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7/11/2017
Usury Interest: How High is Too High? – by Dale Alberstone, Esq.

Reprinted with permission from AOA. Hello everybody.  At the time when interest rates on mortgages are at a near historic low, AOA members might find it surprising that I am devoting this article to a discussion of high interest rates, that is, usurious interest which exceeds the maximum rates California law allows. Even with overall low rates, occasionally […]

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7/11/2017
The Inner Workings of the Courthouse Chambers – How Judges Work and Decide Cases – Part One – by Nate Bernstein, Esq.

Reprinted with permission from AOA. The “battle zone environment” of the downtown Los Angeles Superior Court is something to witness in person if you have never been there to experience it.  It is not for the genteel or the faint of heart.   The downtown Los Angeles Superior Court, located in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, at […]

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7/10/2017
Los Angeles Imposes Further Restraints on Landlords! – by Sheri Swist

Reprinted with permission from AOA. On April 19, 2017 the L.A. City Council voted 12-0 to make changes to portions of the Los Angeles Municipal Code governing the Ellis Act.  Of course, as anyone who knows how the city operates would guess, these changes further hinder landlords’ property rights. The Old Law Under the old […]

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6/12/2017
White Paper on Fair Housing- Disability Discrimination Issues and How to Handle the Needs of a Disabled Tenant who Requests a Service Pet or Comfort Pet as a Reasonable Accommodation.

How to prevent a “dog” of a case becoming a state or federal disability legal case against the landlord or property management company. Let’s start the discussion and analysis with a hypothetical fact pattern: Tenant Victor wants to have a service dog in his apartment. You are the resident manager of a mid sized apartment […]

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6/9/2017
HUD Sues Landlords for $16,000 for Discrimination Against Veteran with Assistance Animal – by the Editors of Rental Housing Journal

Reprinted with permission of  the Apartment Owners Association Landlords who refused to waive the pet deposit for a combat veteran with an emotional support dog have been charged with discrimination and violating the Fair Housing Act, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to a release. The veteran was renting a single-family […]

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6/9/2017
Following HUD Guidelines on Criminal Background Checks Can Be Problematic – by Deborah Lopez

Reprinted with permission of  the Apartment Owners Association Screening tenants is a vital part of the job of a landlord or property manager.  While most of the criteria – credit score, income, employment – by which prospective tenants are screened, are straightforward to evaluate, one in particular is not – criminal background. In order to steer […]

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6/9/2017
Disability Discrimination Issues and How to Handle the Needs of a Disabled Tenant who Requests a Service Pet or Comfort Pet as a Reasonable Accommodation.

How to prevent a “dog” of a case becoming a state or federal disability legal case against the landlord or property management company.  Let’s start the discussion and analysis with a hypothetical fact pattern: Tenant Victor wants to have a service dog in his apartment.  You are the resident manager of a mid sized apartment […]

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5/5/2017
Working with Mentally ill Tenants

Some multifamily property owners and managers dread the prospect of working with a mentally ill or mentally disabled tenant, particularly if it looks like situations involving violence could arise. However, managers and other experts around the country agree that working with these tenants is usually more rewarding than otherwise. Disturbances, altercations and arrests can usually […]

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5/3/2017
Nearing The End of a Cycle – by Bruce Norris

It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since the great boom in real estate prices ended around 2007. The California Crash started in earnest in 2008 and continued until 2012. Prices went from about $600,000 to $250,000 in just a couple of years. It was devastating to anyone who did not see it coming. […]

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4/11/2017
Los Angeles City Rent Stabilization – Reminders and Updates – by Patricia A. Harris

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, 2017.  Serving a timely notice, you may collect one half of those fees from your tenants.  Note:  You […]

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