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Archive for July, 2020

Letters to the Editor …

Posted on 01. Jul, 2020 by .

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Hi Dan: I wanted to send you an email to let you know I’ve been a very satisfied client of yours since 2014 or 2015. How great is it to hear something positive in this unprecedented, trying crisis? This is the time, more than ever before, that I look to AOA and Rebecca particularly, for guidance. […]

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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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This is What Housing Providers Put Up With! By- Patricia A. Harris

Posted on 01. Jun, 2020 by .

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There’s a state-wide tenant organization called “Tenants Together” and they’re at it again.  One of their beliefs is that housing is a human right, not a commodity and they have a genuine dislike coupled with misplaced anger for all landlords.

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Roles and Responsibilities of Section 8 Landlords and Tenants- By Kristin Maithonis

Posted on 01. Mar, 2020 by .

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Recently, a landlord visited me and said that he wanted his Section 8 tenant to move out because her boyfriend, who was not included in the lease, was living in the unit. He was unhappy to learn that, as the landlord, he is responsible for enforcing the lease and that the housing authority could not […]

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Man Who Threatened to Kill His Landlords Sentenced to 40 Years- By The Editors of Rental Housing Journal

Posted on 01. Mar, 2020 by .

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A Beaverton, Oregon man who threatened to kill his landlords and used mercury to deter people from entering his apartment has been sentenced to 40 years in prison, a sentence “commensurate to the danger he posed to his neighbors in the community,” according to the U.S. Attorney for Oregon. Jason Paul Schaefer, 28, of Beaverton, […]

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SECTION 8 California Landlords Must Accept Section 8 Applicants!- By Kimball, Tirey and St. John, LLP

Posted on 01. Mar, 2020 by .

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Under SB 329 and SB 222, all landlords in California will be required to accept Section 8 and VASH vouchers and other forms of rental assistance and to consider them as part of an applicant’s income. Both went into effect on January 1, 2020.

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Reflection is a Route to Wisdom by – Terry Moore

Posted on 01. Jan, 2020 by .

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“Wisdom is the ability to recognize, and the inclination to choose, the highest and best goal, and the surest means of attaining it.” ~ J. I. Packer

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Words to Lease By: Advice for Accidental Landlords By – David Crown

Posted on 01. Jan, 2020 by .

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It takes more than a keen business sense to lease rental property in a way that maximizes profits, meets all necessary legal requirements and protects you as an owner. If you recently moved from your home and leased it out, or inherited a rental, you’re in one of the largest demographics of real estate investors: […]

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5 Ways to Communicate Better with Challenging Tenants By – Holly Welles

Posted on 01. Dec, 2019 by .

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Many landlords wish they could communicate better with challenging tenants who pose a number of problems for management. As a landlord, you may occasionally encounter tenants who bring a range of issues with them, like missing rent payments or keeping pets when the terms of their lease don’t allow it. You don’t have to dread […]

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How to Solve the Number One Problem in Landlord-Tenant Relationships – Security Deposit Refunds By Robert Griswold, CRE®, CPM®, ARM®

Posted on 01. Dec, 2019 by .

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If you own rental property in California, you need to comply with special rules and procedures for vacating tenants.  California landlords must provide their tenants with written notice that they’re entitled to request and be present for an initial pre-move inspection.  A vacating tenant can decline, but if he accepts that the rental property owner […]

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Top 5 Lawsuits Landlords Face and How to Prevent Them By – GSI Insurance Solutions, Inc.

Posted on 01. Nov, 2019 by .

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In my ten years as a landlord, I never expected the dreaded pink letter indicating I was being sued by a tenant. Yet, there it was – right in my mailbox – a letter from my former tenants indicating they were suing us for withholding their security deposit. There are strict tenant rights laws around […]

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California Lawmakers – They Just Don’t Get It, But Landlords Are Fighting Back! By – Patricia A. Harris

Posted on 01. Sep, 2019 by .

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It appears that the state of California believes that the housing shortage should be placed on the shoulders of housing providers and the politicians continue to burden them with new laws in an attempt to solve the problem.  They chisel away at private property rights and place more and more restrictive laws on the people […]

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California Continues to Trample Property Owners’ Rights

Posted on 01. Jul, 2019 by .

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The below two cases have been filed by Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) on behalf of property owners. Government Can’t Force Tenants for Life Mr. Pakdel is a small business owner in Ohio. In 2009 he bought what’s known as a “tenancy in common” (TIC) apartment in San Francisco and leased it to a residential tenant. […]

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Letters to the Editor

Posted on 01. Mar, 2019 by .

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Dear Dan: My husband and I visited the AOA-Long Beach AOA office for assistance. As Landlords, we met with Rebecca for help with our Small Claims lawsuit.  We want to inform you of how much we appreciate the help and time that Rebecca professionally extended to us. She spent a great deal of time with […]

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Landlords Fined $2.25 Million for Running Illegal Airbnb! By -The Editors of the Rental Housing Journal

Posted on 01. Jan, 2019 by .

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Two landlords who own 17 buildings have been fined $2.25 million in penalties and investigation costs after unlawfully renting out 14 apartments on Airbnb, according to a release.

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Christmas Safety Tips for Landlords and Their Tenants By – Sharon Vornholt

Posted on 01. Dec, 2018 by .

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Landlords are always concerned about safety issues in their investment property. But there is no better time than during the holidays, to remind your tenants of some basic steps they can take to keep themselves and the property they live in safe. Holiday decorations present many “opportunities” for landlords to encounter additional liability.

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A Landlord’s Christmas

Posted on 01. Dec, 2018 by .

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As we close out 2018, AOA would like to thank you for your support this year – it’s been a pleasure serving your needs.  Our additional thanks to all who contributed to the “No on Prop 10” campaign. May your holidays be merry, your rent checks be on time and the coming year be fruitful.

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Finally Another Landlord Victory By – Sheri Swist

Posted on 01. Nov, 2018 by .

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 Fourth Amendment Rights in the Context of SCEP Inspections Restored to Landlords and Tenants! 

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This Could Really Happen -Vote No on Proposition 10! And It’s Here! The Big Million Dollar Trade Show and Educational Conference

Posted on 01. Oct, 2018 by .

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VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 10 – Repeal of 1995 Costa Hawkins Fair Housing Act The below is an open letter, written by Attorney Michael Millman. [AOA:  The following will not happen when we defeat Proposition 10!]

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Landlord Prevails in “First in Time” Seattle Ordinance! – by the Pacific Legal Foundation

Posted on 01. Aug, 2018 by .

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In a noble but misguided effort to combat racial discrimination, the City of Seattle passed a series of ordinances forbidding local landlords from choosing their own tenants: A “first in time” ordinance requires landlords to rent to the first financially-qualified tenant who applies. And the “Fair Chance Housing Ordinance” forbids landlords from considering applicants’ criminal […]

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Convicted Felon Kills Landlord Over $30 Rent Increase Don’t Mean to Scare You But…. by Patricia A. Harris

Posted on 01. Aug, 2018 by .

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I recently watched a true-to-life episode of “ID” and the program was about a female tenant who was being evicted for non-payment of rent.  The tenant, who had resided in the building for over five years actually had a good relationship with her landlord, even though she constantly failed to pay her rent.  The tenant […]

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None of Our Politicians Has the Courage to Do the Right Thing for Owners and Renters – By Noni Richen

Posted on 01. Dec, 2016 by .

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In what must have been one of the low points of her day, a young woman recently knocked on my door to tell me that she was from the San Francisco Tenants Union and wanted to invite me to a “Town Hall” to listen to Dean Preston, a supervisorial candidate talk to tenants about how […]

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Legal Q & A – by Dennis Block

Posted on 01. Dec, 2016 by .

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Question One:  We attended your seminar on Tenant Screening at the L.A. Convention Center as we are members of the AOA. Thank you very much for your seminar which gave us highly useful tips to screen probable tenants. I will be glad to use your services for us and for my friends because of your […]

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HELP STOP THE TRASH MONOPOLY! – By David Hernandez

Posted on 01. Dec, 2016 by .

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Apartment Owners, Business Owners and Community Leaders Are Fighting Back to Protect Your Rights and Your Wallets! In 2014 the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor, working with Labor Based Organizations passed an Ordinance impacting all commercial business, including apartment owners, in Los Angeles. While the city picks up trash from residential and some smaller […]

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Still the Biggest Pitfall of a Family Living Trust Lawsuit – By Dale Alberstone, Esq.

Posted on 01. Dec, 2016 by .

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As I advised AOA members in this column five years ago, the biggest pitfall in any arbitration or litigation, including unlawful detainers, brought or defended by a family living trust is the failure of the pleadings to properly identify the trustees of the trust as parties to the proceeding. 

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10 Ways to Be a Great Landlord – By Richard Montgomery

Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by .

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It is upsetting when we get tenant complaints as a landlord. It is hard work renting apartments or homes to tenants and it takes people skills and management skills. Many times our goal as a landlord is to simply avoid tenant complaints. But there are principles, if properly used, that can reduce or eliminate tenant complaints. Do […]

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BASTA – A Year Later – By Grayce Long, Attorney

Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by .

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The bad news for landlords is that BASTA is still going strong and appears to be growing.  Recently, I was in the Downtown L.A. courthouse in Department 94, where all evictions are heard.  There was a calendar of 54 unlawful detainer cases and of those 54 cases, BASTA represented 15 of the defendants.   That means […]

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Something to Think About #50 – Uncle Sally’s Nephew, Part 13 – by Klarise Yahya, Commercial Loan Broker – BRE: 00957107, MLO: 249261

Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by .

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Continued from Part 12:  The incentives broke out thusly:  If another agent had sold this property at full asking price, Stu D. Chicken’s office’s share of the commission would be half of 5% of the original $550,000 price, or $13,750. Instead, his office got all of 5% of $400,000 ($20,000). In either case, Stu D. […]

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Monthly Management Tips From MRLANDLORD.COM – By Jeff Taylor

Posted on 01. Aug, 2016 by .

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Red Flag if Rental Applicant is Not on a Current Lease! When screening and verifying prospective residents, the general consensus among landlords is to consider it a red flag if a rental applicant is neither on the lease nor paying rent at their current residence in which they are vacating. For example, if the applicant […]

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Coming Next Month – The “Million Dollar” Trade Show and Landlording Conference

Posted on 01. Aug, 2016 by .

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The Big Show You’ll want to mark your calendars for the FREE “Million Dollar Trade Show and Landlording Conference” next month where we’ll be giving away iPads and 5-day cruises.  The show willbe held onTuesday, September 20th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in West Hall B, 1201 N. Figueroa!

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Coming Next Month! The FREE “Million Dollar” Trade Show and Landlording Conference

Posted on 01. Apr, 2016 by .

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The Big Show  You’ll want to remember to mark your calendars for the big “Million Dollar Trade Show and Landlording Conference” next month.  The big show will be held on Thursday, May 19th at the Long Beach Convention Center in Hall C, 300 East Ocean!

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Another Possible Victory for Landlords! – By Justin Wilson

Posted on 01. Apr, 2016 by .

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Minnesota Landlords and Tenants Unite to Fight Unconstitutional Search of Homes Golden Valley landlords and tenants unite to challenge city’s rental inspection law. Minnesotans have a new reason to remember to empty their dishwashers and keep their bathrooms clean. That’s because the city of Golden Valley is asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to grant […]

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Los Angeles City Rent Stabilization – Reminders and Updates – by Patricia A. Harris

Posted on 01. Apr, 2016 by .

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Hopefully, if you own apartments in the City of Los Angeles and are under the L.A. Rent Stabilization Ordinance, you have already paid your building’s registration fees of $24.51 per unit which was due by February 29, 2016.  Serving a timely notice, you may collect one half of those fees from your tenants. 

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Legal Q & A Tenants Operating Day Cares – by Franco Simone, Esq.

Posted on 01. Apr, 2016 by .

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Q:  My tenants informed me that they plan on running a small day care business out of their apartment. However, my rental agreement strictly prohibits operating a business out of the apartment and the area in which the apartment building is situated is not zoned for commercial businesses. Can I prohibit my tenants from starting […]

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Five Secrets of Successful Real Estate Investing – By Vena Jones Cox

Posted on 01. Mar, 2016 by .

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An interesting thing happens when people become successful real estate investors:  like any true convert, they start to want to proselytize. And one of the primary characteristics of any good missionary is the desire to emphasize the good and de-emphasize the downsides of ones’ religion. 

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Inherit a House? How to Rent it Out – By Cliff Hockley

Posted on 01. Mar, 2016 by .

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We manage properties for homeowners with many unique circumstances but inheritance is one of the most common reasons why people choose to rent out a home.  This is the story of a typical case.

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5 Big Mistakes Made by Rental Property Owners – By Wallace S. Gibson

Posted on 01. Mar, 2016 by .

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Just Looking in the Local Newspaper Classifieds for a Rental Rate Prospective tenants have many ways to check comparable rental rates besides the newspaper – local property managers, Realtors or the internet listings.  Property owners renting their own property need to check these sources in addition to the newspaper.  Local Realtors can provide a list […]

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The Housing Shortage Blame Game Continues – By Noni Richen

Posted on 01. Mar, 2016 by .

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Welcome to the New Year.  We said farewell to 2015, which we greeted we optimism.  But along the way, our small businesses continued to be pummeled by successive legislative assaults from our elected officials.  The bright spots came from our show of force and determination at several

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MRLANDLORD.COM Tips On Management – By Jeffrey Taylor, “Mr. Landlord”

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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Facebook Advertising – One Landlord’s Experience  I believe Facebook marketing will be important consideration for future marketing/advertising if current trends continue. You can use Facebook marketing in multiple ways. Here is what I have done:

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Economy Is Improving, Yet Most Americans Are Pessimistic – By Gary Halbert

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

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 The unemployment rate has declined for seven years; the economy has been in expansion for more than six years; and the stock market has more than tripled since 2009. Things are definitely better, right? Yet you wouldn’t know that based on the results of several recent polls.

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