When the landlords of a Georgia rental house found drugs inside, they did what most landlords would do — they called the authorities.  Now, the landlords say they will be forever hesitant to take that step.

According to a news report, the couple had stopped by the property, with their child in tow, to secure it after their tenants had been busted for drugs during a traffic stop.

Earlier in the month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security had arrested the three tenants when drugs were discovered in their vehicle.

The landlords were asked to provide federal agents with information from the rental applications. According to the report, the landlords say that federal officials had released the house back to them to secure and restore.

But when the couple went into the property, they discovered bags of drugs still hidden inside a hole in one of the walls. The next thing they knew, they were in jail.
 
 When the landlords discovered the hidden cache, they called the same ICE agent they had been working with.  That agent, according to one landlord’s statement, told them to call 911 to dispatch local police to retrieve the drugs. The landlords then waited outside.  Their child remained in the car.

Local police arrived first, and then appeared disgruntled that the ICE agent was involved, according to the landlords.  They say that once the ICE agent left the scene, local police separated the couple and began to interrogate them.

Detectives accused the couple of complicity and tampering with evidence.  Both were arrested at the house,  while the panicked child was left behind with a bystander who promised to contact relatives.

The landlords remained in jail for two days before being arraigned, and are now out on bond, facing the state tampering charges, according to the report.

Both federal and state authorities have denied responsibility, according to the report.  Federal officials say the couple was not arrested under federal law; state officials said the case is being investigated by federal authorities.

The couple says their cellphone contains a message from the federal agent apologizing for the confusion, according to the report.

 

On October 21, USA TODAY published an article entitled Investment Firms Look to Single-family Rentals.  With the number of vacant, foreclosed properties on the market, investors are striking bulk deals and renting out the homes which might otherwise remain vacant and appealing to criminals.

Investment firms look to single-family rentals

As homeownership rates continue to fall, a new type of single-family home buyer has emerged: large corporate investors.

With house values still depressed in many areas, investment funds and real estate trusts have been scooping up thousands of foreclosures across the U.S. in the hopes of managing houses the same way large real estate funds hold apartment complexes and office buildings.

That trend has accelerated recently as Fannie Mae announced its first two bulk sales of foreclosed homes to investment companies, selling 94 Chicago properties and 699 in Florida to firms that have pledged to rent them for at least three years. The federal mortgage-finance giant expects to sell nearly 2,000 units, the majority of them single-family homes, to stabilize cities hit hard by the housing crisis and to lighten its portfolio of foreclosed houses, which in June numbered about 109,000. Click Here for Full Video/Article (Members Only)

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State Supreme Court Rules AGAINST Landlords!

Kentucky Leads The Nation Again!

Right here in Louisville, Kentucky, my hometown, a lawsuit against a landlord has made it all the way to our State Supreme Court resulting in another new case law against landlords. This ruling has spread like wildfire all over the U.S.A.

Here is the short version.

Tenant has a Rottweiler dog in a fenced rear yard. Dog gets out of the yard, runs across the street and attacks a little girl, tearing most of her face off.

Obviously, the girl’s family is tore all to pieces and sues both the tenant and the landlord.

The case ends up in our State Supreme Court and they ruled on this case just a few weeks ago.

In summary, the Kentucky Supreme Court, in their explanation of their ruling, sided with the girl’s family giving major consideration of who has the deep pockets. The court acknowledged most tenants do not have piles of cash and remarked the only opportunity for recourse for the little girl’s family would be the landlord.

As a result of their ruling a new “case law” was created making the landlord the true owner of any animal on the rental property, with or without the landlord’s permission. Don’t shoot me, I am the messenger.

FYI, because the dog escaped the fenced rear yard, the State Supreme Court ruled the landlord was not responsible for the animal when it is not on the rented property and ruled in favor of the landlord on this case because the dog was not on the property.

My concern is your insurance companies across America will jump on this bandwagon just like environmental hazards.

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FHFA Streamlines Short Sale Standards for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

The program attempts to remove barriers created by some subordinate lien holders by limiting subordinate-lien payments to $6,000. This maneuver essentially cuts off any attempts by second-lien holders to negotiate for larger payoff amounts.

New short sale requirements for servicers proposed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency are giving financial firms a battle strategy for dealing with reluctant subordinate-lien holders who attempt to delay short sales on points of negotiation.

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