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Erin Eberlin

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Beam Me Up for $35 Million

Wednesday May 28, 2014

For all you "Star Trek" fans out there, a home has just come on the market that is sure to ignite your inner Trekkie. It is a 27,000 square foot mansion in the city of Boca Raton, Florida. At $35 million, it is the most expensive home to ever come onto market in that zip code. It hosts a home theater that is a recreation of the Star Trek Enterprise, a 2,000 square foot arcade and a "Call of Duty" room. It also boasts an outdoor basketball court and football field.

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Affordable Cities for Middle Class

Wednesday May 28, 2014
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Trulia recently put together a study of the 10 most and least affordable cities for the middle class. They compared the average mortgage payment of homes for sale to the median income for the area. For an area to be affordable for the middle class, this mortgage payment had to be less than 31 percent of the median household income.

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Landlord Sued for Disability Discrimination

Wednesday May 28, 2014

An Oregon tenant is suing her landlord for failing to allow her to have a companion animal. The tenant, Christina Hayes, states that she notified the management of Starcrest Manor apartments of her need for a companion animal. She asked to have the usual $650 pet fee waived and she alleges that management said no.

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Tenant Blacklists

Friday May 23, 2014
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A growing number of tenants are up in arms after learning that their names appear on so-called tenant blacklists. Every week, companies such as CoreLogic and TransUnion pay to get access to the index numbers for state court cases, which they then use to garner the names of tenants involved in housing court cases. Landlords pay these companies for access to these records as part of their tenant screening process.

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Tenant Claims Rent for Sex

Friday May 23, 2014

A Virginia landlord has been arrested due to claims that he offered tenants sex for rent. Camilo B. Delfinado owns over 30 properties in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area. Two of his tenants claimed that on multiple occasions, usually when the rent was due or when they were behind on rent, Delfinado would offer sexual favors in exchange for rent.

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$100,000 or You're Out

Thursday May 22, 2014
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It is no secret that San Francisco is one of the most desirable housing markets in the country. Due to this high demand, landlords have resorted to every trick in the book to try and get their rent-stabilized tenants to leave. The latest idea involved a very simple note.

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Free Rent for Kardashians

Thursday May 22, 2014

The Hamptons is an area known for high-priced real estate, shopping and restaurants. Reality television is looking to profit off of this market as well. The Kardashians are set to film a new series in the area, along with opening a clothing boutique. A local landlord, Irma Herzog, is allegedly willing to offer the clan a $60,000 a month retail space, rent-free, in the hopes that the show will drive business to her adjoining restaurant.

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Joe Biden the Landlord

Thursday May 15, 2014
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Real estate is big business, especially when you are the Vice-President of the United States. Joe Biden has a rental cottage on his estate in Delaware. The Secret Service has been paying Biden for years to rent out the property.

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Millions for Bed Bugs

Wednesday April 30, 2014

A bed bug lawsuit that has been going on since 2010 seems to have finally reached a settlement. Residents of two apartment buildings in Iowa filed suit seeking damages caused by a bed bug infestation.

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Amenities for Pets?

Tuesday April 29, 2014
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Are you trying to find an apartment that will accept your pets? Well, look no further than The Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland. The 235-unit building is targeting tenants with animals by offering several amenities for pet owners. The building includes a pet spa, non- skid stairwells and a dog run on top of the building so that owners do not have to leave the property for walks.

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