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Under California law, tenants can find rather simple ways to postpone evictions and keep living rent-free. In many cases, unscrupulous attorneys advertise online, offering to help tenants drag out the eviction process for months — and even years. Tenants are coached by these attorneys to check boxes on the Unlawful Detainer Answer, claiming the unit is substandard or uninhabitable. They provide no background to substantiate their claim. This very practice gives tenants an easy 30 to 60 days extra time to live in the unit rent free. They may never have to prove anything in court. Often a tenant’s answer… Read More

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Having a well-maintained landscape and common areas makes being outside pleasurable for your residents and adds value to your property. Here are a few tasks to ensure your landscape and common areas look beautiful throughout spring — and the many months ahead. Irrigation With Gov. Brown having declared a drought in California, make sure your landscape continues to receive the right amount of water to thrive without wasting one of our state’s most precious resources. It’s especially important for you and your landscape professional to check your irrigation system regularly and verify that water coverage is appropriate. Look for broken… Read More

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SANTA CLARA —  When it comes to picking apartments, it’s no surprise that tech-worker tenants want opportunities for social networking. But we’re not talking about business centers where they can hunker down to like and post pictures or squeeze in an extra hour of programming. Just ask employees at Facebook, which surveyed its employees about the amenities they want in apartment living. Turns out a venue for old-school, face-to-face socializing topped the list. “They did not care about the fitness center; they did not care about a business center; they did not care about a swimming pool, Jacuzzi — none… Read More

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Question: One of my tenants vacated the property and left his roommate behind. Both signed the rental agreement, and now the tenant who vacated is demanding his share of the security deposit be returned to him. Is he right? What should I do? Answer: You are not required to return or account for the use of the security deposit until you regain possession of the property after the tenants have vacated. California requires the deposit be accounted for in writing and sent to the last known address of the tenants no later than 21 days following the return of possession… Read More

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State Sen. Mark Leno needs to address apartment industry concerns about his anti-Ellis Act bill, which could lock San Francisco landlords into the rental housing business for years on end, even if they’re losing money. Those instructions came from the Transportation and Housing Committee, which narrowly approved Leno’s SB 1439 on Tuesday by a 6 to 4 vote with one abstention. The close decision came after the California Apartment Association, a San Francisco landlord and others offered compelling testimony against the legislation. About 150 opponents of the bill crowded the committee hearing room. “The comments by legislators today and the… Read More

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CAA Central Valley, a proud new member of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the milestone recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event took place March 20 at CAA Central Valley’s Educational Luncheon and was attended by over 100 local members. Dignitaries at the ribbon cutting included Modesto City Councilwoman Jenny Kenoyer; Brett McBay,  representing Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen; and John Villines from the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. “I was very impressed with the professionalism and friendliness of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting welcome team,” said Stephanie Babb, executive director of CAA Central Valley. “Our members of the California… Read More

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Question: We have a tenant who has been provoking other tenants, so we gave her a 30-day notice. She is now very angry and has flooded her apartment and the three apartments below her by inserting a roll (still on the spool) of toilet paper into her toilet and then flushing the toilet over and over. What can we do?  Answer: You can serve a three-day notice to quit based upon this activity. If she fails to vacate in three days, the court eviction can commence, and you would not have to wait for the 30-day notice to expire. You… Read More

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If you’re a registered voter in West Contra Costa County, look for a ballot in your mailbox over the next couple weeks. Ballots go out in just a few days and ask all registered voters to approve a parcel tax that could help keep Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo open. This property tax is larger than those requested in prior years — and it probably won’t be the last tax requested to save the financially struggling hospital. The measure, which would charge 14 cents per square foot of developed property, has no sunset. It would stay in effect as… Read More

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During the fourth quarter of last year, construction wrapped up on almost 42,000 apartment units across the nation — the highest figure in a decade, according to REIS Inc. Also, apartments are making up roughly one-third of housing units under construction, a level unseen in four decades, according to this CNBC article, which cites US. Census data.

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A bill that could strip San Francisco landlords of their freedom to leave the rental housing business heads to a key senate committee next month. On Tuesday, April 8, state Sen. Mark Leno’s SB 1439 goes before the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing. SB 1439 is a direct assault on the Ellis Act, a law passed in 1985 that bars local governments from making landlords stay in the rental housing business. Ellis especially protects owners of rental properties in rent controlled cities, where landlords can find themselves operating at a loss. Under Leno’s bill, San Francisco would be authorized… Read More

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