Are You Unintentionally Violating Another Professional’s Copyright?

Reminder – Independent Contractors Usually Own the Copyright. As I explored in Who Owns the Copyright to Real Estate Photographs? and Who Owns the Photo Copyright When One Professional Hires Another?, … Continue reading Are You Unintentionally Violating Another Professional’s Copyright?

How Can Regulatory Reform Increase Affordable Housing?

Lack of Affordable Housing has Reached the Crisis Stage.

We read stories of how a shortage of affordable housing is contributing to a wide array of harms. People from Silicon Valley to Boise are finding it increasingly difficult to find housing near their jobs. This contributes to increased air pollution from longer commutes. It also makes it harder for people to show up on time and sufficiently rested to be productive when they are there.

Drastic Consequences from Seemingly Minor Drug Offenses

The Fair Housing Act Often Protects Former Drug Users from Discrimination.

I write regularly about the Fair Housing Act and its consequences for real estate businesses that violate it.

Fair Housing Act Tip: Reasonable Accommodation Definitions and Examples

What the law Requires.

The Fair Housing Act requires landlords to provide reasonable accommodations for
Tenants who have disabilities. That appears to be common knowledge.

Fair Housing Act Tip: Have Written Policies and Apply Them Uniformly

The Fair Housing Act Prohibits Discrimination on Account of Family Status. I recently gave a presentation (graciously provided by the Intermountain Fair Housing Council) to the Brokers Council of Idaho.  … Continue reading Fair Housing Act Tip: Have Written Policies and Apply Them Uniformly

Fair Housing Act Tip: Watch Your Language!

I was asked recently what the owner of a rental house should do about the next-door neighbor who described as “crazy.” I posted that query to the Idaho State Bar’s … Continue reading Fair Housing Act Tip: Watch Your Language!

How Landlords can Avoid Discrimination on the Basis of Familial Status

Protected Classes Under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) As I have written here Fair Housing Act Risks Touch More Businesses Than You Think! And here Fair Housing Act Trap for … Continue reading How Landlords can Avoid Discrimination on the Basis of Familial Status

What can Other Professionals Learn from Real Estate Broker Risk Management Practices?

My friend Fred Moreno is an engineer and former COO of a semiconductor equipment manufacturing company.  He was fond of saying: “A change of perspective is worth 30 IQ points.”  Come to think of it, I’m rather fond of that phrase myself.

Do You Know How to Comply with the Laws About Service and Assistance Animals?

Animals on your premises? Recent news broadcasts have highlighted the extent to which some people are claiming their pets (large and small) to be Emotion Support Animals. Business owners need … Continue reading Do You Know How to Comply with the Laws About Service and Assistance Animals?

Your Appraisal Fell Through – Now What?

I recently discussed my Cutting Corners blog post with Julie Schott in the Meridian, Idaho office of NexTitle http://www.nextitle.com. She added insight from the perspective of the title companies, namely, that in this sizzling market they are seeing deals fall through for two reasons:

Cutting Corners in a Sizzling Market Gets Everyone in Hot Water

Sizzling Real Estate Markets. I live in Boise, a city that is on a number of the “Best Places to (Live; do Business; Retire; etc.)” lists these days.  I’m sure … Continue reading Cutting Corners in a Sizzling Market Gets Everyone in Hot Water