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Archive for January, 2020

Newsom Makes a Few Good Moves By – Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

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There is little debate that California is a harsh, anti-taxpayer environment ruled by a tax-happy majority party.  However, in this super-partisan environment that grips both California and the entire nation, it is important to point out when our political adversaries do something positive.

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Efforts to Curtail Rampant Abuse of Emotional Support Animal Requests By – the National Apartment Association

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A lack of clarity in the federal law governing reasonable accommodation requests for assistance animals (covering both service animals and emotional support animals) creates a loophole for bad actors to abuse the system. The most common cases of misuse involve requests for an emotional support animal, where the resident obtains documentation on demand from online […]

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Legal Q & A by – Richard Beckman

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Question 1: I have a Section 8 tenant who regularly fails to pay his very minor share of the rent. The Housing Authority pays about 90%. I am reluctant to bring an eviction action, because I have heard I can’t collect any rent during the action, or the case will be dismissed. I am very concerned […]

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Did You Know by – Dennis Block

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Tenant Death in a Unit California law requires that prospective tenant be informed where there has been a death in a unit. This disclosure must continue for a 3-year period. It is only where the actual death occurred in the unit. It also does not apply to other units on the property, only that unit […]

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Can I 1031 Exchange Out of a DST? By Dwight Kay, CEO and Founder of Kay Properties and Investments, LLC

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If you’re looking for a clear and concise answer to this question, here it is: Yes, you can 1031exchange out of a DST. If you’re the type who wants to know a little more about the hows and whys of 1031 exchanges and DST, we are happy to elaborate.  First things first, a DST is […]

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Management Tips from MRLANDLORD.COM Three Questions You Should NEVER Ask An Applicant By – Jeff Taylor

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Recently, I wrote a tip on the subject of how to effectively handle resident repair requests. My tip was shared with 11 other members of the Forbes Real Estate Council. Three of the tips are highlighted below:

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The Importance of the Move-In/ Move-Out Inspection By – Robert Griswold

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The number one source of resident/landlord disputes is the disposition of the resident’s security deposit.  Many of these potential problems can be resolved with proper procedures even before the resident takes possession of the rental by using a move-in / move-out inspection checklist.  

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Landlord Pays $16,000 for Discrimination Against Family with Children By – Ellen Clark

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Earlier this year, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) settled a familial status housing discrimination case in which a family of four alleged that a property management company refused to allow them to rent an apartment in a multi-unit community because the property manager did not consider children to be appropriate residents […]

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Resident Managers: SUMMARY of California Wage, Hour and Rent Laws for 2020 By- Dale Alberstone

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1.  General Rules: The California minimum wage for a resident manager is $12.00/hour for each hour worked during 2020.  California Overtime:  Overtime of 1½ times hourly rate (i.e. $18.00/hour) must be paid if the manager works more than 8 hours per day, 40  hours  per week, or more than 6 consecutive days in a row.

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Video Surveillance at Investment Properties? By – Cliff Hockley

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Video surveillance is not a new thing. One of the first recorded applications of video surveillance was in 1942 when it was used to view the launch of V2 Rockets in Germany.  This technology attained commercial use in the United States from 1947 -1957 along with the development of televisions.  The technology moved forward considerably […]

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The CPI is Arcane and Illegitimate! By – Michael Millman, Attorney

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Below is an open letter to Robert Cage, Assistant Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor regarding the Consumer Price Index AND … Mr. Cage’s response.

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Reflection is a Route to Wisdom by – Terry Moore

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“Wisdom is the ability to recognize, and the inclination to choose, the highest and best goal, and the surest means of attaining it.” ~ J. I. Packer

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All About Asbestos By – Parth Kumar

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What is asbestos? Why did we use this mineral if it is dangerous for humans to breathe? How do I know if I have it in my home? These are all very valid questions from worry some people that are just learning about a naturally occurring mineral called asbestos. In this article, I will be […]

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Legal Q & A by – Dennis Block

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Question One: I have a 20 unit building in the City of San Fernando. There was a death in one of the units. I know under California law I must disclose the death to prospective tenants. Do I have to disclose this information to applicants when leasing other units in the complex?

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Legal Q & A by – Franco Simone

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  Q: I would like to completely prohibit smoking inside my apartment units, but allow smoking in common areas.  Am I allowed to restrict some areas, but not others?

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2020 New Laws and Resolutions for Landlords by Patricia A. Harris

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AOA Advisors get calls daily from our members with a variety of problems; some unfortunately after our owners are already in trouble.  Please use the below as a guide to easier management, money-saving ideas and to avoid potential legal problems in the New Year.   Our goal is your continued success!

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Words to Lease By: Advice for Accidental Landlords By – David Crown

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It takes more than a keen business sense to lease rental property in a way that maximizes profits, meets all necessary legal requirements and protects you as an owner. If you recently moved from your home and leased it out, or inherited a rental, you’re in one of the largest demographics of real estate investors: […]

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Top 5 Technologies Renters Want – Are You Up-to-Date? By – the Editors of the Rental Housing Journal

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A new survey shows the top five technologies that renters want and that, over the last year, residents’ interest in rental technologies has grown by an average of 7 points.

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NEW RESIDENT MANAGER LAWS FOR 2020 by – Dale S. Alberstone, Esq.

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Hello everybody.  Most everyone hopes that 2020 will bring about the election of great president, low taxes, world peace, and other important things like that. As the legal writer for the Apartment Owners Association, my hope and 2020 New Year’s Resolution wish for AOA members is more modest, but nonetheless extremely important.  In fact, it […]

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Something to Think About By – Klarise Yahya

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Continued from Part 7 . . . The widow’s advantage was that she saw “when” not as a fixed point in the future but as a trend line. “Over time,” she thought, “the line will go up. This investment will compound better than the available alternatives”. While she seldom bought individual companies anymore, sometimes she […]

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