multifamily legislation

CA Fee Increase on Public Records

Governor Brown’s 2013-2014 budget could prove catastrophic to California’s property management companies, real estate agents, landlords and employers if passed as currently proposed. The budget includes a “per case” search fee for criminal and civil court records which will create an undue burden on California businesses and increase the threat to public safety in the rental housing community.

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multifamily legislation

Federal Trade Commission Highlights

This week, the FTC published their annual “highlights”. These highlights showcase what the FTC has been doing for the past year to protect American consumers.  Here is some of what constitutes a government regulatory agency’s “highlight”:

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Tenant Screening Tips

Streamlining your Tenant Screening

In this advancing technological age, developers across the country are innovating greater, faster methods of providing information.  For the property management industry this translates into the creation of a vast network of information on potential applicants, equipped with the delivery of increasing speeds and accuracy.  However, the difficulty with this specific type of data is that it largely includes regulated content that is scrutinized by governing entities (to ensure the protection of the consumer’s identities and rights).

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multifamily legislation

Guns: Residents Rights or Managers Rights?

The second amendment is stated in the Bill of Rights as: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. However, in the wake of recent, horrific events like the Cinemark shooting in Colorado and the elementary school shooting in Connecticut, the 2nd Amendment has been debated as either necessary or outdated.  With more than 6 million people in the United States estimated to have “right to carry” permits, this issue is on the minds of the entire nation.

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property management

Irregular Activity on my Bank Account

This past weekend I received an email from my bank stating that I had “irregular activity” on my debit card and that I should contact the fraud prevention team at my bank. Immediately, those little bubbles of stress started forming in my belly. As it is toward the end of the month and bills are due on the first, the few worries that circled my head were: how much did they get? Will this affect my credit? Today is Sunday so the bank is closed. I have little gas in my tank and usually don’t carry much cash. Ultimately it soured my whole day.

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multifamily legislation

HUDs New Ruling on Fair Housing Standards

Since 1968, the Fair Housing Act has both protected the rights of individuals seeking a home and simultaneously given landlords and property managers a code of ethics with which to conduct business.  This policy has been modified to cite specific groups of people who should not be discriminated against, as well as provide guidance as to what may constitute taking improper adverse action against an applicant for reasons beyond your requirements to gain housing.  Now taking a new step in this guidance, HUD is formalizing rules that follow a national standard for determining whether a housing practice violates the Fair Housing law based on an unjustified discriminatory effect.

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property management

How the Superbowl Can Prepare Property Managers

It’s that time of year again where even the most uninterested individuals will tune in for the yelling, junk food, hilarious commercials, and all around epic events that surround the Superbowl.  What makes this game feel so much bigger than other national sports titles is that it all comes down to a singular game – one afternoon spanning the course of a couple of hours to show whether or not someone will be going home for the day with the big “W”.

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property management

Preparing For the Inevitable with Your Property

Within the wake of numerous natural disasters over the last decade, it has become sadly obvious that a large majority of the world is not only unprepared for the worst, but remains unconcerned at the possibility of being struck by a natural disaster. Granted it is understandable most forget when natural disasters hit at random, however, as a major communal threat, it is imperative that your properties have a backup plan available. In aiming for the safety of your residents, staff, and assets, here are a few key points to consider when preparing your emergency plan:

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