiring practices. Through the use of subjective or incorrect employment data sources, or inconsistent/nonexistent standards, bias becomes unavoidable. By sticking to these basic employment standards, you’ll be able to avoid upholding discriminatory practices within your hiring process and better protect your company from liabilities.

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Ouch! Rent Control in California will Hurt More Than You Think

This November, Californians will vote on whether or not to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act, allowing cities to enact rent control ordinances down the line. Meanwhile tenant activists are also urgently working to secure their own city-wide rent control initiatives on this year’s ballot. It’s an understatement to say that reinstating rent control would not only be disastrous to the rental housing industry, but to California’s affordable housing supply. To put it bluntly: this is why you and your renters should vote ‘no’ on rent control.

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Multifamily Housing Legislation Blooms Through June

Although most legislators are preoccupied with the 2018 primaries, the number of passed, pending, and failed multifamily housing bills continues to grow. This June, familiar rent control, “just cause” eviction and “ban-the-box” legislation is an ongoing rental housing topic across the nation, while newcomer laws regulating apartment solar panels, lease terminations with tenants suffering domestic violence, and employment questions around marijuana have popped up. Take a look at the passed, pending, and future rental housing bills nationwide and in your property’s state below.

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California’s Rent Control War Has New Updates

This year, tenants’ activists within California have rallied to get rent control initiatives on the November 2018 ballot. As the deadline for ballot measures gets closer, activists in cities across the state have begun submitting their signatures for approval. While none of the proposed measures have officially made it to the ballot so far, below is an update on where California stands on their state and city-wide rent control measures.

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Congress Votes in Favor for Section 8 Housing and Credit Security Freeze Regulations

On Tuesday the House passed a huge Senate Bill, S. 2155 (commonly referred to as the “Dodd-Frank Reform Bill”). This bill not only impacts regulations for banks, but includes changes for public housing and the big three credit bureaus. Before S. 2155 lands on the President’s desk, take some time to look over some of the following proposed changes.

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