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PROGRESS REPORT: Time to intensify fight against bad landlordsA guide on renters' rights and the legalization of marijuanaLA considers crackdown on tenant harassment by landlordsTenants lose, landlords win in Baltimore's rent courtNew York Landlords Exploit Rent Loopholes That Inadvertently Foster HomelessnessHow New York's preferential rent loophole is unfairly used against tenantsWhat developers need to know about San Jose's new 'just cause' ordinanceNew York Landlords Exploit Loophole to Hike Rents Despite FreezeRenewal Option in a Commercial Lease: Failure Could Cost You ...Disappointment as hotly anticipated property case settlesCountry Creemee at Downers Four Corners Has New Owners, NameCan I do anything about my landlord?Renting and the Law: Tenant on the hook for full rent after roommate pays to break lease'What does it mean for me?' Tenants, landlords full of questions about new rent control rulesFor renters making housing more affordable is just the start

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Dubai's new standard tenancy contract: Points to consider
Gulf Business NewsApril 11, 2017

The new contract is aimed at aligning the provisions of the tenancy contract signed by landlords and tenants with the provisions of Law No. 26 of 2007, regulating the relationship between landlords and tenants in the emirate of Dubai (as amended) (the ...more »

Tenant Harassment Bills Package to be Considered by Committee
CityLandApril 11, 2017

Additionally, State law permits a six percent per year raise in rent for building-wide improvements made by the landlord, and an additional increase for repairs to individual apartments which may lead to the immediate displacement of the tenant. On ...more »

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PROGRESS REPORT: Time to intensify fight against bad landlords
The VillagerApril 27, 2017

The problem that we are facing in the Village today is that we have a lot of bad landlords who will either try and make it hard for the tenants or outright break the law by illegally taking their units out of rent stabilization or harassing their ...more »

A guide on renters' rights and the legalization of marijuana
Boston.comApril 27, 2017

Given the law's freshness, the rental market here in Massachusetts doesn't have it all figured out yet. “One of the areas where problems could arise is landlord-tenant relationships,'' said Mike McDonagh, general counsel and director of government ...more »

LA considers crackdown on tenant harassment by landlords
89.3 KPCCApril 27, 2017

Los Angeles is looking at creating a law to protect tenants from landlords some renters say harass them as a way to empty apartments so they can raise the rent. Such tactics could include refusing to do repairs or taking away amenities in the lease ...more »

Tenants lose, landlords win in Baltimore's rent court
Baltimore SunApril 26, 2017

“It's very discouraging,” said David A. Super, a professor of law at Georgetown University who has written extensively on landlord-tenant law. Super said the Sun's findings indicate the court is failing low-income tenants. In the decades since escrow ...more »

New York Landlords Exploit Rent Loopholes That Inadvertently Foster Homelessness
Pacific StandardApril 25, 2017

But for renters in almost 30 percent of the city's 860,000 rent-stabilized apartments, the law's protections against steep rent hikes have vanished thanks to a late-night loophole created by state lawmakers in 2003. The loophole involves a seeming ...more »

How New York's preferential rent loophole is unfairly used against tenants
Curbed NYApril 25, 2017

But in 2015—a year in which the Rent Guidelines Board voted to not impose an increase on one-year leases—their landlord revoked the preferential rent credit and raised the rent to the maximum amount allowed by law: $2,065. The landlord claimed it was ...more »

What developers need to know about San Jose's new 'just cause' ordinance
Silicon Valley Business JournalApril 25, 2017

The rules also infringe on property owners' rights to do what they want with their buildings, said Chuck Reed, San Jose's former mayor, who is now works as a lawyer specializing in real estate, land use and property rights for Hopkins & Carley law firm ...more »

New York Landlords Exploit Loophole to Hike Rents Despite Freeze
ProPublicaApril 25, 2017

But for renters in almost 30 percent of the city's 860,000 rent-stabilized apartments, the law's protections against steep rent hikes have vanished thanks to a late-night loophole created by state lawmakers in 2003. The loophole involves a seeming ...more »

Renewal Option in a Commercial Lease: Failure Could Cost You ...
New Jersey Law JournalApril 24, 2017

It pays to be timely—especially in commercial tenancies. One common provision in commercial leases is an option requiring the tenant to notify the landlord of ...more »

Disappointment as hotly anticipated property case settles
Lexology (registration)April 23, 2017

As we said in our earlier article (mentioned above), we could be left with the extraordinary possibility that someone could be the tenant under the land registration system but not under landlord and tenant law. There could also be issues for ...more »

Country Creemee at Downers Four Corners Has New Owners, Name
Valley NewsApril 23, 2017

The Windsor County Board of Realtors will present a daylong workshop on Landlord Tenant Law on May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Killington Resort in Killington, Vt. Presented by Angela Zaikowski of the law office of Bennett & Zaikowski P.C ...more »

Can I do anything about my landlord?
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)April 23, 2017

A: There is a common-law principal of constructive eviction that allows you to not pay rent in proportion to the percentage of your property that you are by no fault of your own, “constructively evicted” from. In your case, if your bedroom is one ...more »

Renting and the Law: Tenant on the hook for full rent after roommate pays to break lease
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 22, 2017

Q: My landlord charged my ex-girlfriend a fee to be removed from our lease early, with five months remaining. Before she moved out, we were each paying $850 per month for our apartment. Now my landlord wants me to pay the full $1,700. If my ex ...more »

'What does it mean for me?' Tenants, landlords full of questions about new rent control rules
CBC.caApril 22, 2017

The provincial government's announcement Thursday that it is extending rent control to all units built after 1991 has left many tenants and landlords with questions, many of which weren't answered by the Ontario Fair Housing Plan. Audience members ...more »

For renters making housing more affordable is just the start
EconoTimesApril 22, 2017

In Germany, rental laws ensure security of tenancy while retaining the right of landlords to terminate a lease in certain circumstances, such as if a tenant violates the lease agreement (for example, by not paying rent) or if the landlord requires the ...more »

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