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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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4/11/2017
New Landlord Requirements Regarding Bed Bugs – by Patricia A. Harris

AB551 prescribes the duties of landlords and tenants with regard to the treatment and control of bed bugs.  The below describes in general, a landlord’s responsibilities. What Must a Landlord Do? On and after July 1, 2017, prior to creating a new tenancy for a dwelling unit, a landlord shall provide a written bedbug notice […]

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4/11/2017
Repeal Costa-Hawkins? Assembly Bill 1506 seeks to kill this bedrock California property rights law

In February 17, 2017, Assembly Members Chiu, Bonta, and Bloom introduced AB 1506, an effort to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act—a state law that places strict limits on a city’s ability to impose rent control on housing. Prior to Costa-Hawkins, rent control ordinances had long been held to be a valid exercise of a […]

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4/11/2017
Is Pot the New Pets?

Donald Davidoff is an industry thought leader and can be reached by emailing Donald@d2demand.com (Warning: Don’t read this if you’re not interested in hearing a provocative point of view) I was meeting with a client of mine who has communities in California, and they shared a letter they were sending their residents. The letter was informing residents […]

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4/11/2017
7 Action Steps Apartment Owners and Managers Need to Do to Prepare and Get Ready for an Unlawful Detainer Trial

INTRODUCTION Many landlords/ property managers have been involved in unlawful detainer/ eviction cases in one form or another.   Eviction cases take many forms and factual circumstances.   Some cases go smoother than others !    Some of the most common scenarios are either a tenant was not paying rent on time, or a tenant is being a […]

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3/23/2017
Important News Regarding Rent Control Legislation: Calif AB 1506

A California Assembly Bill, AB 1506 (BLOOM), was introduced three weeks ago and aims to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act, which currently prevents cities and counties from adopting extremely restrictive rent control policies. The Costa-Hawkins Act was adopted in 1995 to curb extreme rent control, enabling property owners to raise rents on vacant units during a […]

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2/8/2017
New For 2017 – LA’s Rent Registry

Due to a recent amendment to Chapter XV of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, beginning in January 2017, the City will collect rent rates for all units subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). Previously, landlords were only required to pay the annual registration fee and provide an emergency contact. The Los Angeles City Council […]

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2/8/2017
Help Protect Your Building From Sewage Backups And Overflows – by Greg Martin

Most homes in the Bay Area were built decades ago and still have their original pipes that connect the home to the sewer line in the street. Over time, these Private Sewer Laterals (PSL), crack which allows your sewage to seep out into the ground around your home.  It also allows rain water that has […]

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