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.

 

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Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR

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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….

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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

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Duplex Market Still Strong – Low Inventory – Prices Continue Up

Even Fixers Get Multiple Offers..! Just Not Top Dollar..!

I haven’t written an article in a while and thought I’d get back in here and update those of you that follow this blog from time to time

RE-SALE SACRAMENTO AREA DUPLEXES

Duplex sales in the Sacramento Region are still pretty healthy with rising prices and rising rents because of a Strong Economy.

Mistakes I See Sellers Make:

The biggest mistake I see some Duplex Sellers now on the market, is thinking an “as is” sale of a property that has a lot of “deferred maintenance” will sell for just about what a “Fixed Up” property will bring in.Duplexes - 1

Another mistake,  besides not maintaining the property, would be an existing unit Rents far below the market.  The reason usually given is “they are long term tenants”.  This reason ignores the fact when they go to Sell the Duplex, a new owner is going to have to deal with tenants receiving large rent increases.

Why to Avoid Those Mistakes:

Because they haven’t raised the rents during the long term tenancies, these tenants know they have a good deal and never report much in the way of needed repairs and since they always pay the rent on time,  the Seller hasn’t been by the property or maintained it unless it was an emergency.

Because the rents were so low, there was no incentive for the owner to make any upgrades to or any effort to enhance/upgrade.   Most of the time they only made repairs after a complaint.

Example of what I’m talking about:

I’m in escrow now on a Fair Oaks duplex where the HVAC unit will have to be repaired to the tune of $2,000 because the unit hasn’t been serviced in years.  What’s more… Even with this fix, there’s no guarantee and the contractor said you’d be better off getting a new unit.  Had it been maintained and serviced on a regular basis, the unit would have had more potential life and not become an issue in the Sale Escrow.

So the Bottom Line…? 

Prices are going up for sure and if you want top dollar for your investment, you should take an honest look at it and if repairs/upgrades are warranted, do them.  When you then raise the rent, you’ll see most tenants will put up with it because you have maintained it and they are proud to live there.

When you have maintained the Property and maintained Rents at Current Market, you are using the “prudent investor standards”.

By the way… Have you heard Interest Rates are coming down….?

If you’re thinking of Selling or Investing in the area, please give me a call at 916.203.1260.   I’ll actually answer the phone.. Texts will work also.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

 

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