Multifamily NW welcomes landlord/tenant law attorney Leah Sykes to give an in depth view of Portland’s new Fair Access in Renting “FAIR” ordinances. These new rules overhaul the resident application process and security deposit protocols. This class will cover the applications and screening portion of the ordinance. Many changes have been made to the Multifamily NW Forms Collection to ensure FAIR compliance and Leah will be sharing these accompanying forms in this 1.5-hour webinar.
The FAIR ordinances became effective on March 1, 2020.
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Leah Sykes is a partner in the Litigation practice group at Greenspoon Marder. Ms. Sykes serves housing providers in all legal aspects of property management with a special focus on education and fair housing discrimination defense.
Ms. Sykes takes a hands-on approach, advising clients in both the non-profit and for-profit housing markets, with a great depth of knowledge of the interplay between federal, state and local agencies and regulations. She has expanded her strong litigation background to include preventative methodologies for clients including management, business structure, corporate training and advising the industry in legislative matters.
Ms. Sykes travels regularly to educate clients, trade organizations and the housing provider industry. In 2015, Ms. Sykes established an annual educational “Fair Housing Fair” in conjunction with Multifamily Northwest and regularly collaborates with other housing organizations and advocates regarding organizational best practices.
Proudly Canadian, Ms. Sykes has great empathy for the plight of immigrant women and has volunteered as an advocate for immigrant women. She also was appointed in May 2018 by the Portland City Council to sit on the City of Portland’s Rental Services Commission to advise regarding rental housing laws and regulations.
Ms. Sykes was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2002, the Washington State Bar in 2016 and graduated from Lewis and Clark College of Law in Portland, Oregon with an entrance scholarship. She also received a scholarship and a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.