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Archive for November, 2017

Extending the Life of Your Water Heater Is Like “Money in the Bank” – by William O. Provin

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The object of this article is to help you understand your water heater and explain the necessary steps you must take to protect your investment and warranty.  Below are some things that threaten to shorten the life of your water heater: 

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Why We Need a “Truth in Taxing” Task Force Right Now – by Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

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The $5.2 billion annual gas tax and car fee increase ma be the most unpopular legislation of the decade.  But the fact is this is just one particularly painful symptom of a political “shell game” that keeps driving taxes up year after to year. I’m going to explain how lies and broken promises drive this […]

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Open Letter to Mayor Garcetti and City Councilman Mike Bonin – Trash Rate Increased 4.48X!

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Winning a Jury Trial – by Margaret Allen, Attorney

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Alameda County and its juries are well known by the landlord attorneys as being tenant-friendly. Wins for landlords do not happen very often. However, there are rare occasions where the law and facts are in favor of the landlord and they win!

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Finding a Work / Life Balance – by Misti McElwee

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It was the second day of [an] Educational Conference, I had an urgent email to respond to but first I needed to complete the research to find the answer to the emailed question.  I was sitting at the bar in the Convention Center and the second breakoff sessions were starting.  I was disappointed I was […]

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L.A. Businesses and Landlords Trashed! Mayor and City Council Sending Wrong Message and Los Angeles Trade Show a Big Success!

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The below article was written by Jack Humphreville of the L.A. Watchdog. LA WATCHDOG–The rollout of the City’s Commercial Waste Exclusive Franchise System has caused sticker shock to many businesses, multi-family buildings, and homeowner associations as they have been bushwhacked by rates that in “many instances. have doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled, with the inclusion […]

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Create Legacy Wealth by Fixing Problem Properties – by Terry Moore, CCIM

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Every quarter I have clients on the fence about whether to close on an in-escrow investment or walk away from it.  Often, the buyers realize that the owners or the in-place management firm has blundered to such an extent that it affects the value of the property. Those mistakes or deficiencies can be a possible […]

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Open Letters to Oppose AB 1506 (Rent Control)! – by Michael Millman, Attorney

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The below letter was sent to Assemblyman Adam Gray   Dear Friend: There is a housing crisis.  In high-tech communities in the Bay area, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and other locations, the municipal leaders have not provided for a plan to promote “affordable” housing.

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Railing Safety as Smart Business – Are You at Risk? – by Thomas Flynn

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It is important that property owners and management companies, are adequately privy to safety issues, and also informed of solutions for those issues that are present on the properties they maintain. Due to lenient railing codes in the past, apartments/condominiums, and hotels can be particularly dangerous.  In the U.S., approximately 140 children die every year, […]

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Legal Q & A Bad Checks and Cash Payments – by Franco Simone, Esq.

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Q: My tenants have paid by personal check for the last year. I prefer for my tenants to pay in cash so I do not have to go to the bank. Can I demand that the tenant pay me in cash?

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Unexpectedly, One of the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Financing Types is Changing the Game for Seismic Retrofits in California – by E.Brandon Alini

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Property owners faced with the burdensome cost having to complete seismic retrofits in California are turning to a new type of financing called Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) as a solution. One of the newest and fasted growing types of financing in the country, PACE has carried the growing trend of renewable energy and environmental […]

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Top 3 Biggest Stressors for Property Owners and Managers in 2017 – by John Triplett

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In a new survey of 700 rental property owners across the country, maintenance, repairs and replacement continues to be the biggest stressor overall for property owners and managers, according to Buildium.com.  Overall 61% of respondents reported maintenance and repairs as stressful, compared to 62% last year, according to the survey. “It is clear property owners […]

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A Whopping 130 Housing Bills Make for a Very Busy 2017

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from Small Property Owners of San Francisco  State legislators are sponsoring a record setting 130 housing-related bills during this legislative session. Below are the most important. 

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Is “Socialized” Security Really Safe? – by Porter Stansberry

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A version of this article first appeared on November 10, 2016 in The Stansberry Digest, published by Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, an independent investment research firm.  You can visit them at www.stansberryresearch.com.  Transfer payments which many wrongly understand as “insurance” are known as mandatory spending.  The Pentagon and other government efforts (like building roads) […]

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STOP THE TRASH MONOPOLY!

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Open Letters to Mayor Garcetti and L.A. City Council Members  Dear Mr. Mayor: I have enclosed an article from the AOA magazine for you to read if you haven’t already.  The position of this organization is my position and I am in concert with their requests of you. I feel that the city has unilaterally […]

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Fake News About Rent Control! – by Michael Millman, Attorney

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The below letter was sent to the Manager of KCET regarding a recent telecast on “City Rising”. Dear Program Manager: Thank you for your interesting program.  Unfortunately, you did not interview or discuss some of the problems, difficulties or challenges facing small, family apartment owners who handle and manage properties in Oakland, Santa Ana, Boyle […]

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Service Dogs and Support Animals Updated: Here is What You Need to Know! – by Dale Alberstone, Esq.

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Hello everybody.  I frequently receive calls from AOA members expressing great frustration with tenants bringing dogs into their apartments claiming that their canines are exempt from the landlord’s “no pets” policy as the animals are service dogs. Unfortunately for housing providers such as owners and management companies, true service dogs (and various types of comfort […]

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Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman, Attorney

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Question 1:  We have a no-smoking clause in our apartment leases in Campbell. One tenant has smoked for years, and we have not enforced the clause. We have had discussions with him a number of times about his smoking, and asked him to not smoke on the premises. He continues to disregard the clause and […]

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Something to Think About #62: Uncle Sally’s Nephew, Part 25 – by Klarise Yahya,

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If you’ve missed some of the prior articles, basic guidelines on successful investing are in my book “Stairway to Wealth” available at LuLu.com.   Continued from Part 24:  Another way to deal with rising rates. The only value of income properties is their (net) income. Although this was not her motivation at the time, Emily offset […]

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Legal Q and A by Dennis Block, Attorney

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Question One: I’m a member of the AOA and have a question about installing security cameras in my building.  I know that they can be installed at the front and back of the building, side walkways, common areas, parking lots and garages. I would never install them inside the units.  I have a duplex where […]

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MRLANDLORD.COM Tips on Management – by Jeffrey Taylor (shared by landlords nationwide)

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Best Advice for New Landlords A landlord looking to help a new landlord friend asked the following question – “I was hoping that some of you may help me in welcoming a new landlord into this crazy world, by sharing some of your best landlording advice.” Many landlords responded and here are ten of the top […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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We tend to focus on the lack of “low-cost” housing instead of being thankful for all the up-to-date and well-kept housing that we do have.  Let’s remember and be thankful at this time of the year for all the things and blessings that we enjoy in America today.  This includes all the housing provided by […]

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Imagine a World Without Cash – a “Cashless Society” – by Gary D. Halbert

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On July 12th, credit card giant VISA announced that it will soon offer selected retailers $10,000 to stop accepting cash. No one seemed to pay much attention. The announcement received relatively little coverage in the press. Should it have? Yes!

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