Avoid Rental Liabilities with these Simple Steps

By Becky Bower

avoid rental liabilitiesMinimizing liabilities within your leasing process is an important aspect of protecting you and your property. Without performing thorough tenant screening, providing Adverse Action Notices and a Summary of Rights, and being mindful of national and state-wide legislation, you can easily get yourself in a whole lot of legal trouble. To avoid rental liabilities, be mindful of incorporating these few steps into your leasing process.

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2017 “Ban the Box” Legislation

ban the box housing legislation employment screening 2017By Becky Bower

Although most passed and proposed 2017 “Ban the Box” legislation affects employment (except for one law, which affects Washington D.C. landlords and real estate agents), the “Ban the Box” movement can very easily transfer over into the rental industry. Additionally, most property owners are employees themselves and will want to know if their company’s hiring procedure is being changed to accept applicants with criminal records. While the federal Fair Chance Act has been halted, many states, cities, and counties have enacted their own “Ban the Box” legislation this year.

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Should you be Required to Accept All Emotional Support Animals?

By Becky Bower

service animals landlord requirement rental housingThe term “emotional support animal” has always produced mixed opinions, with some landlords claiming that it’s a loophole term to get applicants’ pets accepted, while others cite federal law concerning tenants with disabilities. Whether your pet policy attracts applicants out of the 79 million households that own cats and dogs or prohibits tenants from having their own big red dog, California landlords might be required to allow tenants to have emotional support animals, regardless of their pet policy.

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The Difference Between Millennial and Gen X Renters (Infographic)

By Becky Bower

As you get ready to market your new vacancy, take some time to familiarize yourself with the two biggest groups of applicants: Millennials and Generation X renters. Millennial renters (ages 18-34) and Gen X renters (ages 35-50) consist of 85% of the renter population, and are a big driving force for mobile usage (also known as “Generation Mobile”). While these two renter groups continue to depend on online resources, you might want to migrate your leasing process online. Take a deeper look at what the difference between Millennial & Gen X renters is in our infographic below.

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ApplyConnect® Screening Solution to Premiere at the 2017 Chico Rental Housing Expo

upgrades to make tenant screening easierStreamline your rental application and screening process with ApplyConnect®’s free tools!

ApplyConnect®, a secure consumer-initiated, tenant screening solution for landlords and real estate agents, is proud to announce that they will be participating in North Valley Property Owners Association (NVPOA)’s 2017 Chico Rental Housing Expo, which serves the Northeastern counties of California.

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