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How Prop. 65 Applies To California Landlords

You might not even know what Prop. 65 is, but if you live in California, I guarantee you've seen the signs. They're everywhere! Restaurants, bars, movie theaters, even Starbucks is required to post the warnings.

To me, the signs are nothing but a relentless reminder that I too will die someday, probably from cancer.

You are no doubt familiar with the wording, they say something along the lines of:

" WARNING Certain foods and beverages sold or served here can expose you to chemicals including acrylamide in many fried or baked foods, and mercury in fish, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.Ca.Gov/restaurant"

History of Prop. 65

In 1986, Prop. 65 was voted into existence by Californians. Prop. 65 was deceptively sold to the voters as the "Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act." Let me ask you, who in their right mind would vote against safe drinking water?

Few Californians knew that they were voting for warning signs to be posted in every location imaginable. Not too many voters would guess that their vote would force "The Happiest Place on Earth" to post Prop. 65 warnings.

 

Since being voted on, the proposition has gained power and grown like an unwanted weed in your grandmother's garden. And now, it has somehow grown into the residential real estate market.

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Service Animals - When a Pet Becomes a Medical Device

Everyone loves a big fluffy Golden Retriever. They're playful, fun, good with kids, and are notorious for damaging rentals. What's not to love?

As an owner of a residential rental property, you have an important question to answer. That question is, "Do I want to allow pets?"

The advantage of allowing pets is that more qualified applicants will apply for your home. You might even be able to decrease the time it takes to find a tenant. The drawback is that by allowing pets into your home, you run the risk of letting in a mischievous dog that will cause severe property damage. The horror stories of dogs destroying homes are everywhere.

To allow pets, or not to allow pets, that is the question.

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6 New California Real Estate Laws for 2019

There are two types of people in this world. Those that make New Year's resolutions, and those that don’t. Some people are making resolutions to lose weight by going to the gym every day. Others could care less about New Year's resolutions because they know that 80% of them will fail by February. If you happen to fall into the second category, don’t worry. The California legislators have made resolutions for you! Here is the Mesa recap of all the new laws and regulations that landlords need to be aware of in 2019.

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Is Rent Control Coming?

The November elections are just a month away and a very important measure will be presented to all California voters: Proposition 10.

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2019 Law Update: Changes To The 3-Day Notice

Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation making it harder to evict tenants.

A well intentioned law that just makes everything more complicated

What's In It?

Last week the governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed Bill AB-2343 into law. This bill extends the amount of time that a tenant can stay in a rental house without actually paying the rent or fulfilling other obligations of the lease. This new law goes into effect on September 1, 2019.

This law is not a huge deal for landlords, but it makes the eviction process that much lengthier and complicated. Essentially, this law excludes holidays and weekends from the time that a tenant has to respond to a notice.

This includes the infamous 3-Day Pay Rent or Quit notice, which is the start of an eviction process. The 3-Day notice is simple, it tells the tenant that if they do not pay the past due rent within 3 days, the landlord is going to start the eviction process and remove the tenant from the home.

California’s new law also covers the 3-Day Notice to Perform Covenant (Cure) or Quit. This notice is served to a tenant when the tenant is still paying rent, but is somehow in violation of the lease. Examples of this include excessive weeds or trash in the yard, drugs on the property or adults living on the property who are not on the lease. Only If the tenant does not remedy the broken lease is the eviction process actually started.

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20+ Essential Details to Include in Any Residential Lease

A well written lease can truly help you sleep better at night.  

How do you write that perfect lease though?  

If you are using a property manager or even a Realtor to lease your property, they should have access to good, well written leases.  You can also get a good lease from various landlord associations that specialize in your property type.  You should avoid buying a very basic, generic lease, especially if it doesn’t include all the specifics that your State may require.

A good lease is necessary to protect yourself and your tenant from any legal issues that may arise, but remember, it all starts with placing a good tenant.

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Here are 20+ details that you should include in ANY residential lease agreement:

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3 New California Real Estate Laws for 2018

Real estate laws are continually changing in California and the new year brought some important changes.  Here are 3 new California laws that directly affect landlords in 2018.

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