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Things were getting out of hand at the small senior center in Quebec City. Hordes of people gathered every evening on the lawn of the private center on a quiet residential street. Strangers set up chairs and spread blankets as if it were a public park. Using smartphones loaded with a hot new game, the crowds played late into the night.

Some nights, according to seniors who live at the site, groups of more than 100 people played Pokemon Go until 3 a.m., keeping the neighborhood wide awake. The center director finally hired a security guard to shoo away trespassers, some of whom had been urinating on trees and dropping trash on the property.Read More »


Imagine that the single family home you own in a quiet neighborhood was just leased to a family that moved from out of state. You pop by a few weeks after lease-signing to drop off extra keys and see how they are settling in. Instead of beds, sofas and other décor, you find that each room has been fitted with grow lights connected to hazardous tangles of electrical cords. Your tenants have stripped your houseRead More »


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 seekingRead 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 reportersRead 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 outdoorRead More »

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