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Archive for August, 2017

How Not to Be Sued By Your Resident Manager – by Dale Alberstone, Esq.

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Hello everybody.  In recent years the incidents of lawsuits filed by disgruntled resident managers against their employing owners or management companies has grown from rare to frequent.  The principal reason for this is the ease by which managers can now access applicable laws by using the Internet.

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5 Easy Steps to Deal with Resident Complaints – by Petra Marquart

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“Oh no!  Here comes that woman from apartment 302.  You know, the one who’s always complaining”. Nothing can ruin a good day more quickly than a resident with a complaint!  You see them coming through your office window and want to hide in the closet.  Or, you see their name displayed on caller ID and […]

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Management Tips From MRLANDLORD.COM – by Jeffrey Taylor, (Shared by landlords nationwide)

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Stop Losing a Month’s Worth of Rent! For many landlords, it seems normal to lose a month’s worth of rent anytime they have a vacancy. One landlord wanted to review and compare her own turnover procedures with other landlords. She asked the following questions to fellow rental owners to consider if there was room for […]

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Legal Q & A – by Franco Simone, Esq.

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Q: I have a potential tenant that has been arrested in the past. Can I deny his application based on his arrest?

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Republican Leaders Are Pushing for New Tax Increases – by Gary D. Halbert

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Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, conservative or liberal, you will want to be aware of what I write about below. The “Establishment” Republican leaders are quietly pushing for a huge tax increase that has yet to get much attention in the mainstream media.

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Multifamily Marketing – Get that Lease Renewal! – by John Wilhoit, Jr.

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Just like in any other business, marketing in multifamily has core groups of people to focus your marketing efforts on.  One of these core groups is current residents. A well-known rule of marketing is that it is easier to sell to an existing customer than to a new customer.  For starters, the existing customer is […]

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2017 Multifamily Renovation Construction Trends – by Ronald Carter

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Today, multifamily housing investors look for renovation ideas that offer them optimal utilization of available space within their budget. A professional renovation contractor can help you augment the exteriors and interiors of your home aligned with your business objectives. Every year the multifamily industry witnesses change in home remodeling and designing trends and 2017 is […]

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Legal Q & A – by Dennis Block

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Question One:  I have a tenant in a rent control property located in Los Angeles. This tenant is on a two-year lease agreement. After the first year, is it permissible to raise the rent 3%, pursuant to the rent ordinance?

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AB-2330 Walk-through – the Initial Move-Out Inspection – by Grayce Long, Attorney

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When was the last time you had a walk-through with your tenant prior to them vacating the unit? The law regarding having a pre-inspection with your tenant was passed in 2003 however, many of you are still not following the proper procedures. Did you know that the number one reason a landlord is sued by […]

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Sacramento Politicians Kill Measure to Reaffirm Commitment to Protecting Taxpayers – by Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

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Democrats on the Senate Governance and Finance Committee blocked Senate Resolution 39 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), a measure that would have recognized the historic passage of Proposition 13 and its role in keeping property taxes low for homeowners. The committee’s rejection of this measure comes on the heels of the largest gas and car tax […]

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Something to Think About #59: Uncle Sally’s Nephew, Part 22 – by Klarise Yahya,

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If you’ve missed some of the prior articles, basic guidelines on successful investing are in my book “Stairway to Wealth” available at LuLu.com.  Continued from Part 21: A little small talk, then Emily put her printouts in front of Hiram. Her first question was simple: could he extend the depth of the house by 10 […]

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High Life Versus High Wealth: 12 Common Traits of Millionaires – Part One – by Terry Moore, CCIM

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Our culture confuses living “the high life” with being wealthy. In America, many thousands of families with middle class incomes are wealthier than those with higher incomes, who are assumed to be “rich.” This two-part article considers a dozen things that Transcript subscribers, millionaires and income property investors have in common. You’ll read three reasons […]

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Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman, Attorney

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Question 1: My tenant has rented my house for over six months and has not notified me of any issues but is now withholding rent. She said I did not provide her with lead information, and I realized that my new lease agreement did not contain a lead disclosure or pamphlet. I am getting one […]

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The Inner Workings of the Courthouse Chambers – How Judges Decide on Issues – Part Two – Nate Bernstein, Esq.

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Here are some guidelines for how judges will decide an issue before them: Judges and their staff like things to be brief, material, highly relevant, and to the point.  That is why for bread and butter law and motion matters briefs should be no more than 10 pages double spaced.  It is helpful for attorneys […]

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Shame on You Mayor Garcetti and Los Angeles City Council!

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Do you know that some housing providers have already received notices from their new City- appointed trash haulers that their rates will be increased by at least 100%?!  You should know it – you passed this outrageous law!  You even promised us that the rates would be lower.  One housing provider just now reported that […]

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The Legality of Using Criminal Background Checks in Light of HUD’s 2016 Guidance Memo – by Eviction Attorney, Michael A. Brennan

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In April, 2016, HUD issued a Guidance Memo concerning the applicability of the Fair Housing Act to the use of information found in criminal background checks to deny housing to applicants with criminal histories. While some believe the Guidance Memo has raised more questions than answers, the truth is that landlords may still use criminal […]

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Avoiding Familial Status Discrimination – by The Utah Apartment Association

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Many landlords aren’t familiar with their responsibilities when it comes to renting to families with children or don’t even know that families with children enjoy a protected status under federal housing discrimination laws. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) protects tenants against discrimination based on seven protected classes including “familial status.  This means that if you […]

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Rental Properties: How to Cut Maintenance Costs by 25% – by Doug Smith

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Current market conditions have made investing in long-term rental property more appealing than ever. If you buy a few rental properties and self-manage them, you’ll have several duties (in addition to cashing checks). One of the biggest is trying to keep your maintenance costs as low as possible. The best way to keep maintenance costs […]

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California Cities Among the Highest Rents in Country – by the Editors of Rental Housing Journal

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Although nationwide one-bedroom apartment rent has nearly returned to the January 2017 mark of $1,016 — after a March low point of $1,003 — in certain cities, rent prices have been more volatile, according to a new release from Abodo.com.

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Airbnb … Your Tenant is Now the Landlord! – by Zachary Lawrence JD

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Most residential lease agreements contain a “no sublet” clause.  The terms of the lease prohibit tenants from subletting or renting their units without the landlord’s express and written consent. This clause is now the subject of litigation with landlords, tenants, and a company called Airbnb.  

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AB 1569 Would Tighten Rules for Claiming A Pet as an Emotional Support Animal – by Gideon Kramer, SPOSFI News Editor

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The state Unruh Civil Rights Act as well as the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) entitles individuals with disabilities to full and equal access to all housing accommodations offered for rent or lease, and prohibits a person renting, leasing, or otherwise providing real property from refusing to make reasonable accommodations for disabled tenants.

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Lawsuits Being Filed Against Rental Property Owners! – by Anthony C. Guichard

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Attorneys in California have recently been very busy filing against rental property owners and their managers of these rental properties because they allege the owners have violated the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA]. These lawsuits appear to be targeting both large and small apartment complexes in a variety of Southern California counties.

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