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Archive for August, 2018

Roles and Responsibilities of Section 8 Landlords and Tenants – by Kristin Maithonis

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Recently, a landlord visited me and said that he wanted his Section 8 tenant to move out because her boyfriend, who was not included in the lease, was living in the unit. He was unhappy to learn that, as the landlord, he is responsible for enforcing the lease and that the housing authority could not […]

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Protect Your Family from Hazardous Estate Planning! – by Kenneth Ziskin, Attorney

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My wife, Hinda and I, have a mission – to protect the families of apartment owners from “HAZARDOUS” estate planning.  Through our seminars for AOA members, we have had the pleasure to meet with, and review the estate plans of, hundreds of wonderful apartment owners. The “good news” has been how many of them planned […]

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Delaware Statutory Trust 1031 Exchange Advantages – by Dwight Kay

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Delaware Statutory Trusts (DSTs) offer a number of potential advantages to investors. Used correctly, they can be an effective tool for building and preserving wealth. This article discusses a handful of the potential advantages that are available to investors using DSTs for their 1031 exchange. Please remember that Delaware Statutory Trusts also have a number […]

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Something to Think About #71 – 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 70:  Diversification Emily, after reviewing once again the positives and negatives of property ownership, thought there was no question about it: the benefits heavily outweighed the risks . . […]

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Preserving Costa-Hawkins – The Big Battle Begins – by Noni Richen

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We have a new mayor; let the resurrection of our beautiful city begin! We desperately need for the people living on public streets to be elsewhere. We need for the price of rentals and home purchases to stabilize. Fulfilling these two goals will be the toughest of jobs, requiring our army of people at City […]

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Letters to the Editor… The Evils of Rent Control and “Just Cause” Evictions

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The below open letter was sent to Mayor Garcetti and City Council members. OPPOSE Ballot Measure Affordable Housing Act!  Dear Friends: I believe there’s a great deal of misinformation pertaining to our Rent Stabilization Ordinance (FSO) and the impact of the repeal of the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Fair Housing Act.  We should all meet. Let’s start […]

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Inspectors Given Authority to Arrest Landlords? Open Letter to Mayor Garcetti – by Michael Millman, Attorney

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Dear Mayor Garcetti:  I’m certain that when you served on the City Council and chaired the Council Housing Committee, you always made certain that important housing legislation was thoroughly examined, reviewed and evaluated by not only tenant rights representatives, but also several apartment association staff and leaders.  Your outreach was outstanding.

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Beware: Is Housing Considered a Human Right? – by Clifford A. Hockley, President of Bluestone and Hockley

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[AOA:  Do you think your city is going to be any different in the future than what the city below is proposing?  Folks, this is the future that the renters and politicians have envisioned for you and me and their first step is Prop. 10!  Then, their next step will be statewide “tenant welfare” (rent […]

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Management Tips from MRLANDLORD.COM (Shared by Landlords Nationwide)

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Do You Keep Up with Market Rents? According to a Rent.com survey, as many as 80% of property managers across the U.S. over the last couple of years have raised rents. Have you raised rents this year? Mom and Pop landlords often mistakenly charge lower than market rent. When I mentioned this on MrLandlord’s Facebook page, a landlord responded: […]

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Landlord Prevails in “First in Time” Seattle Ordinance! – by the Pacific Legal Foundation

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In a noble but misguided effort to combat racial discrimination, the City of Seattle passed a series of ordinances forbidding local landlords from choosing their own tenants: A “first in time” ordinance requires landlords to rent to the first financially-qualified tenant who applies. And the “Fair Chance Housing Ordinance” forbids landlords from considering applicants’ criminal […]

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Discrimination Costs Landlords Thousands! Assistance Animals, Criminal Records and Sexual Harassment From the Editors at Rental Housing Journal

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California Landlords Settle Over ‘No Criminal Record’ and Discrimination California landlords have reached a settlement and agreed to pay $8,000 after a complaint alleging they used a policy of “no criminal or police record of any kind,” and in addition discriminated on the basis of race and national origin.

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Rent Control Report Post Costa-Hawkins Repeal – November 2018 – by Michael Millman, Esq.

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In January 2018, Assembly person Richard Bloom’s AB 1506 was challenged and defeated in the Assembly Housing Committee.  If successful, it would have automatically eliminated and repealed the protections for small apartment owners afforded by the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Fair Housing Act. After the defeat, tenant activists, eviction attorneys, the Statewide Tenant Union, Tenants Together and […]

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Questions and Answers – by Dennis Block

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Question One: My rental is undervalued and I am planning to bring the rent up to market level. I am also planning on increasing the security deposit at the same time. What do I do if the tenant only pays the new rent and refuses to pay the increase in the security deposit?

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Legal Q & A – by Franco Simone, Esq.

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Q:  I have a tenant who moved into his rental unit last month.  I included a provision in his lease that prohibits smoking cigarettes in his unit. Now, his neighbors are complaining that cigarette smoke from his unit is seeping through their air vents.  When I approached the tenant, he told me that he has […]

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Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman

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Question 1: Our long term tenant told me that she has cancer and would like to have a co-tenant with her in her one bedroom apartment (San Francisco rent controlled). Am I obligated to honor her request? If I allow her to have a roommate, am I allowed to raise her rent? In addition, am […]

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Constitutional Amendment Could Double Parcel Tax! – by Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

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Dear Housing Providers: A Constitutional Amendment was just introduced that could quickly DOUBLE the two-billion-dollar parcel tax burden already imposed on homeowners.  Yes, double! California is the only state in the USA where parcel taxes are even legal.  Parcel taxes were invented here to dodge Proposition 13’s 1% cap and now Senate Constitutional Amendment 22 […]

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Mold and Rental Properties – by Rick Bruce

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Over the past few years, one of the problems that seem to have taken on increased importance for property managers is mold. When a property is suspected to have a mold problem, this becomes a potential health issue for the tenants, but it also becomes a potential liability issue for the property owners or managers. […]

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Did You Know Column – by Dennis Block

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Guests Staying Over 30 Days If you allow a guest to stay in your home or unit for 30 days, you will not be able to just lock them out. Calling the police will not remedy the situation.  Guests that you allow to occupy your property for 30 days become a “tenant at will”. The […]

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New Flood Disclosure Form Required For All Future Rental Agreements! – by Patricia A. Harris

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A new California law, (AB 646), effective July 1, 2018, states that all residential rental and lease agreements will be required to disclose to a tenant, in no smaller than eight-point font: When the landlord has actual knowledge the rental property is located in a flood hazard zone or area of potential flooding; That the […]

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Convicted Felon Kills Landlord Over $30 Rent Increase Don’t Mean to Scare You But…. by Patricia A. Harris

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I recently watched a true-to-life episode of “ID” and the program was about a female tenant who was being evicted for non-payment of rent.  The tenant, who had resided in the building for over five years actually had a good relationship with her landlord, even though she constantly failed to pay her rent.  The tenant […]

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How Will We Be Remembered – Legacy of Deceit, Selfishness and Denial or Solving Unsustainable Problems? – by Terry Moore, CCIM

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A poignant cartoon shows two desperate shipwreck survivors in a life raft. We see the circling sharks, but not at the lifeboat’s other end. One says, “Look at them bail! It’s a shame there’s a hole in their end of the boat.” Every level of government has trillions of unfunded liabilities: debt, pension and healthcare […]

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Wit, Humor and Wisdom in the Law – by Dale Albertstone, Esq.

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Hello everybody.  Every few years, I break from my tradition of writing educational articles for AOA’s monthly magazine.  As Apartment Owner Association members know, those serious type of articles have dealt with such legal topics as compliance with all the new resident manager laws, California’s new sick leave laws, how to avoid oppressive laundry leases, […]

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How Rent Control Drives Out Affordable Housing Part II – by William Tucker

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Recent Rollbacks Nevertheless, rent control is proving vulnerable. On January 1, 1997, Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline became the first major American cities to abandon rent controls since 1950. The process was not altogether voluntary. The initiative came from a statewide campaign organized by Boston and Cambridge property owners, who put up a state ballot initiative […]

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5 Signs You Need a Property Manager – by Taryn Spiller

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Property managers of the future are focused on technology. This allows them to cater to the tech-savvy tenants of the world today and create an effortless process for multifamily owners. If you’re an owner or landlord and answer yes to any of the questions below, it’s time to hire a property manager of the future.

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