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The Toronto Star has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario provincial government seeking more transparency from legal tribunals, including the Landlord and Tenant Board. The move comes after Star reporters say they’ve repeatedly been denied access to records in many tribunals, according to a report. The secrecy of tribunal proceedings interferes with the newspaper agency’s ability to bring important information ….  Continue Reading

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A grassroots tenant advocacy group based in Calgary is demanding rent control measures in Alberta. The group has initiated a petition drive which so far has netted around 2,000 signatures, according to its website. Currently, Alberta landlords are free to raise rent once a year so long as tenants receive adequate notice. However, the rental ….  Continue Reading

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Atlanta will be the top performer in the single-family rental market in 2017, that according to a new report released this week by online real estate investment management firm HomeUnion. The 2017 National Single-Family Rental Research Report ranked 31 metros on several factors, including yields, demand and market conditions. Atlanta has the right mix of supply and ….  Continue Reading

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Portland, Oregon has passed a controversial new ordinance that requires landlords there to pay up to $4,500 to tenants who choose to move because the landlord is raising the rent. City Council passed the new measure unanimously. The law is seen as Plan B, after the same lawmakers failed to muster the votes for a ….  Continue Reading

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A Denver landlord is facing a class-action lawsuit over its failed pest control policies. Tenants at the large multi-family property allege that the complex was overrun by rats, and then tenants came into contact with carelessly applied pesticide. In a news report, one tenant claims that rats ate into electrical systems in his car. An employee ….  Continue Reading

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A frequent complaint from tenants is unannounced or unnecessary visits by the landlord. At the same time, landlords who fail to supervise the property can suffer losses from damage, crime or neglect. How can a landlord strike a balance? A Tenant’s Right to Privacy Inherent to every lease agreement is a promise to provide the ….  Continue Reading

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Lawmakers in Ontario have made good on a promise to tamp down skyrocketing rent by proposing an expansion of the rent increase guideline. A new bill, The Rent Protection for All Tenants Act, 2017, would require landlords with newer buildings to follow the annual rent increase guidelines set out in the Residential Tenancies Act. Currently, the ….  Continue Reading

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v The California Court of Appeals has sided with landlords in a lawsuit brought to challenge a San Francisco ordinance that would have required hefty relocation fees to tenants should the landlord decide to retire a rental property. That ordinance was the latest in a series of controversial measures passed by the city aimed at ….  Continue Reading

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Do you conduct new tenant orientations? If not, you might be missing a great opportunity. Tenant orientations are a valuable step in the property management process — one that can save money and increase tenant retention. Why Conduct Tenant Orientations? An orientation, when provided as each new tenant moves in, can help tenants: Stay safe ….  Continue Reading

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Do you conduct new tenant orientations? If not, you might be missing a great opportunity. Tenant orientations are a valuable step in the property management process — one that can save money and increase tenant retention. Why Conduct Tenant Orientations? An orientation, when provided as each new tenant moves in, can help tenants: Stay safe ….  Continue Reading