CIC, FCRA, FTC, CFPB. These acronyms all stand for the same thing: protecting consumer rights.
Are you, as an employer, using criminal background checks as part of your screening process for prospective employees? Are you aware of the possible legal ramifications involved? You should be.
January 1, 2013, there are new laws that go into effect in California which property owners and managers must be aware of. The laws discussed here are not meant to be an all inclusive list and should be viewed as a summary – not a detailed explanation.
Do you remember the days when job applicants put on a nice suit, walked into a business, spoke with the manager on duty and asked if they had any positions open? After a few questions over a cup of coffee, it was decided whether the applicant and the open position were right for one another. “When can you start?” or “I’m sorry, this just isn’t a good fit.”
We are reaching the peak of Summer and with this season comes all of the activities associated with it. Swimming, tanning, barbequing, and heat stroke are all of what can accompany this time of year. The last one, however, is what I want to focus on today. Often time’s people don’t want to stop and think about properly taking care of themselves, but what threats can this pose to their health and by proxy – your liability for caring for residents on your property?
I remember the first apartment I moved into-
it was a nice community that was well kept and gated for added security. The managers in the office were very friendly; the community allowed for our dog; we had to argue with the company about having over $500 removed from the deposit due to repainting the entire unit because of a black scuff on one wall of a bedroom. Unfortunately, that last portion was also the only goodbye memory I have from that community and also something that gets shared with anyone I talk to about an apartment to rent. While not all residents will have the perfect send off, there are still small gestures you can make that will leave a positive lasting impression.
It seems like everywhere I look I see advice on how to get residents into your property and how to keep them there. What I don’t see is articles about how to make an impact on your resident right after they sign the lease. The period after they sign the lease and begin moving in is one of the most difficult times. They have to go through the headache of moving, transferring all accounts, informing people of their new address, and then they still have to adjust to a new home. Adding value to their life during this period may make more of an impact than any other time. Here are some great ways to improve their transition:
I recently came across the topic of a questionable Fair Housing violation regarding a rental that already had a tenant. The issue arose from the present tenant marrying an individual who has been recently released from incarceration due to a felony charge. While congratulations to the newlyweds is certainly in order, this does raise some concerns for a property that has a policy established as to what is required on a background check to approve the application. Here’s what you need to know about Fair Housing compliance in delicate situations:
“Property managers who use eviction records in the application screening process are discriminating against their applicants!”
As the renting population continues to increase, so does the competition between properties looking to attract new tenants. While there are still tenants just looking for a place to live, there is also a demographic searching for the best property that will satisfy all of their needs. Here are some tips on how to broaden your properties appeal to a larger group of apartment seekers: