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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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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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Assistance Animals Are Not Pets–Repeat–Assistance Animals Are Not Pets

http://rentalhousingjournal.com/articles/2018/07/06/assistance-animals-are-not-pets%E2%80%93repeat%E2%80%93assistance-animals-are-not-pets   “I didn’t know” is not an acceptable defense if you face a discrimination charge, so the Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on repeating advice that assistance animals are not pets when it comes to leasing your rentals. By Ellen Clark The typical story goes like this, where a prospective renter provides documentation from […]

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State Legislature Passes E3SHB 2578 regarding Source of Income

MARCH 15, 2018 Posted By: Brett WallerAdvocacy News Washington Multi-Family Housing Association (WMFHA) welcomes the passage of Engrossed Third Substitute House Bill 2578 establishing statewide source of income protections, and creating the Landlord Mitigation Fund in statute.  The new law, which will take effect September 30, decreases the burdens on rental housing providers associated with participation […]

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