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Archive for September, 2020

Refusing to Pay Rent: A Cause or an Agenda? By-Zach Kosturos

Posted on 01. Sep, 2020 by .

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There is a difference between a leader who fights for a cause for the betterment of their community and one who games the system in a hypocritical pursuit of their own agenda. In critical times such as these, we need more of the former and as few as possible of the latter. On May 1, […]

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It’s Not Us vs. Them By- David Crown

Posted on 01. Sep, 2020 by .

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In this time of uncertainty and struggle, amid danger and misinformation, the last thing we should do is assume the worst about each other. Crises like the current pandemic inevitably divide people to some extent (and this one divides us physically from one another), but when we rigidly refuse to give the benefit of the […]

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How to Manage Tenant Communication During COVID-19 By-Barbara Jackson

Posted on 01. Sep, 2020 by .

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With COVID-19 affecting every aspect of daily life, it’s important for tenants to know that their landlords, property managers, and real estate agents are keeping lines of communication open. Learn how housing professionals are using technology to manage tenant communication during COVID-19. Be Prepared Tenants are going to continue to have a lot of questions […]

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Should I Pay the Taxes or Defer? Why Doing a 1031 Exchange May Be Smart Financial Planning By- Ehud Gersten

Posted on 01. Aug, 2020 by .

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When selling real estate investment property, investors generally have two options:  Pay the taxes on any gains from the sale, or,  Conduct a 1031 exchange and defer the taxes owed.    Recently, because of the financial uncertainty surrounding 01and the overall state of the economy, some investors are choosing to pay the taxes on any […]

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ADA Lawsuits Have Not Stopped Due to COVID-19 By- Anthony Guichard

Posted on 01. Aug, 2020 by .

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in the world – where most of the retail and commercial spaces are hit the hardest. Most of the tenants that have retail and commercial spaces throughout California have been considered non-essential have been forced to close per federal and state orders. Sadly, the tenants and owners of these […]

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Governor Newsom – Stop Giving Away My Rental Income!

Posted on 01. Aug, 2020 by .

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Dan:  Below is what I sent to our Governor, per your suggestion.  Lawrence Rubenstein   The Honorable Gavin Newsom Governor of California 1303 10th Street, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA  95814 Dear Governor Newsom: Clearly, the Coronavirus pandemic is a serious situation. Sadly, our man-made response to it may well make it even worse. I own […]

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Seattle’s Rent Moratorium Would Hurt Renters and Landlords – and it’s Unconstitutional By-Ethan Blevins

Posted on 01. Aug, 2020 by .

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle City Council issued a resolution calling on state and federal government to “impose an immediate moratorium on residential and commercial rent payments … such that no Seattleite should be required to pay rent during this health emergency or accumulate debt for unpaid rent.” This extreme proposal goes […]

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Solution for Tenants Walking Away Without Paying Rent By-Rebecca Abbott, AOA Long Beach Branch Manager

Posted on 01. Jul, 2020 by .

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  With the COVID-19  laws allowing tenants six months to a year in order to make up past due rent, numerous members have expressed fear and frustration that renters with outstanding balances will simply pick up and move somewhere else after months of deferred (aka “free” rent) without paying what is owed. As all landlords […]

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The “Big Lie” Behind COVID-19 – Part 2

Posted on 01. Jul, 2020 by .

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A version of this article by Porter Stansberry first appeared on April 17, 2020 in The Stansberry Digest, published by Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, an independent investment research firm.  You can visit them at www.stansberryresearch.com. Here’s a Prediction In a “bad year” for the flu, between 50,000 and 100,000 Americans die from the virus. […]

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Legal Q & A By-Richard Beckman

Posted on 01. Jul, 2020 by .

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Question 1:  What is the latest status of the landlord’s right to require the tenant to pay rent or move out during the COVID-19 crisis? What about other grounds to terminate a tenancy? Answer 1: As discussed in last month’s article in some detail, for all of California, evictions for non-payment of rent are extremely […]

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Virus Effects on Apartments and Real Estate by Joseph W. DeCarlo

Posted on 01. Jul, 2020 by .

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We are now in unchartered and difficult waters with the COVID-19 virus epidemic.  The rules, customs and ways of doing business are changing and still unknown.  The social distancing will alter how people buy, sell and lease apartments after the COVID-19 crisis has ended.  We must be flexible, adaptable and changeable in the future.

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The “Big Lie” Behind COVID-19 – Part 1

Posted on 01. Jun, 2020 by .

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A version of this article by Porter Stansberry first appeared on April 17, 2020 in The Stansberry Digest, published by Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, an independent investment research firm.  You can visit them at www.stansberryresearch.com.   Recently, an old friend said to me, Porter, I’m almost afraid to ask… but what do you think […]

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Protection for Renters During the COVID-19 Crisis By- David Finkelstein and Kristin Lemke

Posted on 01. Jun, 2020 by .

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Governor Newsom proclaimed a State of Emergency in California on March 4, 2020 and thereafter issued Executive Order N-28-20 to protect renters affected by COVID-19 from eviction. The Executive Order, in part, suspends state law limitations on local jurisdictions that impose restrictions on evictions, giving local governments the authority to place restrictions on evictions for […]

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Does Your Insurance Policy Cover Business Interruptions? By- GSI Insurance, AOA’s Group Insurance Brokerage Company

Posted on 01. Jun, 2020 by .

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“Pandemic”…  When we hear that word, our minds reference historic outbreaks such as smallpox, the bubonic plague, and various strains of influenza.  Epidemics have shaped history and impacted companies, even in modern times.  The current Coronavirus – also known as SARS Coronavirus 2 or COVID-19 has society shutting down businesses, shelter-in-place orders;it has us talking […]

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COVID-19, CARES ACT and Your Taxes – A Few Quick Tips! By- Sarin Vartanian

Posted on 01. Jun, 2020 by .

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The 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic has affected all businesses especially apartment owners here in California. In addition to operating your rental property and attempting to collect rent from your tenants, it is imperative that you understand and pay close attention to the changes made in the tax law as a result of the Coronavirus Aid Relief […]

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Landlords and COVID-19 Challenges By- Jeffrey Taylor, MR LANDLORD.COM

Posted on 01. Jun, 2020 by .

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The topic on top of the minds of many landlords is how the coronavirus is affecting rent payments. One landlord asked on our MrLandlord.com Q&A Forum: “Has anyone reached out to their local community services to see what rental assistance is available to the working poor who may be furloughed over the next few weeks?”

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Legal Q & A By- Richard Beckman

Posted on 01. Jun, 2020 by .

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Question 1: Can I apply the tenant’s security deposit to rent that is not being paid during the Covid 19 crisis? If so, can I then require the tenant to replenish the deposit? Answer 1: The short answers are, probably, and probably not. I have a feeling I will be prefacing nearly every answer for […]

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COVID-19 – Eviction Lawsuits Proceed in California Despite Relief for Some Tenants By-CalMatters

Posted on 01. Apr, 2020 by .

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The wheels of the eviction process are still turning in many parts of the state, and renters remain subject to ejection for many reasons. Questions are emerging about how to handle cases not related to the pandemic. Pandemic or no pandemic, landlords’ attorney Dennis Block is still trying to evict renters. As public health authorities advise Californians […]

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