Slingerland 
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Stuck at home on Tylenol 3 and antibiotics

Updated on June 8, 2010 at 1:18 PM

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Re: “Arkansas realtors lobby goes after law professor

Interesting how this has moved to evictions when the story had little to do with it...

Nic, as a landlord, I honestly do not care if the eviction mechanism is civil or criminal. If a tenant refuses to pay rent and refuses to leave, then they MUST be evicted. All 10 Commissioners agreed on that. As a landlord, I need a fast, simple, streamlined, effective method of eviction. The current eviction system is a mess for both sides.

In regards to Lynn Foster: I like her and respect her very much. I wish I had a fraction of her legal knowledge and intelligence! By saying she “has not been a landlord” all I was saying is that I have a knowledge base she does not have. I’ve been “in the trenches” and I can bring ideas and suggestions to the table. Landlords like me can point out where well-meaning laws have shortcomings in the practical world.

I strongly believe that if we bring the knowledge bases together, updates to the current laws can be made that are fair to both sides; not skewed one way or another.

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Posted by Slingerland on 12/12/2013 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Arkansas realtors lobby goes after law professor

Let me also add that I have a deep respect for Lynn Foster; even though we might be seen as being on different "sides" she has always treated me with respect and listened to my comments. I have done my very best to return that kindness. Our "arguments" have always been more a matter of finding the common ground from opposite starting points, NEVER personal "her vs me."

And I have the same experience dealing with Wally Loveless. He has decades of experience in this industry, and he has seen every possible problem in the course of his career.

They are both very intelligent, very passionate people. Speaking as "Howard" I hope this blows past quickly.

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Posted by Slingerland on 12/11/2013 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Arkansas realtors lobby goes after law professor

If I may, although this is a tangent, I would like to add some detail on why the Commission had issues with the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act.

In the Commission discussions, the landlords brought up a number of details MISSING from the URLTA we believed were necessary to make it successful. These were very important details such as: how does the tenant prove the landlord was notified? How long does the landlord have to make repairs? If the landlord refuses to make repairs, what are the tenant’s rights?

Believe it or not, these details are NOT in the URLTA. These details have been filled in by the various states as they adopt it. I see the URLTA as a framework to start from: it sets the goals, but we have to add the individual steps.

The bills ran by Jon Woods bill did not add these details, and by not contacting a single landlord member of the Commission, the bill could not be supported. If he had approached any of the landlords on the Commission, I think the outcome would have been very different.

Since then, I have sat down with my fellow Commissioners Lynn Foster, Amy Johnson, Steve Giles, Marshall Prettyman and others (including Amy Johnson!) and we’ve walked through those missing details. I think that now they (having never been landlords) understand the need for those details to protect both sides.

My group is always available to discuss. The key to getting legislative change is to bring all the stakeholders together and craft a bill that we can all live with.

Howard Warren
Landlords Association of Arkansas

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Posted by Slingerland on 12/11/2013 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Caution: Vanity license plate editors at work

I have a friend who owns a lawn service. He tried to get "WEEDWKR" for his business truck. It was denied of course, the DMV thought it meant "WEED WORKER" instead of "WEED WHACKER". The word at issue was "WEED".

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Posted by Slingerland on 07/19/2013 at 10:01 AM

Re: “The Quapaw Quarter fence height rule at issue again

SP: "unless any other fences not in compliance were grandfathered in at some point which is a possibility."

Good point. From the way the article was worded it seemed like they were not grandfathered in. We'll see what happens.

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Posted by Slingerland on 07/17/2013 at 5:02 PM

Re: “The Quapaw Quarter fence height rule at issue again

Unfortunately, if the CZDC is not acting against ALL of the out-of-regulation fences, Cowan may have an argument on his side.

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Posted by Slingerland on 07/17/2013 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Again: Does Mayor Mark Stodola deserve a pay raise?

Why don't we lower Bruce Moore's pay to match? Not much I admit, but it's a start.

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Posted by Slingerland on 07/08/2013 at 9:35 AM

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