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  • Seattle approves ordinance to stop landlords from using criminal records to screen tenants

    08/15/2017 9:01:38 AM PDT · by PROCON · 55 replies ^ | Aug. 15, 2017 | Michelle Esteban
    SEATTLE - The Seattle City Council voted 8 to 0 to prohibit landlords from using criminal records to screen prospective tenants. The only exception to the new ordinance are sex offenders. City leaders and supporters of the measure; 'Fair Chance Housing Ordinance' insist its goal is to reduce housing discrimination and barriers. Inside Seattle Council Chambers there was overwhelming support for a measure. In short, it will restrict how landlords can use arrest and conviction records to exclude prospective renters. Seattle landlords will no longer be able to ask about criminal records, pending charges, juvenile records or any arrest record...
  • Landlords suing over Seattle’s ‘first come, first served’ rental ordinance say it’s unconstitutional

    03/24/2017 9:47:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Q13 FOX News ^ | March 24, 2017 | BY HANA KIM
    A lawsuit in Seattle pits some fundamental rights against each other — it’s civil rights that ban discrimination, and property rights that allow owners to decide what to do with their homes and land. The issue is with a new law that requires landlords to rent to tenants on a “first come, first served” basis. The goal is to make sure all renters are treated equally. But the landlords who are suing say the program is a bureaucratic nightmare and unconstitutional. Critics say it’s all about the survival of the fastest, but supporters say it levels the playing field for...
  • Yet Another Assault On Freedom Of Contract And Property Rights

    03/11/2017 10:24:37 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 11, 2017 | George Leef
    Once cornerstones of America, freedom of contract and property rights are being reduced to rubble by federal, state, and local officials. A case arising out of an ordinance passed in Seattle is illustrative of the trend. On January 1, a new law took effect there, mandating that landlords rent available apartments to the first prospective tenant who meets “all the screening criteria necessary for the approval of the application.” Under Seattle’s “first in time” rule, landlords cannot see if several people apply and then choose the one they prefer. If a landlord were to do that, he’s now guilty of...
  • WA Attorney General: Racist for landlords not to rent to felons

    10/17/2016 12:07:30 PM PDT · by PROCON · 61 replies ^ | Oct. 17, 2016 | ERIC MANDEL
    A recent court filing indicates that the Washington State Attorney General’s Office believes that denying a prospective tenant with a felony conviction is racially discriminatory. A member of the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Unit served a Consent Decree on Dobler Management Company, a property management firm in Tacoma, after conducting a simulated test on whether the landlord was illegally discriminating against potential tenants. According to the briefing sent to KTTH’s Todd Herman, in May, the state asked a tester to follow up on a rental property advertisement on Craigslist, which said the apartment complex would automatically deny renters with a...
  • A primer on Seattle’s new first-come, first-served renters law (NO Discrimination!)

    08/11/2016 10:16:56 AM PDT · by PROCON · 80 replies ^ | Aug. 11, 2016 | Daniel Beekman
    Seattle is apparently breaking new ground by requiring landlords in the city to rent their housing units to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Officials say they’re unaware of any other U.S. city with a policy like the one the Seattle City Council approved Monday, along with other rental-housing changes. The goal is to ensure prospective renters are treated equally, according to Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who championed the policy. When landlords pick one renter among multiple qualified applicants, their own biases — conscious or unconscious — may come into play, she says. Some landlords don’t mind the policy, saying...
  • Tenants angry after apartment building orders them to 'friend' it on Facebook

    05/30/2016 12:45:42 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 41 replies
    CNET ^ | May 30, 2016 | Chris Matyszczyk
    Technically Incorrect: The owners of a Salt Lake City apartment building change the tenancy agreement and give tenants five days to like the building on Facebook. Or else. There's something forced about Facebook relationships. If someone "friends" you, you feel duty-bound to reciprocate. Even if that person is, well, entirely unknown to you. That forced feeling can go too far. As KSL-TV reports, residents of an apartment building in Salt Lake City, Utah, say they found a curious piece of paper stuck to their doors. Headlined "Facebook Addendum," it had fascinating stipulations. It insisted that tenants had five days to...
  • Obama: Landlords Are Racists if They Exclude Felons from Housing

    04/07/2016 10:17:27 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-5-2016 | Warner Todd Huston
    President Barack Obama’s administration showed Tuesday that he wants to pressure landlords to ignore the criminal records of would-be renters. One inevitable result is that many law-abiding renters — including many African-Americans — will be forced to unknowingly live alongside felons they wish to avoid. According to Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the “disparate impact” theory of racism says landlords are racists if they have a color-blind practice of excluding all felons from their buildings. That color-bind practice is racist, say progressives, because it has a greater impact on African-Americans than on whites. It has a greater...
  • Rochelle Sterling: The Clippers’ Cruella de Ville (Now they're going after the wife)

    05/01/2014 8:25:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 1, 2014 | Michael Daly
    If Mrs. Sterling has any intention of attending more playoff games—much less holding on to the team—she needs to explain her role in her husband’s effort to push out minority tenants.If Rochelle Sterling wants her family to retain ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, she better first prove she was not complicit in her husband’s effort to drive black and Latino tenants from the apartment buildings he owns. As has been widely reported, one of Donald Sterling’s former property supervisors testified in a 2003 housing discrimination suit that when she remarked on an odor at a newly acquired building, her...
  • Seizing the Wealth of Landlords, One District at a Time

    01/16/2012 6:06:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/16/2012 | Roger D. Luchs
    The real property of the landlord class is being liquidated, slowly but steadily, in one odd corner of America, with the nation as a whole blissfully unaware of the slow-motion seizure underway. In Washington, D.C., before the very eyes of the world's media, the rental property of landlords is being handed over to their tenants, step by careful step. After Congress granted the District home rule in 1973, its elected officials found thumbing their nose at the city's former overseers more rewarding than trying to run a competent and honest government. Since then, several city agencies and programs have been...
  • Landlords face no punishment for discrimination in online ads (Muslims Only)

    10/06/2011 3:54:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    national post ^ | 10/6/11 | Sarah Boesveld
    There’s a two bedroom basement apartment for rent in Toronto’s northwest end —one bathroom, newly painted and renovated with a side entrance. The ad, posted on popular classified site, comes with the typical caveats —no pets allowed, no smokers. And then, a less common request: Only Muslims need apply. It’s the exact kind of specifications the Ontario Human Rights Commission recently warned landlords against putting in their online classified ads —any denial of a prospective tenant due to race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age and disability, among other things, is grounds for discrimination according to the Ontario...
  • Must See: Howard Davidowitz Destroys The Recovery Illusion, Debunks The Consumer Renaissance

    12/30/2010 7:57:47 PM PST · by FromLori · 23 replies · 675+ views
    ZeroHedge | 12/30/2010 | Tyler Durden
    Today's must see TV comes from the following interview of Pimm Fox on the consumer and the economy with retail expert Howard Davidowitz, who in 10 minutes provides more quality content and logical thought than we have seen from CNBC guests in probably all of 2010 (except of course for that one time when Erin Burnett kicked out Mike Pento, but that's a different story). Where does one start? Probably at the end: "I am not surprised by the strength of retail sales, because i knew that 30% of consumers are responsible for retail sales, and these 30% did much...
  • Landlords could be punished for underage tenants' drinking (MN)

    09/25/2009 3:16:06 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 38 replies · 1,635+ views
    City pages ^ | 9-25-09 | Drew Nelson
    St. Paul may soon pass a social host ordinance that punishes adults who knowingly allow parties, where minors are drinking. That includes adults who aren't even there, including landlords. "They bear some of the responsibility to ensure it doesn't continue," said St. Paul Council Member Russ Stark.
  • CA: Illegal immigrants given more rights yet again (GuBBY & AB 976, limits landlord rights)

    11/24/2007 6:10:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 949+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/24/07 | Marylee Shrider
    Despite all his tough talk about securing borders and immigration reform, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last month signed AB 976, making California the first state in the union to prohibit landlords from asking tenants about their immigration status. Talk about your dubious distinctions. Not a single Senate or Assembly Republican voted in support of the bill, but the governor -- never one to fret over party loyalties -- signed anyway. The governor's approval of the bill made Bakersfield Assemblywoman Jean Fuller so mad, she fired off a letter to The Californian's editorial page, blasting the bill for "making it easier for...
  • ACLU Sues Texas Town for Not Renting to Illegals

    12/27/2006 4:59:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 1,369+ views
    Newsmax ^ | December 26, 2006 | Associated Press
    Two civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a suburb's new law that outlaws renting to illegal immigrants, alleging the ordinance violates federal law and forces landlords to act as immigration officers. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund filed the suit on behalf of Farmers Branch residents and landlords. The law, along with a measure that made English the official language of the city, was passed in November and is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 12. The lawsuit claims the ordinance is so poorly drafted that it excludes even legal...
  • In bullying illegals, county picks easy fight (Barf Alert)

    11/19/2006 5:08:48 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 29 replies · 686+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 11/19/06 | CYNTHIA TUCKER
    In midterm elections earlier this month, American voters showed their profound common sense on the issue of immigration: They refused to reward politicians who had demonized illegal workers, making them the scapegoats for terrorism, crime or the decline of the middle class. Those candidates whose campaigns had been fueled by invective and demagoguery about foreigners went down in defeat. But not all politicians got the message. Just last week, a Cherokee County commissioner introduced a dubious ordinance to punish landlords who rent housing to undocumented workers. This commissioner still seems to believe her constituents want a highly symbolic stand against...
  • Ga. county considers fining landlords (who rent to illegal immigrants .. Cherokee County)

    11/15/2006 9:28:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 818+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/15/06 | AP
    CANTON, Ga. - Commissioners in a suburban Atlanta county are considering fining landlords who rent to illegal immigrants, saying the immigrants strain the schools and other local resources. The proposal would require property owners to prove their tenants live in Cherokee County legally. Landlords who didn't comply could be fined or lose their business licenses. Georgia earlier this year approved a wide-ranging crackdown on illegal immigrants, and cities in Texas, California and Pennsylvania have enacted laws to punish landlords who rent to illegal immigrants. The Cherokee County ordinance would only cover unincorporated areas and would not apply to cities in...
  • Cherokee targets illegals' landlords (Georgia)

    11/15/2006 5:12:08 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 13 replies · 535+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 11/15/06 | CHRISTOPHER QUINN
    In what is believed to be one of the most sweeping crackdowns in the state, Cherokee County is considering fining property owners who rent apartments to illegal immigrants. Under the proposal, property owners would have to prove that their tenants are in the country legally. If not, individual landlords could be fined — and larger apartment complexes risk having their business licenses suspended. Similar measures have been enacted in Texas, California and Pennsylvania. The Association County Commissioners of Georgia believes Cherokee County's proposal is the first of its kind in the state. "If more and more county governments begin to...

    11/15/2006 3:21:58 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 40 replies · 2,108+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 15 November 2006 | THOMAS KOROSEC and TERRI LANGFORD
    Apartment owners in Dallas suburb say it isn't their job to police tenants' statusFARMERS BRANCH — A day after this Dallas suburb passed a controversial measure barring landlords from renting to illegal immigrants, apartment owners denounced the new rule Tuesday, saying they are ill-equipped to police tenants' immigration status. ''The last thing I want to be doing is asking, 'Where's your papers?' " said Angie Iraheta, manager of the 142-unit Villa Marquis Apartments. ''And how am I supposed to know if what they're giving me is real?" Under the ordinance, which takes effect in January, landlords must ask new tenants...
  • Civil rights groups sue on illegal immigrants issue (Escondido city ordinance re renting)

    11/05/2006 5:21:13 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 72 replies · 1,376+ views
    San Diego Tribune ^ | Nov. 4, 2006 | J. Harry Jones and Matthew Rodriguez
    Saying the law is “riddled with constitutional flaws” and is discriminatory and “reprehensible,” a coalition of civil rights groups has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to void an Escondido ordinance that forbids landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. The suit was filed yesterday on behalf of two Escondido landlords and two illegal immigrants who live in the city and whose children are U.S. citizens who attend local schools. The lawsuit contends that the ordinance is in conflict with numerous federal and state laws, the primary one being that the field of illegal immigration is “exclusively occupied by the federal government.”...
  • Escondido Ca Illegal renters get the Boot!

    10/19/2006 6:47:24 AM PDT · by mmyers · 31 replies · 1,025+ views
    ESCONDIDO -- Marking the division of a community, a shouting match erupted Wednesday night outside of Escondido City Hall after the City Council approved an ordinance barring landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. What started as a crowd of about 30 people before the meeting then grew into two raucous crowds totaling about 100 people. One was predominantly Latino, carrying religious symbols and picket signs. The other was predominantly white, carrying American flags and photos of officers the group said were killed by illegal immigrants. A line of about 15 law enforcement officers kept the two sides apart in front...