Tag Archives: Law
Posted on 22. May, 2013 by Bryan Ives.
A NYC judge ruled that a New Yorker who rented his apartment on Airbnb.com, a site that lets people around the world find short-term housing accommodations, broke the law.
Posted on 10. May, 2013 by Marc Courtenay.
Property Managers know how important it is to prevent problems with residents through careful screening procedures. The old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is as important in today’s society as ever. That’s why experienced property managers don’t cut corners when screening applicants.
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 11. Dec, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
Three Groton Realty real estate groups have to pay a woman $40,000 over a Fair Housing Act Violation, announced the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut yesterday.
Posted on 12. Sep, 2012 by Katherine Slotkin.
During election season, it is important for residential rental owners and managers to be familiar with California laws regarding political signs; a new political sign law went into effect January 1, 2012.
Posted on 27. Jun, 2012 by Leslie Mason.
There are several signs that California multi-family rental property owners and managers should consider posting, depending on the characteristics of the property.
Posted on 11. Jun, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
California landlords were granted the right to ban smoking in multifamily apartments and condos back in January, but many property owners have not applied the restriction.
Posted on 26. Apr, 2012 by Ted Kimball.
When an unlawful detainer lawsuit is filed in California, every adult residing in a property has the right to be heard in court. This is true even if the person is not a named resident, is not an authorized occupant, and even if the person is unknown to the landlord.
Posted on 30. Mar, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
A Japanese tourist staying with friends in a Brooklyn apartment had quite an unexpected morning when a narcotics officer accidentally fired his weapon through the apartment floor grazing the young woman’s arm. The victim was treated at Kings County Hospital and released a few hours later.
Posted on 22. Mar, 2012 by Leanne Barbat.
Many of our clients are perplexed about what to do with a garage or storage unit rental when they want to terminate the tenancy and receive back possession. Is an eviction required? The answer depends upon whether or not the garage or storage unit falls under the California Self-Service Storage Facility Act. If it does, an eviction is not required. This article is designed to clear up the confusion so you will be able to act appropriately whenever you want to terminate a storage rental lease.
Posted on 24. Feb, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
When familiarizing yourself with the federal laws, you may want to take a few extra minutes to review your applicable state laws as well. While some of these acts may be more relevant to your particular type of property management business than others, educating both yourself and your staff about these federal (and state) acts and the repercussion of violating them will ensure compliance, which is the most important thing of all.
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 31. Jan, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Sometimes it seems as if all property managers spend a majority of their time memorizing various rules and regulations. New employees in particular are always trying to learn basic rules such as “when do we return security deposits, or what account does this deposit go into?”
Posted on 02. Dec, 2011 by KTS-Law.
There has been a recent influx in lawsuits by employees in the property management business. After much consultation and defense of employers in this industry, it has become clear that many employers fail to correctly pay taxes on lodging credit. One of the major problems employers have is grasping the understanding that lodging credit is still “compensation” for tax purposes.
Posted on 01. Dec, 2011 by Bryan Ives.
The owners of around 8,000 buildings in Seattle, Washington were recently notified that they are now required to take part in the city’s Building Energy Benchmarking and Reporting program.
Posted on 23. Nov, 2011 by Bryan Ives.
Roger Harris agrees to pay $295,00 in monetary damages and civil penalties resulting from a Fair Housing Act lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, race and sex discrimination, retaliation and intimidation.
Posted on 13. Sep, 2011 by Aimee Miller.
In California, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed the Renter’s Right to Recycle Act, requiring landlords to offer recycling bins and services for cans, plastic and paper in complexes with five or more apartment units.
Posted on 23. Aug, 2011 by KTS-Law.
If you were successful in obtaining a judgment against a former tenant or other third party, chances are you will not be paid voluntarily. Sometimes obtaining the judgment may prove much easier than collecting it. This article will discuss judgment debtor examinations and the “secret lien” which are little known tools that can lead to success in the collection effort.
Posted on 29. Jul, 2011 by KTS-Law.
California has a statutory scheme that provides mechanisms for judgment creditors to recover money involuntarily from judgment debtors. However, a creditor cannot collect if the judgment debtor’s assets cannot be located.
Posted on 14. Jul, 2011 by Marc Courtenay.
The national unemployment rate increased during June of 2011, and the number of new jobs created was disappointingly low. As unemployment benefits expire and public assistance programs are drained, more residents are finding it difficult to meet their major expenses, beginning with their rent. On July 9th I interviewed the owner of a property management company in Southern California. We discussed vacancies, rental rates and handling evictions.