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A bill that would mandate that landlords and property managers receive training on fair practices and tenant rights is dead for 2018 after stalling in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 2618 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, sought to require the Department of Consumer Affairs to administer a certification program for the training. The bill also would have authorized the department to identify and approve providers of the educational coursework. Further, AB 2618 would have mandated that landlords and property managers be certified every two years. Under an earlier draft of the bill, anyone caught managing property without the certification would… Read More

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An Assembly bill proposed this year would mandate that landlords and property managers receive training on fair practices and tenant rights. AB 2618 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, would require the Department of Real Estate to administer a certification program for the training. The department would also be authorized to identify and approve providers of the educational coursework.

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The California Apartment Association’s spring Property Management Webinar Series starts Tuesday, April 14. From the comfort of your home or office: Take individual classes or complete the series in its entirety. Completing the series qualifies you to become a California Certified Property Manager — a distinction employers look for when hiring talent and giving promotions. Pick up the keys to compliance with California’s unique laws and regulations. Avoid making mistakes that can lead to fines and other trouble. Learn and apply best practices in rental housing management so you can delight residents and property owners alike. The spring series debuts… Read More

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Give your career a boost by completing the California Apartment Association’s property management series. Through our California Certified Residential Managers program, or CCRM, you’ll get the skills needed to manage rental property effectively. Available exclusively from the CAA, the CCRM program is the gold standard in property management education. Besides comprehensive property management training, the series instills best practices to run top-notch rental communities and teaches compliance with California’s unique laws and regulations.

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The California Apartment Association’s property management webinar series returns this month, imparting the knowledge needed to successfully manage rental housing while offering newly approved CalBRE continuing education credits. Students who complete the Fair Housing: It’s the Law (PMR107) or Ethics in Property Management (PMR108) will now earn continuing-education credits from the California Bureau of Real Estate. Each webinar is worth three hours of credit in the fair housing and ethics categories, respectively. Take both for six hours of credit. More information. Completing the entire series, which consists of nine courses, makes students eligible for CCRM certification, the gold standard in… Read More

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The deadline is just one week away for those needing to register for the California Apartment Association’s CCRM webinar series. Students have until noon, Friday, April 4, to register for the first class, Preparing the Property & Professional Leasing Skills. Preparing the Property & Professional Leasing Skills, like the other eight courses in the series, will be presented in two 90-minute segments. The first half will be webcast at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday April, 8, and the second half at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Students must complete both to obtain course credit. Teaching the course is Tony Souza, Sequoia… Read More

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Expand your rental housing skills this spring, all from the comfort of your home or office.  In just two weeks, the California Apartment Association will launch its springtime property management webinars. You can take individual courses or the series in its entirety and qualify to become a California Certified Property Manager. The CCRM courses run from April 8 through June 26. Classes will be webcast from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This allows property management staff to take the classes in the office and during normal working hours. Each of the series’ nine courses is divided… Read More

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Meth-lab type explosions occur while making pot-based product The rental housing industry is seeing an explosion in marijuana use — literally. Property damage and personal injury reports have been rising as more drug manufacturers use butane to extract and concentrate compounds from marijuana. The end product is a clear, golden brown cannabis derivative known by different names, such as hash oil, dabs, shatter, wax, milk, ear wax, honey, snake tails, or butane hash oil. In the central San Joaquin Valley it is often called “honey oil.” In 2014, there already have been several reported cases of explosions in the Fresno… Read More

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Federal officials are reminding contractors to follow lead-safety rules or possibly face tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Just about everyone who is paid to work on pre-1978 rental housing — where lead paint is presumed to be present — must provide specific disclosure pamphlets to tenants and be trained in lead-safe work practices. The California Apartment Association has teamed up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make sure all apartment owners, managers and maintenance personnel are following these federal regulations. The EPA issued the regulations in 2008 as the Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, and it took… Read More

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Landlords know bedbugs are tough. Heck, they can survive in cracks and crevices for many months without a single blood meal. Turns out that bedbugs can seemingly shrug off seriously frigid conditions, too. Scientists found that the insects’ eggs can withstand temperatures cold as -13 degrees Fahrenheit, at least for a brief period, according to this article from HealthDay News. “Killing bedbugs in all their life stages requires a minimum of 48 hours at -4 degrees Fahrenheit or 80 hours at about 3 degrees Fahrenheit,” says the article, which quotes a study recently published in the Journal of Economic Entomology.… Read More

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