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Statewide Rent Control Passed

AB 1482 passed which limits statewide annual rent increases and puts in place just-cause eviction protections for tenants. The bill takes effect January 1, 2020, with a retroactive provision and will be in place for 10 years. Here's a simple overview for landlords......

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Freelancers Versus Contractors

Many landlords hire freelancers or unlicensed contractors to work on their Orange County rental properties. Most of the time it works out just fine, but when things go south, as they often do, a nightmare may unfold. By hiring an inexperienced freelancer, owners forgo...

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Suggestions For Increasing Cash Flow

Not all CPA's are created equal. Some know medicine, manufacturing, or aerospace and may not know too much about real estate... Whether a landlord owns one or one hundred properties, it's wise to talk to or retain a CPA that knows all the intricate...

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5 Reasons To Allow A Tenant To Break Their Lease

As Orange County landlords, we want some amount of tenant stability; after all, tenant turnover is a cash flow killer. Very rarely do we allow tenants to break a lease without a very good reason, such as these that top the charts. Active or reserve militaryActive...

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Why Pre-showing Rental Properties Is A Bad Idea

Sounds like a good idea right... market early to rent early? Yet this is not always the case. Here's some reasons why we don't pre-show properties... Help... I can't see! It's kind of like selling a car; we need the fries gone, vents cleaned, engine power washed,...

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When To Change Smoke/CO Alarms

Property management companies are routinely questioned by landlords about the cost of replacing smoke and CO detectors when they ‘appear’ perfectly fine. The life expectancy of smoke alarms is generally ten years and CO alarms are seven years after which their sensors...

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The Importance of Rekeying Between Tenants

Most particularly, the more aware Orange County Property management companies are always looking to mitigate liability on every level – and there are many, many levels with tenants. One way to keep everyone out of a legal nightmare is to ensure the new tenants receive...

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How To Handle Emotional Support Animals

Landlord and tenant rights are constantly changing and unfortunately California courts favor tenants. The current “money maker” for attorneys isn’t asbestos, lead or mold, it’s Emotional Support Animals. A tenant has the right to bring their service dogs and emotional...

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Top Three Reasons Why Tenants Sue Landlords

Tenants love unscrupulous attorneys, the simplicity of small claims court in a tenant friendly state… So what can a landlord do to avoid the three most common lawsuits filed by tenants? Basically, be fair, be square, and try to settle disputes quickly. Here are the...

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Alphabet Power!

Wondering why your house isn’t renting? Renters can see exaggerated or misleading language from a mile away. We’ve compiled a list of words that may be scaring your potential applicants away. Words to Avoid in Rental Listings are: Clean: This arouses suspicion–people...

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Four Do’s and One Must Not Do

Struggling to fill a vacancy? Wondering what’s preventing you from finding the perfect tenant? Here are four “must dos” and one major “must not do.” Here are four must do's: 1. Verify Market Rent Check comparable rentals in your neighborhood to make sure you’re asking...

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Curb Appeal is Appealing

Location is still king, but curb appeal is the queen influencer on perception of value. So if want more potential tenants to apply for your rental property here are tips to improve a tenant’s first impression and hopefully a lasting one too. De-clutter Order a...

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A Few Simple Steps To Decrease Vacancies

It’s 2018 and landlords are seeing their “For Rent” perhaps signs up longer than anticipated. This is when we loves to show off our marketing, skills and leasing team to fill vacancies and maintain rent values to maximize the landlord's income. But not all landlord's...

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