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Archive for 2010

Rental Markets Tightening Up Around the Country

Posted on December 23rd, 2010

The tight job market and soft real estate market continue to help the rental market in several areas of the country.

  • The Minnesota Housing Partnership’s third quarter report shows pre-foreclosure notices increasing and the rental market tightening. Rental vacancies fell sharply to just over 4%, the lowest rate since the third quarter of 2008, while average rents bumped up a bit. The reason for the vacancy... [read more]

New Tenant Rights Law in Minnesota

Posted on December 21st, 2010

A Tenant Bill of Rights signed into law in Minnesota last May hasn’t had much impact on landlords, according to news reports. The bill regulates residential rental agreements, including:

  • Limiting late fees to 8% of rent, beginning January 1, 2011
  • Allowing tenants living in foreclosed homes to stay in the property until the end of their lease or for 90 days, whichever is longer
  • Making... [read more]

Bed Bugs Bite Missouri Landlord: Court Orders Return of Rent to Tenant

Posted on December 16th, 2010

A Missouri appeals court ruled that an apartment owner did not do enough to eradicate bed bugs and must return a tenant’s rent. The Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision and ordered the apartment owner to return the tenant’s rent of $405. The company had sought an additional month’s rent and cleaning fees as well, since the tenant broke the lease.

A few weeks after moving in, the tenant notified the... [read more]

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