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April 6, 2019

Recent high-profile sexual harassment allegations have highlighted the need for increased sexual harassment training, education, and awareness. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) protects individuals against discrimination because of sex. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Housin...

Today's breakfast meeting hosted by Dave Corsi and Brian Mann was a wealth of information! Around 20+ people attended and we went into in-depth discussions about finding deals, contractors, and setting up business entities.

Just for showing up, all attend...

Q: If I buy a house on contract for deed in my business name, should the insurance policy be in the business name or in my personal name?

A: The insurance policy should be in your business name.  However, I have run into problems getting the insurance agents to put the...

March 17, 2019

Baseball Numbers: "No question, Babe Ruth is the greatest hitter to ever live! Lifetime average .342, on base % .474, slugging % .690, 2213 RBIs. One home run every nine at bats! No steroids either!"

Fantasy Football Numbers: "Peyton Manning, the sure first ballot Hall...

March 10, 2019

Editor’s Note: Other articles about spring cleaning can be found in the Metro: April 2009, April and May 2012, June 2011, April 2015, February 2014, March and April 2016. You might consider sending the article below to your tenants.

Spring time is a great time to clean,...

February 13, 2019

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on The Fair Housing Act and how to respond to a sexual harassment complaint.

HUD aggressively pursues violations of The Fair Housing Act (FHA) involving harassment in housing and complaints often name property ma...

January 26, 2019

An increasing threat to the rental housing industry is government legislation mandating a rental property owner be responsible for tenant behavior. We have seen this mandated in local crime free legislation and we are watching this unfold at a county level regarding te...

January 26, 2019

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on the issue of how a no pet policy can be discriminatory when it involves potential tenants with disabilities.

Landlord and property managers must make reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of people...

January 26, 2019

If all you want to do is fill your vacant apartment as fast as possible, almost any process, or no process, will suffice. You take a good look at the applicant, decide whether or not he or she looks acceptable to you, get three recent pay stubs, collect the first and l...

January 26, 2019

Have you ever had a tenant leave in the middle of the night or the middle of an eviction? Did you ever wonder what to do when the tenant abandons the property?

Basically when a tenant abandons the property, you do not need to file an eviction or wait for the sheriff. Yo...