According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Vernon Scott was appearing before the local Superior Court in the October and November of last year, trying to forestall eviction proceedings. But before his appearances, the prosecutor’s office said, the court received faxed documents claiming to be from the landlord’s attorney, looking to postpone or terminate the proceedings.
When authorities looked closer, they found the documents were forged, the prosecutor’s office said.
“A review of the fax header and footer information revealed that the faxed documents were connected to Mr. Scott, who benefited directly by their submission,” it said in an announcement of his arrest. Read More
NORTH ADAMS, MA — Landlords who turn a blind eye to drug activity on their properties could face sanctions from the city under a proposal introduced this week by Councilor Keith Bona.
The ordinance, which was referred to the council's public safety committee for review, would levy fines upon landlords who do not take immediate action to evict a tenant arrested for drug-related crimes.
"If they do know and don't care, a hefty fine and their name attached to the illegal activity of allowing it to continue may be the persuasion they need to remove those tenants," Bona wrote in a letter to the City Council.
U.S. Announces Settlement with Illinois Landlord for Failing to Provide Lead-Based Paint Disclose Forms
52 apartments to become lead-safe under terms of the agreement
WASHINGTON – November 25, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with a Rockford, Illinois landlord to resolve a claim he failed to inform tenants, some with young children, that their homes may contain potentially dangerous lead.
The agreement requires Dennis Hardesty to replace windows and clean up lead?based paint hazards in 50 rental properties containing a total of 52 units (see attached list of properties). In addition to the $308,000 worth of lead abatement work, Hardesty agreed to pay $5,000 in penalties.
DENVER -- A Colorado couple has filed a federal lawsuit against a property owner for discrimination. The same-sex couple, one of whom is a transgender, claims the landlord refused to rent them a home because they are gay.
On Thursday morning, attorneys with Lambda Legal and Holland & Hart joined Rachel and Tonya Smith to announce they would be filing a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Colorado against the Boulder County property owner for discrimination on the basis of sex and familial status.
“We would want assurance that other families like us will be protected from this happening in the future,” Tonya Smith said. Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville single mother tells Action News Jax she was scammed out of $1,200 by a phony landlord.
When Katina Neal showed up to the Sandalwood house, people were already living there, after she’d already paid that man the security deposit and prorated rent.
She said she realized the lease and key in her hand were worth nothing. Read More -- Video
"A housing voucher should be treated like you showed up with a stack of cash or a platinum card. It has to be respected," he said. "Any form of discrimination against those who have valid government support is illegal in this city and we will very aggressively enforce that law."
The city's Human Rights Commission is investigating 85 landlords. The mayor said that will send a message.
"We are going to make examples of people," he said. "A landlord who thinks they can get away with it then sees another landlord suddenly hit with a huge fine will wake up real quick." Read More
The average home price of a house in Jacksonville’s metro market rose about 5 percent in 2015 but 20 percent of area homes are still underwater, according to zillow.com.
The residential real estate market rebounded more so in all other large metros. Orlando increased by 7.1 percent, Tampa increased by 8.5 percent and Miami increased by 8.5 percent.
Nationally, the average increase in residential real estate was about 3.9 percent with the average home price reaching $183,000 leaving about 13.4 percent o homes with negative equity, according to zillow.com. Read More
While existing home sales experienced a major month-over-month decline in November above what was expected due to seasonality, the single-family rental market was alive and well during the month with higher-trending retention rates and generally stable or lower delinquency and vacancy rates, according to data reported by Morningstar Credit Ratings in its December 2015 Single-Family Research: Performance Summary Covering All Morningstar Rated Securitizations. Read More
Watson Realty Corp., a Jacksonville-based real estate services provider serving Florida and South Georgia, celebrated its 50th anniversary last month on Dec. 16, 2015.
William A. Watson, Jr., the company’s Chairman of the Board and founder, graduated from Stetson University, majoring in real estate and insurance. He began with a small office in Jacksonville in 1965 and dreamed of a people-oriented company sensitive to the needs and concerns of its customers. With this philosophy and the talent to recruit top managers and sales associates, Watson grew the company into the top privately-owned real estate firm in Florida, according to REAL Trends 2015. Read More