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Archive for October, 2016

The Regressive Road to “Tenant Welfare” – By Nancy Ahlswede

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Who would have thought that our homeless population is hopelessly linked to rent control, also known as tenant welfare?

Sometimes, the best of intentions end up producing the worst of results as unintended consequences.  Many renters, government officials and city employees think that artificially induced price controls on rent will help community members.  This is evidenced by the City of San Mateo’s recent imposition of rent control in August and by the city of Glendale putting rent control on the upcoming ballot.  And, more and more cities are implementing intrusive city inspections like Long Beach, Highland and Santa Ana. […]

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Monthly Management Tips From MrLandlord.com By Jeff Taylor, “Mr. Landlord”

Posted on 01. Oct, 2016 by .

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The following are one dozen small and inexpensive extra things that landlords can add to properties which can make their properties more enticing to prospective residents. These suggestions were made by several different landlords nationwide. 

12 Cheap and Easy Bling Improvements […]

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7 Reasons Why You Should Install an Automatic Gate System – By Star Steel

Posted on 01. Oct, 2016 by .

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A good gate installer is likely to explain the benefits of designing an automatic gate system that’s right for your property. If “I just don’t want passing drivers turning around in my driveway” is the only reason you’ve considered so far, let’s give you a little more food for thought. […]

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How in the World Are You Going to Get a Good Tenant? – By Kevin Guz

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When I look back at my first rental property purchase more than 10 years ago, I am amazed at my good fortune. Because there were plenty of times, as a part-time real estate investor with a full-time career outside of real estate, I tried to talk myself out of that first purchase.  And there were others who also tried to talk me out of it. […]

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

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The AOA 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 idea that would help them make and keep more money than ever!  Some even walked away with valuable prizes given away at every seminar!  WOW!  Where else could you possibly spend a more profitable day?  There was no place in the world like the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday, September 20th!  Thousands of our members really know how to take advantage each year of this incredible source of information and…it was all free!  It’s just one of the many services we provide our members in addition to the lowest membership dues and credit check fees as well as the best service in town!  You have truly made AOA the #1 Apartment Association in the whole state! […]

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Controller Dead Wrong on Property Taxes – By Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Posted on 01. Oct, 2016 by .

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California’s State Controller, Betty Yee, normally displays a measured, albeit liberal, view of California fiscal affairs. While viewed as reasonably competent and not given to hyperbole, her recent statement in a local government blog was one she must have known to be flat wrong. […]

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Something to Think About #49 – Uncle Sally’s Nephew, Part 12 – By Klarise Yahya, Commercial Loan Broker – BRE: 00957107 MLO: 249261

Posted on 01. Oct, 2016 by .

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Continued from Part 11:  Her next step was to call Stu D. and ask him to arrange three days next week and another three days two weeks later so she could have different contractors inspect the property for repairs. Mr. Chicken flew right to the ceiling at that request. […]

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Lawsuit Filed to Force City of Berkeley to Correct Misleading Ballot Language – By Berkeley Rental Housing Coalition

Posted on 01. Oct, 2016 by .

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 Proposed tax increase on landlords overstates revenue projections and hides exemptions for politically influential real estate developers:  In an extraordinary move, the City of Berkeley has refused to correct official ballot language that overstates revenue estimates from a proposed tax increase and conceals exemptions for politically influential real estate developers and owners of new luxury apartment buildings.  […]

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Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman, Attorney

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Question 1:  I own a condominium in Oakland. How much can I legally raise the rent on a month to month basis? The tenant has been there more than a year. […]

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More Fair Housing Facts & Tips – By Dana Brown

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The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying or securing financing for any housing transaction.  The Fair Housing Act specifically covers discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children. (Provided by HUD) […]

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