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The Best Property Management War Stories as Told by the Southland’s Top Property Managers

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LIVE Webcast: Monday, July 13, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Hear the “War Stories” from the Southland’s top property management experts and learn about some of the complicated issues they encountered and how these property management experts resolved them. Our experts will discuss some of the “stickiest,” toughest, challenging, and yes, quite possibly the sexiest situations they have had to deal with during their professional careers.  During this approximately 1-hour online, interactive webinar, you will have an opportunity to ask your questions and seek advice about some of the challenges you face today.

Possible Topics Include:

  • Dealing with illegal activities at your property.
  • Handling difficult tenants that threaten other residents and disturb the peace and enjoyment at your properties.
  • Advice on how best to navigate difficult tenants.
  • Do not make a fair housing mistake – a seemingly harmless comment can cost you thousands!
  • Think twice before you write something you will come to regret.
  • What lessons professional managers can bestow on smaller, “mom and pop” owners
  • And much more – your questions submitted prior to and during the webinar will drive the discussion

How are the New Regulations Impacting Your Ability to Collect Rent and Bring Forth Evictions

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LIVE Webcast: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Please join us on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. to hear from the leading landlord / tenant legal expert, Dennis Block, Esq.  DON’T MISS THIS IMPORTANT WEBINAR – NOW IS THE CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR LEGAL QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY CALIFORNIA’S TOP EVICTION ATTORNEY…FOR FREE!  Learn about when and how you can evict your problem tenant, legal strategies you can deploy for when the emergency declaration has ended and understand your rights as a rental property owner. 

Dennis P. Block, eviction attorney,  is THE AUTHORITY in the field of Landlord  /Tenant law and rent control issues in California. He conducts numerous seminars for both landlords and fellow attorneys and is a rental property owner himself.

WEBINAR DISCUSSION TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • When can your tenants withhold rent from YOU?
  • What proof are tenants required to provide to YOU in order withhold rent?
  • Can YOU proceed with an eviction at this time?
  • Is the Sheriff’s Office performing lockouts?
  • Are there different rules depending on what jurisdiction your property is in?
  • Are the courts open at present?  When will the courts open?
  • What time does happy hour start? (e.g., When will the emergency declaration be lifted?)
  • And, much, much more…including Q&A to follow the presentation.

Landlord/Tenant Questions & Answers

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Landlord/Tenant Questions & Answers

Ted Kimball, Esq.

May 2020

1.  Question:  We rent a house to a family.  My husband helped the tenant move a washing machine into the laundry room and noticed that the tenant’s defective hoses had leaked water onto the sheetrock.  We want to have the sheetrock repaired.  Can we deduct the cost from his security deposit and then send a 30-day notice for the tenant to reinstate that amount?

Answer:  You can serve a 3-day notice to perform conditions and covenants or quit to require the tenant to make repairs or to pay for the repairs.  If they do not comply with the notice, you can proceed with an eviction, or alternatively, deduct repair costs from their security deposit.

2.  Question:  I heard that if a tenant is using drugs on a property, the landlord can be charged on a drug charge, is this true?

Answer:  A landlord can be cited for maintaining a drug-related nuisance if he or she does not take reasonable steps to remove the illegal drug activity from the property.  The local enforcement agency must first advise the landlord of the nuisance.

Prediction For 2030: Government Can Help Housing By Doing Less

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Prediction For 2030: Government Can Help Housing By Doing Less

(This is Part 2 in a Series)

By Roger Valdez

Last month, I indulged in a prediction not just about housing in the next year, but about housing in the coming decade. My argument is that when put together, anger about housing prices, socialist activism, and an incurious media and academia will lead to so much incremental regulation that, in effect, government will be running all rental housing in the country by 2030. Why is this happening? How do housing activists end up believing that the government must intervene dramatically in the housing economy? And what’s the real solution to housing inflation?

A leading reason why we’re skidding toward government control of housing is because housing policy has been inappropriately saddled as the cause and the solution of various social ills. One of the best examples of this addled thinking is the battle over single-family housing. Lately, it’s in fashion to call single-family zoning racist. There is no doubt that in most American cities, many neighborhoods were deliberately set up to exclude African American families. This is something that is extensively documented by the Mapping Prejudice Project, a collaborative effort by the University of Minnesota and Augsburg University.

Tenant Problems: Not taking it Personal

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Tenant Problems:

Not taking it personal

When I started my property management business, the only owners that would take the time to work with me were owners with real headaches from tenants with whom they no longer had the patience to deal  themselves. For example, one of my first clients had a property in Beverly Hills on which he never raised rents. He brought me on to raise the rent by 10% back when rents could be increased by 10% with a 60 day notice. Let’s just say this young bright eyed property manager suddenly learned why the owner had never raised the rents. The tenants fought tooth and nail to challenge the rent increase. The owner’s headache was now outsourced to me, which was my job. In the end, the rent increase went into effect, the tenants paid and I had resolved an owner’s headache. Still, I learned just how aggressive a tenant could be when they felt aggrieved.  

After several years of being in the business, not much has changed. Tenants can still be incredibly aggressive when they feel their home, finances or way of life is being challenged. As for me, I have learned some very powerful lessons that may come in handy for owners who find themselves faced with defensive and combative tenants.

Renters Request Smoke-free Housing

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Renters Request Smoke-free Housing

Landlords Enjoy the Financial Benefits 

LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2020) – As of April 1, 2020, “60 municipalities have enacted a law at the city or county level that prohibits smoking in 100% of private units of multi-unit housing properties,” according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. These increasingly popular smoke-free policies are a benefit to public health and help protect the lung health of all residents. 

Secondhand smoke is a health hazard that harms tenants and makes housing units less livable. Almost half of tenants report that secondhand smoke has infiltrated in their home from elsewhere in or around the building, according to a UCLA-SAFE Multi-Unit Housing Tenant Survey.

Another Prop 10? Rent Control is Back on the Ballot Again.

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LIVE Webcast: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST

PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN IMPORTANT BRIEFING ON THE FLAWED RENT CONTROL PROPOSITION HEADED TO THE NOVEMBER BALLOT: “The Rental Affordability Act.”  The same special interests behind the 2018 rent control measure, Prop. 10, are trying again — despite being rejected with a 59% NO vote. In November 2018 Just like Prop. 10, this new proposition is deeply flawed and sure to make the housing crisis worse.

Legal Corner

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Legal Corner

By Stephen C. Duringer, Esq., Partner, The Duringer Law Group

Question.  Most of my residents paid their rent in April, and again in May.  I know it was difficult for many due to reduced hours, furloughs, and lay-offs, but most were able to pay their rent, and many even paid early.  I have a few that didn’t, some I haven’t heard from, some haven’t returned my calls, and have kind of gone dark on me.  I know that there is an eviction moratorium in place right now, and not much I can do until it is lifted, but what should I be doing now in preparation of someday when the moratorium is over?  I can’t just sit around not knowing if they will pay or not.   I am very concerned about June’s rent, and whether my good fortune will continue.  What can and should I do?

            Stephen W., Beverly Hills

Answer.  At the time of this writing, the second week of May, the eviction courts are essentially shut down, except for limited exceptions.  There are statewide eviction limitations in place, and many cities and counties throughout California have chimed in with their own unique requirements.   Most of these restrictions are intended to protect those residents whose ability to pay their rent has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

California Commentary: Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Lead to a Tax Increase?

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California Commentary: Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Lead to a Tax Increase?

By Jon Coupal, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

In January, Governor Gavin Newsom presented a proposed budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 which envisioned a several billion dollar increase in spending for existing programs as well as a host of new programs. But that was before COVID-19 arrived at our shores.  In over the course of just three weeks in March, it became obvious that the original budget plan would have to be scrapped because of the most rapid economic downturn America has ever seen.

So. it was with great interest that all those who follow California politics were watching last Thursday, May 14, 2020 as Governor Newsom released the “May Revision Revise” of the budget. To no one’s surprise, the huge dive in state revenues forced the Governor to slash $19 billion from January’s initial plan. According to the Governor’s Department of Finance, the budget deficit is now $54 billion. But this figure may be overstated in order to present to the public the worst possible case. The non-partisan Legislative Analyst projected the deficit to be as low as $18 billion with a worst-case scenario of $31 billion.  The question is whether the budget shortfall will lead to a demand for tax increases. Taxpayers can also take some comfort that there are no immediate plans for broad-based tax increases. The Governor proposed two tax hikes, a suspension of a business deduction for what are known as “net operating losses” and a tax on vaping products.

Insurance Commissioner Orders 60-Day Grace Period for Policy Premiums

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Insurance Commissioner Orders 60-Day Grace Period for Policy Premiums

On March 18, 2020, in response to the substantial disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a Notice requesting all insurance companies to provide policyholders with a grace period of at least 60 days to pay insurance premiums.  That means, insurance policies will not be cancelled unless and until 60 days past the payment due date.

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