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Archive for February, 2016

Do You Have the Right Insurance Professional for Your Specific Needs?

Posted on 17. Feb, 2016 by .

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Are they the right agent for your unique exposures and insurance/risk management needs? Is your agents an “independent agent” or a “captive agent” and why would this matter in selecting your insurance agent?  Do they specialize in the apartment and/or real estate industry and does this really matter?  Does your insurance agent have a part […]

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Legal Questions and Answers – by Dennis Block, Attorney

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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Question One: I own a rent controlled building in the City of Los Angeles. I have a tenant that signed a one-year lease and currently is on a month to month tenancy. When the tenancy was initiated, he never paid the security deposit. He promised he would pay me after the first month, but that […]

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MRLANDLORD.COM Tips On Management – By Jeffrey Taylor, “Mr. Landlord”

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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Facebook Advertising – One Landlord’s Experience  I believe Facebook marketing will be important consideration for future marketing/advertising if current trends continue. You can use Facebook marketing in multiple ways. Here is what I have done:

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Economy Is Improving, Yet Most Americans Are Pessimistic – By Gary Halbert

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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 The unemployment rate has declined for seven years; the economy has been in expansion for more than six years; and the stock market has more than tripled since 2009. Things are definitely better, right? Yet you wouldn’t know that based on the results of several recent polls.

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Mastering the Tenancy Lifecycle – By Julie Johnson

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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There is one thing I can always depend upon as a rental property owner and that is eventually the tenant I just rented to will move out. Vacancy is just one part of a natural cycle of rental property ownership.  Many landlords have

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Kim 2.0: A Moneymaker for Long-Term Tenants? – By Peter Reitz, SPOSF/SPOSFI Executive Director

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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The “Tenant Protections Ordinance,” (Ord. 171-15), dubbed “Kim 2.0” after its main sponsor Supervisor Jane Kim became effective on Nov. 9, 2015. While the new law made its intent clear, the details of its implementation were left to the Rent Board. At its November 10, 2015 meeting, the Rent Board decided that the law’s non-relative […]

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Legal Q & A When to Ask for Rent in Cash – By Franco Simone, Esq.

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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Q: I have a tenant who has paid in checks for the past two months. I have not had any trouble cashing the checks; however I prefer to have cash. Can I demand that the tenant pay me in cash?

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Prevent Disease by Taking Care of HVAC Systems – By Cliff Hockley

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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Why do HVAC Systems Need Regular Maintenance?  Owners of commercial buildings sometimes overlook the maintenance of their HVAC (Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning) systems.  I recently had a meeting with clients who own a 20,000 square foot building where they had installed a new HVAC system at the cost of $100,000.  Because it was new […]

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Judge Orders U.S. Landlord to Learn Islam – by Bob Unruh

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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A judge has ordered a landlord who was involved in a dispute with a Muslim tenant to learn Islam as part of her punishment for a fight in which the renter was “pushed” down a flight of stairs – prompting a legal analyst to describe the action as “a constitutional outrage.”

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The Top Amenity Trend in 2016 for Today’s Residents – Property-Wide WiFi – By Eric Markow

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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With widespread technology use by residents of all ages and the rise of the Millennial generation, property-wide WiFi, Gigabit speeds, WiFi calling and smart home features are what’s next in technology trends for apartments in 2015.

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In This Business, Keeping Your Cool is Not an Option – By Joyce (Kirby) Bica

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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While it may seem like the property management industry is about “managing properties,” it’s really about managing and caring for people.

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ADA [American with Disabilities Act] Compliance Questions and Answers – By Anthony C. Guichard

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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Nearly 40 percent of all ADA accessibility lawsuits in the United States are filed in the State of California. Typically, the alleged violations involve lack of disabled parking and inaccessible restrooms at businesses such as restaurants, motels, retail stores, office and apartment buildings. 

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Section 8 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – By Jim Ingersoll

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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Do you remember the Clint Eastwood western movie, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”? Renting to Section 8 tenants is pretty much the same. Some landlords love Section 8, and some landlords try it and find it is bad and ugly to deal with.

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Damage from Rainwater and Landslides – Who is Liable? – By Dale Alberstone

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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With predictions of heavy El Niño rains this winter, it is timely to review the laws pertaining to liability for property damage caused by rainwater run-off, surface water flow and landslides.

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Will 2016 Be a Super El Niño Year? Prepare Your Apartments – By Jerry L’Ecuyer and Frankie Alvarez

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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We have been living with drought in the Western United States for a long time now.  So the prediction of a strong, wet El Niño year is quite appealing.  Will it fill our reservoirs, recharge our aquafers and bring us back to normal?  Hard to tell; many experts say we may need multiple years of […]

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Demanding Congress End Birthright Citizenship – By Ted Hilton, President of the Taxpayer Revolution Foundation

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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The media filmed our rally to end automatic citizenship outside the Reagan Library.  I gave interviews to the L.A. Times and others but there was only coverage of the debate.  It was good that we were there, because across the street were the Azteca dancers waiving the Mexican flags; many were yelling at us, as […]

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Top 10 Resident Complaints and What You Can Do About Them – By Amanda Cupp

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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What would you give for a peek inside the minds of your residents?  Thanks to the results of a recent apartment resident customer satisfaction survey from leading marketing research firm, J Turner Research, you may be closer to understanding than you think.  Let’s take a closer look at the study findings, along with what they […]

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2016 Prediction for California Real Estate – by Bruce Norris

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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The best way to look forward to 2016 is to look back at 2015. In January 2015, these important charts were flashing “price boom” signals in the single-family residential market.

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Letters to the Editor…

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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The End of Rent Control:  The Epiphany in Silicon Valley – By George Drysdale Mostly because of Prop 13, rent controls got stuck in California.  The financial and moral damage to the state has been enormous.  This is best evidenced in the San Francisco Bay Area (now almost all part of Silicon Valley).  Because of […]

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How to Remove Stains From Walls Before You Paint – By Pat Curry

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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Remove stains from the wall before you slap on another coat.  It’s the first commandment of painting.  Here’s how to wash seven common stains off your walls and in most cases, requires low effort and low cost.

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Something to Think About #41 – Uncle Sally’s Nephew, Part 4 – By Klarise Yahya, Commercial Loan Broker – BRE: 00957107, MLO: 249261

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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This article continues some of the things a budding investor-in-training should consider before being trusted with a checkbook. Part 1 discussed what an investment is, what an investor does, and the 4% Rule. The concept of learning to invest through stocks was introduced. This was to accustom the new investor to (a) saving regularly for […]

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“New Product Spotlight” How to Eliminate Pool Algae – By Charles Kozicky

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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Algae Free Pools You don’t have to be a chemist to have algae free and sparkly clear pool water! Our non-chemical and ECO-FRIENDLY mineral algaecide products have been time tested since 1994 and are used WORLD WIDE by pool maintenance companies, hotels, resorts, municipal pools, aquatic centers, water parks, home owners, and more. They will eliminate […]

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OSHBOT…How many jobs will be lost? – By Albert Sukoff

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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When you have minute, go to your browser and Google OSHBOT and check out the video.  OSHBOT is a robot about four feet tall which was developed by Orchard Supply Hardware (now a subsidiary of Lowes).  It is already deployed at its Silicon Valley store.  You can ask verbally where in the store a specific […]

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Legal Q & A – By Richard Beckman, Attorney

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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Question 1:     I am being sued by a tenant for the return of the portion of her security deposit that was deducted for repairs and cleaning cost. The tenant lived in the unit for 18 months. She was charged for 25% of the cost to paint the 3-bedroom 2-bath unit and carpet sanitizing. Also, […]

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