FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MANAGERS
(FARPM) ANNUAL CONVENTION AND TRADE SHOW IS COMING!
Eighth Annual Convention and Trade Show for the residential
property manager will be taking place May 18-20 at the Hilton
Daytona Beach/Ocean Walk Village (formerly the Adam’s Mark).
This convention will be an action packed time of education,
networking and fun for the attendees. If you manage single
family homes, duplexes and tri-plexes, this convention is for
for the full Convention Brochure and Registration
SHARKS ARE CIRCLING – ARE YOU PROTECTED?
and more eviction cases are being contested by attorneys
specializing in representing tenants, and a number of new class
action lawsuits have been filed in Florida against major
management companies and owners of multifamily housing. Are you
sitting back just hoping you will not be hit, or are you taking
proactive protective actions right now?.
some action today.
TRAINING OF THE MONTH – “THE AGREEMENT TO VACATE”
tenant is a nightmare, you have served Seven Day Notices, you
constantly are receiving complaints from neighbors, but you just
don’t have that solid case. Possibly you suspect drug activity
but don’t have any proof. Maybe you suspect that there is an
unauthorized occupant, as you see an extra car at the unit every
night. In many situations there is definitely a problem, but
getting the tenant out through the court system just might not
be successful. Are there alternatives? You bet. All you need to
do is get your tenant to sign a simple form.
To see how
the Agreement to Vacate can help you,
LEASE TIP! THE PET ADDENDUM AND NON-PET DAMAGE
allow pets, you have the tenant complete a detailed pet
application, sign a Pet Addendum, and you take a hefty deposit
from the tenant. The tenant breaks the lease owing you rent and
severely damaging the property, but remarkably there is
absolutely no pet damage. Do you have to return the pet deposit
to the tenant with all this money owed to you? It is all up to
your lease agreement, particularly the Pet Addendum.
to improve your lease.
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INDUSTRY LEADER OF THE MONTH
Ratchford is Assistant Vice President and District Manager for
United Dominion Realty Trust. Supervising a portfolio of ten
assets with 2804 apartment units located from Orlando to
Jacksonville, Kathy holds the designations of CAM, Certified
Apartment Manager, and CAPS, Certified Property Supervisor. She
is a licensed Florida Real Estate Salesperson, Past President of
the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando and presently is
President Elect of the Florida Apartment Association. Kathy
serves on numerous committees with the National Apartment
Association and in 2004, received the prestigious Paragon Award
as Professional Designate of the Year from the National
Apartment Association. Kathy’s other “full time job” in 2005 has
been her position of Legislative Chair for the Florida Apartment
Association, where she has done an incredible job dealing with
lobbyists, legislators, attorneys, governmental affairs people
and industry leaders to help pass legislation and promote and
protect the multi-family housing industry. Kathy has three
children and six grandchildren and lives with her husband Bill
and Shi Tzu, Sammy, in Lake Mary where they host family and
friend gatherings whenever they can. Having a pool and a
lake puts them on the top of the list for "happening" locations
to have fun. Not much time for fun this Legislative Session !!
FAIR HOUSING CORNER - BE FAIR TO VISITORS TOO!
By Cathy L. Lucrezi, Attorney at Law
knows that it is unlawful to discriminate against tenants and
applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national
origin, disability, or familial status. What is less well
understood is that it is also unlawful to discriminate against a
tenant because her friends or visitors fall into one of the
protected categories. A landlord in Alabama knows that now.
The landlord rented a single
family home to a woman over the phone. When the woman showed up
to move in, the landlord saw that her new tenant was a white
woman with a bi-racial child. As time passed, the landlord
noticed that the tenant was visited by an African-American (a
friend) and by an Asian-American (a co-worker). The landlord
asked others about the tenant – Did she date black men? Did she
have parties? Did she invite people to spend the night? In
addition to the landlord’s “investigation”, the landlord told
the tenant that the visits had to stop, that she did not want
“those people” at her property. Later, the landlord told the
tenant she had to move because the house needed repairs.
As you might expect, the landlord now faces a
charge of housing discrimination. The case will be heard by an
Administrative Law Judge later this year. The landlord faces a
civil penalty of $11,000 (more if the landlord has committed
prior violations of the Act) plus damages for the tenant, an
injunction, attorney fees, and court costs.
IS FAIR HOUSING MONTH
is Fair Housing Month, marked by various ceremonies and events
hosted by HUD. This year’s theme is “Fostering Diverse and
Secure Communities”. It focuses on how the 37 year-old law can
create strong neighborhoods.
information, check out
www.hud.gov and look for the links to Fair Housing Month.
ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING MAY 19 IN TAMPA
you wonder what the Florida Apartment Association does for you?
Come to the Florida Apartment Association’s board meeting May 19th
in Tampa, and get involved. All board meeting are open to the
members. This year many very important things are happening
legislatively, and we need your help and participation. The
board meeting will be held at Tampa Marriot Westshore followed
by the monthly dinner meeting of the Bay Area Apartment
Association. Don’t miss out!
407-647-8839 for more info about May’s Board meeting.
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