Legal Q & A – by Dennis Block

Question One:  We attended your seminar on Tenant Screening at the L.A. Convention Center as we are members of the AOA. Thank you very much for your seminar which gave us highly useful tips to screen probable tenants. I will be glad to use your services for us and for my friends because of your…

HELP STOP THE TRASH MONOPOLY! – By David Hernandez

Apartment Owners, Business Owners and Community Leaders Are Fighting Back to Protect Your Rights and Your Wallets! In 2014 the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor, working with Labor Based Organizations passed an Ordinance impacting all commercial business, including apartment owners, in Los Angeles. While the city picks up trash from residential and some smaller…

10 Ways to Be a Great Landlord – By Richard Montgomery

It is upsetting when we get tenant complaints as a landlord. It is hard work renting apartments or homes to tenants and it takes people skills and management skills. Many times our goal as a landlord is to simply avoid tenant complaints. But there are principles, if properly used, that can reduce or eliminate tenant complaints. Do…

MrLandlord.com Tips on Management – By Jeffrey Taylor

5 Tips for Attracting Great (Better) Residents Good residents come to you not by accident, but by design. There are good residents in every price range and in every neighborhood. A professional landlord will attract quality residents. An unprofessional landlord will attract troublesome residents. Your rental property is only as secure as the residents who…

Roof Coatings Are Not Roofs! – By Tom Scherer

Roof coatings became popular in the 1970’s and 80’s, along with the “Bee Gees”, and they have been around ever since. Coatings are applied over an existing hot tar roof in an effort to “extend” the life of the roof and to add reflective qualities to the system. This is sound thinking, however, in many…

BASTA – A Year Later – By Grayce Long, Attorney

The bad news for landlords is that BASTA is still going strong and appears to be growing.  Recently, I was in the Downtown L.A. courthouse in Department 94, where all evictions are heard.  There was a calendar of 54 unlawful detainer cases and of those 54 cases, BASTA represented 15 of the defendants.   That means…