Reminder About the Balcony Inspection Bill By- Jim Schlagel

On September 17, 2018 California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 721 – “The Balcony Inspection Bill”. The bill arose in response to the tragic deaths of six UC Berkeley students in 2015 at a downtown apartment complex due to the collapse of a balcony. Owners of multifamily apartment buildings with three or more…

Landlord to Pay Tenants $300,000 to Settle Eviction Moratorium Lawsuit By- the Editors of the Rental Housing Journal

[A landlord] violated the Washington eviction moratorium by threatening tenants and starting to evict 14 of them, and will pay $350,000 to settle a lawsuit, according to a release from Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. A Nevada corporation, headquartered in Los Angeles, will pay almost $300,000 directly to tenants in the form of refunds, payments…

Something to Think About #95: Information, Not Advice – Part 15 The Effect of Long Term Inflation on Real Estate: Part 3 By- Klarise Yahya

Continued . . .  In the mid 1600’s the Dutch Republic was beginning its climb to global power. The Dutch traders, having a monopoly of trade with Japan and the East Indies, had become the middlemen between European nations and the Far East. For a period, Amsterdam’s population was doubling every 20 years (an annual…

California is Conflicted About Decent Housing By- Terry Moore

California is conflicted about building rental housing for our low-income residents. Not everyone can live in paradise. Life is not fair. Will we admit that we’re not willing to pay to subsidize our less fortunate neighbors? California would like for someone else, anyone else, to be generous to our lower income households. Here are elements…

Legal Q & A By- Franco Simone

Q: I own an apartment complex and have a strict “no pet” policy. One of my tenants verbally requested a reasonable accommodation to allow him to have a dog. What does “reasonable accommodation” mean and how should I respond to him? A: The term “reasonable accommodation,” as defined by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban…