Stop the Amended California AB396

Prohibits Rental Owners from running criminal checks in the initial screening and forces those that find a criminal record to hold the unit vacant for a minimum of 14 days.
On April 30, 2015, California State Assembly amended AB 396 (authored by Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer); Rental housing discrimination: applications: criminal records.  While the new language technically ‘allows for’ the reporting and use of criminal records in the resident screening and selection process, it creates a situation wherein landlords and property managers who do so will face a number of additional steps, including the creation of a two-step screening process and the setting aside of their rental unit for 14 days or longer for a denied application based on criminal records.

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Texas Legislature Proposed Bills Could Hamper Resident Screening for Property Managers

Right now the Texas legislature is proposing to pass several bills that could be troublesome in the proper screening of applicants for rental housing.  The pending deadline for these bills of May 11th means that opponents are pushing heavily to get them reported out of Committee as soon as possible.  We encourage you to read each of the proposed bills below, and make your voice heard.

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Five Resident Loyalty Shredders

Collectively these items reduce the quality of the customer experience.  In other words- these are some serious loyalty shredders.
Every  topic presented  here is so important that each could be at the top of the list.  Recognizing that every property is different, I encourage you to re-order the list for each of your assets under management and begin by implementing a remedy for the worst offenders on a property-by-property basis.

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Five Ways for Rental Property to Conserve Water

With California suffering from one of the most severe droughts on record, Gov. Jerry Brown implemented emergency water conservation regulations with a goal of reducing urban potable water usage by 25 percent. Water usage reduction measures include prohibiting the use of potable water to wash sidewalks and driveways, using hoses with no shutoff valves, using potable water in decorative water features that do not circulate the water, and irrigating outdoors during and within 48 hours of a measurable rainfall. California is not the only state in a crisis so this is the time to implement ways to save water.

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property management

Four Ways to Attract Renters to Your Vacancy

You have a great community and now you’re looking to attract the perfect renters by creating a quality listing. The best way to draw potential renters is to visualize your listing as their future home.
Here are some helpful tips to make your vacancy stand out from the rest and attract responsible, trustworthy renters.

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multifamily legislation

Non-Enforcement for Sex Offender Residency Ban in California: The Effects on Multi-Family Housing

With the March announcement that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will no longer enforce the blanket residency restrictions for sex offenders as outlined in Proposition 83 (Jessica’s Law), property managers are finding themselves in a gray area concerning whether or not they may deny rental applicants based on their status and if the property is located within 2,000 feet of a park, school or where children congregate.

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Property Management: 5 Lease Violations to Avoid

Lease violations are just that; a violation of the lease terms agreed to by the Resident and owner or Property Management company.  These terms are set in writing.  Violation of the terms provides grounds for ending the lease.
In the business world we all put up with a certain level allowable deception.  Some is under the guise of honest mistakes, other times blatant lies.  In many instances these incidents cause no harm, like a waiter spilling water on your table; it’s a little annoying but no harm done.

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Seven Tips to Improve Curb Appeal

First impressions can make or break you. That stands true for making your rental property stand out from the competition. The first thing potential renters are going to notice, is curb appeal.
Whether you’re looking to hire a contractor to do the work or complete the work yourself, here are seven tips for giving your property curb appeal that will make your renters proud:
1. Assess the starting point Walk around the property and take note of where you could improve. You may notice paint needs to be touched up, the grass could be a little greener or maybe that walkway could be cleared off. Make a list of the fixes that need to be completed and also include items on your checklist that could help your property stand out from the rest. If you think you’re overlooking something, it never hurts to get a second opinion or set of eyes to help.

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