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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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11/15/2017
A Whopping 130 Housing Bills Make for a Very Busy 2017

Reprinted with permission of the Small Property Owners of San Francisco Institute. State legislators are sponsoring a record setting 130 housing-related bills during this legislative session. Below are the most important.  Abolishing the Costa-Hawkins Act AB 1506 (Bloom, D-Santa Monica, Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Bonta (D-Alameda), would repeal the state Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, giving all cities […]

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10/6/2017
AB 291 – IMMIGRANT TENANT PROTECTION ACT

California Apartment Association Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will deter landlords from discriminating against any tenant based on their immigration status. AB 291, introduced by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, is set to protect tenants from unethetical landlords who seek to intimidate them by threatening to report them to immigration authorities, or those who seek […]

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10/6/2017
How to Deal with Angry Occupants –by Dakota Thornton

with permission from the AOA (Apartment Owner’s Association) As a property manager, you receive more than your daily dose of drama. Much of it happens as a result of spontaneous combustion from angry occupants. Here are some ways to diffuse the situation, often ahead of time, and to keep things running smoothly. We’ve all heard […]

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10/6/2017
What’s in Store for California Real Estate? – by Bruce Norris

with permission from the AOA (Apartment Owner’s Association) California’s median price rose to $550,200 in May. That represented a year-over-year gain of 5.8%. It’s common for prices in the summer to be the highest price reached for the year. At $550,000, California is now only $44,000 off its peak price in May 2007 of $594,530. […]

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10/6/2017
Help Stop the Trash Monopoly! – by Michael Millman, Attorney

with permission from the AOA (Apartment Owner’s Association) (The following is an open letter sent to Athens Services and Recycle L.A.) My family owns several Westside apartments and Athens has been our outstanding provider for many years. Two years ago, when the City Council passed the new trash hauling arrangement, the union trade group called […]

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9/5/2017
That Burning Question – How Long Should I Hold Tax Records? – by Gautam Kumar CPA

Reprinted with permission from AOA. Dear Accountant: How long should I hold my tax records? In my accounting practice of over 20 years, I have been asked this question way too many times; hundreds, of times. Ideally, I would like to respond by stating NEVER throw away any of your paperwork, ever. But that is […]

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9/5/2017
What Your Residents Need to Know About Dry Drowning – by Kings III Emergency Communications

Reprinted with permission from AOA. Have a pool on your property?  You know that presents a whole new set of safety issues that you, as the property manager/owner are liable for.  With pool season in full swing, it is no surprise that there have been an increasing amount of drownings and other pool horror stories […]

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9/5/2017
Landlord to Pay $20,000 to Settle Pet Discrimination Case – by the Editors of Rental Housing Journal

Reprinted with permission from AOA. The owner of several Reno, Nevada apartment complexes has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle allegations of  pet discrimination and Fair Housing Act violations involving requiring pet deposits from prospective tenants who require assistance animals, according to a release.The Silver State Fair Housing Council filed four complaints against the owner and […]

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9/5/2017
Don’t Let Your Estate Plan Be a Hazard for Your Family! – by Kenneth Ziskin, Attorney

Reprinted with permission from AOA. My wife, Hinda, who helps me with planning for clients, and I  have been lucky enough to meet hundreds of wonderful apartment owners though the AOA seminars we have done throughout California.  The majority of them planned ahead years ago and build living trust based estate plans to protect their […]

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