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5 Kinds of People Who Shouldn't Be Landlords

ShutterstockIf your weekends are reserved solely for "me" time, you should skip the idea of investing in real estate. By Leonard Baron Owning rental property can be a great long-term wealth-building tool that is available even to individuals of very modest means. Plus, it doesn't take a degree in rocket science to get... Continue Reading »

Landlord: Tenants Get '30 Minutes' Notice of Eviction [Video]

KATV A TV station in Arkansas has been reporting on how laws there give the advantage to landlords over tenants, but for some landlords, operating within the law doesn't seem enough. As seen in the video below, even a 10-day eviction notice appears to be far too long for landlord Larry Curtis of Clarendon, Ark., a town of... Continue Reading »

2013's Most Outrageous Stories in Real Estate

Chicago Police Dept. While 2013 was a year that saw a sudden scarcity of available single-family homes, affordable rentals and even foreclosures in many areas, the real estate sector saw no shortage of bizarre and outrageous tales. With more Americans pushed into renting, and more homeowners becoming "accidental... Continue Reading »

Criminal Charges Sought Against Landlord for Lack of Smoke Alarms

KWTV News 9 Criminal charges are being sought against a landlord in Oklahoma after three young girls were hospitalized with burns in a fire at one of his rental homes, which authorities say lacked a working smoke alarm. Agent Judah Sheppard with the Oklahoma Fire Marshal's office told an Oklahoma City TV station this... Continue Reading »

Landlord Tortured Tenants Into Turning Over Paychecks, Police Say

#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-465419{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-465419, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-465419{width:570px;height:411px;display:block;} A landlord in the Chicago area is accused of forcing two mentally challenged tenants into turning... Continue Reading »

Landlord Faces Life in Prison for Serial Arsons

WZZM-TV A landlord in western Michigan could spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced this week as a serial arsonist-for-profit. Gerald Singer, 74, was convicted of arson and fraud relating to a series of fires -- from the mid-1990s until 2007 -- at homes and other buildings that he owned. Singer was... Continue Reading »

Landlord on 'Worst' List Faces Jail for 30 Housing Code Violations

A New York landlord has an arrest warrant with his name on it for racking up more than 30 housing code violations during a four-year-period for a Bronx apartment building he owns. That's not the only place Joel Loutan's name appears. It is also on the "Worst Landlords Watchlist" put out by the New York Public Advocate... Continue Reading »

Michael Shimshoni, Alleged 'Nuisance' Landlord, Eludes Authorities

There's nothing worse than a nuisance landlord: except for a nuisance landlord that no-one can do anything about. Michael Shimshoni, a St. Petersburg, Fla. landlord that authorities say is at the center of numerous of shady and chronically problematic properties, is "virtually untouchable," according to reports Tampa Bay... Continue Reading »

New York Tenants Take Over Buildings With Small Downpayments

Tenants: have you ever thought you could do a better job keeping up your building than your landlord does? With help from a tireless advocate, some New York City renters are about to get the chance to do just that. The familiar story -- a building stays full despite questionable maintenance, a landlord fails to pay... Continue Reading »

Bad Landlords, Mini-Pigs And More

Did you miss this week's top stories on RentedSpaces? We covered bad landlords, mini-pigs, good landlords and, uhm, how to win a dang ski house! Check it: Landlord Does Time in His Own Fecal-Filled Rental - Yuk - and ha, ha. Award Winning "Bottle" House - Don't you wish you could rent it?! 70 Percent of... Continue Reading »

Renters Are Talking About...

Bad landlords, mostly! And our story of a bad landlord in Virginia who was put under house arrest in his slum-rental property inspired quite a debate. Some chimed in with an atta-boy, judge calling the landlord "the worst of mankind," while others blame the "nefarious" tenants who "crapped in the shed" and deriding them... Continue Reading »

Beware Sketchy Landlords

According to Forbes, now is a pretty great time to rent. The housing crisis means that tenants can haggle with landlords for lower rent and in May the federal government passed a law allowing tenants of foreclosed homes to stay put for the remainder of their lease. So you don't have to be worried about ending up on the... Continue Reading »

Slumlords, We're Watching You

Choose from these terrible options: bed bugs, black mold, or sewage leaking into your apartment. Your choice would probably be to move out - and fast! Great, if you can afford it. The renters in these two Brooklyn apartment buildings are not so fortunate. News recently surfaced that they've endured some of the most vile... Continue Reading »

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