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Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman, Attorney

Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by .

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Question 1: We recently were approached by one of our tenants to find out if he could have a 220 volt electrical vehicle service equipment plug installed in the garage to charge his new electrical vehicle. Are we under any legal obligation to comply with his request? The property is located in Sunnyvale, CA. and we are on a month to month rental agreement. [...]

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Trump and Hillary’s Latest Economic Plans – By Gary Halbert

Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by .

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Clinton Economic Plan: Higher Taxes, Spending and More Government

Hillary Clinton laid out her ambitious plan to jump-start the economy but upon examining the plan further, it may do just the opposite. [...]

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Politically Controlled Rent Destroys Housing!

Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by .

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  Annual Rent Increase is Fraudulent

As an example, every year in September, the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) is charged with responsibility of examining the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and comparing the increase or decrease over the last previous years.  It’s an arcane formula. [...]

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Legal Q & A – By Franco Simone, Esq.

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Q: I want to sell my rental property but I have a tenant living there. They are in a one-year lease that doesn’t terminate until June. Can I break the lease by selling the property? [...]

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Legal Q & A – by Dennis Block, Attorney

Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by .

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Question One: I have an 18 unit apartment building in Anaheim. I would like to advertise my building as a no pet building. Am I legally allowed to state that in my advertisements? [...]

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10 Ways to Be a Great Landlord – By Richard Montgomery

Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by .

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It is upsetting when we get tenant complaints as a landlord. It is hard work renting apartments or homes to tenants and it takes people skills and management skills. Many times our goal as a landlord is to simply avoid tenant complaints. But there are principles, if properly used, that can reduce or eliminate tenant complaints. Do you know what it takes to be a great landlord? [...]

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What Time Records Must a Resident Manager Keep? – By Dale Alberstone, Esq.

Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by .

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Hello everybody.  Regular AOA readers of this column know that my most passionate recommendation to owners and management companies who employ resident managers is have their managers sign a written employment agreement setting forth the terms and conditions of the hiring. [...]

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Something to Think About #50 – Uncle Sally’s Nephew, Part 13 – by Klarise Yahya, Commercial Loan Broker – BRE: 00957107, MLO: 249261

Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by .

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Continued from Part 12:  The incentives broke out thusly:  If another agent had sold this property at full asking price, Stu D. Chicken’s office’s share of the commission would be half of 5% of the original $550,000 price, or $13,750. Instead, his office got all of 5% of $400,000 ($20,000). In either case, Stu D. would get a part of what the office received. [...]

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City is Sued for Attempting Unjustified Snooping on Rental Property – by Meriem Hubbard and Wencong Fa, Attorneys-at-Law

Posted on 01. Oct, 2016 by .

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In a legal case that should interest rental property owners statewide, the City of Highland in San Bernardino County is being sued for trying to arm-twist landlords and tenants into allowing warrantless inspections of their homes. 

In other words, the city is trying to coerce property owners and tenants into surrendering a fundamental constitutional protection: the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee that government officials cannot search private property unless they first obtain a warrant.

To be sure, the plaintiffs in this case –  property owner Karl Trautwein and the tenants in one of the homes he owns – have nothing at all to hide.  An investor with a number of homes around Southern California, Karl takes pride in maintaining all his properties to a high standard and keeping tenants satisfied. [...]

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He Said, She Said – By Zachary Lawrence JD

Posted on 01. Oct, 2016 by .

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When I was a kid, we’d play a game called “Telephone”.  A group would sit in a line of chairs and the first person would whisper a statement into the ear of the person sitting next to him or her.  Let’s pretend that the whispered statement was,  “I enjoy driving fast cars”. [...]

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