Washington’s New Tenant Screening Law is now in Effect

By: Becky Bower
WA SB 6413As of June 9th, 2017, Washington landlords that rely on tenant screening to vet their rental applicants will need to adhere to a new law. Passed on March 29th, Washington’s SB 6413 makes it the property owner’s responsibility to provide notice before performing tenant screening on an applicant. Although the bill makes it clear what language the notice needs to have, alongside other regulations, the application of this bill has been up to debate.

The Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA) already requires property owners to notify the applicant in writing: Continue reading

Understanding Credit Reports 101

ncra-man-on-the-streetBy Becky Bower

In celebration of “National Housing Month” and amidst the hustle and bustle of the National Apartment Association (NAA) Education Conference and Expo last week, the National Consumer Reporting Association (NCRA) has released their “Man on the Street” video series! Designed to provide the average person with a basic understanding of what is and isn’t included on a credit report and to emphasize the importance of positive and accurate information, the series is an educational resource for everyone.

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Fair Housing Tips for Marketing Vacancies Online

StockSnap_W13MH17022By Becky Bower

For landlords and real estate agents, adhering to the Fair Housing Act (FHA) is an integral part of the rental process. While your leasing procedures are certainly saturated with methods to stay FHA compliant, do you use the same caution when communicating with applicants and renters online? In order to avoid any misunderstandings involving your standings with the Fair Housing Act, incorporate these fair housing tips when you market your vacancies online.

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Tips for Landlords who are Managing on Vacation

By Becky Bower

rental property travel tipsWhether you’re gone for a simple 3 days or a long 2 months, juggling managing your rental property while relaxing on vacation is near impossible. Unless your vacation spot is near your property, you want to avoid handling property issues remotely all together. No matter how long you’re MIA, here are some tips on how to prepare your renters and property for your Summer vacation. Continue reading