With the Bay Area expected to grow by 30 percent over the next quarter century, building more multifamily housing isn’t an option — it’s a necessity. In her column, Blanca Torres of the San Francisco Business Times acknowledges the resistance — albeit conflicted — to apartment development and then chips away at it. She ends her article by listing five reasons why bringing more apartments to the Bay Area makes sense. Each touches on an element unique to the region, such as The City’s soft spot for public transportation, its top-notch scenery and a desire to preserve natural resources.
As with most business relationships, dealings between tenants and landlords are growing increasingly digital — and that usually leads to greater convenience. Take last year’s CAA-sponsored bill that allows tenants to receive their security deposit refunds by direct deposit. That change makes it easier for everyone. But digital communication doesn’t meet legal muster on all fronts. In this L.A. times piece, a landlord asks if using email to notify a tenant of termination of tenancy is legal. It isn’t. In fact, landlords have to face very specific steps to inform tenants they’re facing eviction. Should this change? And if so,… Read More
The Sacramento City Council has unanimously approved major changes to its rental-inspection ordinance and fee schedule – a move that could save qualifying landlords thousands of dollars annually. The 7-0 vote Tuesday ends a five-year battle over reforming the program, which will now allow self-certification of rental properties when a previous city inspection found no violations, or violations were corrected on time, and all fees are current. The change will result in a 43 percent reduction in the inspection fee and save rental owners in the city $1.1 million annually. “At a time when local governments around the state are… Read More
In this column in the New York Times, TV journalist Scott James tells a landlord’s horror story — it involves a sledgehammer — about renting out his downstairs apartment in San Francisco. He’s not renting out that unit again. Scott admits he’s adding to The City’s housing shortage and gives his reasons. What’s your take?
In this column in the New York Times, TV journalist Scott James tells a landlord’s horror story — it involves a sledgehammer — about renting out his downstairs apartment in San Francisco. He’s not renting out that unit again. James admits he’s adding to The City’s housing shortage and gives his reasons. What’s your take?
Cozy is hoping to reinvent the way tenants and property managers deal with each other — both before and after a lease is signed, according to this article on engadget.com. Landlords, for example, can advertise their rentals, accept applications and handle payments online, according to the article.
RHA Sacramento Valley helped a large property management company avoid $55,000 in fines from the city of Rancho Cordova. The company, a member of RHA, originally faced more than $60,000 in administrative fines, fees and penalties. They stemmed from code enforcement violations that occurred before the company took over a troubled property. RHA arranged a meeting between the city and the member company to educate local officials about the time needed for the company to take over the problematic property — and highlighted the company’s commitment to the community. This includes investments in the property exceeding $40,000. In the end,… Read More
The Clovis Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for The Fountains at Alluvial, a community for those 55 and older. Manco Abbott, a local property management company and CAA member, manages the complex. Distinguished guests at the May 30 event included Mayor Pro Tem Nathan Magsig and Ben Bergquam, representing Assemblyman Jim Patterson and Sen. Tom Berryhill. In addition, Bergquam presented a certificate of recognition to Adam Goldfarb, vice president/multifamily for Manco Abbott. Patterson and Berryhill signed the certificate. The community offers one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments ranging from 900 to 2,026 square feet. Complex amenities include a… Read More
With thousands of absentee ballots left to count, Tuesday’s election on privatizing household garbage collection in Fresno remains up for grabs. Of votes tallied, 50.62 percent support Measure G, which would outsource residential garbage service to Mid Valley Disposal. No votes represent 49.74 percent of ballots counted. Only 262 votes separate the two. The California Apartment Association supports Measure G, which would prop up the city’s general fund, preventing public safety layoffs. Tuesday night, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin expressed confidence — albeit cautious — that Measure G would pass. “We’re feeling optimistic, but we still have a long night ahead… Read More