Real Estate Law (esp. Landlord-Tenant)/Expert Profile

Nathan Gesner

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Questions regarding Landlord/Manager/Tenant relationships, contracts, improvements, breaking a lease, rent increases, pet policies, discrimination, Americans With Disabilities Act, and more. I can also handle problems between tenants.

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I am the largest property manager in my area with 130 rental units that include apartments, town homes, single-family homes, and a few commercial units. I have nearly 200 adult tenants and average 40 new contracts per year. If you have an issue3 with a Landlord, Property Manager, or another Tenant, I've probably seen it many times.


Director, Northwest Board of Realtors National Association of Realtors Institute of Real Estate Managers Veterans of Foreign Wars


B.S. in Psychology/Sociology, Excelsior College AAS in Information Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force

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Recent Answers from Nathan Gesner

2014-01-03 Gift of Renter's Property:

Terry,    There are a hundred things to address, but only one that really matters. Cut ties immediately! Do it now, do it in writing, and DO NOT negotiate with the tenant, his crooked attorney father,

2011-10-14 Pet deposit:

Sue,    Once the lease is signed, it is a binding agreement.  Changes must be agreed upon by both parties.  If the lease agreement does not require a pet deposit, then you can't be forced to pay one.

2011-10-12 Broker commision on rental renewal:

Andres,    If you've already fired him then you are under no legal obligation.  The tennt doesn't have to leave and you don't have to pay the broker anything.   It sounds as though he's just trying to

2011-10-10 Landlording trying to keep Entire Security Deposit due to belongings not removed in a timely fashion:

Jeff,    It doesn't sound like you need an expert at all!  You are correct on all counts.  If the landlord deducts any amounts for damages or rent, he or she must provide a complete list of the damages

2011-10-09 Landlording trying to keep Entire Security Deposit due to belongings not removed in a timely fashion:

Jeff,    I can't find specific case law to back up my claim, but I don't believe the Landlord can retain the entire deposit unless it is specifically spelled out in the contract.  Even then, it could be


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