Be Prepared for Earthquakes and Natural Disasters: Tenants & Landlords

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I recently attended the Emergency Expo which was a part of the Home & Garden Show here in Santa Clarita.  The Department of Building and Safety was in attendance.  I asked them what would happen during a disaster if homes were damaged. They assured me that the city has a mobilization plan to inspect homes.  Moreover, if the disaster was … Read More

Vacating a Rental: What to Expect at Move-Out

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No matter how long we want our tenant to stay in place, eventually they are going to move.  The next question we normally get is, “what next?”. In a macro view the tenant moves out, we do inspections and repairs, and then we find a new tenant.  If all goes smoothly that means about 30-days of vacancy.  Most real estate … Read More

Wood Floors Are Bad for Business for Investment Property

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Co-owner of California Leasing, Scott Taylor and author of 15-Minute Landlord continues offering practical advice and tips to Investment Property Owners here on our blog! Learn more about why flooring options truly can make or break the bank for a rental property owner…

What We Can Learn From Apartment Building Owners

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It’s Saturday morning and I’m paging the most recent copy of Apartment Owners Association News.  Don’t envy my rock star lifestyle, it’s just the way I role. Lots of economic articles, legal updates, and plenty of advertisements.  Advertisements for copper repiping, roofing, deck and waterproofing, all  kinds of services.   I think many of us landlords can learn something from … Read More

The Rental And The HOA…An Ever Changing Story

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So much of the Santa Clarita Valley is subject to the rules and regulations of a Home Owners Association (HOA) which in more legal parlance is a Common Interest Development (CID).  Sometimes there are even sub-associations within the master association. Where Do Association’s Get Their Power? The short answer is the Davis-Stirling Act.  Now here is the long answer.  CIDs … Read More

Developing A Good Pet Policy for Rentals

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A popular question we receive at California Leasing is about our pet policy.  Specifically, why do we have an excluded breed list for dogs?  That is an excellent question.  Hopefully the following information will better help you understand our policy on pets.   Although your next-door neighbor’s yippy Bijon Frise — who clearly has a serious Napoleon complex and a … Read More

Bad Guys Want Your Holiday Presents … 11 Tips to Prevent Theft

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The holiday season is upon us, which means happiness, cheer, and a field day for the bad guys.  Most crimes are crimes of opportunity.  So this year when you are out looking for bargains, either on-line or off, keep these 11 tips in mind from the National Crime Prevention Council to prevent theft this holiday season.   When you are … Read More

Lease Protections for Military Families … What You Need To Know

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  In the last year we have had a few lease terminations by military families that received orders to move.  Yes, we have military families living among us right here in Santa Clarita.  So, what is a landlord to do? First, they cannot discriminate against the military family moving in just because they may get transferred.  One of the “protections” … Read More

Rental Pricing Strategies

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As landlords we only make money when our units are filled. In fact, eliminating your vacancy factor, the percentage of time that you property remains unrented, may be the only opportunity for you to see a profit. That is why it is so unfortunate when I see landlords make a mistake in their pricing. There are two ways to price … Read More

Service and Comfort Animals in Rental Properties

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We have recently fielded a handful of calls from prospective tenants and landlords regarding “service animals” and “comfort animals.” I thought it would be a good idea to give our landlord clients some background on this issue. As a starting note, we are property managers, we are not attorneys. The information provided herein is not legal advice and should not … Read More