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Archive for November, 2015

AOA Million Dollar Trade Show and Landlording Conference a Huge Success!

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Trade Show a Huge Success! Our Million Dollar Trade Show and Landlording Conference last month was a huge success!  You should have been there!  Our members were more educated, motivated and stimulated by some very knowledgeable speakers who helped give them that one

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Effective Time Management Strategies for Landlords – By Merrie C. Weeks

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If you desire to have good time management, then you need to have a strategy or an action plan.  Following these strategies will help you get the most out of your days.

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4 Big Mistakes Real Estate Investors Should Avoid – By J.P. Vaughn

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Real estate investing mistakes can be costly on so many levels. They can wipe out your potential profit and, if you make one big mistake, it can wipe you out financially and emotionally. We all make mistakes. The trick is to keep your mistakes small and to learn from them. It’s even better if you […]

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Rent Your Vacancies Faster – Know What a Prospective Tenant Wants – By Joyce Kirby

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Each apartment community has certain features and benefits which are the selling points of that particular community.  It could be its location, friendly staff, spacious floor plans, beautiful landscaping or affordable price – just to name a few.

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Tree Law – All You Need to Know! – By Dale Alberstone, Esq.

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Hello everybody.  From time to time AOA members encounter problems with their neighbors’ trees.  Frequently, the issue is with tree limbs which overhang the AOA owner’s property.  Of course, the situation could be reversed whereby the branches of the tree belonging to the AOA owner grow over the neighbor’s land. 

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Six Common Causes of Accidental Water Damage – By Michael Hughart

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One of the most common and preventable causes of property damage to residential properties is the sudden and accidental release of water from the building’s plumbing system.  Residential plumbing systems consist of a water supply piping system and drain or waste line system.  Because the water supply piping system is

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Something to Think About #38 – Uncle Sally’s Nephew, Part I – By Klarise Yahya, Commercial Loan Broker – BRE: 00957107 – MLO: 249261

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We’ve been accumulating new readers with both hands it seems, and for that I’m very grateful. But it’s not all campfires and S’mores. Frankly, it’s difficult for new folks to step into the middle of an ongoing conversation like we’ve been having. Recently, one of my longer-term clients asked me to introduce his nephew to […]

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News Release Northern California

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City Strengthens Tool to Mediate Rent Increases New Law Took Effect October 1, 2015 The City of Alameda strengthened its procedures to help resolve landlord-tenant disputes over rent increases by adopting two new ordinances

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Service Animals and Special Accommodations – By Project Sentinel

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Prospective Tenant in Wheelchair with Dog Question:  I am a landlord with a “no pets” policy.  Recently, someone in a wheelchair came to look at an open apartment.  He called me later and told me he was really interested in the apartment, and he mentioned he has a dog.  He didn’t say whether the dog […]

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Legal Q & A by Richard Beckman, Attorney

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Question 1:  What is the status of the Richmond rent control law you mentioned in last month’s article?

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SPOSFI Joins Lawsuit Opposing Substantially Increased Ellis Act Relocation Payments – SPOSFI Press Release

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The Small Property Owners of San Francisco Institute joined local property owners in filing a lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco.  The lawsuit challenges a new ordinance that dramatically increases relocation payments that San Francisco landlords must give to tenants whose rental units are withdrawn under the state Ellis Act.  (The Ellis […]

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Now is a Great Time for Waterproofing – By Adam Gordon

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Later this year, the drought gripping California may finally be somewhat alleviated— according to multiple news outlets.  El Niño, the mass of warmer-than-usual water which develops in the Tropical Pacific Ocean, had a 65% chance of arriving later this last summer.  The chances further increase to 80% during late fall or early winter.   El Niño […]

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Legal Q & A – by Dennis Block, Attorney

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Question One: I let a friend move into my house and she has stayed there for almost three months. Things are not going so well and I asked her to move. Unfortunately, she has refused to vacate. I called the police and they stated they could not help me. I am so confused. How can […]

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Seven Tips for Developing a “Practice” of Gratitude and Happiness – By JoAnna Brandi

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What could gratitude and happiness possibly have to do with success on the job?  Everything.  There’s plenty of proof that there are health benefits to feeling grateful and happy; such feelings can reduce stress, boost your immune system, open your mind to new possibilities and make it easier to be kind and creative.

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Advanced Strategies for Apartment Owners with Taxable Estates – By Los Angeles Attorney Kenneth Ziskin

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In this article I plan to give you a 30,000 foot perspective on strategies that successful apartment owners can use to disinherit the tax man. In giving seminars to hundreds of AOA members around California on “Estate Planning for Apartment Owners” I have been amazed by how many apartment owners have built big enough estates […]

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Charges Filed Against 13 Property Owners for Alleged Rental Housing Discrimination!

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The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has filed director’s charges of illegal discrimination against 13 property owners after on-site fair housing testing show evidence of housing discrimination.

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Legal Q & A – by Franco Simone, Esq.

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Q: I was notified that one of my tenant’s children broke a staircase railing at one of my apartment buildings. The railing is in the stairway that all tenants must use to access their apartments. I have repeatedly asked the tenant whose child broke the railing to repair it, telling them how dangerous it is, […]

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Five Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving – by The American Institute for Cancer Research

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Looking for ways to keep from piling on the food and the pounds over the holidays? Here are five things to keep in mind before, during, and after the big gathering.

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A Family in Public Housing Makes $498,000 a Year and HUD Wants Tenants Like This to Stay

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A family of four in New York City makes $497,911 a year but pays $1,574 a month to live in public housing in a three-bedroom apartment subsidized by taxpayers. In Los Angeles, a family of five that’s lived in public housing since 1974 made $204,784 last year but paid $1,091 for a four-bedroom apartment. And, a tenant with […]

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Letters to the Editor…

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Dear AOA: I am writing this letter to let you know about my recent business transaction with Klarise Yahya. I recently did a building refinance/buy-out using Ms.Yahya’s services. My experience with her was extraordinary! I am not a new owner, but it is not my primary business, therefore I needed some expertise and guidance. Klarise […]

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How to Adopt No Smoking Policies for Your Building(s) – By Esther Schiller

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Ten years ago, a statewide survey showed that more than 85% of apartment renters and owners/mangers in California agreed that secondhand tobacco smoke is harmful to people. Based on our more recent surveys,

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Five Easy Tips to Help Managers Improve Forecasting – Budgeting for 2016 – By Tim Blackwell

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Budget preparation for 2016 is entering the home stretch for many companies, and soon performance will dictate how well the numbers have been prepared. How well a budget performs is determined by a number of factors, such as changing economic conditions, market behavior, and management practices.

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Is California a Low Property Tax State? – By Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

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During Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first campaign for governor, one of his biggest backers, super wealthy Warren Buffet, famously said his property taxes on his Laguna Beach home were not high enough. The comment caused California homeowners to question Arnold’s bona fides as a conservative so he threatened to

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My Non-Paying Tenant Hired BASTA and is Demanding a Jury Trial! – By Grayce Long, Attorney

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You have a tenant who refuses to pay rent. You have served a 3-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit which has expired. Your attorney files an unlawful detainer case in the Los Angeles Superior Court and you are then notified that a firm called BASTA files an answer to the complaint alleging that “You […]

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