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The Future Of Multifamily: Artificial Intelligence & Automation

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By YardiBreeze

In 2020, several exciting technological advances were introduced to the real estate industry. We expected change to happen quickly, but not overnight. However, for many business operators, COVID-19 hastened the move to automation, paperless solutions and artificial intelligence. And now, cutting-edge tech that was put in place at the start of the pandemic is becoming the standard in property management.

With better days ahead, let’s take a look at the ways property managers can use artificial intelligence and automation to streamline their business and accelerate growth. This is the future of multifamily housing.

Biden’s Proposed Tax Law Changes And Real Estate

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By Robert A. Briskin

President Biden is expected to release shortly a 2022 federal budget, which will include the President’s  proposed tax law changes.  With the Democrats currently controlling both houses of Congress, new proposed tax legislation is anticipated to be introduced by the Biden administration into Congress in the fall of 2021.  To facilitate the enactment of new tax laws, it is anticipated that the Biden administration will use the budget reconciliation process (thereby requiring only an affirmative 51 votes in the Senate to pass the tax law changes).  Most likely, there will be a January 1, 2022 effective date for most of the new tax laws (but there could be earlier effective dates for certain selected tax law provisions).  Additionally, there has recently been proposed estate and gift tax law changes introduced into Congress by House Ways and Means Committee member Jimmy Gomez and by Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders, known as the “For the 99.5 Percent Act”. 

Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) Territory Expansion Approved

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Expansion Approved by National Apartment Association – Now Serving All L.A. County, Including Long Beach, South Bay, Downey, Norwalk, and More

Apartment Association, California Southern Cities’ (AACSC) Charter is Revoked by National Apartment Association

On April 21, 2021, the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles received approval by the National Apartment Association of its application seeking territory expansion permitting it to expand its territory and cover the Southeastern Section of Los Angeles County previously held by the Apartment Association, California Southern Cities (AACSC).  As a result, the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles’ charter granted by the National Apartment Association has now expanded to cover the entirety of Los Angeles County.  Along with the approval for territory expansion obtained by the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles’ Territory, the charter of the AACSC was revoked by the National Apartment Association and AACSC is no longer affiliated with the National Apartment Association.   

The Big 3: Bed Bugs, Marijuana, and Support Animals / Pets

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Have YOU had to deal with tenants who have had bed bugs, smoke marijuana, or ask you to allow them to have a support animal or pet? When dealing with these issues you, mistakes may be costly.

PLEASE! join us for this webinar where we discuss the “BIG-3” landlord headaches: (1) Bed Bugs, (2) Smoking Marijuana, and (3) Support Animals / Pets. Whether you’re managing a rental property yourself or if you’ve hired a property manager to handle things on your behalf, we will teach you strategies that will keep your rental business running smoothly.

Bedbugs have become the number one pest challenge for owners of rental property. The presence of bed bugs at your property can be costly and expose you to expensive legal risks. While there is no way to prevent bed bugs from entering your property by being present on people or their personal belongings, you can take steps to protect yourself.

Legalized marijuana became law in California in January 2018, and many property owners and managers still have questions about the law and the impact it has on your rights as an owner or property manager, and the impacts of marijuana smoke at your property.

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) versus “Pets” are a growing issue for housing providers and major area of confusion. Under the Fair Housing Act, it’s illegal to prohibit a resident from keeping an emotional support animal and you may not charge an extra deposit or rent. Pets may be handled differently. Do you know the difference?

During this webinar, we will cover the following:

  • Do you need to use a bed bug addendum? Does the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles have a Bed Bug Addendum for members?
  • Common places where you may find bed bugs, and how to prevent bed bugs becoming your problem.
  • What is the legal limit of marijuana? Can your residents grow marijuana on your property? Can they smoke it?
  • How does marijuana affect your no smoking policy? What about a resident who may have a prescription for marijuana?
  • Do you know what to say to applicants about legalized marijuana?
  • What is the difference between a service and emotional support animal? What if I have a no pet policy?
  • Can you charge additional pet fees? How about for an emotional support animal? Can you require that a tenant get liability coverage for an emotional support animal?

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Terrific Telephone Techniques That Increase Leases

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Friday, May 14, 2021

Is your phone ringing but YOU are not converting the caller to a visitor that will tour YOUR vacant units? Have YOU been experiencing “no shows” for your tour appointments? Are YOU struggling to get pertinent information from prospects that have been contacting you? IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THE QUESTIONS…THEN THIS IS THE ONLINE SEMINAR FOR YOU.

Leading multifamily industry expert, Elaine Simpson of Occupancy Solutions, joins us for an amazing presentation that will help YOU improve your N.O.I., quickly fill your vacancies, and help YOU to succeed during today’s “new normal.” PLEASE, join us for what will most certainly be an informative online seminar via ZOOM.

Join us for a live discussion of the latest techniques YOU need to fill your vacancies quickly and to succeed. During the webinar, we will also cover the following:

  • The “Leasing Process” from A-to-Z.
  • Preparation work you should do to prepare yourself for inquiries.
  • Telephone techniques that will get you tour appointments and ultimately close the “deal.”
  • Closing skills and strategies YOU can use via phone and email that will get leases finalized.
  • And, so much more. YOUR questions will help lead the discussion.

This will be a live, interactive, online learning session. Live Q&A will take place throughout the online seminar.

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Attorney Tracey Merrill – New Laws and the Pandemic: ARE YOU READY?

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Esteemed landlord attorney, Ms. Tracey Merrell of Kimball, Tirey & St. John, joins us once again to discuss the many of the new laws impacting landlords, and will be here to take your questions!

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS IMPORTANT UPCOMING, NEW WEBINAR – THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET YOUR LEGAL QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY CALIFORNIA’S TOP LANDLORD ATTORNEY…FOR FREE!

WEBINAR DISCUSSION TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • What are the new laws affecting the landlord / tenant relationships, and how to avoid running afoul of these tricky new laws?
  • Have there been any changes in the laws affecting fair housing? Tracey updates you.
  • What are some of the “hot,” trending issues that affect rental housing?
  • How much longer can your tenants withhold rent from YOU? What can and should you be doing TODAY?
  • What are the different rules depending on what jurisdiction your property is in?
  • 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.

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Tenant Hoarding Horrors and Other Hazards

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 20, 2021

If you have ever noticed strong odors coming from a particular apartment or seen personal belongings piled up outside of YOUR tenant’s apartment or in common areas, then you may have a hoarding tenant on the premises. Hoarders can pose serious health and safety concerns that include pest infestation, building or fire hazards, mold growth, and risk of injury or disease. This can also affect the other tenants living in YOUR building.

BioSoCal is a licensed and fully trained biohazard mitigation firm that specializes in hoarding remediation and can help YOU clean-up safely and restore your home or rental property in all types of situations involving hoarding cleanup, blood stains, suicide or death, decomposition, crime scenes, trauma, murder, and animal feces. BioSoCal’s goal is to help YOU return your home or apartment building back to normal and free from all unwanted possessions, contaminants, or debris, so you can focus on what is important – operating a safe and profitable investment property.

During this webinar, you will hear real-life hoarding horror stories from the experts of BioSoCal and learn how to recognize and rate the severity of clutter or potential hoarding before things get way out of control.

During this important webinar, we will discuss:

  • How YOU can identify or flag a hoarder tenant at YOUR property?
  • What Is the process of hoarding remediation? Do I involve the Health Department?
  • How far should you go to help the hoarder clean the home or apartment and keep it clean?
  • When should YOU seek help from a biohazard clean-up company to remove possessions?
  • What Is the process for cleaning-up a suicide, homicide, and blood spills?
  • 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?
  • What are the 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?
  • And, of course, much, much more! Q&A to Follow.

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Housing Today’s Veterans

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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.

Through its HUD-VASH program, VOALA helps provide long–term case management, clinical / supportive services, and permanent housing assistance for chronically homeless veterans. The HUD-VASH program works in collaboration with the local Public Housing Authorities to assist its Veterans with obtaining a Housing Choice Section 8 Voucher, in addition to providing intensive clinical case management services to support Veterans with maintaining permanent housing.

During this important webinar, we will cover:

  • How YOU can benefit through a partnership with the HUD-VASH program at VOALA
  • Eligibility requirements for HUD-VASH
  • How VOALA can assist you in working with the local Public Housing Authorities
  • Information regarding the Homeless Incentive Program (HIP), which will give YOU up to one month’s rent for holding a unit.
  • What will be YOUR monthly rent?
  • How can Case Managers support you with your tenants?
  • Available assistance for Security Deposits and Rental Arrears for Veterans?
  • Veterans’ stories and who may be your likely tenants in the VASH program. Why you need to help our veterans?
  • Many success stories…YOU could be next!
  • And, of course, much, much more! Q&A to Follow…

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Choosing the Right Smart Home Technology for Rental Housing

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By Arize

In our connected world, even our homes are becoming smarter. The term is ‘smart technology’ and it is changing the way that apartment communities are being managed. Here are the answers to common questions regarding this fresh new concept.

  •  Q: What is a smart apartment / smart home?

Smart apartments and homes use internet-connected devices to monitor and manage the home remotely, using a simple phone application. This includes everything from appliances and utilities to temperature and lighting controls. Think of it this way: just as your mobile phone has iOS and Android that connect us to just about all of our daily tasks, they now also connect us to our most important asset—our homes!

Smart apartments are very versatile and offer something for every tenant. In fact, they can be equipped with EACH AND EVERY ONE of the following smart devices (Note: all these devices allow for 24/7 monitoring and response): Smoke detector alerts, smart lighting control, thermostat automation, water leak detectors, keyless entry/smart locks, entry sensors (e.g., windows and doors), motion sensors and more. Additionally, smart apartment devices can all be automated onto one simple, streamlined platform.

Ask Kari – About Onsite Managers

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By Kari Negri, Chief Executive Officer, SKY Properties, Inc.

(Editor’s Note: The “Ask Kari” now features a new monthly, “Question and Answer” format by Kari Negri, the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of SKY Properties.  Ms. Negri has more than two decades of property management experience, is a featured speaker at many real estate industry trade shows and expositions, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles.  Ms. Negri would like to answer your questions in future articles and asks that you submit your questions to: Kari@SKYprop.LA.  Also, you can watch the SKY Properties online video series at www.skypropertiesinc.com

  • Question: “Hi Kari, I heard a building owner can be sued for not keeping proper timesheets for their on-site building managers? How can I avoid legal exposure?”

First and foremost, before I can even begin to address your question, you must have a valid, signed contract in place with any onsite manager.  You can a form onsite manager contract through the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (or you can pay for an attorney to draft one for you).  Having a valid contract in place between you and your onsite manager is not an option – it is mandatory for all onsite employees to have a contract even if you call them a “key holder,” “cleaner,” “security” or even worse, any “friend” or just plain old “tenant.”  Even if the building is small and does not require an onsite manager or employee, if you have a person at your building that is designated as such who is performing services in exchange for rent concessions, then there must absolutely be a contract that outlines his or her duties and responsibilities and the days and hours they are expected to work. 

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