Checklist of Landlord Defenses to Tenant Lawsuits – By Dale Alberstone, Esq.

Hello everybody.  We live in a litigious society.  Californians are “suit happy” and Southern Californians are particularly “suit happy.”  Certainly there is no shortage of litigation filed by tenants against their former or existing landlords. My column this month will discuss the 26 main “Affirmative Defenses” available to a landlord to defend against tenants’ causes…

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9 Out-of-the-Box Due Diligence Tactics for Multifamily Real Estate Investors – by Richard Montgomery

Investing in multifamily housing and apartments requires extra investigation, sometimes called due diligence by attorneys, for investors who want to be certain they do not make a mistake. This extra investigation and these questions are beyond what a real estate investor may do normally for a typical commercial real estate investment. As a real estate investor,…

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New HUD Criteria Under the Fair Housing Act For Screening Applicants for Prior Criminal Conduct – By Judy Drickey-Prohow, Esq.

On November 30, 2015 the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance involving the use of criminal background screening in federally assisted properties. In honor of Fair Housing Month, HUD issued new guidance on April 4, 2016 for this topic for all communities. That guidance, which was effective immediately, requires…

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