Dangerous Premises. Legal news and articles for April 25 - 29, 2017

Montreal landlord fined after tenants rent out condo illegallyInvestigative Unit Reporting Spurs Government Hearing on Fraudulent EvictionsBriefcase: Landlord/Tenant LawCamborne landlord prosecuted for multiple failings that put tenants at "serious risk of harm"China's Rental Market Riled by Shady Tenants-Turned-LandlordsCentralia Council Shoots Down Licenses for Local LandlordsA guide on renters' rights and the legalization of marijuanaLandlords who evict tenants for their own use will have to offer compensation, proposed legislation saysPROGRESS 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 courtThe Residential Tenancy Act Isn't Helping Landlords or Tenants ...New York Landlords Exploit Rent Loopholes That Inadvertently Foster HomelessnessHow New York's preferential rent loophole is unfairly used against tenants

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Newly-emboldened landlords are threatening to sic ICE on their ...
Daily KosApril 6, 2017

Donald Trump ran on a mass deportation platform, promising to round up and deport as many of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants as he could ...more »

Fulson Housing Group Asked the Wrong Guy to Teach Them How to Bust Their Low Income Tenants
Riverfront Times (blog)April 10, 2017

Brendan Roediger, an associate professor at Saint Louis University School of Law, also reviewed the email correspondence between Malin and Scharnhorst. He notes that while the law does permit landlords to make inspections, such checks are meant to ...more »

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Montreal landlord fined after tenants rent out condo illegally
CTV NewsApril 29, 2017

Under that law, tenants must advise landlords if they're renting to tourists and need to obtain a certificate from Quebec's Ministry of Tourism. But there are only 27 inspectors for nearly 10,000 listings. Reports show very few listings have the ...more »

Investigative Unit Reporting Spurs Government Hearing on Fraudulent Evictions
NBC Bay AreaApril 29, 2017

Frustration boiled over at San Francisco City Hall Friday as renters and housing advocates lined up to share horror stories about potentially fraudulent evictions at a public hearing called by Supervisor Jane Kim. “We need to catch these bad actors ...more »

Briefcase: Landlord/Tenant Law
Houston Public MediaApril 28, 2017

“If you give proper notice, your landlord must make a diligent effort to repair or you may terminate your lease and get damages in court. “If you complete your lease and give a forwarding address, you should get your security deposit or itemization ...more »

Camborne landlord prosecuted for multiple failings that put tenants at "serious risk of harm"
Cornwall LiveApril 28, 2017

"New laws came into force on the April 6 which will help Cornwall Council to crack down on the minority of rogue landlords who continue to shirk their legal responsibilities and place tenants at risk of harm. "One of the main changes is that the ...more »

China's Rental Market Riled by Shady Tenants-Turned-Landlords
Sixth ToneApril 28, 2017

To clamp down on these dubious and illegal activities in the market, the authorities are rushing to draft legislation to better supervise the sector and protect tenants' rights. The law will clarify the rights and obligations of every party in the ...more »

Centralia Council Shoots Down Licenses for Local Landlords
Centralia ChronicleApril 27, 2017

Councilor Peter Abbarno, an attorney, said Washington state has detailed landlord and tenant laws that largely favor the tenant. The first step in addressing any concerns should be to enforce the regulations currently in place and educate tenants on ...more »

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

Recreational marijuana may be legal in Massachusetts, but you might want to check your lease before lighting up or buying that grow light. The passage of Question 4 in November made it legal for people in Massachusetts, 21 or older, to use marijuana, ...more »

Landlords who evict tenants for their own use will have to offer compensation, proposed legislation says
Toronto StarApril 27, 2017

Once the legislation is passed the new rent control rules come into effect as of April 20, 2017. Landlords can still raise rents “above the guidelines” if they apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board. But they won't be able to do this for increased ...more »

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 »

The Residential Tenancy Act Isn't Helping Landlords or Tenants ...
TheTyee.caApril 26, 2017

Katie Hyslop reports on affordable housing for the Housing Fix. Follow her on Twitter @kehyslop. 2016-17 funders of the Housing Fix are Vancity Credit Union, ...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 »

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