Alameda Renters Submit Nearly 8,000 Signatures for Rent Control Measure

The measure would cap rent increases and ban no-cause evictions on the Island. - Written by Steven Tavares - Posted May 26, 2016

Article source: Steven Tavares, Alameda Magazine – May 25, 2016 A ballot measure proposing rent control in Alameda took a big step closer to reality Tuesday when proponents submitted nearly 8,000 signatures to the city clerk’s office. If validated by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters in coming weeks, the rent control measure will appear before Alameda voters in November. Roughly 6,400 valid signatures are required to qualify for the ballot. Members of the Alameda Renters Coalition, which sponsored the ballot measure, were in a...

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Oakland renter support groups seek more concessions at second project

Another Oakland project is facing demands for more affordable housing and monetary concessions from renter support groups. - Written by Roland Li - Posted May 25, 2016

Article source: Roland Li, San Francisco Business Times – May 24, 2016 Another Oakland project is facing demands for more affordable housing and monetary concessions from activists led by Lailan Huen, the daughter of former mayor Jean Quan, in another example of escalating backlash against new development. Community groups are targeting Wood Partners’s 262-unit residential proposal at 226 13th St. on an existing parking lot, which is a block from another project that the same groups appealed: Bay Development’s 126-unit residential...

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An Energy Savings Success Story

Energy assessment and incentives help an EBRHA member save energy and improve tenant comfort. - Written by Candis Mary-Dauphin - Posted May 18, 2016

An Energy Savings Success Story

When EBRHA member Irina Gelfenbeyn purchased a 6 unit apartment building in San Leandro, she had a long list of upgrades she planned to tackle. She specializes in property development, and making immediate improvements to a building’s performance is a key component of her business model. So when she heard about a Bay Area program that offers free consulting and $750 per unit to help improve the energy efficiency performance of multifamily buildings, she decided to look into it. Lots of Work Ahead When Irina first purchased the 64 year old San...

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Legal Q&A – Beyond Normal Wear & Tear?

Can property owners pass on costs for recurring repairs? - Written by Jason Mauck - Posted May 18, 2016

Legal Q&A – Beyond Normal Wear & Tear?

Q. My tenant has called me for the third time asking me to fix a clog in her bathroom drain. After the plumber inspected the drain and fixed it, he discovered that it was hair clogging it, likely due to the tenant shaving or cutting their hair over the sink. This is the third time it’s happened in a six month period, and the plumber says it’s the same culprit every time. Can I pass some of the costs to the tenants or can I issue a notice so that they stop doing this? A. What a hairy situation! Okay, I’ll stop. Let’s take a step back and look...

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Take Charge of Your Property

Simple tips to reduce costs, increase ROI and protect your buildings. - Written by John Caronna - Posted May 18, 2016

Take Charge of Your Property

Whether you are a new rental property owner, or you want to improve your property management skills, here are several basic yet vitally important areas to focus on. From organizing your paperwork, to looking at ways to increase your current income, and getting the most out of an upcoming vacancy, all these areas are equally important for your rental business. Paperwork From Previous Owner If you are in the process of acquiring a new property, be sure to obtain the following items from the previous owner: all leases (if the property is in...

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