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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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8/7/2017
The Legality of Using Criminal Background Checks in Light of HUD’s 2016 Guidance Memo – by Eviction Attorney, Michael A. Brennan

With permission from AOA In April, 2016, HUD issued a Guidance Memo concerning the applicability of the Fair Housing Act to the use of information found in criminal background checks to deny housing to applicants with criminal histories. While some believe the Guidance Memo has raised more questions than answers, the truth is that landlords may still […]

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8/7/2017
AB-2330 Walk-through – the Initial Move-Out Inspection – by Grayce Long, Attorney

With permission from AOA When was the last time you had a walk-through with your tenant prior to them vacating the unit? The law regarding having a pre-inspection with your tenant was passed in 2003 however, many of you are still not following the proper procedures. Did you know that the number one reason a landlord is […]

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8/7/2017
New bed bug disclosure law goes into effect soon By Gideon Kramer, SPOSFI News Editor

With permission from the SPOSFI (Small Property Owners of San Francisco) May 19, 2017 Effective July 1, Assembly Bill 551 will place new obligations on all California residential landlords and tenants regarding the disclosure and treatment and control of bed bugs. In brief: A landlord is prohibited from showing or renting a unit if bed bugs […]

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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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