Landlord & Tenant Disputes. Legal news and articles for April 19 - 29, 2017

A Selective 'No Pets' PolicyNavigating Housing Trends and Laws for First-Time TenantsFinding that first apartment can be scary. But it doesn't have to be.Landlords who evict tenants for their own use will have to offer compensation, proposed legislation saysHuman Rights Tribunal rules Brampton landlord must pay Muslim couple $12000What developers need to know about San Jose's new 'just cause' ordinance10 Los Angeles renters' rights your landlord doesn't want you to know'What does it mean for me?' Tenants, landlords full of questions about new rent control rulesLA is making it harder for landlords to take rent-controlled units off ...Tenant advocates welcome plan to curb rent increasesOntario's rent and housing reform: 16 big changes explainedDon't evict tenants who smoke. People can't quit at will.10 Los Angeles renters' rights your landlord doesn't want you to knowTennessee Supreme Court Rules Joint Landowner's Survivorship Rights Ended When Other Joint Owner Transferred ...LA stiffens rules for replacing rent-controlled units

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A Selective 'No Pets' Policy
New York TimesApril 29, 2017

A. Under New York City rules, if a tenant has openly owned a pet for three months and the landlord or management knew about it or should have known about it, the landlord waives the right to evict the pooch or the tenant. Assuming your Chihuahua has ...more »

Navigating Housing Trends and Laws for First-Time Tenants
Milwaukee Courier Weekly NewspaperApril 29, 2017

Under Wisconsin Statute Chapter 704, which lists the duties and responsibilities of the landlord and the tenant, holds the 'can' and 'cannot' rules for both landlord and tenant, such as that no physical changes can be made on the premise, and the ...more »

Finding that first apartment can be scary. But it doesn't have to be.
Washington PostApril 28, 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a page linking to tenant rights by state. Nolo.com and “Every Tenant's Legal Guide” feature state-by-state rent rules. “Landlord-tenant law in the United States over the last 20 years has become ...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 »

Human Rights Tribunal rules Brampton landlord must pay Muslim couple $12000
Toronto SunApril 27, 2017

Now the small landlord who rented out the main floor of his Brampton home to an Arab Muslim couple must pay them $12,000 for failing to accommodate their religious practices when showing their apartment to prospective tenants. The Human Rights ...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 »

10 Los Angeles renters' rights your landlord doesn't want you to know
Curbed LAApril 22, 2017

Los Angeles has the fourth-highest percentage of renters of any major U.S. metro area at nearly 54 percent, according to a study by Abodo, which looked at 2015 Census Bureau data. And how many of those renters know their rights as tenants, from the ...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 »

LA is making it harder for landlords to take rent-controlled units off ...
Curbed LAApril 20, 2017

After almost 1400 rent-controlled units were removed from the market last year, city officials want to make it harder for landlords to mass-evict tenants.more »

Tenant advocates welcome plan to curb rent increases
Toronto StarApril 20, 2017

Under the new rules, announced Thursday, all occupied private rental units built after 1991 will now be protected by rent controls, or no longer vulnerable to an exemption that allowed landlords to boost the rent to whatever amount the market or their ...more »

Ontario's rent and housing reform: 16 big changes explained
The Globe and MailApril 20, 2017

A recent Globe analysis of Landlord and Tenant Board data suggested the provision was increasingly being used to evict people. The government now says it will ensure tenants are “adequately compensated” if asked to vacate under this rule. The changes ...more »

Don't evict tenants who smoke. People can't quit at will.
Chicago TribuneApril 20, 2017

If the rules of the building had said “no smoking” back then, I wouldn't even have looked at it. I know firsthand smoking isn't good for anyone's health. But a landlord shouldn't be able to force a tenant to quit doing something that's perfectly legal ...more »

10 Los Angeles renters' rights your landlord doesn't want you to know
Curbed LAApril 19, 2017

Los Angeles has the fourth-highest percentage of renters of any major U.S. metro area at nearly 54 percent, according to a study by Abodo, which looked at 2015 Census Bureau data. And how many of those renters know their rights as tenants, from the ...more »

Tennessee Supreme Court Rules Joint Landowner's Survivorship Rights Ended When Other Joint Owner Transferred ...
The ChattanooganApril 19, 2017

In a family dispute over land in Davidson County, the Tennessee Supreme Court has held that, where two persons own land as joint tenants with a right of survivorship, if one of them transfers her interest in the land to someone else, that action will ...more »

LA stiffens rules for replacing rent-controlled units
Los Angeles TimesApril 19, 2017

Under a California law called the Ellis Act, landlords can eject tenants from rent-controlled apartments if they are tearing down a building or getting out of the rental business. In Los Angeles, if landlords tear down rent-controlled units and replace ...more »

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