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Jason Van Steenwyk
| 6 min. read
Watch your language: What can we learn from recent HUD enforcement actions?
Every so often, we take a look at Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation enforcement activity to examine which mistakes property managers and landlords are making; how enforcement officials are detecting and investigating violations; and which enforcement actions...
Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
A fine line: The landlord’s right of entry vs. tenants’ right to privacy
Just a few weeks ago, a friend called in desperation. She was at wit’s end with her landlord for a number of reasons, but was particularly upset that he called her late on a Sunday evening to tell...
Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
This landlord-tenant dispute raises the question: Can a flag be a safety violation?
When Jorge Emiliano “Nano” Rodriguez, 22, an electrical engineering student at Arizona State University, propped a gay pride flag against the fence in his front yard, he never considered he could be violating a clause in his lease....
Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
“Cooper’s House” fair housing suit dismissed by judge
It’s hard to imagine an otherwise mundane 12’ by 8’ playhouse (pictured here) making its way into international news—but “Cooper’s House” has done just that. The $5,000 playhouse was installed by Dr. George Veloudis and his wife, Tiffiney,...
Amanda Maher
| 6 min. read
Squatters take hold over NYC apartments
One of our favorite blogs is Humans of New York, a photographer’s account of the people who live, work, and play in New York City. Since the photography project launched in 2010, it has morphed from a catalog...
Jason Van Steenwyk
| 6 min. read
What you should know about domestic violence laws
In 2012, an overwhelmed landlord told one of their Pennsylvania renters that if she called the police again about her ex-boyfriend, she would be evicted. Not long after, when her ex-boyfriend showed up, she was too afraid to...
Amanda Maher
| 5 min. read
Uptick in landlords being sued under Chicago Landlord-Tenant Law
When it comes time to renting an apartment to a new tenant, landlords and property managers are advised to follow a few critical steps: screen prospective tenants by conducting background checks and/or calling references, check a person’s credit,...
Amanda Maher
| 4 min. read
Apartment renovation saves landlord from lead paint lawsuit
Ask any parent what they hope for their children and they’ll probably say something like: “I just want them to be happy and healthy.” That’s why renters who are expecting or have young children go to great lengths...

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