Helping landlords is not my sideline—it has been my mission since 1998. Below are a few examples of problems solved for my clients and frequently asked questions.
Worried about fair housing violations for failure to grant accommodations and modifications like assistive animals and roll-in showers? I wrote a set of policies and forms used to process accommodation, modification, and accessibility requests for over 125 housing communities across the country. When some tenants filed fair housing complaints, the policies and forms showed my clients followed federal and state laws and they won.
Worried about bed bugs? I have handled noncompliant tenants for dozens of housing communities and can make sure you have legal protection with compliant and comprehensive policies and forms to obtain tenant cooperation or to terminate the tenancies of noncompliant tenants.
Worried about medical marijuana? I have handled dozens of requests across America. Landlords are allowed to deny the use of medical marijuana, because its use violates federal law and is not a reasonable accommodation. See Forest City Residential Management, Inc. v. Beasley, where my strategy was to ask the U.S. District Court in Detroit to rule on whether my client had to violate federal law to grant the tenant’s requested accommodation. The federal court ruled “no” in 2014, and I believe it is the first court decision on this question in America.
Don’t leave out important clauses in your lease agreements or lease addenda! I have drafted dozens of lease agreements and addenda for housing communities and know the common pitfalls for landlords. I can make sure you have the legal protection you need in areas such as the discovery of occupants who are registered sex offenders and tenants who use marijuana even if state or local law permits prescribed marijuana or small amounts of recreational marijuana.
Worried about hoarders? I have handled dozens of tenants whose hoarding was excessive and unreasonably unsanitary. I have an effective course of action which includes state compliant notices to cure, memoranda of understanding, and tenancy termination if noncompliance persists.
Taking no action, hiring a lawyer without rental housing industry knowledge, or “paying” tenants to avoid legal costs results usually results in disruption, frustration, time lost, and higher expenses all around. Theresa Morelli Law LLC serves clients proactively and effectively because of my deep knowledge of property management and operations.