Equity Theft

Stop Home Equity Theft by the State of California! By Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and Joshua Polk, Attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation

Property rights are one of the most fundamental constitutional provisions that protect Americans against government abuse. Unfortunately, these rights are regularly under assault by state and local tax collectors who aggressively target homeowners who have fallen behind on their property tax payments. Constant vigilance is necessary to protect property owners against any government encroachments on…

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Potential New Bills

Legislators Introduce Three New Bills to Discourage Real Estate Speculation By Gideon Kramer, SPOSFI News Editor

Democratic legislators in the State Assembly have introduced three major bills designed to curb real estate speculation. According to Randy Shaw, executive director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, “their passage would be the most transformative advance for tenants and affordable housing since at least the passage of AB 1482 – which imposed statewide rent increase…

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Q&A

Legal Q & A by Richard Beckman

Richard Beckman Below are questions asked by rental property owners regarding California rent control laws followed by answers provided by Attorney Richard Beckman. Question 1:  My Unlawful Detainer was rejected by Alameda County although I was evicting for violations by a tenant at will (tenant was former owner prior to me purchasing SFH at auction). …

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Prop 13

Proposition 13: Same Song, Different Decade by Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

More than 42 years ago, California voters overwhelmingly enacted Proposition 13 in response to out-of-control property taxes. Even with the passage of time, Prop. 13 remains very popular among citizens of all political stripes. Nonetheless, many politicians and bureaucrats hate Prop. 13 because it prevents them from taking unlimited cash from the taxpaying public. In…

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IN THE NEWS: AB 2203 and SB 1335 Would Prohibit Rental Property Owners from Using Credit Reports!

A newly introduced bill, in February, would have prohibited landlords from using credit reports while screening prospective tenants. AB 2527 by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, would have also banned property owners from asking about anything that would be included in a report, such as payment history or evictions.  That bill, fortunately, has been shelved for…

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Reminder to Housing Providers! New Mold Booklet Requirement For 2022!

New Law for California Landlords Beginning January 1, 2022, residential landlords shall provide the booklet “Information on Dampness and Mold for Renters in California”.  This booklet must be given to prospective residential tenants prior to entering the rental or lease agreement, in accordance with the 2001 Toxic Mold Protection Act (HSC #26148).  The booklet, which…

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Legal Q & A by Dennis Block

Below are questions asked by rental property owners regarding California rent control laws followed by answers provided by eviction attorney, Dennis Block.   Question One: I have a tenant who recently moved into my unit. On the application, she indicated that she had no pets or animals. The rental agreement specifically prohibits animals being maintained…

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