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'Flip or Flop' New Season

Monday March 31, 2014

The HGTV show "Flip or Flop" will return for its second season on April 8, 2014. The reality show follows husband and wife team, Tarek and Christina El Moussa, as they purchase distressed properties.

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Landlord Wants to Evict All Tenants

Monday March 31, 2014
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The focus of most landlords is to get their properties fully rented. Well, the residents of 25 Thompson Street in New York City are claiming their landlord is trying to do the opposite. They claim he is trying to evict them under false pretenses so that he can get rid of the three rent-stabilized tenants in the building.

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What Tenants Want in 2014

Monday March 24, 2014

Apartments.com conducted a survey of 1,500 tenants. The survey assessed the reasons a tenant would stay put in their current apartment and the reasons they would move in 2014.

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Tenant's Belongings Taken

Sunday March 23, 2014
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Nilay Shroff, A New York City resident, came home from work one night, went to place his groceries on his kitchen table and found that the table was gone. Looking around the apartment, he quickly realized this was not the only item missing. Everything in Shroff's apartment was gone, except for a television and a PlayStation 3.

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Lesson From Buffet's Bracket Bust

Saturday March 22, 2014

With the stunning loss of Duke to Mercer, it's official, Warren Buffet will not have to pay out $1 billion dollars. Buffet, partnering with Quicken loans, had issued a challenge, if anyone filled out a perfect March Madness bracket, he would pay them $1 billion dollars. The odds of winning were 1 in 9 quintillion. Buffet didn't have to wait long, after the second day, no perfect brackets were left.

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NBA Player Claims Racist Landlord

Saturday March 22, 2014
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Former NBA player, Jayson Williams, is alleging that the South Carolina country club where his mansion is located is prejudice against African Americans. His story goes something like this.

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Liaison Leads to Lawsuit

Saturday March 22, 2014

There are many people who have security cameras in their rental properties. These cameras are usually put up to keep the residents and the property safe from things like burglars and vandals. Well, one New Jersey couple was not prepared for what they saw on their security cameras.

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Dynamic Pricing for Vacancies

Monday March 17, 2014
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Have you ever considered allowing someone, or something, else set the price of your rentals for you? Well, this idea seems to be catching on. It is estimated that 5 million apartments allow software to determine the price of their rentals.

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Maine Radon Testing

Friday February 28, 2014

The deadline for Maine landlords to have their properties tested for radon is March 1, 2014. The law requires all landlords to have their properties tested for radon or they will face a $250 fine. In addition to the fine, if the landlord cannot provide the tenant with proof that the property has been tested and complies with the standards, the tenant can take the landlord to court, citing the Warranty of Habitability law.

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Beware of Professional Tenants

Friday February 28, 2014
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An elderly woman is apparently victimizing landlords. The 74 year-old woman's real name is Marion Berntsen, but she has gone by other names including Jamie Pryce and Molly.

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