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Archive for June, 2019

Who Has to Pay the Resident Manager’s Cell Phone Bill? By Dale Alberstone

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Hello everybody.   My discussion this month deals with the topic of whether an apartment owner
must pay all or any portion of the cell phone bill of the owner’s resident managers who use their
own personal cell phones when performing their work-related services. […]

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Introducing an Easy Method for Online Rental Payments By AOA

Posted on 01. Jun, 2019 by .

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Why Do Online Rent Payments Work?

In an increasingly digital world, residents overwhelmingly prefer to pay rent online using an eCheck (ACH), debit or credit card. PayRent.com provides the tools for modern day landlords and property managers to collect rent seamlessly. As an owner or manager you will have the added benefit of increasing resident satisfaction, avoiding check processing costs and wait times, eliminating physical drop box and mail fraud and freeing up staff to focus on other business priorities.   […]

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Making a Molehill Into a Legal Mountain – How Small Resident Manager Payment Problems Can Turn Into Big Ones by – Gary Ganchrow

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As a rule, I do no write in this space about litigation.  Most non-lawyers are not interested and many believe that lawsuits – like some dreaded disease – will not happen to them. But I am going to make an exception in this article – sort of.  Because I have found that nearly all the people I represent in connection with claims that they improperly paid a resident manager end up needing to pay far more money than they ever could have imagined, have no advance understanding of how the amount at risk could possibly get so high, and cannot fathom how stacked the deck is against them. […]

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Love Thy Neighbor? By – Zachary Lawrence JD

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The King James Bible states…”Thy shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”. The Ten Commandments states:  “Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor”.

Perhaps the more practical maxim is …”Love thy neighbor, unless they interfere with your use and enjoyment of the property”.  California Civil Code section 3479 states:

“Anything which is injurious to health, including, but not limited to, the illegal sale of controlled substances, or is indecent or offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property, or unlawfully obstructs the free passage or use, in the customary manner, is a nuisance”. […]

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Don’t Just Show Your Apartments – SELL Them! 19 Great Tips for an Open House By – Jeffrey Taylor

Posted on 01. Jun, 2019 by .

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In a competitive environment, the way you “sell the value” of your properties, not just “show” your properties, is critical. I often get asked by landlords who are frustrated, “Why can’t I get it rented?”   The landlords believe their properties are in excellent condition, they even include WOW factors. But yet, they show their rental and few, if any, fill out an application. […]

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No Need for Statewide Rent Control, But Legislators Keep Trying to Make it Happen by – Noni Richen, President of SPOSFI

Posted on 01. Jun, 2019 by .

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As one of the first arrivals at our designated bus stop, just as the sun was rising on April 25th, I wondered if any of our members would join the ride to Sacramento to protest AB 1482, yet another attempt to impose statewide rent control. But I had no reason to doubt—our bus was full, and we even had to turn away a few late arrivals. There were two other buses, full as well, so we numbered about 150 orderly protesters. There were so many of us, in fact, that we were only allowed to identify ourselves and say, “I oppose.” Ultimately, our efforts to stop the bill were unsuccessful. […]

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Top Five Apartment Mailbox Upgrade Mistakes By – Jim McBurney

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Few apartment owners or property managers realize that it’s not possible to replace their mailboxes by searching online for equipment [that looks like what’s there now] and ordering and installing it. This is because the mailboxes installed before 1999 are probably illegal, not security-compliant, not-repairable and may even be owned by the Post Office that doesn’t sell them anymore. This is because in April 2012, the Postal Operations Manual PO 631.441 became effective and the USPS simultaneously got out of the mailbox sale and installation business. […]

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Service Pets in Rental Properties: What Landlords Should Know by – David Crown

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Service dogs perform all kinds of helpful and impressive tasks to serve the handicapped and
disabled: guiding the blind, pulling their owners in wheelchairs in some cases even dialing 911.
They can be vital to their owners’ well-being. But occasionally, tenants try to abuse the system
by bringing pets that don’t qualify as service animals into no-pet properties. It’s crucial for
landlords to know the ins and outs of this system. […]

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5 Simple Elements for Your Real Estate Portfolio Legacy By – Nick Schoch

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Reviewing your portfolio of investment properties should provide a sense of satisfaction. Thanks to your decades of hard work, your portfolio generates cash and operates like a well-oiled machine. But would this continue without you? Is your spouse or successor up to speed on how your portfolio operates? Do they know the addresses for each property you own? Will they be surprised when something you consider routine occurs at one of your properties? […]

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Unauthorized Apartment Occupants Can Increase Crime Risk By – Chris McGoey

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Apartment unauthorized occupants are a challenge to landlords. How can landlords prevent apartment unauthorized occupants? What defines living in a unit versus being a short-term social guest? […]

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