Posts by Hope Lumbley

Statewide Rent Control

California has passed statewide rent control this month (AB 1482), ignoring the will of the people who voted 62% to 38% against a different piece of rent control legislation (Proposition 10) just under a year ago in November of 2018. While Prop 10 sought to repeal Costa-Hawkins, which would have allowed individual cities in California…

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Can you get sued, for posting a negative review?

Small businesses often live or die by word-of-mouth, as roughly 86% of U.S. consumers consult online reviews before patronizing a local business, according to a BrightLocal survey. So what happens if you post a negative review of a business and the business-owner tries to fight back, or even tries to silence you with a lawsuit? It’s a trend that’s…

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HOA Cameras

QUESTION:  I was chairman of our security committee. Only myself and my backup had access to the security camera system. This was to ensure the privacy of our tenants. The president demanded that I give access to board members stating that they have a right to see all HOA records. I refused stating privacy issues.…

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Noisy Hardwood Floors

QUESTION: The owner of an upper unit installed a wood floor less than a year ago that disturbed the tenants below so much that they moved out because they could not stand the noise. The owner is refusing to change the flooring or put down carpeting because of allergy concerns. Can we amend our CC&Rs…

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Self Defense

Legal Liability of a lethal force incident in HOA common areas  I am on the board of directors and I’ve always carried my firearm concealed whenever I’m working outside on the property for the last 5 years I’ve had the permit. If I am involved in a lethal force incident in the common areas (which…

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Water Heater Timer

WATER HEATER RECICULATING PUMP TIMERS SCHEDULING – IS THAT REALLY LEGAL? QUESTION:  The new president installed a timer on the water heater recirculating pump so that hot water only circulates during the hours of 6-10 am & 5-10 pm. During the remaining hours, it is necessary to open the water faucet a long time to obtain…

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Adding Handicap Access

QUESTION:  For years, I have been asking my association to install handicapped access to our pool and walkways. They said it would be ugly and refused. Should the board make an effort to have these things installed once asked? ANSWER: With some exceptions, the federal law known as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does…

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What Does a San Gabriel Valley Property Manager do?

If you have never worked with a professional property management company before, you might not know what to expect. Every property manager is a little different, but there are a few things that are standard across the industry. When you’re looking to hire a management company, make sure you completely understand the scope of their services before signing a contract.

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Preventative Maintenance Tips Every LA & Orange County Landlord Should Know About

Maintenance is something that your rental property will always need, but sometimes they can destroy your budget and stunt your ROI. Routine and emergency maintenance issues can be simple or complex, and the best way to keep costs down is with a consistent and thorough preventative maintenance routine. When you’re proactive, you can greatly reduce the maintenance expenses that show up year after year.

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