Podcast 230: Collections Tip and The Onion Weighs In

This week we’re discussing two major lawsuits filed against a landlord and screening agency respectively along with a funny end to the podcast…

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Show Notes:

0:00 – 0:41 Intro and shout out to CJM.

0:42 – 1:47 What you will hear in today’s episode.

1:48 – 2:28 Natalie from Illinois shares a collections tip on the Landlord Hotline. 

2:29 – 4:49 Steve and Eric discuss Natalie’s tip

4:50 – 8:35 In The News segment about CNN’s article, “Landlords Across America Are Cheering Sears’ Bankruptcy.” 

8:36 – 9:52 In The News segment about Stephen Goldstein’s book, Why Are There Snowblowers In Miami? and why Sears was selling snowblowers at its Miami store. 

9:53 – 19:59 In The News story about the settlement between the FTC and the company Realpage and why RentPrep uses live human screening. 

19:59  – 22:45 In The News discussion about theonion.com tips for dealing with the difficult landlords. 

22:46 – 25:12 Why it is hard for property management agencies to have good ratings, and how Eric advises tenants when they ask for help on RentPrep’s blog.

25:13 – End – Eric’s new EDM single, What Does The Lease Say? 

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Resources Mentioned:

The Biggest Tenant Class Action Suit Ever Settled Against Landlords:


The Settlement Between The FTC And The Company Realpage:


The CNN Article About The Sears’ Bankruptcy:


Why Sears Was Selling Snowblowers At Its Miami store:


Theonion.com Tips For Dealing With The Difficult Landlords:


What Does the Lease Say?