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Vote NO on Measure EE!

Posted on 23. May, 2019 by .

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If you own or rent an apartment, office, commercial, or industrial space in an area of Los Angeles County that is serviced by the Los Angeles Unified School District, you must read this.

It does not matter if you are an owner or renter, as a result your property taxes and/or your rent will be going up if Measure EE is approved.

To prevent this from happening on June 4th, or sooner if you vote by mail, you MUST vote “NO” on Measure EE. […]

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Legal Q & A by – Richard Beckman

Posted on 01. May, 2019 by .

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Question 1:  I have a question regarding getting additional security deposit from a tenant in a rent controlled Oakland apartment. Tenant has been in building in Oakland for 20 years. Security deposit is currently $725.00. Current rent is $1,277.00. Would like to increase security deposit to $1300. Can I do so? What form do I use (change in terms of tenancy)? Is this enforceable in Oakland as far as evicting the tenant if they do not pay, or is it small claims court? Or, should we do nothing?
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Your Property Taxes Could Rise 700% By – Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Associatiom

Posted on 01. May, 2019 by .

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The anti-Prop.13 coalition filed a ballot measure for 2020 that would let local bureaucrats
reassess property and raise property taxes without limit – just like the Bad Old Days before
Proposition 13. […]

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Discrimination Against Children: Pitfalls and Traps By – Dale Alberstone, Esq.

Posted on 01. May, 2019 by .

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Hello everybody.  AOA members know the general rule:  It is unlawful for a landlord to discriminate against children, or to discriminate against tenants on account of them having minors.  The California Supreme Court first imposed the prohibition of discriminating against families with children in 1982, relying on the California Unruh Civil Rights Act, in the seminal case of Marina Point v. Wolfson. […]

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Do you want a utility company monopoly?

Posted on 01. May, 2019 by .

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Dear AOA Members –

I am writing to inform you about an important proceeding underway at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that could impact 90 percent of property owners in Southern California, including apartment owners.

On the heels of soft-story retrofits, new solar requirements, and a proposed new parcel tax in Los Angeles (please vote “NO” on EE!), all of which add up to tens of thousands of dollars in out of pocket costs, apartment owners in Southern California could soon be forced to replace their natural gas appliances with electric only versions.    […]

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Management Tips from MRLANDLORD.COM

Posted on 01. May, 2019 by .

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Additional Income When Renting to Pet Owners
The following are a few examples of how landlords are able to generate additional income
as they work to accommodate pet owners who wish to rent their property. […]

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Higher Home Prices Nationwide Underscore Push Toward Apartments By – Paul Owers

Posted on 01. May, 2019 by .

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Rising prices are likely to curtail home buying in major markets nationwide over the next three to five years, a sign of strength for rental property and apartment development. […]

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The Abuse of the Trash Monopoly Continues! By – Victor Bardack

Posted on 01. May, 2019 by .

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Two and one-half years ago, despite overwhelming property owner opposition, Mayor Eric Garcetti and his
City Council abandoned a system of trash collection by competitive bidding and instituted a trash monopoly
system where trash corporations were awarded monopolies for specific areas. The trash corporations assured the Mayor and the Council that these monopolies would lead to operation efficiencies and could bring collection cost down, as much “as 10 to 20%.” […]

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What Do Your Apartment Employees Know About Discrimination and Retaliation? By – Ellen Clark

Posted on 01. May, 2019 by .

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If an employee complains to you about discrimination or harassment, you must that employee
with care, because any action you take which the employee could view as punishment or
retaliation for the complaint might be construed as illegal retaliation and result in legal action
against you and your company. […]

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California Is Looking to Tax Drinking Water! By – Timothy Snowball

Posted on 01. May, 2019 by .

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California is known for a lot of things: Ronald Reagan, Hollywood, beaches, hippies, student
protests — and some of the most relentlessly progressive politicians in the entire country
Simply put, the government of California is out of control. In total, the state added 1,016 new
laws to the books in 2019, including a silly “straw ban,” intrusive requirements for children’s
menus and yet another minimum wage increase. At virtually every level of Californians’ lives,
state policymakers are ready to step in and interfere – from the cradle to the grave.
Now it seems the new governor, Gavin Newsom, is anxious to make his own contribution to the
ever-expanding role of government in our lives by taxing some of our most basic necessities in
an unprecedented power grab. […]

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