If you market your own properties for rent, you might be well advised to take the Zilow Quiz for Property Owners. The quiz will test your knowledge of the Fair Housing laws which are developed Federal Agency that monitors discrimination based on based on their sex, religion, nationality and ethnicity.
The role of Department of Fair Housing is to protect the right of minorities, elderly and immigrants from housing discrimination.
Zillow Quiz is good since it displays sample advertising that most people use and then would ask you if it is legal to advertise your renal with such ads or not. For instance one ad innocently mentions that the apartment is a good deal for “2 female tenants“. As you could possible guess, this ad is illegal since it lists preference for tenants by gender.
Another neat question that about the discovery of conviction record in a tenants profile in their previous rental? Could you deny this applicant based on this information? The answer is no. Even though this could potentially cause problems for you in case she’s distributing drugs from your rental home.
Finally, one of the questions dealt with the amount of time you as the landlord will have to return your previous tenants deposit? The law in California requires that the security deposit must be returned within 30 day so the move-out day, no exceptions. Some landlords are under the mistaken notion that they have 60 days to walk through, inspect and then return the money.
That’s why it might be a wise move to hire a property manager to help you with your Los Gatos rentals. Contact Us if you need help with your rentals.