Partnership disputes aren’t something individuals who own companies think will happen to them, but when they do, things can get messy. One minute you are thriving and growing a strong company together as a team, and the next, you are on opposing sides of the courtroom, knee-deep in costly litigation proceedings.
Be advised: Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance (FCHO) bars landlords fromconsidering prior arrest records or past convictions when screening prospective tenants. This includes prospective renters who are registered sex offenders.
Anti-discrimination policies benefit the common good. However, such policies can create conflict when landlords have a duty to protect their tenants from foreseeable criminal conduct. Therefore, the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance presents potential complications that could unintentionally place landlords in legal jeopardy — even if landlords have the best intentions in mind.
Is it time once again to consider renewing your residential lease? Often that leaves tenants asking if they should stay another year. Is there room to negotiate a better deal or should tenants save time, energy and effort and move to a new place?
When it comes to landlord – tenant relationships, nothing should be left to translation or interpretation. The dealings between both parties should be mutually beneficial, respectful, and above all else, clear. With that in mind, the attorneys at Holmquist & Gardiner work with landlords (and tenants) to make sure their interests are provided for and protected.
Oftentimes, landlords require income verification from prospective tenants to better understand tenants’ financial circumstances and ability to make monthly rent payments. If you require such information from tenants, you should carefully review the new statewide “Source of Income” law (RCW 59.18.255) that becomes effective September 30, 2018. This new regulation includes guidelines and prohibitions for landlords when a prospective tenants’ source and amount of income is requested.
In October 2017, the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 2 ruled on the proper procedures for a tenant to temporarily halt an eviction. The case was Randy Reynolds & Associates, Inc. v. Harmon, 1 Wn. App. 2d 239, 404 P.3d 602 (2017).
Statewide Sick Leave … Implementation
Landlords in Seattle recently received notice that a new city ordinance, the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance, has been approved which will require landlords to provide voter registration information to prospective and current tenants.
The Seattle City Council has approved an ordinance which will prevent landlords from screening tenants based on their criminal history.
Even the simplest eviction can be an expensive, time consuming and draining endeavor for a landlord….but what happens when a tenant files for bankruptcy?