Screening for Credit Risk

May, 2021

Landlords utilize a variety of risk assessment tools and predictive models to help identify potential liabilities and possible threats to business operations. One of the biggest concerns for a landlord is whether a potential tenant could be relied on to pay full and timely rent. Accordingly, to reduce problems associated with rent defaults, a landlord […]


Early Lease Termination

May, 2021

Both landlord and tenant are bound to the contract terms of the lease agreement that includes the tenant obligation to pay tent and the landlord obligation to provide habitable premises and ensure the tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment of the premises. Early termination of the lease agreement breaks the contract terms and conditions of the […]


Have the Fair Housing Act requirements for Design and Construction changed?

May, 2021

Yes, there has been a recent update to the FHA Design and Construction requirements. HUD has adopted 5 new safe harbors, the first update of safe harbors since 2005. Effective March 8, 2021 the following standards are considered safe harbors under the FHA in addition to the 10 currently existing safe harbors: 2009 edition of […]


How should we respond to questions about vacancies or rental policies to make sure we stay fair housing compliant?

May, 2021

Fair housing compliance requires accurate, timely information communicated in a non-discriminatory manner. Questions about vacancies, rental policies, property features, amenities, and services can come from various sources, such as walk-ins, telephone, text, email, social media, and advertising. Your best practice to avoid claims of fair housing violations is make sure all staff members  receive proper […]


What is the Equal Access Rule?

May, 2021

In 2012 and as later amended in 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued the Equal Access Rule that affirmatively stated that housing assisted or insured by HUD must be made available without regard to actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. The Rule prohibits inquiries regarding sexual orientation […]


Fair Housing 2021

April, 2021

Each April the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), together with local communities and fair housing organizations, commemorate Fair Housing Month by hosting community events to highlight HUD’s fair housing enforcement efforts, enhance public awareness of their fair housing rights, and emphasize the importance of ending housing discrimination. In remarks by the HUD […]


How should I respond to calls for references on a former tenant?

April, 2021

The best business practice is to be truthful, and provide information that can be supported by actual experiences, written documents, and tenant records. Contacting landlords for tenant references is an important tenant screening for verifying applicant information. Due diligence is always a requirement for business protections for persons and property. Factual information provided during a […]


How do I handle this situation – I have a tenant who not only is behind in the rent but refuses to allow access to the unit to repair a HVAC problem (unit is operational but a part does need to be replaced). When I tried to discuss the situation, with him, he made a physical threatening response towards me. I have filed a police report.

April, 2021

When a tenant doesn’t pay the rent on time (beyond any statutory grace period allowed by the lease agreement or required by state law) the landlord should serve the tenant with a “pay or quit” notice. If rent is not paid by the end of the period required by state law, the landlord can take […]


How do I decide whether to continue maintaining an old heating/cooling system or upgrade to a new one?

April, 2021

Whether it is a good idea to install a new heating/cooling system rather than continuing to have an old one repaired depends on (1) your future plans for the property; (2) for a rental where you pay the electricity, the reduction of operating expense expected; (3) for a rental where the tenant pays the electricity, […]


Co-employment Business Model

April, 2021

Co-employment is a business model used by professional employment organizations (PEOs) to partner with small to mid-size businesses to cost effectively outsource the management of human resources, including employee benefits administration, safety and risk management, regulatory compliances, tax filings, payroll processing, workers compensation and other employee-related benefits and services. The business organization (client) and PEO […]