In an effort to reduce residential fire fatalities, new smoke alarm regulations will go into effect Jan. 1 2015 for Florida families whose homes have battery-powered smoke alarms. As outlined in the Florida Building Code, starting in 2015 homeowners and landlords must install 10-year, sealed-battery smoke alarms when replacing outdated or non-working alarms or installing new ones.
While we don't endorse any particular brand or supplier, a quick check of the big-box stores Home Depot and Lowes offer these new smoke alarms for around $20.00.
Remember, the new rule does not appear to require immediate replacement of existing smoke alarms, only those powered by replaceable batteries and then only when replacement is necessary.
(Lenexa, Kan., Jan. 9, 2015) - EPA Region 7 conducted a Record Keeping Inspection at Dynamic Porch & Patio., an Independence, Mo., remodeling company, in July 2014, which revealed violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. Dynamic Porch & Patio builds and installs insulated roofs, add-ons, pergolas, decks, and replaces siding. The company has agreed to pay a $5,559 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated the RRP Rule. Read More
Baltimore jury awarded $5 million Friday to a pair of sisters who claimed they suffered permanent brain damage from ingesting flaking lead paint in a rented West Baltimore home two decades ago.
The judgment against Stewart Levitas, a former president of a greater Baltimore landlords group, concluded a five-day Circuit Court trial of a lawsuit brought by Tajah and Tynae Jeffers, with Judge Alfred Nance presiding.
With rent and home prices fast rising, renters are paying their Orlando landlords an average of about a third of their monthly income, according to a new report by Zillow.
Long considered one of the more affordable markets in the country, Orlando renters now spend a greater share of their income to rent than the national average. Historically, Orlando-area renters spent 20 percent to 25 percent of their paychecks for rent.
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Fair Housing Contact Service against an Akron property owner accused of refusing to rent housing to families with children younger than 6.
John Gourley of Akron, owner of Fleetwood Properties, published an advertisement that appeared to limit the family makeup of prospective renters. Read More
DELTONA — Landlords who complained about a new ordinance regulating rental properties got what they wanted Monday night. The City Commission unanimously repealed the higher standards — including inspections and fees — on homes for rent.
The ordinance was one of three aimed at fighting blight in a city where the percentage of rental homes has grown since the Great Recession and housing crisis pushed thousands of Deltona homes underwater or into foreclosure. Read More
The U.S. Midterm Elections have been over for less than a week, and already Democrats are circling the wagons to protect what will certainly be a top priority on the Republicans' list of changes to make – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Republicans have hinted, some not-so-subtly, that the Bureau is in need of reform, and they intend to do just that now that they have a majority in both the House and the Senate. It is widely speculated that financial regulation overhaul, which includes the CFPB and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, along with Obamacare will be two issues Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senate Banking Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) will go after first when they take their new seats in January. Read More
The number of seriously delinquent mortgage loans, which are those that are more than 90 days past due or in foreclosure, dropped nationwide by 21 percent year-over-year in September, according to CoreLogic's September 2014 National Foreclosure Report released on Wednesday.
While the number of seriously delinquent mortgages continues to decline, CoreLogic's chief deputy economist, Sam Khater, said that the rate of decline has slowed; every month from October 2013 to July 2014, serious delinquencies declined nationwide by at least 25 percent with a high of 25.9 percent in June 2014, according to CoreLogic. Read More