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L. Paul Smith is the executive director of the Utah Apartment Association, a non-profit trade association with a membership of over 1,900. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Utah Valley University and is a Certified Association Executive, accredited by the American Society of Association Executives. In 2010 Mr. Smith received the Paragon Award from the National Apartment Association and is a current member and past president of the Utah Society of Association Executives. He is currently licensed by the Utah Division of Real Estate as a Sales Agent and Continuing Education Instructor and a current landlord himself here in Utah. His first exposure to the apartment industry was in 1996 as a leasing agent in the Salt Lake Valley.

Only one third of renters in America have renter’s insurance. Who’s fault is that? Surprisingly, the answer in the state of Utah (check your specific state) might be the landlord’s. That's because state laws allow...

April is Fair Housing Month and a good time to brush up on ways to avoid discrimination claims. One of the best ways to avoid discrimination claims is to have a list of the...

It's natural for owners to want to compare prospects against each other, but beware. Due to the Federal Fair Housing Laws—without a pre-created standard provided to all tenants—this can actually get you in trouble....

Recently, a member called us about doing income and employment verifications. He was wondering if it was appropriate to ask for checks stubs. He was concerned about violating fair housing or getting into legal...
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