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July 20, 2013

Thomas asks…

Where does a good looking, single, straight male go to meet women in vancouver washington?

Also any good apartment complexs to suggest? I want something newer, clean, and safe.

Administrator answers:

Well they don’t start their search in the LGBT section! LOL

I suggest getting an apartment guide and talking to some locals.


Linda asks…

help I need to write out a business plan to buy Real Estate Apartments?

Doe’s anybody know any good websites. Where it can help me out writing out a business plan to purchase an apartment building.

Administrator answers:

Here are a few free real estate business plans that you may want to look at to give you ideas on your proposed business plan

Real Estate Brokerage Business Plan
Real Estate Investment Company Business Plan
Real Estate Management Business Plan

Here are some resources that can help you write your business plan:

- SBA Business Plan Basics
- Creating a Business Plan section
- Writing a Business Plan section,7253,,00.html

You may also want to review some sample business plans to see how it actually looks like:

- MOOT Corp Business Plan competition winners

- VFinance – View hundreds of real business plans in pdf format. Http://
- Business Owners Toolkit Sample business plans and information on how to create a plan. Http://
- PlanWare Planning software and information. Http://
- Virtual Business Plan Walk through the design of a business plan. Http://
-SBA Business Planning Guide
- Small Business Advancement Center
- Sample Business Plan General planning guide created by the Canadian Business Service Center. Http://
- Business Plans Index – A subject guide to sample business plans and profiles for specific business types from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Http://

Some recommended books are :

- Business Plans Kit for Dummies
- The Complete Book of Business Plans : Simple Steps to Writing a Powerful Business Plan
- Writing Business Plans That Get Results : A Step-By-Step Guide
- Business Plans For Dummies®
- Your First Business Plan : A Simple Question and Answer Format Designed to Help You Write Your Own Plan

Hope that the above resources help

Steven asks…

Do you have to pay a pet deposit at an apartment if it’s a service animal?

I have a service dog and I’m am moving soon. Would I have to pay a pet deposit at an apartment for him?

Administrator answers:

A service dog is not legally a pet. They cannot charge you a pet deposit anymore than they could charge you an additional fee to use your cane or wheelchair in your apartment. However, they are allowed to charge you for any actual damage (beyond ordinary wear and tear) the service animal causes to the apartment.

Here is some information about service animals and the Fair Housing Act from the FHCO (Remenber that the Fair Housing Act is Federal law and applies everywhere in the US):

Commonly Asked Questions about Service Animals in Housing

The federal Fair Housing Act (the “Act”) prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability.
The following is offered as background on what you should know about your rights and responsibilities with regard to this part of the law. If you have further questions or a specific situation, please call the Fair Housing Hotline at (503) 223-8197 or 1-800-424-3247 (TTY) (Se habla español) or HUD 1-800-877-0246.

Unless otherwise referenced, the following information is taken from a Joint Statement by The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) on Reasonable Accommodations Under the Fair Housing Act.

What is a service animal?

The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government.

Service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for him or herself. “Seeing eye dogs” are one type of service animal, used by some individuals who are blind. This is the type of service animal with which most people are familiar. But there are service animals that assist persons with other kinds of disabilities in their day-to-day activities. Some examples include:

_ Alerting persons with hearing impairments to sounds.

_ Pulling wheelchairs or carrying and picking up things for persons with mobility impairments.

_ Assisting persons with mobility impairments with balance.

A service animal is not a pet.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice publication: Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals in Places of Business,

What is a “reasonable accommodation” for purposes of the Act?

A “reasonable accommodation” is a change, exception, or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice, or service that may be necessary for a person with a disability to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling, including public and common use spaces. Since rules, policies, practices, and services may have a different effect on persons with disabilities than on other persons, treating persons with disabilities exactly the same as others will sometimes deny them an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. The Act makes it unlawful to refuse to make reasonable accommodations to rules, policies, practices, or services when such accommodations may be necessary to afford persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.

To show that a requested accommodation may be necessary, there must be an identifiable relationship, or nexus, between the requested accommodation and the individual’s disability.

Example: A housing provider has a “no pets” policy. A tenant who is deaf requests that the provider allow him to keep a dog in his unit as a reasonable accommodation. The tenant explains that the dog is an assistance animal that will alert him to several sounds, including knocks at the door, sounding of the smoke detector, the telephone ringing, and cars coming into the driveway. The housing provider must make an exception to its “no pets” policy to accommodate this tenant.

May a housing provider charge an extra fee or require an additional deposit from applicants or residents with disabilities as a condition of granting a reasonable accommodation?

No. Housing providers may not require persons with disabilities to pay extra fees or deposits as a condition of receiving a reasonable accommodation.

Example: Because of his disability, an applicant with a hearing impairment needs to keep an assistance animal in his unit as a reasonable accommodation. The housing provider may not require the applicant to pay a fee or a security deposit as a condition of allowing the applicant to keep the assistance animal. However, if a tenant’s assistance animal causes damage to the applicant’s unit or the common areas of the dwelling, the housing provider may charge the tenant for the cost of repairing the damage (or deduct it from the standard security deposit imposed on all tenants), if it is the provider’s practice to assess tenants for any damage they cause to the premises.

What kinds of information, if any, may a housing provider request from a person with an obvious or known disability who is requesting a reasonable accommodation ?

A provider is entitled to obtain information that is necessary to evaluate if a requested reasonable accommodation may be necessary because of a disability. If a person’s disability is obvious, or otherwise known to the provider, and if the need for the requested accommodation is also readily apparent or known, then the provider may not request any additional information about the requester’s disability or the disability-related need for the accommodation. If the requester’s disability is known or readily apparent to the provider, but the need for the accommodation is not readily apparent or known, the provider may request only information that is necessary to evaluate the disability-related need for the accommodation.

Example: A rental applicant who uses a wheelchair advises a housing provider that he wishes to keep an assistance dog in his unit even though the provider has a “no pets” policy. The applicant’s disability is readily apparent but the need for an assistance animal is not obvious to the provider. The housing provider may ask the applicant to provide information about the disability-related need for the dog.

You should know that an animal may be considered a service animal, even in the absence of formal training and certification . For Fair Housing Law purposes, the terms “assistance animal,” “therapy animal,” “companion animal” are interchangeable and should never be considered a “pet” with applicable pet fees, etc.

If you have questions, contact us at 800/877-0246 or

For information about service animals in places of business visit:

Paul asks…

I’m thinking about moving to Manuel Antonio Costa Rica where can I find a resonable apartment rental and a gym?

I’m thinking about moving to Manuel Antonio Costa Rica where can I find a resonable apartment rental to live in and a gym or a fitness center to work out in?

Administrator answers:

You are going to have a hard time finding any apartment in Manual Antonio at an reasonable price – the place is geared now to the tourist dollars.

Your best bet is to find something in Quepos which is a hop, skip and jump North of MA.

Here is a link to the local English-Language Guide that has local apartments for rent for as low as $160/month

As for a gym, Macho Gym is located right off the main road to MA. They have air-conditioning, free weights and machines, aerobic and spinning classes along with personal trainers.

William asks…

can pest control enter your apartment if you are not home?

i had a note on my door advising that pest control will be out tomorrow. i am out of town presently and dont want them in the apartment without me being home. will they come in if you dont answer the door or arent home?
thanks i was just curious because i know before i was in the back bedroom when they came by and didnt get to the door in time and i saw the guy walking off.. but it might be someone different this time.

Administrator answers:

The lease is your guide, but I’ll assume it is well within the notice period for them to come in. Most areas only require that the landlord give you 24 hour notice. If the landlord has a key (which I’m sure he does) they are going to come in.

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