Tenants Have to Follow the Rules or a Termination of Tenancy Could Occur

When Given a Notice to Enter to Make Repairs… Be Available

We recently had the occasion of having to serve a tenant on more than one occasion to allow a Plumbing company entry into his unit to make a repair on a water leak that the tenant originally called in.

The plumbing company made more than a few attempts to get into the unit, but the tenant was never fully cooperative. Plumbing companies and other vendors we use can not always make an “on time” appointment. They will do their best but a lot of times they will have a “window” of time.   For example, “well be there between 9-11”.

Personally I agree with the tenant that if they use a window, it means they have to be there a 9 but the vendor may not show up until 10:30.  However,  that is the environment we live in and while it’s sometimes inconvenient we have to get the repair completed.

When the tenant stood us up again, we gave him a 48 hour notice to enter.

On the day we were supposed to enter, we get there with a copy of the keys just in case the tenant wasn’t home which,  in this case he wasn’t,  although he said he would be.

Here’s a list of the violations of his lease.

  • The Keys We Had Don’t Work – Tenant Changed the Locks
    If you didn’t know, as a Tenant you are allowed to change the locks on your door, BUT, you have to give a copy of those new keys to the Property Manager/Landlord in case they need access,  as was this case. Since the tenant wasn’t there and would not be available, we had to drill out the key and replace the lock.
  • The Tenant had “unauthorized” pets in his unit !
    After we get into the unit we find the tenant has dogs that he never told us about and was not authorized to have.
 So What Can Happen To a Tenant in a Case Like This..? 

The Tenant is going to be given a bill for the replacement of the lock since he didn’t give us a copy.  He also had dogs and never told us or got authorization so he getting a Termination Notice.

The new Statewide Rent Control Law does not come into effect until January 1, 2020, so his “termination of tenancy” doesn’t require any reason for the termination.   This was a tool that made it easier for Landlords to get rid of Tenants who don’t follow the rules.

So the advice I’d give you if you going to be a renter is, please follow the rules.   Most property managers don’t like kicking people out of their homes, but if you don’t follow the rules that is what could happen to you.

If you are an Owner/Investor looking for Property Management Services, please check us out at Haven Properties, Property Management Services 2nd to None.

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR

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Sacramento Four Plex For Sale But Income is Way Too Low

This Sacramento Four Plex for Sale has a List Price of $580,000, 16.11x’s Gross Rents.

Folks, now that we have Rent Control for the most part effective on Jan. 1, 2020 I’m seeing a few listings coming up like the one pictured at 5743 Blachly, Sacramento.   There are some issues any Investor in the market now should be aware of if they plan on making money on this property.  Sadly there are others out there just like this one.

I’ve always been told to “keep the rents at Market” at all times, because you’ll have the cash flow for reserves and repairs when needed.   When it’s time to sell, you’ll get your asking price with not many issues like the one you’ll encounter below.

This owner has the monthly rents almost $300 each unit below market or translated annually to be about $14,000 in missed income.

The Rents shown on the listing for each 2 bedroom 1 bath unit @$750 per month, with a Gross Annual Income of only $36,000.00, when it should be about $50,000.

Our Property Management Company, Haven Properties currently manage 2 Four-plex Apartment buildings in the immediate area on Keoncrest Circle.   The Average Rents for the same unit configuration as the one pictured are Blachly$1,045 and we even have one at $1,200.

HOW TO GET TO MARKET RENT… ?

The obvious solution for any Investor in this transaction is to raise the rents to the Market Rent for the area to make the deal work.   The only other option would be for the Seller to bring the price down to reflect the value of the existing rents which I’m sure is not an option the Seller has considered.

If you keep the current tenants you can’t raise the rents higher than the Rent Cap that’s part of the Rent Control Law.  The Rent Cap is currently 5% plus the rate of inflation for the area which is about 3%.

However the “work around” would be that either the Seller gives the existing tenants a termination now prior to January 1, 2020 or the Buyer does it when they close the deal,  hopefully before the end of the year.

However the Buyer is going to have some “turn over” expenses.  Those are the only two options I can think of because after January 1, 2020, Just Cause Eviction comes into play.

It makes a little tougher to sell now doesn’t it…?

The lessons learned are a few more hassles and roadblocks that could have been avoided if the owner kept the Rents at Market.   To see what I am talking about…?

Which one looks better…?

 

Think it over and in the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR 916-203-1260

 

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More Rent Control – Now You Must Accept Section 8 Vouchers…?

If you are a Landlord, You Should Pay Attention

With the recent passage of the Statewide Rent Control Act, (AB1482) another recent piece of legislation, SB329 was also recently signed into law by the Governor.

Click here for the notice we got from the California Apartment Association.

Be sure and read the last line of the of the article.

You can be sure because of the ongoing housing crisis that governments are going to be placing more of the burden on Landlords and Investors.

They will be forced to become more of a player/participant as part of the so called “social safety net” the legislators will foist on Landlords/Investors because of their inaction.

While I still believe you can make money in Residential Investment Real Estate if you are not participating to help elect political leaders who understand the problem, more regulations and laws might come into being that you don’t like.

Get your checkbook out and be ready to support the efforts of the California Apartment Association and other groups that are in favor of building more housing and not restricting growth.   If you don’t help get people elected who are committed to increasing the housing supply, it’s only going to get worse for everyone, Owners/Landlords/Tenants and First Time Home Buyers.

Is this the California you want to live in…?

I’d like your comments….

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR    916.203.1260

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Sacramento Rent Control is here & Statewide – What Are the Rules..?

California Apartment Association Has an Overview

 

Well it’s sad to say, but we’ve entered the area of State Wide Rent Control with the recent passage of AB1482 that was signed into law a couple of days ago by the Governor.

While this law could have been worse, it’s still takes away many protections for Landlords/Investors because they will not be able to easily raise rents to market rates or evict tenants that might pay the rent, but are disruptive to an apartment complex or not following the rules regarding care of their unit.

The real problem is the lack of affordable housing that is caused by the ever increasing regulations and barriers put up by governments, state and local.

I guess one good thing is there is no “enforcement mechanism” in place with this new State law, such as a “rent control board” that was created by the City of Sacramento.  By the way, that Rent Control Board will be funded by Landlords with another Annual Assessment.   So if a tenant has a dispute with you and at the same time owes rent to a Landlord, that tenant can easily get a Rent Control committee to hold a hearing delaying any kind of enforcement.

The rules, procedures and assessment amounts from the City of Sacramento Rent Control Board haven’t been published as far as I know.   So stay tuned and if you’re thinking of buying an investment property there or anywhere else in the State of California, you’ve got to be aware of the new law’s impacts.

You can still make money with investment real estate, but you’ll have to learn the new rules.

Managing a rental will probably be made a little more time consuming so why not hire a Property Manager.   A good one will help make you money and keep you out of trouble.

Check us out at Haven Properties, 916.990.0770 or call me anytime at 916.203.1260 if you have questions regarding Rent Control, the Rental Market or Residential Investment Sales.

Click Here for the INDUSTRY INSIGHTS prepared by the California Apartment Association.

 

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR   916.203.1260

 

 

Rent Control Is Here in Sacramento & Soon Statewide

Get Your Rents Up To Market Now Before January 1, 2020 Because Rent Control is Here.

 

The State of California it looks like is about ready to implement a Statewide Rent Control Law that recently passed both house of the State Legislature and headed to Gavin Newsom’s desk.

According to the Sacramento Bee Article I have here for you, it won’t become law until 1/1/2020.

If you have not raised the rent in a long time my suggestion is to do it now and get it close enough to the current market rent as you can because after the 1st of the year you will be limited in what you can do.

In addition, the more onerous “just cause” eviction will now be a factor in cleaning up a property that needs to rid itself of uncooperative tenants that maybe laying waste to the property and intimidating neighbors.   In the past with situations like this, we’d only have to give a 30 or 60 day “termination of tenancy” notice which had no defense.  It could be for any reason at all.

We rarely ever used that tool, but it did come in handy when we had situations that our Property Management Company encountered from time to time.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLE DATED  SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 09:48 AM 

Now if you think Rent Control is going to help, it’s not.  The people it’s meant to help won’t get it.

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If you have more questions, please contact me at 916.203.1260 or drop a note at favinger@rwnetwork.com

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!