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LANDLORD-TENANT ARTICLES

Articles and Publications by the Loeffler Law Group First in Time Ordinance Struck Down Guidance to Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance What You Need to Know About the “First In Time” Ordinance Renting to Short Term Tenants on AirBNB or VRBO Surprise Tenants and Squatters Emerging Issues in Rental Housing Discrimination Medical Marijuana and Reasonable […]

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The Eviction Process

The eviction process usually involves three phases: A notice is given to the tenant. If the tenant does not comply with the notice then litigation is started by hand-delivery of a complaint for unlawful detainer. The case is resolved through settlement or by entry of a judgment by the court. Frequently this takes less than […]

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Judge: Landlord must pay $220,000 for discriminating against ill tenant

A federal judge has ordered an Indianapolis landlord to pay $220,000 for discriminating against a sick tenant. U.S. District Court Judge William T. Lawrence ruled July 3 that Carolyn Smitley must pay about $220,000 in actual and punitive damages for violating the rights of Carolyn McGuffin, who was ill and confined to a hospital bed in her apartment. Smitley, […]

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SERVICE ANIMALS

It may not be obvious what an individual’s disability is, why a person needs the service animal, or what the service animal does for him (and it’s not appropriate to ask!). Read on for basic facts about service animals: Some fair housing laws define a service animal as “any animal that is individually trained to […]

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Lawsuit Claims Google Failed to Prevent Sexual Harassment

Google’s allegedly hyper masculine internal culture enabled serial sexual harassment of a female engineer, according to a new lawsuit. Loretta Lee, a developer at the search engine between 2008 and 2016 asserts that she was the subject of constant groping, touching and inappropriate conduct. Worse is that Google, intentionally or negligently, allegedly failed to tackle her complaints, which left […]

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Background Checks

What Employers Need to Know When making personnel decisions – including hiring, retention, promotion, and reassignment – employers sometimes want to consider the backgrounds of applicants and employees. For example, some employers might try to find out about the person’s work history, education, criminal record, financial history, medical history, or use of social media. Except […]

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Portland landlord is going to jail, after losing his last appeal of conviction in fire that killed 6

Gregory Nisbet, acquitted of manslaughter, got a 90-day sentence for a misdemeanor safety violation in his building on Noyes Street, the site of Portland’s deadliest fire in four decades. Assistant Attorney General Bud Ellis said the case of landlord Gregory Nisbet, left, has made property owners more vigilant about fire safety. Staff file photo by Ben […]

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