Fair Housing Violations are more common than you think and each year more than 28,500 Fair Housing violations are reported. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing for these 8 protected classes: Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Familial Status & Disability. If you are renting a property you need to know your responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. Our staff is trained in these laws and it’s highly recommended you to take a fair housing course at least once a year. It’s also very important to familiarize yourself with your state laws as it may vary. We know you would never think about violating The Fair Housing Laws on purpose, but sometimes it’s the subtle things you don’t think about that can cause you problems. 

It is important for you to know that discrimination in housing advertisements is illegal under the Fair Housing Act. This is why it is fundamental for you to know and understand the Fair Housing Act and ensure you are practicing responsible, nondiscriminatory advertising. When advertising your property, it is illegal to specify a preference or limitation based on any of the protected classes. According to the Fair Housing Act, advertising includes print and online advertisements such as brochures, billboards, newspapers, applications, television, radio, and even speech. All verbal communication that occurs in person or on the phone with a prospective tenant is considered a form of advertising.

Nowadays digital advertising is one of the best places to spread the word about your listing. You have to be very careful with your word choices when advertising your property. One simple rule to follow that will keep you out of trouble is to describe the property, not who you think might be a potential tenant. Focus on the property, describe its characteristics and amenities. Do not make statements that discriminate or expresses a preference or limitation for any type of renter. Do not exclude from your marketing campaign, persons of the protected classes. If you use pictures in your advertisements, make sure that the images are inclusive. Vary the use of human models in your ads, use people from different races, sexes, and people with disabilities. The law says you can’t use “words, phrases, photographs, illustrations, symbols or forms of any kind” which tend to give the impression that your property is available or not available only to certain types of people.

Some examples discriminatory statements in advertising are “ideal for young couples,” “perfect for families,” “perfect for a retired couple,” “sorry, no kids” & “English speakers only” However, using phrases such as “great view” “walk-in closets,” “gorgeous remodeled kitchen” “spacious bright rooms” & “high ceilings” are acceptable. Fair Housing advertising doesn’t need to cause anxiety, you just need to know and understand the law.

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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