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LANDLORD-TENANT DISPUTE TURNS DEADLY

“Hialeah police have questioned and released a man who reportedly shot and killed his former tenant Thursday morning. According to authorities, the tenant had been evicted Wednesday by Miami-Dade police from the home in the 5600 block of West 10th Avenue. But police say he returned to the property about 1:20 a.m. Thursday and began arguing with the landlord in the front yard. The dead man, whose name has not been released, brought a baseball... Read More

TENANT SCREENING MAY HAVE PREVENTED GIRLS’ MURDER

When she moved her daughter into an Edgewater apartment in September 2004, Mary Pat Dorner believed her adult child would be safe: The building was in a good neighborhood; the studio unit was too high up for prowlers to reach; and the management company claimed they screened all tenants. “It was a beautiful building,” Dorner, 53, recalled Wednesday. And then on Jan. 24, 2005, another tenant raped, beat and strangled 21-year-old Melissa Dorner... Read More

WASHINGTON STATE GOVERNOR SIGNS FAIR TENANT SCREENING BILL

Washington has laws like the landlord – tenant act that address housing discrimination. But some landlords find ways to get around the mandates, until now. On Thursday, Governor Christine Gregoire signed the ‘Fair Tenant Screening Act.’ It forces landlords to make public details about potential tenants collected in screening reports. The reports could be misleading about an applicants past, such as their income, disability or domestic... Read More

SECTION 8 DROPPED BY APARTMENTS, TENANTS ONLY GIVEN 60 DAY NOTICE

They are people who don’t need another problem in their lives and now they have a big one, finding a new place to live. An Omaha apartment complex is making the move to shed its Section 8 tenants.  Imagine being on a fixed income of about $500-$700 a month and you have 60 days to move, 60 days to come up with deposits, 60 days to find money to pay movers and you have to continue to pay your monthly bills. Things could get pretty scary before... Read More

COUPLE ACCUSED OF RENT FRAUD

A South Bay couple are in custody after being accused of rent fraud. Timothy August and Monica Perretta are charged with multiple counts of theft by false pretenses and passing bad checks. Police in San Jose say they swindled landlords out of tens of thousands of dollars in rental income by renting homes with no intention of paying rent and then stalling the eviction process as long as possible. The couple is suspected of carrying out the fraud in... Read More

HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD SCREEN YOUR TENANTS

He said it best himself: “Check your tenants out before you let them occupy. That’s the one thing I was guilty of.” A Florida man is out more than $15,000 in damages after thieves, who may or may not have been his tenants, ripped off everything that wasn’t nailed down from his rental house. Actually, they did steal or damage several items that were nailed down, screwed in, glued on and attached to the structure. Here’s a partial list: The... Read More

PROPERTY OWNERS RESPONSIBLE FOR METH LAB CLEANUPS IN OHIO CITY

If a methamphetamine lab is busted in Cuyahoga Falls, the property owner must pay to have it dismantled and hauled away. The City Council last week voted to pass along the $1,000 to $2,000 cleanup charge to the property owner. If the lab is in a rental property, the landlord will get the bill. This cleanup charge will be in addition to the bill for decontamination of the property once a police investigation is finished. That cost can range from $3,000... Read More