EBRHA’s Rental Housing Blog

Preventing Mold Overgrowth

As pervasive as mold growth is, there are ways to prevent it. - Written by Todd Avenarius - Posted May 9, 2017

Preventing Mold Overgrowth

Mold problems can be incredibly expensive to repair, sometimes requiring entire rooms being torn down to the studs. Certain types of mold can cause illnesses from skin irritation to obstructive lung disease. What is truly frightening about mold is how easily it grows. One study from the University of Arizona showed that 100% of the homes it tested showed positive for mold. Yes, 100% of homes! While that may not be the case everywhere, it shows just how common mold growth is. If mold is so pervasive, how do we prevent it? Mold Audit Your...

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Children & Fair Housing

How to avoid setting rental policies that unfairly target children. - Written by Angie Watson-Hajjem - Posted May 9, 2017

Children & Fair Housing

Back in the 70’s there was a popular Saturday morning television program called “Kids Are People Too” that I enjoyed. The message implied by the title of this program is especially true in rental housing: children, along with their families, have a right to equal access to housing. The Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 made it illegal to deny housing to families with children. Before 1988, housing providers throughout much of the United States could legally prohibit families with children from renting their properties. It is rare in...

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Another Job Well Done in Sacramento

Thanks to EBRHA’s lobbying team for another successful Legislative Day. - Written by Ron Kingston - Posted May 9, 2017

Another Job Well Done in Sacramento

On April 5, EBRHA members and leadership joined with leaders of other independent California Rental Housing Association (CalRHA) affiliates to meet with their legislators in Sacramento to discuss several important bills of special interest to owners and managers of residential rental housing. The largely unspoken underlying theme, of course, is what legislative action may be taken to address the obvious and growing California housing shortage. There are too few homes for too many people with too few private or public resources to address...

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Q&A on Richmond’s New Rent Control Ordinance

What rental property owners need to know about the new Richmond ordinance, effective December 30, 2016. - Written by Matthew Quiring - Posted Dec 30, 2016

Q&A on Richmond’s New Rent Control Ordinance

On November 8, 2016, voters in the Bay Area expanded the reach of rent and eviction control throughout the greater Bay Area. On December 30, 2016, the Richmond “Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction and Homeowner Protection Ordinance” went into effect, rolling back rents to July 21, 2015, and requiring “just cause” for most evictions in the city. Which Units are Covered by the Richmond Ordinance? As in other cities, there are two aspects to the ordinance: eviction control and rent control. Eviction control effectively applies to any property...

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New Laws for 2017

RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS & MANAGERS GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA’S NEW LAWS EFFECTIVE 2017 - Written by Ron Kingston - Posted Oct 6, 2016

New Laws for 2017

California is notorious for enacting more new laws every year than any other state. Every year, the California legislature introduces hundreds of bills that are discussed, voted on, and then signed into law. Many of these bills directly impact the rental housing industry. With all the changes in law from year to year, it is sometimes hard to keep up. That is why our lobbying team created this end-of-the-year guide, to keep our members apprised of the ever-changing laws and regulations impacting our industry. This year, our lobbying team, the...

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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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