Flawed CA AB396 Bill Would Create a Nightmare to the Rental Housing Market

Restricts use of Criminal Records

By: Caryn Bennett

Stop CA AB396UPDATE: The author, Mr. Jones-Sawyer, decided to shelve the measure this year and make it a “two-year bill.”  ApplyConnect opposed AB396.  For now, the bill will not see further legislative action until next year.

On Wednesday, May 27th the Appropriations Committee was scheduled to hear AB396 that would completely change the way criminal records are accessed and used during the rental screening process.  The hearing was cancelled by the author for unknown reasons; however this doesn’t mean it is over and the rental housing industry must remain on its toes.

Despite several attempts from Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer to amend the flawed AB396, there are still numerous issues which landlords, property management companies, apartment associations and politicians should be aware. Continue reading

The True Cost of an Eviction

by: Laura Mowry
how much do evictions costThe tenant screening process is your first and most important line of defense against the consequences of moving in the wrong tenants. With the uptick in eviction activity, proper screening can save you a significant amount of time and money down the road.

In addition to the increase in the number of evictions, more and more of those evictions are going to trial.  Stephen Duringer, Esq., founder of the Duringer Law Group, one of the largest landlord tenant firms in California, specializing in tenant eviction advises his clients to screen prospective residents thoroughly, it is more important now than ever.  His firm handles hundreds of evictions each month, including dozens of jury trials weekly, a marked increase over past years. Continue reading

Mutual Benefits to Collecting Rents Online

collect rental payments onlineToday, we live in the fast-paced world of changing technology, but something that has been slow to adapt is how rental payments can be made by renters. This payment is generally the largest made each month, and one of the few (or only) that will have no positive impact on their credit for being on time since it is often paid by personal check or cash. 

As a landlord, you can entice renters to your properties by leveraging cutting-edge technology to automate the payment process for renters each month, while at the same time simplifying the rent collection and record keeping process. It’s a mutual win-win. Continue reading

A Better Understanding of Security Deposits

how to work with security depositsSure, most people have heard the term security deposit and are at least somewhat familiar with its purpose. However, it is important to adhere to state and local laws when it comes to handling a security deposit and if you have uncertainties about collecting one – here is an opportunity to gain a better understanding.

According to the California Judicial Branch, a security deposit is defined as “Any money a landlord takes from a tenant other than the advance payment of rent.” Continue reading

Are You Missing Out On New Leases?

by JOHN WILHOIT JR.

Originally published March 9, 2015

Republished with permission from Mr. John Wilhoit, Jr. To view the original article, please visit the Multifamily Insight Blog.

Are you missing out on new leases?

Many people believe that property management is an old-line business that moves slowly.  If you believe that then your team is already half a mile behind in a one mile race.  In other words; you are toast because the competition is using all the best practices at their disposal to make sure they close every new prospect that steps on their property.

If your on-site team is “under-trained” consider revising your procedures to get quality marketing in motion in real-time.  In other words, implement best practices with the end goal in mind; closing more (lease) sales.  Following are three areas to implement improvements. Continue reading

Stop the Amended California AB396

Prohibits Rental Owners from running criminal checks in the initial screening and forces those that find a criminal record to hold the unit vacant for a minimum of 14 days.

Stop CA AB396On April 30, 2015, California State Assembly amended AB 396 (authored by Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer); Rental housing discrimination: applications: criminal records.  While the new language technically ‘allows for’ the reporting and use of criminal records in the resident screening and selection process, it creates a situation wherein landlords and property managers who do so will face a number of additional steps, including the creation of a two-step screening process and the setting aside of their rental unit for 14 days or longer for a denied application based on criminal records. Continue reading