Housing discrimination is quite a serious issue. According to the National Fair Housing Alliance, there are more than 4 million fair housing violations annually. If you are an owner and want to rent your property, you should pay close attention to the Fair Housing laws in order to avoid lawsuits and penalties. A simple conversation starter like “Do you have any kids?” is technically illegal. It might seem like a polite conversation starter but you don’t want your prospect to think that you are treating them differently just because of their family size.  

Housing discrimination is a common issue in the rental housing market. The Fair Housing Act is a law that prohibits discrimination in renting, selling, buying or financing of housing. This includes discrimination based on race, skin color, sex, nationality, religion, disability, and familial status. There can be additional protected classes in your area, so you have to do your research. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is responsible for these regulations that prohibit discrimination. This means that an owner cannot accept or deny a rental applicant for a reason associated with one of these protected classes. All decisions for housing should be based off a person’s creditworthiness.

The Fair Housing Law might be a bit more complicated than you think. Owners have been known to get themselves in trouble with this law in some pretty simple ways. This is because as an owner you might unintentionally discriminate because you don’t know what is considered illegal discrimination. Discrimination lawsuits are more common than you think and can cost you thousands of dollars. The Fair Housing Act extends beyond the leasing process and the screening process. It also includes advertising. As an owner, you have to pay close attention to your ads and make sure that they don’t include discriminatory language. Here is a quick example, you own a really big house, so your ad might say: “Perfect home for a big family” This is a MISTAKE! You are discriminating because familial status is one of those protected classes, so you can’t mention anything family related. 

Violations of state or federal fair housing regulations can come with five and six-figure penalties or lawsuit so you don’t want just anybody handling your rental. At CRM property management, we hold a real estate license and train all of our staff members in fair housing. We are committed to upholding the fair housing law, as well as offering equal professional service to all in their search for a home or property.

Bethan Johnson

Turn Coordinator

Bethan is a Property Manager Assistant. She performs all property inspection and evaluations, creates tenant invoices and oversees disposition of security deposits.

Why choose CRM Properties?

We have the best selection of homes in the Kokomo area. Our staff’s dedication to customer service leads to a swift response to maintenance and tenant questions.

 

What is your screening process?

We verify income with copies of pay stubs and verification from your employer. We check court records for any judgments and criminal activity. We also contact your previous landlords directly for a referral. We will verify that the person we call is actually your landlord.

 

Are pets allowed?

Most homes allow pets. We do have breed and size restrictions. We limit the number of allowed pets and you must provide proof of vaccinations on all pets. We charge an additional $25 per month and $150 additional deposit.

 

How much is the damage deposit?

The damage deposit is equal to one month’s rent. An additional $150 is required for all pets.

 

How long of a lease must I sign?

Our leases are typically one year. During winter months we structure our leases to expire during the spring.

 

How do I pay my rent?

You can pay rent in person with a personal check, cashier’s check or money order. You may set up an e-payment or direct deposit. You may also mail your rent or use our dropbox.

 

What happens if I can’t pay my rent on time?

We do not make arrangements on rent. Rent is due on the 1st of each month. Late fees start on the 5th. If we do not receive rent by the 15th we file an eviction. You may stop the eviction if you pay rent in full prior to the eviction date.

 

How are utilities handled?

Utilities are typically the tenant’s responsibility. Utilities must be transferred into the tenants name prior to signing the lease. If the tenant is responsible for the sanitation bill and fails to pay it, we reserve the right to increase the monthly rent and include sanitation in the rent.

 

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Amanda Mendenhall

Leasing Agent

Amanda is our Leasing Agent. She oversees property showings and screens applicants.

Bethany Shoffner

Portfolio Manager

Bethany is one of our Property Managers. She is the single point of contact for owners and oversees the tenant experience.

Hannah Dobbins

Resident Service Coordinator

Julie Mullinax

Operations Manager

Julie is our Operations Manager. She oversees the staff and the day to day operations of our company.

Heather Johnson

Property Manager

Heather is one of our Property Managers. She is the single point of contact for owners and oversees the tenant experience

Jennifer Koenig

Resident Services Coordinator

Jennifer is our Office Assistant. She assists the Property Managers with all property and social media marketing.

Amanda Marshall

Maintenance Coordinator

Theresa Cain-Rush

Property Management Assistant

Darin Olson

Maintenance Manager

Darin is our Maintenance Manager. He investigates maintenance issues and offers suggestions and estimates for repairs.

Lynda Simpson

Bookkeeper

Lynda is our Bookkeeper. She handles all accounts payable and receivables. She also coordinates all owner and tenant billing.

Chris Mullinax

Broker Owner & New Business Development

As President and Owner of CRM Properties Chris helps generate new business and works on making sure the business is compliant with all local, state and national laws and ordinances.

Call us at (765) 459-8034 during business hours.

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