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Fair Housing Attorney - The Specialist You Need

Fair Housing Attorney - The Specialist You Need
Should I Consult A Fair Housing Attorney? If you had a specific medical problem, you would want a specialist in that field. It stands to reason then that if you have questions regarding The Fair Housing Act, you would want to reach out to a lawyer that specializes in this.  This article takes a look at when you should consult a fair housing attorney. How this may look will depend on the size of your company and most importantly the advantages of doing so. A Fair Housing Specialist is Irreplaceable Many companies fall into a false sense of security that they have had enough fair housing training that they do not need to consult an attorney when a problem arises. Or perhaps your company is looking for a way to cut costs and wants to avoid attorney fees.  The fact is that fair housing laws are ever-evolving. Along with that, consider the cost of just one fair housing complaint. Consulting a fair housing attorney is an unavoidable part of this industry but it serves as a protection.  Updating Fair Housing Company Policies Consider one scenario that should always be reviewed by an attorney:  updating your company’s fair housing policies. As stated above, fair housing laws are constantly changing and your policies will have to change with them. Your policies not only need to be internally reviewed annually, they also need to be reviewed by a fair housing attorney at least every three to five years.  Keep in mind that if any c......
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Why It's Okay to Outsource Your Property Management

OutsourcedA guest post by Brooke McDonald, Apple Valley Property Management, Minnesota As we all know, outsourcing is a risk that can turn out to either be the best decision you ever made or the worst thought to ever cross your mind. When it comes to property management, you have to decide: Am I willing to put the care of my rental property into the hands of a stranger? Will the investment be worth it? The stereotyped and semi-popular sitcom Outsourced didn’t last long on NBC, but it aired long enough to remind Americans of a poignant truth: Any kind of outsourcing involves some kind of learning curve, frustration, and a little bit of humor. Thankfully, outsourcing your property management does not have to be as hairy as Todd Dempsy’s struggles to run his Indian call center, nor will it require working with an office on another continent (unless you hire a property management company in another country, which we don’t advise). No, local property management companies can, in fact, be an incredible benefit to you as a property owner, saving you time and money and providing real estate expertise that can protect you from legal trouble. When you think of the word “outsourcing” in terms of property management, get rid of the negative connotations you often hear. Retrain your mind to hear the word “outsource” in conjunction with “property management” and think smart, wise, and worth it. Outsourcing can be an outstanding decision Doing all the management yourself is a heck of a lot of work ......
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An Exciting 2013 Awaits

James Bond BarrelBy Colin McCarthy, J.D., Robinson & Wood, San Jose, CA I saw and liked the latest James Bond flick. I say latest and not "new" because I realize it was released last year and by now everyone is discussing Django Unchained. I will be ready to discuss that film in six months, when I have time to see it. Skyfall was good, but something about it bugged me. In discussing it with my brother and reading some reviews after the fact, it occurred to me: it wasn't any fun. It was so serious! Who wants to see a drunk, depressed James Bond? Not me. He didn't even say "Shaken, not stirred." They just showed the bartender shaking the martini. Fellow blog persons, as we look back at 2012, I hope I avoided Skyfall syndrome. This should be fun. Even though we discussed some serious stuff, hopefully we had fun. We have pretty thoroughly discussed the types of situations that can lead to landlord liability for injuries or damages to others, and the circumstances for attaching liability. It's all about notice, control, and the opportunity to correct people. Having thoroughly flogged that horse to death, we're going to shift gears and start talking about issues to look for in defending against such actions. There are (as usual) three main areas we're going to look at. See? This is fun! First, we'll delve into some detail about which persons or entities are the "landlord" for purposes of imposing liability. Is it the owner,......
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