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When Has a Unit Been Abandoned or Surrendered?

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When Has a Unit Been Abandoned or Surrendered?

It's often confusing for landlords to figure out when a tenant has abandoned or surrendered a rental unit and when they need to go through the eviction process. This video gives some ideas on how to best deal with the confusion. Enjoy!

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What to do when a Social Worker wants tenant information

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What to do when a Social Worker wants tenant information

Are landlords required by KRS 620.030 to turn over tenant information to Social Workers conducted a child abuse or neglect investigation? I don't think so. Additionally, I don't think they should do so, as it could expose them to a claim that they had invaded a tenant's privacy by releasing tenant information without consent.

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Video: Three Steps to Ease Your Fears of a Housing Discrimination Complaint

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Video: Three Steps to Ease Your Fears of a Housing Discrimination Complaint

Three Steps to Ease Your Fears of a Housing Discrimination Complaint from Stephen Marshall on Vimeo.

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Lessons from Eviction Court: The Importance of Vetting Your Employees

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Lessons from Eviction Court: The Importance of Vetting Your Employees

There's a lot of employee turnover in the rental industry. Leasing agents, assistant managers, and even property managers move around. A lot. When it happens unexpectedly at one of your properties, it can leave you in a serious bind. In those situations, every employer is tempted to lower their standards. They need help quick. So let's skip the background check. Let's skip checking their references. Let's just get them working so that all those tasks that are backing up get done.  Here's the problem: those employees are going to be handling money. Tenant money and owner money. There's almost no...

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A Response to a Hit Piece on Landlords

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A Response to a Hit Piece on Landlords

On October 13, 2017, the Lexington Herald-Leader ran a front-page article that was nothing more than a hit piece against Lexington's private rental industry. The article's purpose, other than perpetuating a false narrative against landlords, was to promote a report released by the Lexington Fair Housing Council titled Locked Out: Foreclosure, Eviction and Housing Instability in Lexington, 2005-2016. You can read the report in its entirety here. You'll likely be appalled at the report's tone that landlords are the problem and at its suggestion that landlords profit from evictions and exploit the eviction process for personal gain. In short, the...

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