Cities Ignore Data, Economists and Continue to Push for Tighter Rent Controls

Renter Groups Use Misleading Data on “Average” Rents to Push Radical Agenda - Written by EBRHA - Posted Oct 26, 2016

Despite overwhelming evidence from leading economic experts that rent control hurts low-income and minority residents and recent market indications that rents in the region have leveled off and begun to decline, cities across the East Bay are moving forward with even more draconian restrictions targeting small rental property owners. In Alameda, Oakland and Richmond, voters are being asked to impose strict renter-backed limits that threaten the livelihoods of small mom-and-pop property owners. In addition, Oakland City Council has imposed its...

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Letter to the Editor: Oakland evictions highly exaggerated

Why blame the owners of the most affordable housing in the city for what is clearly a supply and demand problem? - Written by J. Furstoss, EBRHA Member - Posted Jun 9, 2016

Oakland evictions highly exaggerated The Oakland City Council continues to have its collective head in the sand when it comes to the current housing crunch. Instead of researching facts on their own, they are taking the tenants’ word as gospel and blaming the owners of rental properties already under rent control for the city’s ills. How can that be? It turns out the number of evictions aren’t anywhere near what tenants claim. With other East Bay Rental Housing Association members, I pulled the numbers from the county...

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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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