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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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Newer stories Reminder: Long-lasting-smoke-alarm law takes effect July 1 More time granted in smoke detector law Working detectors probably won’t need immediate replacement Under a law taking effect Jan. 1, 2014, you’ll need to install smoke detectors that can keep working on the same battery for 10 years or more. But chances are, you won’t have to do it yet. You only need to install the 10-year battery models when: A current detector isn’t working. Work is done to a unit requiring a permit – and when the value of the work totals $1,000 or more. In 2016, more requirements… Read More

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The California Apartment Association joins the city of Antioch in celebrating the passage of a half-cent sales tax to promote public safety. CAA’s Political Action Committee contributed $18,000 to the campaign for Measure C. The measure, approved during Tuesday’s election, is projected to bring $4.7 million into the city’s general fund to hire additional police and other safety officers.  The tax will begin in April 2014.  The half-cent sales tax represents about one-third of the city’s budget deficit.  CAA Contra Costa Napa Solano Division members, other businesses and citizen stakeholders will help the City Council and city staff by researching… Read More

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Question: I have a month-to-month rental agreement with a tenant and have given a 60-day notice to vacate. Since the service of the notice, the tenant has not paid the rent so I served him with a three-day pay rent or quit notice. Did that void the 60-day notice? Answer: The three-day notice would not invalidate the 60-day notice unless you asked for rent that went beyond the 60-day period. Question: The present rental agreement is for two tenants. One has passed away. Do I need to write a new rental agreement with the remaining tenant? Answer: You are not… Read More

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The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors commended CAA Tri-County on Tuesday, Nov. 5,  for helping victims of two fires in Redwood City. Tri-County worked with the city to find housing for displaced residents in the blazes. After one of the blazes, at the Hallmark House in July, CAA member Equity Residential responded by offering nearly two-dozen housing units for tenants at an apartment community in East Palo Alto. San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum and all other members of the county board presented commendations to CAA Tri-County and other organizations including that provided assistance.

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Top Orange County apartment executives will receive a data-driven forecast on the rental housing market Thursday, Nov. 7, during an event co-hosted by the California Apartment Association and Competitive Analytics. Attendees will include senior executives from companies such as Camden, Western National Group, E&S Ring, Sares-Regis, Far West, Avalon Bay, and others. The invitation-only event, being held at Competitive Analytics’ DECIPHER™ Theater in Costa Mesa, will feature an interactive session with: What-if? forecasts Competitive submarket rankings Provocative discussions of major apartment markets “Industry leaders will gain deep data-based knowledge on pricing, budgeting and investment strategies,” said David Savlowitz, chief executive… Read More

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