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Archive for July, 2016

Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman, Attorney

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Question 1:  My tenant has given written notice to vacate a month to month rental. Her son was given permission to be added as an additional household member as a live-in aide. He was never added to the rental agreement and my tenant is having difficulty getting him to leave. My question is, if she vacates the property and he stays, how do I proceed to get him out of the unit? I’ve never received any money from him or added him to the lease. [...]

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Adam Smith Weighs in on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Posted on 01. Jul, 2016 by .

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The formula for progress is simple … we’ve known the three steps for 240 years. Last month, I wrote about the idiotic beggar-thy-neighbor “mercantilist” trade policies being advocated by the front-runners for the 2016 presidential nomination.

In The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1723-1790), founder of the science of economics and champion of free enterprise, showed how “trade wars” are ludicrous. [...]

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Do You Have a Tenant Orientation Script? – By Michael Hughart

Posted on 01. Jul, 2016 by .

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While it is human nature to presume that tenants inherently share the same perceptions and competencies as buildings owners or property managers, all too often there can be a substantial variance between what is presumed and how a tenant will actually act or react both under normal circumstances as well as unusual or emergency situations. [...]

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Checklist of Landlord Defenses to Tenant Lawsuits – By Dale Alberstone, Esq.

Posted on 01. Jul, 2016 by .

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Hello everybody.  We live in a litigious society.  Californians are “suit happy” and Southern Californians are particularly “suit happy.”  Certainly there is no shortage of litigation filed by tenants against their former or existing landlords.

My column this month will discuss the 26 main “Affirmative Defenses” available to a landlord to defend against tenants’ causes of action, the importance of filing a Cross-Complaint, and provide a brief update on payment of minimum wages to apartment managers. [...]

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Resident Managers With Pets and Children – By Joyce Kirby

Posted on 01. Jul, 2016 by .

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Many apartment communities strive to create a welcoming office environment in order to put prospective residents at ease.  From aromatic scents and freshly baked cookies to a warm fire, these comforts communicate a feeling of “home.”  However, when managers have an office connected to their apartment or even inside their apartment home, sometimes the lines between the professional office and an employee’s personal space can blur. [...]

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Today’s Multi-Housing Vended Laundry – by Andy Wray

Posted on 01. Jul, 2016 by .

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Back when my grandparents had their first coin-op laundry equipment in the late 1950’s- there were limited choices in equipment models which made things easy, but in today’s day and age, it’s a different ballgame. They had old 10¢ meters that would start the old Frigidaire washers with a mechanical timer, would often stick in cycle and were designed to last forever. Equipment has progressed from coin slides to controlled water-levels – today’s newer sophisticated washers and dryers can be like buying a new pair of shoes or the as the old adage goes – “Having the right tool for the job ”. [...]

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9 Out-of-the-Box Due Diligence Tactics for Multifamily Real Estate Investors – by Richard Montgomery

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Investing in multifamily housing and apartments requires extra investigation, sometimes called due diligence by attorneys, for investors who want to be certain they do not make a mistake. This extra investigation and these questions are beyond what a real estate investor may do normally for a typical commercial real estate investment. As a real estate investor, once you go beyond multifamily rentals such as duplexes or fourplexes, you enter the commercial real estate area. Here are 9 out-of-the-box questions you should be asking, or at least consider asking, before you purchase that multifamily or apartment building. [...]

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The Importance of Checklists – By Barbara Savona

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Do you ever feel like you are moving so fast that you start to make “dumb” mistakes at work?  Or what about your teams?  Do you feel like sometimes you give them the SAME instructions and they continue to miss the SAME steps? [...]

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Top Ten Reasons to Do an Eviction – By Grayce Long, Attorney

Posted on 01. Jul, 2016 by .

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The purpose of unlawful detainer proceedings is timely restoration of possession. Time periods for pleading [in unlawful detainer actions] are shorter than ordinary civil actions; the matter is set for trial more quickly and they are entitled to priority on the trial calendar.

Thus, under California Law, these are the top ten reasons to do an eviction. [...]

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San Jose City Council Votes to Strengthen its Rent Ordinance – By Gideon Kramer, SPOSFI News Editor

Posted on 01. Jul, 2016 by .

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Local rent control or “rent stabilization” ordinances have been in effect for decades in some of the nation’s largest cities, including New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Newark, Oakland, San Jose, and of course, San Francisco. Some versions of rent control are far more reasonable than others. [...]

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