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How to Provide Close-Up Care for a Senior Who is Far Away

Globalization and digital technology give modern people opportunities unimagined by past generations. But for everything, there is a price. Our society’s newfound mobility can weaken the bonds that once kept us in close touch with family and friends. This can make caring for an older person challenging, especially when the distance separating you from your […]

Tenant Relocation during Maintenance & Repairs

Once a property owner has entered into a rental agreement with a tenant and has handed over the keys, the tenant has the exclusive right to possession of the dwelling unit. Moreover, when tenants enter into the rental agreement, the owner agrees to provide the premises (in a habitable condition) in exchange for the tenant’s […]

Habitability Maintenance and Repair Responsibilities of the Owner and Tenant

  California law requires residential rental property owners to deliver and maintain their rental units in a habitable condition, this legal principle is called the warranty of habitability. Though originally created by the California Supreme Court in 1974, the California Legislature has codified many of the principles of the warranty of habitability in the Civil […]

Habitability

Maintenance and Repair Responsibilities of the Owner and Tenant California law requires residential rental property owners to deliver and maintain their rental units in a habitable condition, this legal principle is called the warranty of habitability. Though originally created by the California Supreme Court in 1974, the California Legislature has codified many of the principles […]

Liability for Injuries Caused by Dog

According to the Center for Disease Control, as many as 800,000 dog bites require medical attention every yeari. With a growing awareness about the dangerous propensities of certain dog breeds, pressure is mounting to restrict access to, and the availability of, these breeds. Moreover, as property and casualty insurers become increasingly selective about the policies […]

When is a Pet Not a Pet? Accommodating Persons with Disabilities

I INTRODUCTION Many property owners protect their investment by not allowing any (or certain types) of pets on the property due to possible damage by the pet and the fact that existing law may not allow for an adequate security deposit to cover the damage. However, recent laws on fair housing and accommodating persons with […]

Due Diligence – What Is Important When Buying Real Estate?

When you make a big purchase, or an investment, buy a car, sign up for healthcare, etc. you do you “homework” to hopefully make a sensible decision that gives you good value for the money you are spending. When you buy real estate, which is likely to be the most expensive, most complex, and riskiest […]

Are You Overlooking Any of These Fair Housing Laws?

While all property managers are likely (or should be) familiar with standard Fair Housing Laws, such as the prohibition of discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability, there are also a variety of rules and regulations that have been implemented in […]

The Mortgage Market Is About To Get Smaller

As 2014 begins a bureau created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), will set new rules concerning mortgages. Lenders will be required to verify and inspect borrowers’ financial records. The rules discourage lenders from allowing borrowers to carry total debt payments totaling more […]