Security Deposit Refunds

How to Mitigate Escalating Charges Against Tenant Security Deposits By Renee Engelen

As a professional property manager, I am committed to balancing the legal and ethical obligations to residents of rental dwelling units; providing safe and habitable housing, while simultaneously serving the owners’ financial interests. When landlord’s and tenant’s opinions do not align, conflicts often occur – sometimes, to a level of irreconcilable differences. However, those conflicts…

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Letter to LA City Council Regarding the Proposed Ban of Criminal, Eviction, and Credit History (Tenant Screening)

Dear Councilmember [Last Name]: Greetings. I strongly oppose the “Fair Chance Housing Policy” that has been proposed by the BRD. These “renter protection measures” are the opposite of what they are advertised to be! It would compromise all innocent renters, especially the weak and elderly. Below are some points you may want to consider. Regarding…

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Is the “California Dream” Still Alive? By Lloyd Segal

Fortunately, there are still parts of the Golden State that qualify as “affordable” according to a new study of the “Most Affordable Places to Live in California” by SmartAsset. Sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s not. The company crunched the numbers on taxes, homeowners’ insurance, and home costs relative to the local median income to come up with…

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Legal Q & A by 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: Is there a bill in the Legislature that is supposed to end the Ellis Act? Answer 1:  AB 854, which was moving forward in the legislature and appeared to be heading…

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