You may have noticed that the monthly column entitled “Legal Q & A” now features legal questions specific to Orange County. If you didn’t happen to notice it in the January Issue of the AOA Magazine, then you can dust off last month’s issue or you can find that article online at AOAUSA.com.
New Local OC Page on the AOAUSA Website
Additionally, we have created a resource page specifically for housing providers who own property in Orange County. You will find local contractors and vendors along with other resources that you may need as you manage your properties. This page also hosts the monthly “Local OC Legal Q & A” along with other local articles from the AOA Magazine.
New Search Engine for AOA Contractors and Vendors
The AOA Contractors and Vendors page search engine was completely rebuilt. Now it will display the list according to proximity to you, so you won’t have to choose an area before you search. It has the feel of a modern search engine, so we hope that it helps you find our contractors and vendors more easily.
Local OC AOA Channel on YouTube!
We reorganized our video content by area, so Orange County has its own segment. You can now find content that is specific to Orange County by searching for “AOAUSA” on YouTube. You may have noticed that YouTube changed how they organize videos, so you now have to click on the “Live” tab to find most of our videos.
Two Local Seminars; Did You Catch Them?
AOA regularly holds seminars in Buena Park. In December, Attorney Mike Brennan covered habitability, and in January, Zoran Windrich covered the last part of a three-part series entitled “Top 12 Most-Frequent California Building Code Violations”. All three parts of the series were recorded and are available within the member portal for those members who have the auto-renew feature enabled. Our goal is for AOA members to be the most successful rental property owners in the state. We hope that you are able to invest time into your professional development through the seminars and live streams that we offer.
New “Resource Guide” Below the Table of Contents
You may have noticed the new “Resource Guide” on the Table of Contents page of the AOA Magazine. Please use it as a reference for both in-person and online seminars. It also includes a directory of resources that are in the magazine. Please keep in mind that all of the online and in-person seminar information can also be found online at AOAUSA.com under the “Seminars” tab.
Changes to Tenant Screening
As you know, only AOA provides two eviction reports. We call it the DoubleWhammy because we use two entirely different companies in it per report. AOA replaced one of these eviction reports with one we found to be more comprehensive. We test different products to make sure that we are giving AOA members the very best. We believe that this new change makes the AOA DoubleWhammy Eviction Report the very best eviction report in the business.
New Criminal Report
With a desire to bring you the most comprehensive and accurate criminal reports in the history of the world, we tried a new product from the company that had been providing our instant criminal reports. It was a bold, innovative step, but it just didn’t work out the way we wanted it to for multiple reasons. By January, we ended up providing premium single-county criminal reports along with the instant criminal reports whenever there was a hit, just to ensure that you would receive the information that you needed.
Since it didn’t meet expectations the way we had hoped, we took massive action and immediately found another supplier for criminal reports. By the time you receive this magazine, we will have finished switching to a tried and tested instant criminal report that doesn’t require running a premium single county report. Our goal is for AOA members to be the most successful group of rental property owners in the state, and we believe that AOA Tenant Screening is a contributing factor to the success of our members.
Jeff Faller, President
Apartment Owners Association of California