August 12

FHFA Seeks Public Input on Reducing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Multifamily Businesses

Do you have ideas for reducing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s presence in the multifamily housing finance market? If so, the Federal Housing Finance Agency wants to hear from you. In keeping with the goal of contracting the market presence of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while simplifying and shrinking their operations, FHFA’s 2013 Conservatorship Scorecard included.

August 8

Landlords Sue City Over Rental Inspections

Landlords in Omaha say the city’s rental inspection program crosses the line. According to a news report, more than 1,000 landlords are participating in a class action lawsuit against in federal court. Landlords say the city’s code inspectors do not follow standards, and that enforcement is arbitrary. One landlord told reporters that he was issued a.

August 8

Misperceptions About Vacancy

by John Wilhoit, Jr. There is a misperception about vacancy. The presumption is that vacancy is bad. Not true. Eliminating vacancy is often a property management company’s number one goal. Sometimes vacancy is good. Really. For example, vacancy (turnover) allows property management to bring lower revenue/under-market units up to current market rents. It’s also an.

April 15

The Fair Housing Act and HUD’s “Disparate Impact” Rule

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Gene Eckel

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Gene Eckel is a member of the Apartment Association of Greater Omaha & Lincoln, National Apartment Association, and the American Apartment Owner’s Association.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Time to Review Rental Policies and Practices On February 15th, HUD issued a final rule implementing the Discriminatory Effects Standard for the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability.  Under this rule, landlords may be liable for housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act if a.

October 15

Hiring a Lawyer as Coach

Lawyers are finally recognizing that some clients need just a little help. Ten years ago, trying to find a lawyer who would help you find your own way through the legal system was next to impossible. This is because, traditionally, attorneys have either taken on overall responsibility for a client’s case or declined to get.

October 11

When Should a Landlord Hire a Lawyer?

In some situations, property owners can benefit from a lawyer’s help. Learn when to consult an attorney. If, like many landlords, you own or manage only a few rental properties, you are unlikely to have a lawyer on staff or even “on retainer” (where you pay a lawyer in advance to handle routine questions and.

October 6

How Bankruptcy Can Help With Foreclosure

Avoid or delay foreclosure of your home by seeking bankruptcy protection. If you are facing foreclosure, bankruptcy might be able to help. In many cases, filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy can delay the foreclosure by a number of months. Some people may be able to save their home by filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. What Is.

September 12

Time to weed?

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Ben Thompson

Managing Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Ben Thompson is licensed to practice law in California, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. His law practice is at the intersection of the land, its stewardship, and justice.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Weeds thrive during droughts. The same can be said for the tough times in our lives — we often emerge with metaphorical weeds that need to be pulled to restore some sense of normalcy. Those weeds may seriously affect our finances or our relationships.  Competent Omaha attorneys can assist you with “legal weeding” — and.

August 8

How Evictions Work: Rules for Landlords and Property Managers

An overview of the eviction process, including the termination notices required for different situations. A landlord can’t begin an eviction lawsuit without first legally terminating the tenancy. This means giving the tenant written notice, as specified in the state’s termination statute. If the tenant doesn’t move (or reform — for example, by paying the rent.

May 21

Attorney Ben Thompson’s article on liens published in The Nebraska Lawyer Magazine

How do you pronounce the word “lien”? Attorney Ben Thompson has published an article providing a general overview of liens, including types of liens, sources of liens, and methods for enforcing liens. It also takes the position that “lien” should be pronounced with one syllable, not two.  The articles is published in the May/June 2012 issue of The Nebraska.