What's Behind The Changes Fair Housing Law?
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.
On April 4, 2016 HUD’s Office of General Counsel issued new guidance with warnings about the use of criminal history when considering a new rental applicant. Specifically, the new guidance addresses the chance of discrimination by a landlord in which a landlord justifies an adverse housing action – such as a refusal to rent or renew a lease – based on an individual’s criminal history
Update - Changes To Fair Housing Laws
After careful review of the new guidance from HUD which warns about the use of criminal history when considering a new rental applicant, we offer the following suggestions:
Update Your Company Policy
- HUD did not warn landlords to never consider criminal history. Thus you should obtain a National Criminal History report for EVERY person who completes a Rental Application or obtain them for NO ONE. It is clearly discrimination to order reports for some applicants but not all.
Feds Fine Landlord for not Allowing Tenant to Have Dog for Emotional Support
A landlord from Oswego, NY has been charged with housing discrimination after refusing to allow a tenant to move in with an emotional support dog, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Thursday.
HUD officials said the case involves a woman with a mental disability who filed a complaint after Hillside Park Real Estate denied her request to keep a 66-pound American Staffordshire terrier in an apartment she had leased.
The federal complaint seeks $16,000 in a civil penalty against Hillside Park Real Estate, as well as damages to compensate the woman who was denied the right to rent the apartment. Full Story
The New Yorker - Pets Allowed
What a wonderful time it is for the scammer, the conniver, and the cheat: the underage drinkers who flash fake I.D.s, the able-bodied adults who drive cars with handicapped license plates, the parents who use a phony address so that their child can attend a more desirable public school, the customers with eleven items who stand in the express lane. The latest group to bend the law is pet owners.
New Florida Law Pertaining to Rental Applications from Service Members
A new new Florida Statute Section 83.683 becomes effective July 1, 2016. This new law, in part, addresses the rental of property to “servicemembers,” and applies to condominiums, cooperatives, homeowner associations, and landlords.
The pertinent section of the law requires a landlord, condominium, cooperative, homeowner association, or landlord to complete the processing of a rental application submitted by a servicemen within a specified timeframe. It says that a landlord is required to process a rental application from a military servicemen within seven days of submission. Within that seven day period, the landlord must provide a written response of the approval or denial of the application, and if denied, the reason for the denial.
If they do not provide a timely denial of the rental application, the landlord must lease the rental unit to the servicemen if all other terms of the application and lease are met. Read More
Urgent Warning for Those with Android Phones
What is ransomware?
Ransomare is software with malicious code that can lock a device or computer so that it cannot be used. This means that you won’t be able to open any apps or access the settings on the device. A message usually appears explaining the device is locked and that you need to pay a “ransom” in order to unlock it and get rid of the malicious software.
The good news is that your data is usually safe, but the bad news is that paying the ransom won’t actually remove the software.
Judge Rules In Favor of Landlord in Lawsuit Against Philadelphia Gas Works
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A contentious collection process used by Philadelphia Gas Works has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge after one customer got fed up and sued PGW.
Philadelphia landlord David Wolf, who we interviewed 3 years ago, launched a one-man fight against Philadelphia's utility giant after he says they illegally placed liens on his property for gas he never used.
Now a judge ruled in his favor, stopping PGW's collection process in its tracks. "I'm outraged. That's just putting it mildly," said Wolf.
When we first met Wolf, the Philadelphia landlord was facing $30,000 in liens, placed on his properties by Philadelphia Gas Works.
Median home price in Northeast Florida hits 8-year high in May
The number of homes sold in Northeast Florida dropped a bit last month, but they sold for the most they have in eight years.
The median selling price for homes in the area hit $193,000 in May, according to the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors. The last time it was that high was June 2008 before prices began a 3½-year slide.
The median price bottomed out in January 2012 at $110,000.
Florida’s $159M Mansion Still Isn’t Done!
In 2014, Florida’s Le Palais Royal, a 60,000-square-foot mansion with 465 feet of oceanfront land, was listed for $139 million. At the time, it was the most expensive house in the United States.
Since then, the palace’s price has been raised to $159 million, but the estate’s claim to fame is no more. The lavish, French-inspired spread in Hillsboro Beach, not far from Fort Lauderdale, has been surpassed as the most expensive private residence in the country by several estates, including the recently sold Playboy mansion and an outrageous estate being built in Bel Air, CA, that’s purported to have an asking price of $500 million.
As a matter of fact, Le Palais Royal isn’t even the most expensive home in Southern Florida. That honor is currently held by an 82,000-square-foot mansion in the Boca Raton area, listed at $195 million.
When will Le Palais Royal be finished, and why is it taking so long?
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