Trade Show a Huge Success!

Our “Million Dollar” Trade Show and Landlording Conference last month was a huge success!  You should have been there! Our members were more educated, motivated and stimulated by some very knowledgeable speakers who helped give them that one idea that will help them make and keep more money than ever!  Some even walked away with valuable prizes given away at every seminar! WOW! Where else could you possibly spend a more profitable day? There was no place in the world like the Long Beach Convention Center on Wednesday, April 17th!  Our members really know how to take advantage each year of this incredible source of information and…it was all free!  It’s just one of the many services we provide for our members in addition to the lowest membership dues and credit check fees as well as the best service in town!

Many thanks go to our dynamic speakersEviction Attorney Dennis Block, Foreclosure Specialist Bruce Norris of the Norris Group, Daryl Carter of Avanath Capital Management,, Tax Lien Specialist Mac Boyter, Asset Protection Specialist Dale West, Tax Specialist Karla Dennis, Stock Market Specialist Bob Bluhm and Nick Sidoti -“Dr. Cash Flow” They provided the most powerful and contemporary information on wealth-building and apartment landlording that you’ll ever be able to find.

Our thanks also go to our large variety of exhibitors and their commitment to our members in offering the best possible professional assortment of services.  Be sure to see highlights of the show and photos included in this issue.

And … a very special thanks goes to you, our members, who truly are the essence of our trade show success!  Your generosity to our Union Rescue Mission Canned Goods Drive was greatly appreciated.  Thank you! And your thirst for knowledge in your pursuit of excellence is a driving force in the betterment of our industry!  A thousand thanks….and we’ll see you at our next trade show at the Los Angeles Convention Center in September!

It pays and saves you big just to be an AOA member.  BUT…it pays and saves even more for those owners who turn up every year to discover new ideas at the Big Show!

Eviction Reform: ‘Just Cause Eviction’

Bad for Landlords, Worse for Tenants by Sherri Way

If we want to help low-income or bad credit tenants find housing, we must create an environment where they are not considered an unsurmountable risk to landlords.

There has been much talk over the past year about Eviction Reform in Massachusetts.  Most landlords laugh when they hear this since Massachusetts is known as a very pro-tenant state.  How much more are landlords supposed to endure?

The current Eviction Reform consists of:

  1. Requiring a tenant to be habitually late before they can be evicted for nonpayment;
  2. Requiring landlords to limit the rent increases to 5%/year even though rents are going up faster;
  3. Requiring landlords to only evict for “just cause,” meaning that if a landlord wants to have the apartment vacated because a relative is moving in or for renovations, that would not be allowed.

This was started in Boston where there have been many hearings by the Mayor and City Council on this issue.  There’s also talk of new legislation being proposed on this matter at the state level with the new session starting. Landlord organizations have protested the new legislation as being a form of rent control.  While this is true, the government, in most cases, doesn’t care how this impacts the landlord. The argument that landlord organizations need to voice is how “just cause eviction” will impact tenants.  By showing that there is an adverse impact on tenants with the new laws, the tenant groups and the government may not be so quick to pass new laws that would be detrimental to landlords.

The central problem all parties are trying to solve is the housing deficit. It is not typically the high-end tenants that will be affected.  In fact, it is the lower-end tenants and first time renters that are most impacted by the current housing crisis.

There are three groups of tenants looking for housing:

  1. Good risk – these tenants are welcome to most landlords. Typically they have high credit scores and good paying jobs.
  2. Bad risk – these are tenants that no landlord will take due to their level of risk (no income, bad credit etc.).
  3. Moderate risk – this is the majority of tenants.  Depending on the landlord’s risk aversion, these tenants may or may not be approved for an apartment.

Rents have increased significantly over the past few years which have made it difficult for some tenants to qualify for housing.  These are not the tenants with the 700+ credit scores and good paying jobs, they’re the tenants that are risky – lower credit scores, lower incomes and bad or no rental history. If we want to help these tenants find housing, we must create an environment where they are not considered an unsurmountable risk to landlords.  This means making it easier to evict bad tenants while still providing housing for risky tenants that are actually good tenants.

If new laws are passed which make it more difficult to remove tenants from a rental, the ‘bad risk’ group will increase in size, the ‘good risk’ group will decrease in size and those who fall under ‘moderate risk’ will either stay the same or decrease with more tenants moving into the ‘bad risk’ category. It should also be noted that, while some of the laws may keep tenants in a rental, when it comes time for them to move again it will be increasingly difficult for them to find a rental. Thus, they may end up in undesirable or unsafe rental units or worse, they might become homeless.

Therefore, to help tenants find housing, the government should work with landlords to make the laws more equitable. While public defenders and others will say that an eviction takes 12-14 days, all landlords know that this is far from the truth. If you’re lucky and everything goes smoothly, it takes six weeks*; I know this is from my own personal experience.  If you’re unlucky, it could take even longer and become very costly. With this potential cost hanging over our heads, why would any landlord rent to someone that is a possible risk?

MassLandlords members probably all know some multi-unit home owners that have vacant units that they choose not to rent because they are very risk averse. If legislators worked with landlord groups, as well as tenant groups, to decrease the risk then maybe some of these units would open up and help with the current housing crisis. Both landlords and tenants should be contacting their legislators to explain this to them. Educate them on why new stricter eviction laws are detrimental to tenants. This is what the legislators in Massachusetts will respond to.

[Dan’s Note:  Please make a copy of this article and mail it to every politician you know!]

*[MassLandord] Editor’s Note: the MassLandlords eviction study for Massachusetts demonstrated that in 2014, the average eviction exceeded 55 days in duration under existing laws. The longest eviction in the study period was one year, three months, two weeks and two days.

Sherri Way is a Realtor at Keller Williams, a landlord and a MassLandlords Member, (c) 2017 MassLandlords, Inc. Reprinted with permission.