The owner of a Pittsburgh apartment complex is being sued by a woman who claims that when she toured a rental unit, she was so startled by a dog's sudden barking that she fell down a flight of steps. Ten months later, she has filed suit in Pennsylvania Supreme Court, saying that the stairway at the complex was poorly-maintained and that her injuries have required extensive and ongoing treatment.
She is seeking monetary and punitive damages, meaning that she hopes for a judgement that will cover her costs along with a payment that could be as much as double her actual costs. Depending on the seriousness of her injuries, the cost of her medical treatment and loss of wages, a favorable ruling could cost the complex owner hundreds of thousands of dollars. If the suit had been filed in a state that has a higher cap on… Read More »
Landlords should never barge into their tenants' home without notice to enter, of course. But what if a horrific tragedy with international repercussions propels them across that threshold... with a horde of journalists at their heels?
That appears to have happened to California landlords Doyle and Judy Miller when their tenants were named in the December shooting rampage in San Bernardino. What followed – the chaotic scene in the Miller's Redlands rental property as reporters… Read More »
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed banning smoking in all buildings under its control, another nail in the coffin for dwindling US smokers.
While many HUD properties have been voluntarily smoke-free for years (HUD strongly encouraged them to adopt no-smoking policies beginning in 2009), the proposal would ban lit tobacco products in all rental units, indoor communal areas and administrative office buildings. Smoking would also be prohibited in outdoor… Read More »
You may be sick of hearing it, but it’s a great time to be a landlord. The statistics keep rolling in, and they’re all pointing in the same profitable direction – rental housing supply is low, and demand is high. The latest confirmation of this landlord bonanza is Rent.com's 2015 Rental Market Report.
The report reflects a survey of 500 property managers, accounting for thousands of rental properties and hundreds of thousands… Read More »
What comes to mind when you hear the term 'homesharing'?
Do you think of hosting a foreign exchange student? Two couples buying a home in a pricey urban setting that they could only by pooling their resources? Going in on a vacation home with friends? Maybe your own Airbnb arrangement? Perhaps a way for aging homeowners to hang onto their independence while also earning some money?
These kinds of homesharing is fast becoming a communal… Read More »