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2/13/2018
What Every Owner Should Have to Protect Themselves from Discrimination Lawsuits – by Cristine Tablante, AOA Advisor

With permission from AOA (Apartment Owners Association) Do you have a written Qualification Criteria list?  A Qualification Criteria is a list of requirements of what you expect from an applicant and what will qualify them to rent from you.  To protect you from a possible discrimination lawsuit, it should be in writing and handed out […]

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2/13/2018
What Can You Now Expect When You Evict a Tenant in 2018 and Beyond? – by Grayce Long, Attorney

With permission from AOA (Apartment Owners Association) If you recall about four and a half years ago, the Los Angeles court system did a sweeping overhaul with the unlawful detainer courts and closed many courthouses due to budget deficits. The eviction process, years ago, took about 30 days for an uncontested eviction whereas now it […]

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2/13/2018
Watch Out for Rent Control in Pasadena and AB-1506! – by Patricia Harris

With permission from AOA (Apartment Owners Association) Following in the footsteps of tenant groups in Glendale and Long Beach, a Pasadena group has also filed preliminary paperwork to place a rent control initiative on an upcoming ballot. The Pasadena ballot measure would: establish a city-run rental housing board limit rent increases, and force the city […]

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2/13/2018
Can I Say No to Pot in My Apartments When it is Legal in my State? – by John Triplett

With permission from AOA (Apartment Owners Association) California just became the world’s largest legal marijuana market. When pot is legal in a state, what issues does this present to property managers and landlords of rental properties? Property managers are often confused and seeking to better understand how to handle the issues of legal marijuana and medical […]

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1/12/2018
AB 1506 IS DEFEATED IN COMMITTEE

A MESSAGE FROM AAGLA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DAN YUKELSON COSTA-HAWKINS IS SAVED… FOR NOW. TO BE CONTINUED. Today is a great day for the multifamily housing industry. An Assembly bill introduced by Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), AB 1506, to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act of 1995 (“Costa-Hawkins”) has been defeated. In a meeting today in front […]

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1/9/2018
BLOWING UP COSTA-HAWKINS: WHAT IS IT AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

It is Not Just Your Apartments, But Single-Family Homes and Condominiums Will Also be Impacted By Daniel Yukelson and Stevie Funes Although a great deal has already been said about it, there is much more discussion and debate to take place this year regarding the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act of 1995 (“Costa-Hawkins”). Anyone that owns […]

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12/26/2017
10 Ways to Express Resident Appreciation – by Trish Harris

With permission from the Apartment Owner’s Association (AOA) In the multifamily industry, we often think of apartment community residents in the collective.  However, these communities comprise of individuals with diverse lives, unique personalities and a broad range of hopes and dreams – just as any other group of people does.  When we think of our […]

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12/26/2017
What Landlords Should Know About Section 8 – Myths vs. Facts – by Kristin Maithonis

With permission from the Apartment Owner’s Association (AOA) The Housing Choice Voucher Program (commonly known as Section 8) is a federally funded program providing monthly rental assistance to very low income tenants renting units in the private market. The rental assistance is provided through a local housing authority. Myths about the Section 8 program continue […]

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12/26/2017
Happy Renters AND Safe Properties for the Holidays – by D.L. Graham

With permission from the Apartment Owner’s Association (AOA) The holiday season is a time to bring out the best in human nature. But, it can also be a time of increased stress, short tempers, and rude behavior. How can you best keep an atmosphere of harmony and good will at your property, while still preserving […]

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11/15/2017
Legal Corner

WRITTEN BY MICHAEL A BRENNAN, EVICTION ATTORNEY  Question: I just received a phone call from one of my tenants asking me whether she can pay her rent for this month in two payments. I don’t like doing it, but she has been a great tenant over many years and this is the first time she […]

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