Seattle Outlaws Criminal Screening for Landlords and Real Estate Agents

By Becky Bower

On August 23rd, 2017 Ed Murray, the Mayor of the City of Seattle, signed into law an ordinance restricting the use of criminal background information for tenant screening. Aiming to lower the barriers to housing for applicants who have ‘served their time’, the law holds the same sentiment as the city’s Fair Chance Employment ordinance, but puts the burden on the rental industry this time. This law will become effective 30 days after it was signed, on September 23rd, 2017.

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4 Inexpensive Amenities Millennials Really Want

By Becky Bower

When you see articles within the multifamily industry talking about the amenities millennials want, you see smart locks, partnerships with urban coffee shops, and free yoga classes… but do all millennials really want these things? While most renters (millennials or not) wouldn’t mind living closer to their favorite coffee shop, after interviewing renters across California, I’ve found that ‘Generation Yers’ might not have as expensive tastes as the industry thinks. In fact, millennials are quite interested in finding a home with inexpensive amenities.

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California Housing Legislation on the Chopping Block this Fall

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By Becky Bower

California lawmakers reconvened yesterday, on August 21st, from their summer recess and began to tackle  hundreds of pending housing legislation. Since the beginning of 2017, legislation targeting affordable housing, creating rental controls, and enforcing “just cause” evictions have been the trend. As both the House and the Senate begin to vote on important California housing legislation, now would be a good time to review what’s at stake with a few of these bills.

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You Should Be Concerned If This Is How You Collect Rent

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Original post on Payrent.com

Although PayPal, Venmo and direct deposits are fantastic features, there are negative consequences with collecting rental income through these applications. I hope you never experience these problems, but I want to educate you on worst case scenarios. Approximately 2.7 million families face eviction each year, and collecting rent improperly can adversely affect your business.

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The Credit Basics Everyone Should Know

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By Becky Bower

Developing a clear understanding of what credit is and how day-to-day activities have an impact on your credit report is important if you want to make your credit information positive and accurate. Alongside the benefits of lower interest rates and greater loans, applicants who take an active role with their credit have a clear advantage within the rental industry. By making sure you know the credit report basics, you can not only answer any unforeseen credit report questions by curious applicants, but you can learn how you can reap the full benefits of a positive credit score.

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From Cocaine to Criminal History: New Employment Legislation is Here

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From California to Indiana, new employment legislation has passed and is pending. Within the past few months San Francisco has enacted a ban on asking a job applicant what their salary history is, while it is likely that the state of Oregon will soon be reducing the penalties for the possession of drugs like heroin, cocaine and meth. Ultimately, you’re going to want to keep your eyes peeled on these new employment laws.

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