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During an NPR talk show last week, the California Apartment Association shared its perspective on a controversial law that’s allowed an uptick in San Francisco evictions. On Thursday, Nov. 21, AirTalk with Larry Mantle focused on the Ellis Act, which allows landlords to quit being landlords, take apartments off the rental market and either move in or sell them. In San Francisco, where much multifamily housing is under rent control, selling a property at market value can make more financial sense than continuing to rent it out. In some cases, the Ellis Act can rescue a property owner from financial… Read More

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Rancho Santa Margarita – More than 200 people gathered at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club this month for the CAA South Coast Maintenance All-Stars contest. On Thursday, Nov. 14,  88 competitors showed their skills in eight maintenance-related games, as their teams cheered from the sidelines.  For the second straight year, Camden won the Team Spirit Award. Overall Winners 1. Matt Conti – Shea Apartment Communities 2. Tony Velasquez – Irvine Company Apartment Communities 3. Loudon Cheyne – AvalonBay Communities, Inc. Blind Tool Identification 1. Brian Abarca – Irvine Company Apartment Communities 2. Alex Araujo – Sares-Regis 3. Sonia Arellano –… Read More

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A workshop on defeating bedbugs this week left only a few empty seats at the Concord City Council Chambers. The California Apartment Association and city of Concord designed the event, Monday, Nov. 18, with apartment owners, managers and tenants in mind, particularly with recently reported bedbug infestations in several apartment complexes along the Monument Corridor. Panelists included the following: Gail Getty, Getty Entomological Research & Consulting, Domus Institute Andrew M. Sutherland, UC California Urban Integrated Pest Management Tami Stuparich, vice president, general operations manager, California American Exterminator Puneet Singh, managing partner with the Law Offices of Kimball, Tirey & St.… Read More

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  Question: If one tenant moves from one unit to the other unit within one building, can I deduct the security deposit to cover the damages and fix-up for the old unit, then ask them to redeposit the amount of money to make up the security deposit for the new unit? Answer: Yes, and hopefully your lease clarifies this right. If the tenant fails to pay, you can serve a three-day notice to perform conditions and covenants or quit. Question: I have recently purchased a 20-unit apartment building. Must I have an apartment manager on site 24 hours a day,… Read More

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UPDATE: Reminder: Long-lasting-smoke-alarm law takes effect July 1 The state has loosened some of the deadlines associated with a smoke detector law going into effect next year. An article posted last week did not reflect these changes. At its core, the law still requires that a battery-powered smoke alarm have a non-replaceable, non-removable battery that will last for at least 10 years. Where it gets tricky is when the new types of smoke detectors must be installed. A previous article did not reflect some follow-up legislation that, in many cases, will delay this requirement until 2015. This change could prevent… Read More

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Managers of apartments and condominiums should not have to post signs at their swimming pools prohibiting diarrhea-afflicted residents from the water. Such a ban is unenforceable, health protections are unproven, and the signs – which must have words or a diagram — are a magnet for theft. Unfortunately, the rule is already on the books for apartment and condominium pools built since September 2012. The California Apartment Association and California Building Industry Association are trying to change that. On Nov. 5, both trade groups petitioned the California Department of Public Health to exempt multifamily housing from the signage requirement. As… Read More

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Question: We have a tenant who gave us verbal notice to vacate the premises. How do we calculate the rent owed? Answer: A verbal notice is of no legal effect. The time begins to run when the written notice was served. You are also required to attempt to relet the premises as soon as the tenant vacates to mitigate your losses. Question: Can you require that a guarantor for a rental applicant own property or be on the title to real property? Answer: Since you do not have to accept a guarantor, you can subject the guarantee to conditions such… Read More

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The California Apartment Association wishes to thank the dozens of sponsors who helped make the 2013 Mark of Distinction Awards possible. The 16th annual event, held Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Radisson Hotel in Downtown Fresno, secured more than 30 sponsors. Fourteen, however, deserve special mention for their generosity and were honored on stage at the event.  HD Supply Multifamily Solutions, $3,000 (Diamond) Ferguson Enterprises, $2,500 (Emerald) For Rent Media Solutions, $2,500 (Emerald) Fresno Bee  $2,500, (Emerald) WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems, $2,500 (Emerald) Crime Scene & Fatality Decontamination, $2,000 (Ruby) Buckingham Property Management, $1,500 (Sapphire) CAA Value Insurance Plan, $1,500… Read More

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Besides celebrating the best in the rental housing industry, the 16th Annual CAA Greater Fresno Mark of Distinction Awards shined a spotlight on generosity.  The Central Valley Veterans, the main beneficiary of the event, received a $2,500 check from California Apartment Association member HD Supply Multifamily Solutions. The veterans group helps vets with everything from housing to employment to education. “It’s really wonderful what we can do as a group to help those in need in our communities especially the men and women who served in our military as well as their families,” said Jason Morvay, national accounts manager for… Read More

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Nearly 650 CAA members gathered this weekend to honor the Greater Fresno area’s top rental housing professionals and properties. At the 16th Annual Mark of Distinction Awards Program on Saturday, Nov. 9, the California Apartment Association presented the Mark of Distinction Awards in 19 categories. Nominees submitted questionnaires judged by six panelists from various segments of the community outside the rental housing industry. Winners received a crystal vase to be displayed at their respective properties. In addition, the Lifetime Achievement Award went to the late Paul Chubick from Buckingham Property Management. Chubick was a longtime CAA member and served on… Read More

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