Enter your email address for weekly access to top multifamily blogs!

Brent Williams' Apartment Blog

Thoughts, comments, and ideas about the overall multifamily industry, as well as a property-specific focus on resident retention and apartment marketing.

Farmers Branch Is At It Again!!

Farmers Branch, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, is again trying to halt illegal immigrants living at its apartment communities. As opposed to previous attempts that put the duty of verifying citizenship squarely on the shoulders of the apartment community, this new ordinance would require adults looking to rent in Farmers Branch to get an "Occupancy License" from the city. This would entail renters providing the city information regarding their legal status, which would be checked against a federal database. This new ordinance definitely shifts the burden away from the landlord, although it's still unclear if any fees would be applied to either the renter or landlord. If this ordinance succeeds, don't be surprised if other cities follow the lead!

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5465140.html

Rate this blog entry:
0
 
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Wow, a follow-up to my very first blog... This came from the latest TAA magazine:

A federal district judge reached a final decision in March that the latest Farmers Branch ordinance, which was passed by the city in January 2008, was unconstitutional and an invalid regulation of immigration. The January 2008 ordinance sought to require renters to obtain a $5 occupancy license in order to lease housing in Farmers Branch, and it would have required owners to evict renters who are subsequently determined by the city to not have legal status in the U.S. A temporary restraining order issued in September 2008 prevented the city from implementing the ordinance until its constitutionality was determined.

  Brent Williams
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Farmers Branch is very diligent in getting things their way. Also likely give more speeding tickets than any other cities in the Metroplex. I believe that anyone who meets the property criteria, who qualifies, should have a place to live. I am interested to see how others reply.

  Anne Sadovsky

Comment Below

  1. Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location
Well, the living may be easy, but managing an apartment community never is, no matter the season.  And every summer we fair housing folks are asked about the clothing that residents or guests may wish to wear as they dip their toes or other/all parts of their anatomy in the pool.  The question is usually along the lines of “Can we make them wear acceptable swim attire?”. First, keep in mind that there will be wide differences on “acceptable swim attire” based on...
…and it was just Halloween this past weekend!  But this is not the time for a rant about whether this is the time for the Christmas holiday to be upon us.  Rather, I thought it might be helpful to address what seems to be an eternal question for the apartment industry each year…how much Christmas is “too much” Christmas at your community from a fair housing standpoint?   I am often asked “Can we say Merry Christmas?” or “Can we put ...
  Some kids are quiet, sweet, and completely respectful when their parents are trying to talk with someone.  This does not describe my kids.  My kids are incredibly talkative and energetic, and when they were younger, having an adult conversation while they were around was an exercise in extreme patience.  As a leasing consultant, if one of these families walks through the door, the key to that lease very well may depend on your ability to provide a bit of quiet to allow a no...