Join Us for the 10th Annual Income Property Management Exposition on May 24th

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The Wait is Finally Over: Join Your Peers for the “Business of Property Management”

For over a decade, the Income Property Management Expo & Exhibition (IPME) has provided property owners, managers, investors, and real estate professionals with the information they require to succeed in the ever-changing real estate business.  With the increased demand for rental housing, an unprecedented rate of inflation, rising interest rates, and pandemic-driven moratoriums, it’s time to be reinvigorated, get back to work, join together with peers and industry experts, and learn how to navigate the new normal of today’s real estate marketplace. IPME attendees will discover many new strategies and tools property owners and investors require to thrive in this post-pandemic environment.

The Los Angeles Area’s largest, most important annual property management expo is back after a two-year, pandemic-driven hiatus, offering fresh strategies so attendees can get back into the game of making informed real estate decisions.

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

Governor Signs Assembly Bill 3088, the “Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020”

Bill Passed by Overwhelming Majority, Bipartisan Vote in Both the Assembly (59-9) and Senate (33-2)

As anticipated, late Monday night, Assembly Bill 3088, the “Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020” was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom and takes effect immediately.  The “key” provisions contained in the legislation are described below.

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In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, cities throughout California are issuing orders and adopting urgency ordinances establishing temporary eviction moratoriums on evictions due to non-payment of rent for renters impacted by COVID-19.  Some cities are also prohibiting “no-fault” evictions except in limited circumstances.  In addition, some cities are also prohibiting Ellis Act evictions.

The number of cities that have instituted temporary eviction moratoriums continues to expand.  The list provided below is a sampling of the cities, with links to their orders and/or ordinances, that have implemented temporary moratoriums and not inclusive of all the cities that may adopt such moratoriums.  The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles is committed to providing updated information throughout the pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Should Landlords Respond?

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Rely on the People Who Know Science.

When coronavirus has been detected in a rental unit, the first and most compelling course of action is to call local public health officials to seek guidance in how to handle it.

Ask the infected tenant to voluntarily place themselves in a hospital facility, or at a bare minimum, self-isolate themselves.  For someone who exhibited symptoms or has tested positive, the most prudent course of action is to admit themselves into a medical facility. We still do not yet know, though, if the health care system can accommodate an influx of patients. In last Sunday’s press conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says a serious concern for his state (and, by extension, California) is that the number of infected people can severely tax the resources of hospitals.  Alternatively, a resident who tests positive for the virus can ideally self-isolate themselves in the rental unit.  Asking someone to sever ties with the rest of the world, of course, is a request that is hard to swallow, but hopefully heeded.  Tenants who are infected should be told that in the interest of transparency, other residents will be notified that someone in the building has tested positive; however, the name of the inflicted tenant shall remain anonymous.

Public Health Advisory – March 24, 2020 Event Postponed

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As the situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve, the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles and the producer of the Income Property Management Expo & Maintenance Mania has been committed to working closely with the City of Pasadena Public Health Department, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and we have been monitoring guidance being communicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

State public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines.

As a result, we are postponing the March 24th Income Property Management Expo until Wednesday, October 7th.  The Expo at that time will again take place at the Pasadena Convention Center. In addition, Maintenance Mania will be cancelled until further notice. Additional information regarding the event will be made available as soon as possible.

New California Rental Housing Laws: AB 1482 Is Only the Beginning…

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While the rental housing industry in California has been abuzz about the latest rent control and “just cause” eviction law (more on that below), Gov. Newsom has passed five other rental laws. From extended rent increase notices to the mandatory acceptance of Section 8 vouchers, you won’t want to miss these other hot-off-the-press laws.

“This is the End…My Only Friend, the End”

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These are the famous lyrics of rock legend, Jim Morrison, from the epic Doors song, “The End.” Those of us in the rental housing business have will have had our “end” of sorts with the intended end of the City of Los Angeles moratorium on evictions on January 31, 2023, and the end of the moratorium on rent increases twelve months later on January 31, 2024 – yes, that’s no typo, it’s 2024. At the City Council meeting held on the eve of the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, some of our prayers were heard and we dodged a bullet shot from the pen of Councilmember Nithya Raman who wanted to tack on another month to an already painful nearly three years under moratoriums – just stick the knife a bit deeper and twist it a little bit more I can only imagine was her line of thinking at the moment her failed amendment was proposed.

Dear Maintenance Men

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By Jerry L’Ecuyer & Frank Alvarez

Dear Apartment Owners:

Remember, the holiday season starts with Halloween and the demand on your properties only gets worse from there.  Check each stove and oven for proper operation, many residents only turn on their ovens at this time of year, and the problem may be as simple as a blown-out pilot light.  This time of year sees a higher than normal use of the plumbing, it may be a good idea to snake out or hydro jet your main plumbing lines.  In addition, sending a note to each tenant on the proper use of the garbage disposal will be useful.  Note what they should and should not put down the disposal unit.  A few items to include on this No No list are banana peals, potato skins, coffee grounds and any stringy food.  Also, make sure they turn on the water before using the disposer and put down small amounts of food at a time. Using the disposer as a trash can and turning it on when full, will lead to a clog.  

Landlord/Tenant Questions & Answers

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Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP

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 there is an appropriate provision in your lease regarding damages.  If they do not comply with the notice, you can proceed with an eviction, or alternatively, deduct repair costs from their security deposit.

Four Steps to Selecting Your Earthquake Retrofit Company

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By Ali Sahabi

Growing alarm over the threat of earthquakes up and down the Pacific coast has sparked an influx of inexperienced companies hoping to get a piece of a new business opportunity. In this atmosphere, how can you tell who’s legitimate and who’s not?

Here are four easy steps to ensure you are selecting a reputable firm to do the work, and that the process followed will bring you the best results for the safety of your tenants and protection of your building.

Can Unauthorized Assistance Animals Visit Your Community?

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The Yardi Breeze team stumbled across a question on a popular multifamily discussion group. It was a simple question, but it set off a flurry of responses. A property manager discovered one of her residents had been keeping an unauthorized dog in the community. They confronted the resident, who said, “This is my partner’s emotional support animal.” The resident’s partner, as you might have guessed, was not on the lease.

So, does the resident’s partner’s assistance animal have a right to be on the property? Or is the property management office within their rights to deny the guest’s animal? After all unauthorized pets are not allowed on-site and the guest is not on the lease.

Roofing 101 Series: Hot Mop vs. Torch On

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Which Is Right for Your Roof

Authored by Steve Pinkus, Owner of Royal Roofing Company

For your flat or low slope roof, there are more re-roofing options available now than ever. Choosing what’s right for you can be overwhelming if you’re not prepared.

Picking a roof can feel harder to do than picking just one ice cream topping at a shop with unlimited options. Unlike dessert, your roof can cost thousands of dollars, and you’ll have to stick with it for 5, 10, or even 15 or more years.

Is Your Building’s Balcony Safe With Dry Rot?

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California’s Senate Bills 721 and 326 Mandate Inspections by Statutory Deadlines

By Omid Ghanadiof, EEEAdvisor Engineering

As the deadline for the California Balcony Laws Senate Bills 721 and 326 comes closer and closer, leading California-based engineering inspection company, EEEAdvisor Engineering, offers advice on dealing with inspections of your multifamily properties to help ensure your compliance with state law.

How energy upgrades can protect your real estate investment

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Energy use per square foot is about 10 to 35 percent lower in owner-occupied housing than in rentals, according to a report by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.[1] The study attributes the discrepancy to the so-called “split-incentive problem.” If landlords don’t pay utility bills, then they have little incentive to make energy-efficient upgrades. Since tenants don’t own the properties, they don’t usually take on energy projects either. Historically, the split-incentive problem has posed a major challenge to the availability of energy-efficient rental properties. But rising energy costs, the pandemic, and market shifts might be changing that. More than ever, both landlords and tenants can benefit from energy-saving projects that protect the value of real estate investments, cut monthly expenses, improve tenant comfort, and build trust. Here’s why.

More About California’s Balcony Inspection Law, Senate Bill 721

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By Shari Fykes, Partner Engineering & Science

(Editor’s Note: California Senate Bill 721 generally requires balconies, walkways, staircases, and other “exterior elevated elements” built primarily of wood or wood-based products on residential buildings of three or more units, and that are three or more feet above ground level and extend outside of the four walls of a building to be inspected.)

California’s Balcony Inspection Law, Senate Bill 721, was enacted in 2019. Many multifamily rental property owners were too impacted by the pandemic to address the law’s requirements in 2020 or 2021. Recently, however, there has been a surge of interest by portfolio owners and property managers inquiring about and implementing mandatory balcony inspections and inspection of other elevated exterior elements.

SCOTUS weighs in on a case that is relevant to disputes that arise between landlords and resident managers

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By Daniel Bornstein, Esq.

U.S. Supreme Court deals a blow to PAGA, ruling that arbitration agreements governed by federal law may require arbitration of PAGA claims on an individual basis only. 

Bornstein Law has said many times and in many ways that if landlords do not take care of their tenants or do not follow the law, a six-figure lawsuit can follow. Most of the time, the defendants are not bad landlords or bad people, but simply have an ignorance of the law. But what about taking care of resident managers?