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Archive for June, 2018

Posted on 19. Jun, 2018 by .

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June 19, 2018

Los Angeles City Council
Room 340, City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Re:   Council File No. 15-0463-S1

City Council Meeting for June 20, 2018, 10:00 am

Agenda Item 10

Dear Councilmembers:

The draft ordinance presented to you is a power grab by the Housing Department in the guise of a technical amendment.  [...]

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Get Ready for Summer Maintenance – by Gavin Gilbert

Posted on 01. Jun, 2018 by .

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This time of year can be fun and exciting; it can also be hectic and stressful.  In an effort to make the summer more exciting and take more off of your plate, here are some time and money-saving tips to do this summer.  [...]

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L.A. Department of Sanitation – “EXTORTION and CRIMINAL ACTIVITY”

Posted on 01. Jun, 2018 by .

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The following is reprinted with permission of The Foothill Record, April 2018, Vol. 5, No. 4, Page 9.

Break out the leftover New Year’s party hats and noise makers, how about leftover Valentine’s candy or maybe some Saint Patrick’s Day green brew.

We just need something festive to celebrate the L.A. Department of Sanitation’s invitation to join in a “new public/private partnership” designed to address disposing of some 3 million tons of trash created by the residents and businesses in the City each year.  This new “partnership” will extend recycling opportunities to everyone in the City, according to the press release.

About now, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m celebrating too soon. [...]

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Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman

Posted on 01. Jun, 2018 by .

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Question 1: I manage a SFR in a quiet neighborhood with multi-generational tenants listed on the lease. The adult son is causing domestic issues, and the police have been called to the house multiple times, often resulting in his arrest. Even the parents have asked me for help in having him removed from the lease, but they want to stay. The local police department has just informed us of the problems, and neighbors are now complaining to the owners as well. They are in month eight of a 12-month lease. The owners want the tenant out ASAP, even if that means terminating the lease for all the tenants. What are my options and obligations? Our lease agreement has a nuisance clause. Would this classify as a nuisance, and be considered an incurable breach? Thanks. [...]

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Are Landlords Liable for Dog Bites? – by Dale Alberstone, Esq.

Posted on 01. Jun, 2018 by .

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Hello everybody.  There is an old adage, “Every dog gets one free bite.”  While that is not true as to the liability of the canine’s owner, generally it is true for a landlord whose tenant’s dog bites a third person.

To be more precise, a residential landlord does not owe a duty of care to protect against a dog bite inflicted by his tenant’s animal unless the landlord knows of the pet’s dangerous propensities and has the ability to control or prevent the harm.

Several California courts have so held.  One such illustrative case is the Court of Appeal’s interesting decision in Salinas v. Martin, 166 Cal.App.4th 404. [...]

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Long Beach Trade Show and Educational Conference a Big Success and Orange County Favors “Tenant Welfare”

Posted on 01. Jun, 2018 by .

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Trade Show a Huge Success!

Our “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 will 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?  [...]

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Legal Q &A – by Dennis Block

Posted on 01. Jun, 2018 by .

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Question One: I have a tenant who has presented me with a doctor’s note.  The note states that based on his psychological needs, he requires an emotional support animal. This is a no pet building, but I realize I have no option and must allow him to bring in the dog. My question is, can I increase the security deposit? I previously had taken only a one month security and I would like to request an additional month. [...]

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Rent Control – CPI is Illegitimate! – by Michael Millman, Attorney

Posted on 01. Jun, 2018 by .

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Below is a letter that was sent to politicians from San Diego to San Francisco: 

Dear Friends:

Perhaps there are 20 or more cities that will adopt some form of rent stabilization ordinance, rent control, landlord-tenant mediation bureau or inspection or “just cause” eviction mechanism. [...]

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Delaware Statutory Trust Problems: DST 1031 Exchange Market Insights and Thoughts – by Dwight Kay

Posted on 01. Jun, 2018 by .

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Many 1031 exchange investors researching Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) properties are looking to find out if the DST 1031 concept is “too good to be true”. What’s not to like about mailbox money from an institutional piece of real estate that is prepackaged and easily closed on in three to five days? Well, understanding potential Delaware Statutory Trust problems and things that can go wrong is something that every investor must be aware of before making any investment decisions.

As the CEO and Founder of Kay Properties, I have been personally involved in over seven billion dollars of DST properties as a registered representative and have worked with many major and minor DST sponsor companies throughout the industry. [...]

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Renting Out a House? How to Choose a Policy When Insuring a Second Home – by GS Insurance Solutions

Posted on 01. Jun, 2018 by .

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If you’re investing in a second home, we’ve gathered some insurance basics that will help you make the best buying decision when it comes to determining insurability and estimating your ongoing cost of ownership.

It can cost more to insure a second home than to insure your primary residence.  Premiums are based on a variety of factors, like the amount of time that your home will be unoccupied, its location and the liability from renting the property. [...]

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