Preparing Your Tenants For the Digital Future

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 19th, 2020

The FUTURE of Smart Apartment Technology: How to Prepare YOUR Tenants for the Digital Future

As the multifamily rental housing industry evolves, how should YOU and YOUR rental communities prepare for the digital future? To answer this, we will discuss what we anticipate this digital future will look like based on the latest tenant research, while also providing a breakdown of the latest smart technology options.

When: Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (Noon)

How to Attend: Exclusively for AAGLA Members, please login to register at link below.

Join us for this important webinar and discover the latest applications in smart apartment technology that will soon impact how YOU conduct business. Smart apartment technology offers multifamily properties all the latest products in property automation. With smart apartment technology, property management personnel can build safer, more connected communities by deploying new management software and automated devices, such as smart locks, water leak detectors, and much more. Not only can YOU automate and improve efficiencies, but YOU can save money.

During this important webinar, we will cover:

  • How YOU can prepare YOUR tenants for the digital future.
  • Gain important insights into what YOUR tenants want.
  • Learn how you can be proactive in “Future-Proofing” your property.
  • How YOU can evaluate smart technology and deploy “must-have” apartment features of the future.
  • How YOU can address the latest in security and connectivity issues and best overcome these challenges.
  • Understand how integrated technology can be valuable to owners and property managers.
  • And, of course, much, much more! Q&A to Follow…

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Kyle Finney and Mira Malek
Business Development Managers at Arize

They share a passion for emerging technologies in the multifamily industry. Kyle has worked in commercial real estate in both the Phoenix and Las Vegas markets for the past 4 years. Kyle heads up initiatives for adopting new technologies and leading both marketing and sales strategies. Mira has had over 8 years of real estate experience in Southern California, starting as a real estate agent flipping homes in Los Angeles. She has also worked with the largest hard money lender in the nation, in both acquisitions and wholesale. They both lead IoT-backed smart technology initiatives that attract and retain tenants, increase operational efficiencies, and net higher operating income.

Feature Sponsor: Arize

Presenting Sponsor: Livable

Navigating the Layers of Law During a Pandemic

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

SEEKING LEGAL ADVICE?…Esteemed Landlord Attorney, Ms. Tracey Merrell, Discusses the Current Regulatory Environment and Takes YOUR Questions

Tracey Merrell, attorney at Kimball, Tirey & St. John, LLP is back in the house.  She will be on hand taking your questions.  So come ready to ask and receive her advice.

YOU DON’T MISS THIS IMPORTANT UPCOMING, NEW WEBINAR – THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET YOUR LEGAL QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY CALIFORNIA’S TOP LANDLORD ATTORNEY…FOR FREE!  Learn about when and how you can evict your problem tenants, how the newly passed state eviction “stop-gap” law impacts YOU, legal strategies you can deploy for when the emergency declaration has ended and understand your rights as a rental property owner.  

Please join us on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. as Tracey Merrell, the Managing Attorney of Education for Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP provides YOU with important regulatory updates and responds to your questions.


  • Different Layers of Federal, State, and local laws: What you can do under one layer of law may be prohibited elsewhere
  • Assembly Bill 3088 – COVID Tenant Relief Act 
  • The CDC National Eviction Moratorium: The clarification from the FAQs and how it might affect your case
  • How much longer can your tenants withhold rent from YOU?  What can and should you be doing TODAY?
  • Can YOU proceed with an eviction at this time?  What are the best strategies YOU can deploy right now?
  • Are there different rules depending on what jurisdiction your property is in?
  • What time does happy hour start? (e.g., When will the emergency declaration be lifted and we go back to normal?)
  • And, much, much more…including Q&A session with Tracey Merrell, the Managing Attorney of Education for Kimball, Tirey & St. John, LLP.  Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance of the webinar and ask questions submitted live during the live presentation.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Tracey Merrell, Esq
Managing Attorney of Education at Kimball, Tirey & St. John

Ms. Merrell began her career representing banks in post foreclosure evictions throughout all 58 counties in California. As bank owned foreclosures slowed down, she transitioned into evictions for management companies and individual owners. She is experienced in all aspects of litigation, from the development of case strategy, through discovery, depositions, motion practice, and trials including bench and jury. She joined our office as a trial attorney and has extensive experience in court making hundreds of appearances a year since joining the firm. She has in depth knowledge of the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Ms. Merrell transitioned to the Education Department to further her goal of providing training and knowledge to both clients and staff. She received her Juris Doctor degree at DePaul University College of Law.

Feature Sponsor: Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP

Presenting Sponsor: MoldZero

Death in a Unit: Emergency Clean Up & Preparedness

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Please Join Us As We Take on the Morbid Topic of Death, Hoarding, COVID-19 and Other Biohazard Clean-ups in or at YOUR Property!  Learn about YOUR responsibilities and available options for YOU to deal with a traumatic or catastrophic event that occurs at your home or rental property.

After a traumatic or catastrophic event, the cleanup of biohazards is very difficult and should be done by a licensed and fully trained biohazard professional. Bio SoCal helps you clean-up safely and restore your home or   rental property business to where it was prior to the unplanned event so you can focus on what is important.  Bio SoCal specializes exclusively in Biohazard clean-up and understands the importance of providing discrete, confidential, and professional service based on your schedule. Bio SoCal specializes in all types on Biohazard clean-up including the effects of blood, suicide, death, decomposition, crime scenes, trauma, murder, feces, and hoarding cleanup.

Not sure if you need a biohazard clean-up professional?  Blood can contain pathogens that carry incurable diseases, viruses and bacteria and that can make you sick and even cause death. Since biohazards and blood cleanup is most likely covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy typically there is either no out of pocket costs or a very small deductible.

Discussion Topics Include:

  • How to safely address COVID-19 at YOUR property?
  • What Is the process for cleaning-up a suicide or homicide? 
  • How to clean-p a blood spill?  Is it really possible to fully clean blood spills out of carpet or other furnishings at my property?
  • What do crime scene cleaners do?  What licenses are required for crime scene clean-up?
  • How YOU can safely clean-up rodent droppings, animal urine or feces?
  • What is the best way to remove cigarette smoke from your house or apartment?
  • Ways to completely remove dead animal smell.
  • Handling death inside of YOUR rental property – learn why a dead body smells and the 5 stages of human decomposition.
  • Is the odor from a dead Body a biohazard?


Chief Executive Officer, Bio SoCal

Alan Cohen is the Chief Executive Officer of Bio SoCal.  He has successfully transitioned from a Fortune 100 corporate executive in large public and private technology and retail companies to leverage his experience and background to help people during their greatest time of despair.  Prior to joining Bio SoCal, among other positions, Alan was the Vice President of Global Marketing at Xperi Corporation in Calabasas, a global audio technology licensing company, and prior to that he was the Vice President of Corporate Business Development for the Guitar Center, the largest musical instrument retailer in the world.  After having held senior corporate roles, he became a small business owner and has the privilege to work closely with families, first responders, and human services personnel, and businesses to clean up and recover after a traumatic event such as a crime, suicide, undiscovered death, homeless encampment, accidents, infectious disease disinfection, tear gas and extreme hoarding situations.  According to Alan, doing the work at Bio SoCal “…is truly rewarding work.”

Locally owned and operated, Bio SoCal is your biohazard clean-up, recovery and hoarding remediation company dedicated to assisting families, law enforcement, public service agencies and property owners and managers in restoring property that has been contaminated by biohazards as a result of crime, disaster, death or misuse.   To put it simply…    Bio SoCal discreetly cleans what most companies won’t or just can’t!

Feature Sponsor: Bio SoCal

Title Sponsor: Scott Properties

VOALA and Housing Our Veterans

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

PLEASE HELP Our Veterans Who Have Sacrificed Greatly for Our Liberty and Freedom! 

Become a Success Story Today!  Join Us, As We Discuss The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. Learn How YOU TOO Can Help!  The HUD-VASH Program Is Available to Rent YOUR Units At Market Rates All Backed by the Federal Government.

Join us for this important webinar to learn about how YOU can assist our brave Veterans by providing badly needed housing.  Volunteers of America, Los Angeles (VOALA) is a local agency that addresses the many issues facing our Veterans and their families, including by helping to assist with depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, homelessness, unemployment, and lack of education. VOALA is committed to helping Veterans overcome the barriers that stand between them and a stable, secure life. Mental health, housing, employment, and case management is at the core of its Veterans’ programs.

EVICT-A-GEDDON The Promises and Pitfalls of Collecting Rent

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Has the Challenging Rental Market Gotten YOU Down?  STILL FUMBLING AROUND DEPOSITING RENT CHECKS?  Learn Everything YOU Need to Know About Online Payment Solutions

In today’s “Eviction Moratorium” filled environment, it has nearly become impossible to collect rent.  This webinar will cover many of the “tips and tricks” you need to know to effectively and timely collect rent that is owned to you.  Hear from a leading industry expert on the topic of rent collections and how YOU can best survive during the pandemic and market turmoil.Join us for this informative webinar led by technology expert and payment solutions executive, Carlton van Putten, Chief Executive Officer of discusses important and secure online payment solutions and property management tools available to YOU at NO COST.  PayRent is the preferred online payment solution of Apartment News Publications.Advances in online solutions have greatly benefited landlords and property managers looking to enhance their rental management business to provide better services to their tenants, clients, and vendors.  One of the best practices a landlord or property manager can adopt for their rental business involves collecting rent online.  There are multiple benefits to providing your renters with the ability to make a rent payment online. By collecting rent online, you provide a convenient solution to renters wanting to avoid writing a check, increase the likelihood of on-time rent payments, limit the number of late fees charged to tenants, and simplify your rent collection duties each month.  YOU can have all of this for FREE.

GUEST SPEAKER: Carlton van Putten has been a real estate investor and landlord for over 20 years. He is currently the CEO of PayRent- an online rent payment and property management platform. He has over 25 years of experience as a software and payments executive with a keen focus on high-growth and startup tech companies. In addition to running a fast-growth fintech company, he contributes regularly to tech incubators in and around the Salt Lake City area and to numerous blogs.


PayRent is the safe and simple way to collect rent.  They help property owners and managers collect rent online safely, reliably and automatically.  You already have enough on your plate. Maintenance, repairs, regulations, inspections, an endless list of chores that take over your day. PayRent will help you take rent collection off your to-do list with just a few clicks.  For more information, visit:

State of Affairs – Eviction Laws & Where We Are Headed, Presented by Brennan Law Firm

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

MIKE BRENNAN, ESQ. LIVE!Join us online for a live webinar and Q&A session with Mike Brennan, the top landlord and eviction attorney. 


Learn about when and how you can evict your problem tenants, how the newly passed state eviction “stop-gap” law impacts YOU, legal strategies you can deploy for when the emergency declaration has ended and understand your rights as a rental property owner. 


ELECTION 2020: What Can YOU Expect as an Investor?

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A VERY IMPORTANT webinar about the state of today’s real estate and securities markets, and how YOU could be impacted by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.  Learn what you can do today to protect your interests as we continue to navigate the current political and economic environments, and the ongoing impacts of the global pandemic.  During this highly informative webinar, we will cover:

  • Choosing investment and diversification strategies that drive favorable returns.
  • What YOU can expect in the face of the Presidential Election and continued, prolonged pandemic.
  • What is driving today’s stock market and real estate market in a seemingly DOWN economy and global pandemic?
  • What do YOU need to know about YOUR investments looking out over a one-year to five-year horizon?
  • Should YOU invest NOW, or hold onto cash or other liquid securities?
  • Stock Market vs. Real Estate Market?  What’s YOUR best option?
  • And, much, much more!  The Q&A following the presentation allows YOU to drive the ongoing discussion.

GUEST SPEAKER: Matthew Wollmann, Vice President, Financial Advisor, HilltopSecurities

Matthew Wollmann is a Vice President, Financial Advisor with HilltopSecurities’ Private Client Group in Sherman Oaks. He has worked as a Financial Advisor since 2008 and specializes in customizing financial and retirement plans for individuals and corporations. Prior to joining HilltopSecurities Matthew spent five years at Morgan Stanley.  Matthew dedicates his success as a Financial Advisor to his belief in approaching the  financial planning process with honesty, integrity, and making his clients’ well-being his ultimate priority. He recognizes the planning process can often be overwhelming and intimidating with the amount of information, often conflicting, regarding how one should begin the process and how to invest. Matthew simplifies the process by designing a holistic financial plan designed to provide clients clarity and peace of mind throughout retirement.

Through the planning process, he gains an in-depth understanding of the client’s financial and personal goals followed by the construction of a financial plan that may include the following topics: Estate Planning, Retirement, Social Security, College-Savings, Asset Management, Insurance, Long-Term Care, and/or Tax-Managed investing.  Matthew is a graduate of Florida State University. He lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife, Jennifer. Together they enjoy spending time with their daughter, traveling abroad, taking cooking classes, wine tasting, hiking, and volunteering at the Los Angeles Food Bank.

GUEST SPEAKER: Mehernosh Engineer, Vice President, Capital Market Strategy, Fidelity Investments

Mehernosh Engineer is a Vice President of the Capital Markets Strategy Group (CMSG) at Fidelity Institutional Asset Management (FIAM), Fidelity Investments’ distribution and client service organization dedicated to meeting the needs of consultants and institutional investors, such as defined benefit and defined contribution plans, endowments, and financial advisors.  Prior to joining Fidelity in 2014, Mr. Engineer worked as a senior macro credit and portfolio strategist at BNP Paribas. Previously, he held a research and portfolio advisory role at Morgan Stanley, working with institutional clients across Europe.

Mr. Engineer earned his bachelor of technology degree in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, his master of science degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Delaware, and his master of science degree in financial engineering from the University of Michigan.


Liberty and Justice for All Landlords: Fight Back With the Pacific Legal Foundation

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Have you ever asked this question following the constant onslaught of government overreach and regulation hurting the value of YOUR rental properties?  CAN WE FILE A LAWSUIT TO PROTECT OUR PROPERTY RIGHTS?  The right to own and use YOUR property is the guardian of every other right. Without it, YOUR freedom to exercise every other right is limited.

The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is a nonprofit legal organization that defends Americans’ liberties when threatened by government overreach and abuse. PLF sues the government when it violates Americans’ constitutional rights—and it often wins!  Each year, PLF represents hundreds of Americans and many landlords, free of charge, who seek to improve their lives but are stymied by government. PLF gives them their day in court to vindicate their rights and set a lasting precedent to protect everyone else.

The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows government to take private property for public use, but ONLY when it pays just compensation. This is sometimes referred to as eminent domain, condemnation, or a “taking.” Government often evades this obligation by using regulations to limit use of property and reduce its value such a rent control, just-cause eviction rules, eviction moratoria, etc.

Learn what is taking place in a courtroom near you to protect your Constitutional Rights.  Join us for a very important and informative briefing by PLF on current cases and recent case law that will affect your investment in income property.  During this important webinar, we will cover:

  • Current ongoing lawsuits and recent case law that will impact YOUR investment in investment property.
  • Have the local and state, and now Federal eviction moratoriums gone too far?
  • How can limits on constitutional takings be enforced?  What is a “taking”?
  • How can we stop governments that use fines and outright forfeitures to take control of property and pad their budgets?
  • What can be done to prevent government taking property directly by seeking to diminish an owner’s control, effectively turning private property into a public asset while maintaining the fiction of private ownership?

What is being done to challenge Land use laws under the disguise of promoting health and safety, and reducing public nuisances?

GUEST SPEAKER: James Burling, Esq., Vice President of Legal Affairs, Pacific Legal Foundation

Before becoming an attorney, James had been a productive member of society working as an exploration geologist in the late 1970s throughout the southwestern United States. However, after several years of dealing with irrational government bureaucrats and environmental policies untethered from reality, James decided that what the world needs is more lawyers — if they are willing to fight for rationality in regulatory regimes, property rights, and liberty.  James attended the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson, where he served as an editor for the Law Review and received a J.D. degree in 1983. He had previously received a master’s degree in geological sciences from Brown University and an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College in New York. James received the Professional Achievement Award from the University of Arizona Alumni Association in 2018.

James has worked with Pacific Legal Foundation since 1983, litigating cases from Alaska to Florida. He is a member of the Federalist Society’s Environmental Law and Property Rights Practice Group’s Executive Committee, a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and an honorary member of Owners Counsel of America, an organization comprised of eminent domain attorneys who represent property owners. The Owners Counsel awarded James its Crystal Eagle award in 2013.  In 2001, James successfully argued a major property rights case, Palazzolo v. Rhode Island, before the United States Supreme Court, a case which affirmed that rights in regulated property do not disappear when land is bought and sold. He has written extensively on all aspects of property rights and environmental law and frequently speaks on these subjects throughout the nation.

Pacific Legal Foundation is a national nonprofit legal organization that defends Americans threatened by government overreach and abuse. Since our founding in 1973, we challenge the government when it violates individual liberty and constitutional rights. With active cases in 39 states plus Washington, D.C., PLF represents clients in state and federal courts, with 12 victories out of 14 cases 


Package Theft and Neighborhood Safety – A Discussion With the Los Angeles Police Department and City Attorneys’ Office

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Package theft has become a growing problem affecting homeowners and renters throughout the Los Angeles Area. Almost daily, millions of dollars of packages delivered by FedEx, UPS and USPS are being stolen at people’s front doors.

Package theft, or so-called “Porch Piracy,” occurs when thieves take packages that are not shipped to them before its true recipient can pick it up from their porch or building. The problem is often underreported to the police since major online retailers often return or refund items with no questions asked if the item is stolen. While the severity of the crime in the United States is usually only minor in comparison to other crimes, it is growing rapidly and many lawmakers have begun to push for punishments of increased severity due to the increase of such crimes.  It has been estimated that the rate of package theft in the United States has been steadily increasing, with nearly 100,000 packages disappearing daily in Los Angeles alone and across the country, more than 1.7 million packages being stolen or gone missing daily, resulting in up to $25 Million in lost goods and services.

During this important webinar, we will cover:

  • Package theft severity and what YOU need to do to protect yourself and YOUR property.
  • What to look out for and how to best maintain safety in YOUR neighborhood and at YOUR property.
  • Package theft and other theft prevention techniques.
  • Maintaining safety for YOUR tenants and neighborhoods.
  • Activating and educating YOUR tenants to keep watch and help ensure the safety of others.
  • And, of course, much, much more!  Q&A to Follow…

Unraveling the Mystery of 1031 Exchanges Presented by Exeter 1031 Exchange Services

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

Thinking of selling your property and want to save on your State and Federal taxes?  Get the edge you deserve when it comes to understanding the power of wealth building tax-deferral and tax-exclusion strategies.  Join us on Tuesday, October 6th for an informative webinar where we take you on a “Deep Dive” into the 1031 Tax-Free Exchange process.  Exeter 1031 Exchange Services, LLC, the leading national provider of comprehensive 1031 Exchange services and Qualified Intermediary (“Accommodator”) will provide YOU with the information YOU need to successfully navigate the 1031 Exchange process.  This is a basic to intermediate level discussion on 1031 Exchanges that will help webinar attendees unravel the mystery of structuring 1031 Exchange transactions.  Come armed with all your 1031 Exchange related questions.

Discussion Topics Include:

  • How to postpone or eliminate taxes due on the sale of qualifying properties
  • Tax savings YOU can benefit from that allows for efficient leveraging and upsizing of investments
  • Through a 1031 Exchange, learn how YOU  can achieve asset diversification and / or consolidation
  • Improved cash flow by deferring tax payments
  • The 1031 Exchange process, timing step-by-step, and preparation of all 1031 Exchange documents including the Exchange Agreement, Assignment of Rights, and Notice of Assignments
  • Qualified properties, related party rules, rules of “boot”, required timing, escrow services and choosing an Accomodator
  • and much more, including Q&A to follow the presentation!