property management

Take Control of Your Tenant Screening Report

 
Feeling empowered is a wonderful thing, particularly when it comes to finding and moving into your new home. Thanks to technology and ingenuity of many people aiming to make the process less cumbersome, the modern-day apartment hunter has numerous resources at their disposal to empower their big move.

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multifamily legislation

NAA and NMHC Joint Legislative Program Outlines this year’s Regulatory Priorities at 2014 Conference

With the apartment industry’s $1.1 trillion contribution to the U.S. economy, which supports more than 25 million jobs – it’s important for the multifamily housing industry to stay in the know about ongoing legislative matters. To help industry experts stay in the know, the National Apartment Association (NAA) and National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) held their annual conference March 9-12, where the regulatory priorities of 2014 were outlined.

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cic announcements

Ready2Apply Offers Property Managers a Customizable Solution to the Hassles of Rental Applications

CIC, the nation’s premiere tenant screening firm, is pleased to announce that Ready2Apply, a convenient online rental application and lease generation solution, has been updated to improve overall usability. With the new changes taking effect this week, Ready2Apply helps property managers quickly and efficiently process qualified tenants by eliminating data entry redundancies.

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property management

Leveraging the Power of Technology Helps Property Managers Fill Vacancies Fast in Multifamily Communities

Developing a strong online presence is crucial for property managers looking to advertise vacancies, but it can be difficult to make sure that visibility is targeting the right renters and valuable opportunities aren’t being overlooked. Fortunately for property managers, there are valuable tools, which leverage technology to not only get your properties noticed, but they help expedite the rental process.

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multifamily legislation

Washington Regulation Update – Keep up the pressure

The two bills pending in Washington State legislature reported over the last couple weeks did not make it to the floor by the required timeline and time is running out for them, it is crucial to continue the pressure on the State legislature as some senators are pursuing options to overcome the opposition by our allies.

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employee background checks

Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know

When someone mentions the FTC, the EEOC, and the FCRA in the same sentence, it may sound like a ladle of alphabet soup.  What’s really being served up is a new joint publication by the Federal Trade Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that talks about how the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the mandate to comply with anti-discrimination laws intersect when employers use background checks in personnel decisions.

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multifamily legislation

A Position on Washington HB 2537 and SB 6291 “An Act Relating to Tenant Screening”

Update: On Feb. 27th the bills did not make it out of the Senate Financial Institutions, Housing, and Insurance Committee. The bills are therefore (likely) dead.
The Problem:  There have been reports of some consumers who have experienced delays in obtaining rental housing due to the costs associated with consumer reports obtained by property managers and landlords to qualify the consumer’s tenancy. The state of Washington’s Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA), which regulates the relationship between landlords and tenants, acknowledges that screening reports are an important part of this relationship.  Further, the Washington State Legislature has “…found and declares comprehensive tenant screening reports are a necessary and fair solution for both applicants and landlords”[1]. Despite the importance of these documents to all parties, legislation now pending in the Washington state legislature (H.B. 2537)) would both lower accuracy and increase the potential for fraud in these documents, exposing both landlords and the prospective tenants to incorrect housing decisions.     

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property management

Lock, Stock, and Peril

In old movies, ransom notes came in the form of pasted letters cut from newspapers.  There’s a new kind of ransom that could pose a substantial risk to your business.  Have you alerted your staff about how to protect one of your company’s most valuable assets?

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