Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Basics

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) have been known by many names such as granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, and secondary units. No matter what you call them, ADU’s are an innovative, affordable, and effective option for adding housing while...

Prop 19 Summary of Inheritance Tax

Proposition 19 was passed and as part of the measure, children who inherit their parents’ houses will no longer receive a property tax break if they intend to keep it as a second home or rent it out. This has a serious effect on the traditional parent-child exemption...

How to Make Your Complex Safe for Your Tenants

Do you own or manage an apartment block? If you do, then you should be taking proactive steps to ensure a safe environment for your tenants to live in. In many areas, it is the owner of the property’s responsibility to make your complex safe. If you fail to meet the...

Why You Should Go with Online Rent Payment

These days, nearly everything is done online, and numerous industries are making the switch to providing online services. The convenience that comes with making payments or purchases no matter where you are, is second to none. That goes for rent too. If your property...

A Day in the Life of a Landlord

Are you considering becoming a landlord? Being a landlord comes with its set of challenges, but the job can provide you a financial cushion. A day in the life of a landlord includes maintaining the units, collecting rents, and dealing with tenants. Unit maintenance is...

Should You Hire a Property Manager?

As of October 2020, there were almost 7 million units sold. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, home buyers and property investors are still buying homes, and the market is booming. Are you one of these investors who recently bought a new property? Have you’ve had your...

What To Do When You Get A Tenant Demand Letter

The dreaded demand letter is a letter that can simultaneously be worryingly serious and frustratingly frivolous. In the area of residential rental real estate, demand letters generally tend to be issued by a disgruntled former or current tenant or by someone who was...

Update on Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) Action

The bottom line is that the UD process is not what it used to be, and our previous strategies either no longer apply or no longer work. Courts were closed for anywhere from three months to eight months.  Most of them are still working on clearing their backlogs.  The...

5 Ways To Spot A Bogus Landlord Reference

Nationally, forty percent of all landlord references are bogus since applicants provide the phone number of their roommate, coworker or perhaps themselves posing as the landlord to ensure a great reference. There are even companies that renters can hire that will pose...

Could a Security Deposit Ban Be Coming Soon?

The security deposit has long been the standard for how landlords are able to protect themselves from unreputable tenants. However, there’s a growing push to get rid of them altogether. If you own apartments or housing that you rent out to the general public, it...

How to Recognize Five Common Cyber-Attacks

Malicious attackers now initiate a new cyberattack every 39 seconds, successfully attacking 81% of organizations. As a landlord in Orange County, you might wrongly assume you don’t need to concern yourself with cybersecurity. Remember that you work with...

New Rule Prohibiting Evictions

On Monday April 6, 2020, the CA Judicial Council adopted an emergency rule which essentially prohibits all evictions as the residents can claim health and safety concerns. This rule does the following: 1. No courts in California may issue a summons on an unlawful...

New Eviction Restriction Law For COVID-19

On March 27, 2020, Governor Newsom passed a second Executive Order implementing additional eviction protections for tenants who are unable to pay their rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This second order states that if an unlawful detainer action is filed...

How To Raise Rent Graciously And Effectively

Many landlords don’t feel comfortable when it’s time to raise rent. So, here are six simple ways that may help the uncomfortable process be a little more, well, comfortable. Remember, you’re a business firstAs friendly as you might be with your...

Should I Say Yes To Pets?

Most of us count ourselves among the 6 in 10 Americans who consider pets to be members of their families. Yet, sadly as many as 90% of pets in shelters were given up by owners who simply couldn’t find pet-friendly housing. Since 62% of Americans have at least one pet,...

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...

Freelancers Versus Contractors

Many landlords hire freelancers or unlicensed contractors to work on their Orange County property management 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...

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...

5 Valid 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...

Landlords Change Your Smoke And 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 in ideal, sanitary and...

Always Re-Key Your Rental Between Vacancies

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...

Top Three Reasons Why Renters Sue Landlords – And Win

Tenants love unscrupulous attorneys, the simplicity of small claims court in an ever growing tenant friendly state… Sometimes landlords feel like second class citizens and end up getting stuck with small claim or petty law suit judgements. So what can a landlord do to...

Write Effective Descriptions For Your Home For Rent

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...

Tips To Rent Your Rental Property in Orange County Fast

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...

How Orange County Landlords Can Increase Curb Appeal

Location-location-location still reigns as the king for orange county rentals, but curb appeal is the close 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...

How Landlords Can Decrease Vacancies in Orange County

It’s 2019 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...