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Posted on 28. Oct, 2013 by Jamie Sternberg.
While email use is common and is growing faster than “snail mail”, the California legislature does not generally recognize email as a valid delivery method for most formal communications provided by California residential landlords to tenants . California law requires other delivery methods for most formal California residential landlord communications.
Posted on 07. May, 2013 by Jamie Sternberg.
The general rule in California is that each party bears its own attorney’s fees. There are exceptions to this general rule. One exception exists when a contract contains an attorney’s fee clause. If a contract provides that the prevailing party will recover its attorney’s fees and costs, generally that provision is enforceable, assuming that the matter is litigated to judgment.
Posted on 28. Sep, 2012 by Jamie Sternberg.
Management should periodically investigate information available online about their property. This can be accomplished by entering a few select search terms (e.g. “XYZ Management”, “Ridgecrest Apartments”, or “123 Main Street, Sacramento”) in one or more search engines (e.g. Google, or Yahoo), and reviewing the results.
Posted on 01. Mar, 2012 by Jamie Sternberg.
California law requires residential landlords to allow small day care providers to operate on residential rental property under certain conditions. To operate legally in residential rental property without the permission or consent of the rental owner, the day care must be limited to six children or less. The children of the day care provider count in that number. The number can be extended up to a total of eight but only if the rental owner consents to the increased number.
Posted on 16. Feb, 2012 by Jamie Sternberg.
The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010, also known as SB 183, is effective as to single-family detached residences on July 1, 2011, and all other residential units on January 1, 2013. It requires that residential property be equipped with a carbon monoxide device when the property has an attached garage or fossil fuel (coal, kerosene, oil, wood, fuel gasses and other petroleum or hydrocarbon products that emit carbon monoxide as a byproduct of combustion) heater or appliance or fireplace.
Posted on 29. Sep, 2009 by Jamie Sternberg.
Vacancy rates are rising; rental rates are falling; resident retention is becoming more difficult; water, sewer and trash rates are increasing; and the overall economic forecast looks bleak – there is no doubt that these are challenging times for the rental housing industry. Competition for residents is stiff, and property owners and management companies are […]
Posted on 11. Aug, 2009 by Jamie Sternberg.
The California Franchise Tax Board has required withholdings in connection with real property sales for years. The FTB is now expanding withholding obligations to require withholdings on rent payments made to non-resident landlords. The FTB initially focused on withholdings for commercial properties (by tenants and property managers). When it then attempted to expand implementation to […]