Fair Housing Matters – Landlord Liability for Tenant-on-Tenant Discrimination By Bradley S. Kraus

While seasoned landlords are no strangers to handling tenant disputes, one particular situation – tenant-on-tenant discrimination – requires additional discussion and immediate action. Buried within the Oregon Administrative Rules is OAR 839-005-0206 which details specific theories of discrimination involving housing in Oregon.   One particular section involves landlords: (5) Tenant-on-tenant harassment: A housing provider is liable…

Legal Q & A By Franco Simone

Q: My tenant paid his January rent with a personal check. Several days after I deposited the check, the bank notified me that the check was dishonored because there were insufficient funds. I no longer want to accept personal checks from this tenant.  Can I demand payment of rent in cash? A: Yes, if your…

Did YOU Know

Renting Rooms Some landlords use the business plan of leasing individual rooms in a house, as opposed to leasing the house to a single family.  In general, more revenue can be collected by this business practice.  Unfortunately, there are a multitude of problems that can occur in this situation. In some jurisdictions, this practice is…

Secondary Market Rents Soar While Primary Markets Plummet By the Editors of the Rental Housing Journal

Secondary market rents are growing as rent growth is varying across markets as the divide between gateway and secondary metros continues to increase with the pandemic, according to the October report from Yardi Matrix. “With each passing month, outmigration from large gateway markets to secondary and tertiary tech hubs is amplifying. At this point, the apparent…

Raise the Rent? by Mercedes Shaffer

Is it a good idea to raise the rent every year, especially if you have a great tenant?  So many landlords don’t raise the rent annually for a variety of reasons, so let’s explore the benefits and potential drawbacks. Don’t Want to Lose Your Tenant? One of the most common reasons a landlord doesn’t raise…