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Tag Archives: Fair Housing Laws

Understanding Rental Occupancy Standards and Limits

Is Now the Time to Buy in Washington DC?

Landlords must create various policies and guidelines to maintain a safe and habitable property for all tenants. This can include everything from inspections and maintenance to applicant screening and beyond. One crucial factor for landlords to establish in their properties is rental occupancy standards. For landlords, most processes rely heavily on black and white laws […]

Staying Up to Date on Pennsylvania and Federal Fair Housing Laws

Staying Up to Date on Pennsylvania and Federal Fair Housing Laws

While it should go without saying that no individual or family should become a victim of housing discrimination – it can and does happen. As a landlord, housing discrimination claims can have devastating legal and financial consequences. Therefore, understanding the origins and rules of the Fair Housing Act is necessary. These federal fair housing laws […]

Should You Accept Housing Choice Voucher Applicants in Your Rental?

Should You Accept Housing Choice Voucher Applicants in Your Rental

The thought of accepting a tenant with a Housing Choice Voucher may intimidate some landlords who are unfamiliar with the process or guidelines. As with any decision, landlords have, there are downsides. However, as affordable housing continues to be harder and harder to find, property owners may find several advantages to participating in the program. […]

Tenant Screening Policies to Avoid Fair Housing Violations

Tenant Screening Policies to Avoid Fair Housing Violations

Tenant screening is a landlord’s best defense against potential problem tenants. However, it is also a process that opens property owners up to major liability if Fair Housing Laws are not carefully followed. In this day and age, lack of knowledge is not a defense. So, landlords must learn and adhere to all federal, state, […]

What is the DC Housing Choice Voucher Program?

Landlord's Guide to Housing Vouchers in the DC Metro Area

More and more landlords have come to hear and know the terms Section 8 or the Housing Choice Voucher Program in recent years. In Washington DC, investors know that there are many benefits to actively participating in this program. As part of the 1974 Housing and Community Development Act, this program expands the availability of […]

Everything Landlords Need to Know About Section 8 in Virginia

Everything Landlords Need to Know About Section 8 in Virginia

The Housing Choice Voucher Program sometimes referred to as “Section 8,” provides families and individuals an equal opportunity for a place to call home. However, many landlords are unfamiliar with the voucher process when it comes to rentals and how it works. So, join us below as we walk landlords through the requirements and steps […]

Section 8 Tenants: Legal Aspects you Need to Know

Section 8 Rental Housing Vouchers

Landlords have many questions about their rights surrounding Section 8 requirements and restrictions. Can landlords refuse to rent to a voucher holder? No. In Baltimore City, landlords cannot refuse a tenant based on them having a housing voucher. Additionally, Fair Housing Law protects Baltimore City residents from discrimination based on the source of income, which […]

Create an Occupancy Policy with Baltimore Property Management Experts

Create an Occupancy Policy with Baltimore Property Management Experts

Can a landlord limit the number of tenants in their rental? It is a question on many landlords’ minds—some worry about mitigating overcrowding, noise, utility usage, and potential wear and tear. In short, yes, there are limits to the number of occupants allowed in rental properties and it’s important to have a clear occupancy policy. […]

How to Avoid Eviction and Still Get a Tenant to Move Out

How to Avoid Eviction and Still Get a Tenant to Move Out

Sometimes, you cannot avoid eviction: one or more of your tenants has to go. Preferably sooner rather than later. Evicting a tenant is one of the more draining experiences you’ll have to endure as a landlord. Evictions take time and money, but are there any other legal ways to get your property back? Yes! Telling […]

Housing Voucher Requirements for Baltimore City Landlords

Housing Voucher Requirements for Baltimore City Landlords

  Most landlords have at least heard about housing voucher programs, but how much do you know? Fair Housing Laws are changing in many jurisdictions across the country, including Maryland. Some districts, including Baltimore City, now list the source of income as a protected class. Therefore, as a landlord, understanding your rights and responsibilities when […]