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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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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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