CA Law Mandates Carbon Monoxide Alarms in All Single Family Homes

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

As of July 1, 2011 all single-family homes with a fireplace, attached garage or fossil burning heater must install carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can kill if left undetected. It is produced by furnaces, … Continue reading

California Law Changes Meth Lab Remediation Guidelines

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Meth Lab Remediation law AB1489 passed in 2009 has changed existing methamphetamine remediation standards. Prior to AB1489, the legislature enacted SB536 in 2005 which had very strict remediation standards. The previous standard SB536 did not allow a unit to be … Continue reading

Water Damage is a Challenge

Monday, August 15th, 2011

You don't want water damage to occur in your home. Water damage can spiral out of control if not managed appropriately. Water damage can be caused by a broken pipe, a sub-pump not working in the basement, a faucet left on while … Continue reading

Fire Damage and Smoke Removal

Monday, August 15th, 2011

October 2007 is a month most Southern Californians will never forget. That was the month a series of wildfires burned nearly 1,500 homes and 500,000 acres of land from Santa Barbra county to the US-Mexican border. Entire areas were evacuated … Continue reading

Tips on Advertising Rental Properties

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Advertising rental properties is easier than ever before. The internet has changed the way property managers find tenants. Advertising rental properties with print media is still possible, i.e., The Reader, The PennySaver, etc. You can also print out signs and … Continue reading

Figuring Out Your Rent Schedule

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Knowing how much to rent a unit is extremely important. If you ask for too little, the owner isn't getting the best deal; if you ask for too much, good luck finding a tenant. There are some ways to ensure … Continue reading

The Many Jobs of a Property Manager

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Property managers have it rough. Not only do they have to rent out a unit, they have to deal with tenants and owners, collect rents, maintain and upgrade units, be prepared for any emergency and keep a smile on their … Continue reading

Evicted Tenants Leave Dogs Behind

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Yesterday we received an urgent phone call. Dirty water was leaking into a tenant's unit through the ceiling. The upstairs unit that was supposed to be vacant had a problem. The tenants who were evicted from the unit left their … Continue reading

How to Handle Emergencies in the Middle of the Night

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

It’s 3am and you’re sleeping. Out of nowhere your cellphone goes off and there is a frantic voice on the other end. It’s tenant 4A speaking gibberish – something about a toilet overflowing and water leaking everywhere and his stuff … Continue reading

Upholstery Cleaning

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

It’s a good idea to get your furniture professionally cleaned at least every three years, if not every year. The following list highlights who should have their furniture cleaned: 1. People who have dogs. 2. People who have cats. 3. … Continue reading