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Contents

East Bay Rental Housing Association

AUGUST 2013

Volume X, Number 8 August 2013 EBRHA OFFICE

Features & Columns

360 22nd Street, Suite 240 Oakland, CA 94612 tel 510.893.9873 fax 510.893.2906 www.ebrha.com EBRHA STAFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | Jill Broadhurst

jbroadhurst@ebrha.com DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS | Cathy Hayden

chayden@ebrha.com DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Tina Bocheff | tbocheff@ebrha.com PUBLICATIONS & COMMUNICATION PRODUCER

Esteban Cortez | ecortez@ebrha.com MEMBERSHIP AND EDUCATION COORDINATOR

Tori Blanca | ebrhaadmin@ebrha.com EBRHA OFFICERS

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20 Time is Money

Baseball Night Recap BY TINA BOCHEFF

BY DAN LIEBERMAN

PRESIDENT Wayne C. Rowland 1ST VICE PRESIDENT Irina Gelfenbeyn 2ND VICE PRESIDENT Luke Blacklidge TREASURER Conor Murphy SECRETARY Jack Schwartz EBRHA DIRECTORS

Bill Bagnell, Link Corkery, Reggie Hairston, Carmen Madden, Fred Morse, Rick Philips, Judy Shaw, Menna Tesfatsion, Mila Zelkha PUBLISHED BY

Wayne C. Rowland

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EBRHA Communications Committee Tina Bocheff, Esteban Cortez, Irina Gelfenbeyn, Wayne C. Rowland EDITOR Tina Bocheff

Get With the Times

ART DIRECTOR PRODUCTION Esteban Cortez ADVERTISING

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NEWS

EBRHA Members Play Pivotal Role in Debt Service Hearings EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

Summer’s Here

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ESQ. & A

Edibles Offer Smoke-free Options BY VARIOUS AUTHORS

BY JILL BROADHURST

Events & Directory

ASK A PROPERTY MANAGER

34 THE GREEN SHEET 36  COMMUNITY CALENDAR 38  M EMBER DIRECTORY 42  M EMBERSHIP APPLICATION 42  A D INDEX

An Unpleasant Surprise BY SAM SOROKIN

FROM THE CAPITOL

Congressional Recess BY GREG BROWN

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Rental Housing (ISSN 1930-2002-Periodicals Postage Paid at Oakland, California. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to RENTAL HOUSING, 360 22nd Street, Suite 240, Oakland, CA 94612. Rental Housing is published monthly for $36 per year by the East Bay Rental Housing Association (EBRHA), 360 22nd Street, Suite 240, Oakland, CA 94612. Rental Housing is not responsible for the return or loss of submissions or artwork. The magazine does not consider unsolicited articles. The opinions expressed in any signed article in Rental Housing are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of EBRHA or Rental Housing. This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If legal service or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent person should be sought. Acceptance of an advertisement by this magazine does not necessarily constitute any endorsement or recommendation by EBRHA, express or implied, of the advertiser or any goods or services offered. Published monthly, Rental Housing is distributed to the entire membership of EBRHA. The contents of this magazine may not be reproduced without permission. Publisher disclaims any liability for published articles. Printed by Jostens Printing Co. Copyright © 2013 by EBRHA. All rights reserved.

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contributors DAN LIEBERMAN Dan Lieberman is the president of Milestone Properties in Oakland. He has extensive experience renovating, marketing and repositioning multifamily properties. Over the past 18 years, he has upgraded and managed over 50 apartment communities in the East Bay. Dan was the 2004 president of the California Apartment Association, and he is currently writing a book on how to improve the performance of your rental properties, scheduled to come out this fall.

GREG BROWN Greg Brown joined the National Apartment Association (NAA) in the spring of 2010 to lead the expansion of the government affairs department and further develop the federal dimension of NAA’s advocacy activities. He has been a housing advocate for more than 10 years, with a strong emphasis in multifamily issues. Before joining NAA, he spent more than eight years with the National Association of Home Builders as the director of affordable housing for the multifamily division.

CLIFFORD FRIED Clifford Fried is a real estate attorney with expertise in landlord-tenant law, eviction and rent control matters in Oakland and the Bay Area. He and his law firm represent residential landlords only and are one of the largest such firm in Northern California. He has processed nearly 10,000 evictions in his career and has authored several books on evictions and hundreds of published articles on rental property ownership.

THOMAS BACKAL Thomas Backal is the Business Development Liaison for Dallas, Texas-based Lazarus Financial Group, which specializes in property management and landlord-tenant debt collection services. He regularly blogs on the subject and hosts a property management debt collection discussion group on LinkedIn.

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news

EBRHA member and property owner Charlotte Woodard at the debt service hearings last month

EBRHA Members Play Pivotal Role in Oakland Debt Service Hearings we sent EBRHA members an email about the proposed modification or removal of the debt service program by the Oakland Rent Board. The item was heard by the Community and Economic Development Committee on June 25, and EBRHA directors and members all spoke on behalf of property owners. We are happy to report that the item was not moved forward and was sent back for review to the Rent Board. Councilmembers Kernighan, Reid and McElhaney all voted to have this item sent back. Councilmember Schaaf wanted the item moved forward based on the options presented by the Rent Board. We’d like to thank all EBRHA members who took the time to fight for property owner rights in Oakland.

A FEW WEEKS AGO,

Potential Changes to Oakland’s Capital Improvement Passthrough Policy

Thirdhand Smoke a Threat to Multifamily? A study lead by researchers from

In September, the Oakland Rent Board will potentially propose changes to capital improvements. The CEDA committee asked that they bring proposed debt service changes at that time as well. The EBRHA political affairs team will continue to inform you on any proposed changes and ask for your assistance when the time comes. These proposals undermine owner rights and the ability for a fair rate of return. 8 RENTAL HOUSING

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found for the first time that thirdhand smoke — the noxious residue that clings to virtually all surfaces long after the secondhand smoke from a cigarette has cleared out — causes significant genetic damage in human cells. Furthermore, the study also found that chronic exposure is worse than acute exposure, with the chemical compounds in samples exposed to chronic thirdhand smoke existing in higher concentrations and causing more DNA damage than samples exposed to

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acute thirdhand smoke, suggesting that the residue becomes more harmful over time. “This is the very first study to find that thirdhand smoke is mutagenic,” said Lara Gundel, a Berkeley Lab scientist and co-author of the study. “Tobacco-specific nitrosamines, some of the chemical compounds in thirdhand smoke, are among the most potent carcinogens there are. They stay on surfaces, and when those surfaces are clothing or carpets, the danger to children is especially serious.” The researchers used two common in vitro assays, the Comet assay and the long amplicon-qPCR assay, to test for genotoxicity and found that thirdhand smoke can cause both DNA strand breaks and oxidative DNA damage, which can lead to gene mutation. Genotoxicity is associated with the development of diseases and is a critical mechanism responsible for many types of cancer caused by smoking and secondhand smoke exposure. “Until this study, the toxicity of thirdhand smoke has not been well understood,” lead investigator and biochemist Bo Hang said. It is the first major study of disease-related mechanisms to come out of the California Consortium on the Health Effects of Thirdhand Smoke, which was established two years ago largely as a result of work published in 2010. Thirdhand smoke is particularly insidious because it is extremely difficult to eradicate. Studies have found that it can still be detected in dust and surfaces of apartments more than two months after smokers moved out. Common cleaning methods such as vacuuming, wiping and ventilation have not proven effective in lowering nicotine contamination. “You can do some things to reduce the odors, but it’s very difficult to really clean it completely,” said Destaillats. “The best solution is to substitute materials, such as change the carpet, repaint.” Now the new study suggests thirdhand smoke could become more harmful over time. To generate the samples, the researchers put paper strips in smoking chambers. The acute samples, generated at Berkeley Lab, were exposed to five cigarettes smoked in about 20 minutes, and the chronic samples, generated at UCSF, were exposed to cigarette smoke for 258 hours over 196 days. During that time, the chamber was also ventilated for about 35 hours. The researchers found that the concentrations of more than half of the compounds studied were higher in the chronic samples than in the acute. They also found higher

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levels of DNA damage caused by the chronic samples. “The cumulative effect of thirdhand smoke is quite significant,” Gundel said. “The findings suggest the materials could be getting more toxic with time.” Hang and coworkers exposed the human cells by first extracting the compounds from the paper with a culture medium then using the medium to culture the human cells for 24 hours. The concentrations of the compounds were carefully measured. “They are close to real-life concentrations, and in fact are on the lower side of what someone might be exposed to,” Hang said.

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Senate Committee Narrowly Approves Rental Price Control Bill In early July, the Senate Transporta-

tion and Housing Committee approved AB 1229 (Atkins) on a 6-5 vote. The bill authorizes local governments to adopt unrestrained price controls on new rental and owner-occupied housing. Now, the bill heads to the Senate floor for a vote. Local Senator Mark DeSaulnier, who serves as chair of the committee that approved the bill, voted “AYE” along with Ricardo Lara (Long Beach), Beal (San Jose), Hueso (San Diego), Pavley (Santa Monica) and Carol Liu (Glendale). The EBRHA Political Affairs team will continue to follow the bill and alert members with any new updates.

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the executive director’s message more, visit the NAA website for the latest updates on education and opportunities to get involved and improve your business practices.

EBRHA Updates At our office, we have been busy planning for our annual fall trade expo — a great opportunity for networking and sharing of information. There is a lot of planning that goes into our expo, so we hope you save the date and attend this valuable event on October 23 from 3 p.m. to 7 Though summer months are meant to be relaxing, p.m. As property owners, we are so much EBRHA has been busy rolling out exciting changes. more than just landlords. We are neighBY JILL BROADHURST bors, parents, activists, and many of us have jobs outside of owning property. The annual NAA conference allows In an effort to expand and demonstrate for opportunities to meet up with other the layers we represent, we have forged state branches and talk shop regarding a relationship with the Alameda County local association battles and successes. Food Bank. As a community partner, we There are new vendor product options hope to see our members donate food that are shaped by the technological cans, here in our office, with our permalandscape: property management softnent donation bin that sits in our recepware, utility billing systems and prodtion area. If possible, we ask that you ucts that save on general maintenance. bring in a bag of canned goods the next Popping into seminars and workshops time you are in for a workshop. Also, if allows for an immediate brainstorm on any of your tenants move out and leave how EBRHA can be serving you better. their cabinets full, bring them down I find my time at this conference to be Among other exciting changes, EBRHA is happy to our office and contribute to a very highly beneficial. to introduce our new Membership Development worthy cause on behalf of the East Bay and Education Coordinator Tori Blanca Rental Housing Association. NAA is Your Association t’s summer time and most people Other exciting news in our office Membership with NAA not only bentakes this time of the year to relax includes the addition of Tori Blanca, our efits the way we operate as a local assoand get away, even if it’s for one new Membership and Education Coordiciation, it also supports and educates week only. In the property management nator. She is instrumental in membership our industry on the trends and issues business, we just hope no water heaters development, planning workshops and through a national lens. NAA has just blow and hope we aren’t forced to jump launched an updated website that you meetings, and assisting current members into hyperdrive during these typically with education. Be sure to welcome Tori should visit at www.naahq.org. calm summer months. the next time you see her in our office. All EBRHA members have memberAt EBRHA, we’ve been busy rolling Tina Bocheff — previously known as ship with NAA and have access through out positive changes and establishing our Director of Advertising — has been the member number listed on your units relationships to advance our associabusy forging partnerships and business magazine return address label. The tion. development that will benefit EBRHA monthly NAA magazine, units, covers In June, I attended the National members and our association. Therefore, the national landscape of rental housApartment Association (NAA) Eduher title has been appropriately changed ing. Be sure to read it every month for cation Conference in San Diego, the to Director of Strategic updates on the rental premiere event in the rental apartment “As property ownPartnerships. Look for housing industry on a industry. NAA is the mother orgaexciting alliances that national level. While there ers, we are so much nization of EBRHA and seven other more than just make our group stronmay not be specific local associations in California, and over 191 landlords: we are ger and at the cutting information regarding affiliates across the U.S. As an affiliate, edge of this industry. ordinances and programs, neighbors, parents, EBRHA looks to NAA for larger issues activists, and many How often do you there is valuable inforaffecting the rental housing industry, as of us have jobs outvisit our website? Did mation that may shape well as providing timely education and side of owning prop- you know you can the rules you enforce in government power in Washington DC. erty.” access our online forms your property. To learn

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Date/Time: Thursday, August 29, 12 - 1:30 p.m. Presenter: Pam May, TechScribe Communications Are you using email marketing to expand your business? If not, come learn how. If so, are you getting the open rate, click-throughs, and — most importantly — sales you expected? Learn how to use email marketing to its full potential and make sure your messages are compelling calls to action. TRADE EXPO TIPS FOR SUCCESS

Date/Time: Thursday, September 19, 12 - 1:30 p.m. Presenter: Tina Bocheff, EBRHA Discover best practices to increase your marketing ROI before, during and after EBRHA’s 7th Annual Trade Expo on October 23. Topics include effective marketing strategies, increasing traffic at your booth, improving lead generation, planning engagingd displays, and enhancing your presence with promotional products.

This series of complimentary workshops is designed for EBRHA vendor members, offering the latest tips to quickly boost your brand and accelerate your business. Space is limited, advance registration required. Lunch is included. For more information, contact Tina Bocheff at tbocheff@ebrha.com or 510-318-8303. Register at www.ebrha.com/education

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TINA BOCHEFF

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Editor, EBRHA Tina Bocheff has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, sales, and marketing communications. She is responsible for industry partner recruitment and development, advertising, exhibit sales, marketing and events. Tina is also the editor of Rental Housing, EBRHA’s monthly magazine.

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS Fair Housing Best Practices & Your Rental Business D ATE & TIME SPEAKER PRICE TOPICS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7; 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Angie Watson-Hajjem, ECHO Housing Members: $39; Non-members: $69 Who is Protected?, Disability Issues, Families with Children, Occupancy Standards, Advertising Units

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 13; 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Tori Blanca, EBRHA Members: Free; Non-members: $69 2013 Laws, Tenant Screening, Evictions, Application Process, Fair Housing, and more

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 15; 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Tori Blanca, EBRHA Members: Free; Non-members: $69 Business Licenses and Rent Board Fees, Lease Agreements, Security Deposits, Rent Increases, Addendums, Notices and more

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How to Raise Rents in Oakland

D ATE & TIME SPEAKER PRICE TOPICS

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27; 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Jill Broadhurst, EBRHA Members: $89; Non-members: $139 Maximizing Your Rental Income, Oakland’s Rent Ordinance, Banking, Capital Improvements, Debt Service, RAP Form

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at your fingertips, learn about all of our networking events, register for workshops, and even gather real-time market rent data? To do this, log in to the members page at EBRHA.com and click the “How Much Rent Should I Charge?” button. Then, simply plug in your rental information and see what other owners are asking for in rent throughout your neighborhood. You can make good deductions on what you should be charging for your unit. As property owners, having access to education online is flexible, convenient and at your pace. We are getting ready to offer ways to take classes from the comfort of your own home. Visit our education page on our website and click on the buttons to sign up for online education sessions with credits toward your certification goals at your own pace. Finally, we are going to be announcing a holiday evening event for all our members at a convenient location. Come out and celebrate and connect with fellow members, board members and staff during the holidays in a light, social gathering. We will have a guest speaker and some awards for our dedicated members. Look for the details in all our communications and save the date — 6:30pm on Wednesday, December 4. RH

Jill Broadhurst is the Executive Director of EBRHA and is responsible for its strategic goals including increasing membership, education curriculum and the Contra Costa County expansion. She works with the public affairs committee, the EBRHA-PAC and the EBRHA state lobbyist to ensure that the association’s interests are clearly heard and seriously considered locally and in Sacramento. She can be reached at (510) 8939873 or jbroadhurst@ebrha.com.

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BASEBALL NIGHT

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Nearly 150 EBRHA members convened in June for a night of good ol’ fashioned baseball. BY TINA BOCHEFF / PHOTOS BY ESTEBAN CORTEZ

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n June, over 140 EBRHA members convened for Baseball Night at Bay Area Contract Carpets, which hosted an incredible tailgate party, preceding the exciting Oakland A’s vs. St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. Bay Area Contract Carpet owners Ken and Kevin Scott were up at the crack of dawn, competing in a father-son barbecued pork cook-off. Both the pulled pork and roasted pork dishes were equally delicious — along with a bounty of gourmet treats, sweets and beverages. Event sponsor and EBRHA members Clifford Fried of Fried & Williams LLP agreed. “The BBQ and food was excellent — a wonderful start to a beautiful evening of baseball,” Fried said. “Thank you Bay Area Contract Carpet for being a great host.” There was something for everyone, including a screening room for kids to watch movies, while the rest of us took a break from our busy schedules and mingled. 14 RENTAL HOUSING

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Thank you to Bay Area Contract Carpets for hosting the feast and tailgate party, and to Bornstein & Bornstein, Bay Property Group, and Fried & Williams LLP for the complimentary tickets. And of course, the Oakland A’s for another proud baseball moment in an amazing season. Finally, thank you to all EBRHA members who made our annual Baseball Night a great success. We look forward to seeing more of you next year. RH

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ask a property manager

An Unpleasant Surprise What can a landlord do when tenants unexpectedly moves out of a unit? BY SAM SOROKIN

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I just noticed that my tenant was packing her belongings and moving out of her unit. I approached her and she claimed she sent me a notice of her intent to vacate on the first of the month, but I never received it. There are only a few days to the end of the month, which isn’t enough time for me to rent a unit. Should I take her word for it? How should I handle this?

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Ultimately, the onus is on your resident to prove that she provided you with a written notice. This is precisely why I recommend actively renewing leases each year, this way these types of surprises won’t happen. Ultimately, what is at stake is a month of rent. If you had received proper notice you may have been able to show the apartment before the unit vacated without losing any rent on the turnover. The first thing I would do is respond in writing stating your position that you did not receive the notice, but that you will immediately put the unit on the market and do what you can to help mitigate her damages. Once you have secured a new resident, you can then decide if you want to negotiate the amount the resident will owe for any lost rent. If the resident was a stellar tenant who was always great to deal with, then you may want to give 16 RENTAL HOUSING

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her a break. On the other hand, if she was troublesome, you may want to charge her some or the entire amount. If it isn’t that much money, you may just want to cut your losses and give her back the money so she leaves without a problem. It is really up to you.

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My tenants have been leaving their garbage cans out near their front door in plain sight, and the neighbors have complained that it’s creating an eyesore. What is my responsibility in this case, and how should I handle complaints from neighbors in the future?

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You certainly have an interest in keeping your property attractive and maintaining a good relationship with your neighbors. The short answer is you should try and solve the problem. Furthermore, most cities have ordinances that require owners to eliminate blight on a neighborhood regardless of the source of the blight. This includes graffiti, illegal dumping and trash. You should ask a city official or read your local ordinance to determine if leaving a trash can in plain sight is considered blight. But if there is a reasonable other place to leave the trash cans, then why not comply with their request? Alternatively, you may want to build

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a small structure or fence so that the cans can remain out front while being screened with something a little more attractive. Finally, you should update your rental agreement and house rules to require your residents to place the garbage cans in the appropriate location. Keep in mind, if your neighbor doesn’t like to see the trash cans, then it is also possible that it will impact your properties curb appeal to prospective residents who may want to rent from you in the future. So, it is probably a good idea to relocate those cans.

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One of my tenants is being really aggressive and rude towards my management staff. He swears, calls them names and has even threatened them. It’s been going on for months, and I don’t know what to do.

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This is something that I have zero tolerance for. Your staff members are like members of the family. Property management is already a somewhat thankless job, so you and your staff don’t need to be abused verbally. If your property is not subject to Just Cause for Eviction, then give the tenant a 30 or 60 day notice to vacate. However, if you are in Oakland or Berkeley, which are subject to Just Cause for Eviction, the best thing to do is to respond in writing each time this occurs and start creating a paper trail. My guess is that if they are aggressive and rude, they are likely also not complying with all the terms of the rental agreement. Should something occur, or the resident violates a term of the lease that rises to the level of a Just Cause for Eviction, then these letters could be brought into evidence and could be helpful to secure an eviction. Finally, if you have been threatened with physical harm or vandalism, then I would immediately contact the police and file a report.

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Unless it is stipulated otherwise in your rental agreement, I don’t think you would have the right to prevent the resident from sleeping in the living room. Particularly in Berkeley around the UC Berkeley Campus, we have found this to be a much more common occurrence. While I agree that it isn’t as attractive as having the area furnished as a living room, at the end of the day it is their home. Since doing so doesn’t impact you and makes the living situation better for your residents, this really shouldn’t be a problem for you. We all have bigger fish to fry. RH The information contained in this article is general in nature. Consult the assistance of an attorney or professional for any specific problem. Sam Sorokin is the founder and managing partner of Premium Properties (www. premiumpd.com), a local real estate property management, leasing and investment company founded in 2002. The firm’s management and investment portfolio includes over 600 units, all in Berkeley and Oakland. Sam can be reached at sam@premiumpd.com or 510-594-0794.


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ow good are you at collecting your rent? Do you get it on time, or does it tend to trickle in over the course of the month? The ability to collect all the rent in a timely fashion is a critical measure of a manager or owner’s job performance. Although we’d all love to get rent on or before the due date, this is not the norm. At some properties, nearly all the rent is in before the fifth of the month. At others, some managers are lucky to even get all of their rent by month end. Why the difference? It’s not lack of information. When asked about rent collections, most managers and owners know with amazing accuracy which tenants pay late and which pay on time. The biggest problem with a lenient rent collection plan is some tenants take advantage of this. If they find that you permit late payments for rent, when in a crunch, they will not put the proper emphasis in getting rent to you on time. Other bills will take precedence. And the problem seldom gets better — it almost always gets worse. Soon, your tenant is a few weeks behind, then a month. Suddenly the tenant is two months behind and the tenant disappears or you have to evict. At this point the tenant may just decide to see how long he can stay without paying, since he can’t catch up anymore. Now is the time to drop this landlord approach and treat your rental as a business.

Set Rules and Enforce Them

Tell your tenants at the beginning of your relationship with them that you hold them accountable for their performance. When tenants are late, you must serve them timely with some form of notice. Whether it is a late notice, a balance due notice or a 3 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit, they must understand that paying late means increased cost and possible

loss of tenancy. If a tenant is late, impose a late fee and make sure you collect it. Put a clause in your lease (or send them a 30 Day Notice to change terms of tenancy) stating that all payments are first credited to late fees and then to rent. This way you get around tenants who seem to conveniently forget about the late fee when they pay their rent. Paying the rent on time is a habit, just as not paying the rent on time is a habit. Habits are hard to break. You must nip bad payment habits in the bud. By aggressively enforcing on-time payments in the beginning of your relationship, you are setting a tone and forming a habit. When tenants know the rules, you will have the pleasant experience of having them include the late fee in their rent check without even asking. In fact, it happened to me just this morning, and it can happen to you too. Here are a few tips to help you collect timely rent:

Send Out Rent Statements

Tenants having problems remembering to pay the rent? Sending them a statement, whether through the mail or via email, helps with payment. They start treating rent as a bill, along with the car payment, electric bill and other monthly expenses.

Offer Incentives

If you’ve ever been a member of a frequent flyer program or used a rewards credit card, it is likely that you will use that airline or that credit card when it is time to make a purchase. Create a similar program in which residents get rewards for on-time payments, and your compliance will increase dramatically. It is important that you remind them of the program regularly. For example, you might offer a free carpet clean ebrha.com

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or other perk if they are on time at least 10 out of 12 months. Or perhaps you send a coupon or voucher to a tenant after each on-time rent payment. They collect 6 vouchers and get reward “x”, collect 12 vouchers and get reward “y”.

These days, it is easier to collect via EFT or credit card than check. Why run around trying to deposit a bunch of rent checks (some of which might bounce) when you can get funds sent to you — even while you’re on vacation?

Encourage E-Payments

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It is amazing that despite the pervasive use of computers and smart phones, most owners still collect rents only via check.

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Use Promissory Notes or Stipulated Judgments

When a tenant falls behind on the rent, have him sign a promissory note before you file for eviction. Set it up as a payment plan, which he agrees to. In addition to the payment terms, have the note state that the tenant a) owes you the money; and b) he didn’t withhold it due to habitability, needed repairs or code violations. You can work with him, but if he misses the payment plan, you then file the unlawful detainer. Now, when you go before the judge, the tenant can’t claim the non-payment was to offset some horrible injustice you did to him. If he starts making up stories, just show the judge the promissory note and mutually agreed payment plan. You’ll win. Of course, you also have the option, after you filed, of getting a stipulated payment plan. This will allow the resident to stay in the unit so long as they are making payments to catch up. If they miss one payment, there is an immediate call to the Sherriff’s office and you bypass going before a judge entirely.

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You deserve to receive your rent in full and on time. The key to getting your rent is selecting the right tenants and enforcing timely collection rules — even if it means occasionally forcing the issue through an unlawful detainer action. Word spreads quickly. When tenants know you won’t be lax in this area, they will treat their rent with the same respect they treat their other bills. RH Dan Lieberman is the President of Milestone Properties in Oakland. He has extensive experience renovating, marketing and repositioning multifamily properties, and he has upgraded and managed more than 50 apartment communities in the East Bay. He can be reached at (510) 8358080 or dlieberman@milestoneca.com.


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s a busy property manager, one of the trickiest and yet most crucial parts of your job is getting tenants to pay their rent on time, and in full. In an effort to avoid slow payers and delinquencies, you probably send out friendly reminders when rent is coming due or even incentivize early payments. But perhaps the key to getting people to promptly pay their bills, a study finds, is providing them with multiple, technologically advanced payment options. A recent survey conducted by The Marketing Workshop provided some valuable insight into how Americans prefer to pay their bills. What the study found was that people not only like having a bevy of payment methods available to them, but are also growing more and more fond of online and mobile payment channels. Some of the key findings from the study are: In 2012, 20% of Americans changed how they paid their bills from month to month, and 75% of Americans used at least two bill payment methods each month. In addition, 75% of Americans said having multiple billing and payment options was “important/very important” to ebrha.com

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them, and 75% who received electronic bills said it helps them manage their finances. Not surprisingly, 8 million online consumers (people who used the Internet at least once a week) paid a bill on a mobile phone — an increase of 41% from 2011. And 73% of Americans who access the Internet at least once a week paid at least one bill online each month. What Your Tenants Think About Rent Payment Options The study revealed a growing shift in how people are choosing to pay their bills and a transformation to a digital bill payment world. It is important as a property manager to stay ahead of these changes because, according to the study, those who pay bills online fall behind less often and incur fewer late fees than those who pay offline or by mail. Not only should you be offering digital payment methods to your tenants, you should be encouraging the use of them as well. Here’s why. Twenty five percent (25%) of infrequent and non-Internet users said they had at least one issue paying a bill because they had trouble keeping track of it. Infrequent and non-Internet users were three times more likely to incur late fees because of bill tracking difficulties and were also three times as likely to report that they lost a bill that came in the mail (19% versus 6% of online payers). Only 7% of online bill payers said that trouble keeping track

of a bill caused a late payment. Why People Prefer Electronic Payments Of people who paid bills on a mobile phone or tablet, 50% said they did so to save time, 44% said they did so because it offers anytime access, and 43% said they did so because it was most convenient when on the go. Also, 69% of Americans who used electronic billing services said they preferred electronic billing because of the convenience, and 31% said they liked electronic bills because they received an email reminder each time a new bill was due. Property managers, take note! Your tenants most likely want to pay their rent online, and you should want them to as well. Not only can it lead to fewer late payments and costly delinquencies, but also can go a long way in improving your tenant relationships. In fact, according to the survey, 37% of Americans who received electronic bills in 2012 said it improved their relationship with the company from which they received the bill. Don’t let yourself fall behind on technology. Your tenants will appreciate it — and better yet, so will your bottom line. RH Thomas Backal is the Business Development Liaison for Dallas, Texas-based Lazarus Financial Group, which specializes in Property Management and Landlord-Tenant Debt Collection Services. He can be reached online at www.lazarusfg.com/propertymanagement or 855-529-2787.

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prohibit marijuana smoking in their buildings? Many landlords already have no smoking policies in their buildings. But can this be extended to marijuana smokers who have a Medical Marijuana Identification Card? Depending upon whom you ask, you will receive different answers. Patient rights activists will say that landlords have a duty to provide reasonable accommodations to sick people who need to smoke medical marijuana. These activists say landlords must bend the rules if it means allowing a sick person to take their medicine. However, many patients can obtain the medical benefits of marijuana by ingesting it. It need not be smoked. And any request for an accommodation must be reasonable. If other tenants are bothered by the smoke, then the request isn’t reasonable. Landlord rights advocates will say that since marijuana is illegal under federal law, landlords can prohibit tenants from cultivating, selling or smoking it in the rental unit. After all, illegal drug activity should not be the basis for a reasonable accommodation. And if other people have to inhale the smoke, a landlord has a duty to protect others — especially small children who may also be living in the building. According to federal law — also known as the Controlled Substances Act — there is no currently acceptable medical use for marijuana. Federal law says that marijuana is a tier 1 drug, up there

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Waste Reduction Excellence in Multifamily Property

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certification at a couple of their locations. In order to measure the impact of their environmental programs, they compared three of their green sites to similar properties that are not managed with the same level of commitment to sustainable practices. The analysis showed that collectively, the green sites reduced usage and costs of electricity by 61%, water by 26%, gas by 21%, sewer by 71%, and garbage by 31%. If you or your business want to be leaders in waste reduction, visit www. stopwaste.org to take advantage of the resources available to multifamily 34 RENTAL HOUSING

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community calendar EVENTS & CLASSES

august

september

NO POLITICAL AFFAIRS, WOMEN’S AUXILIARY LUNCHEON OR MEMBER MEETINGS IN AUGUST

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

EBRHA Office Closed WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7*

Landlord 101 | Members: Free; Non-Members: $69

Angie Watson-Hajjem, Fair Housing Specialist at ECHO Housing

Presented by Tori Blanca, EBRHA 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Members: $39; Non-Members: $69; Registration Required

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Fair Housing Best Practices and Your Rental Business

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fall Social Mixer | Location TDB | 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Landlord 101

CAM Session 1: Fair Housing | Presented by Jill Broadhurst Members: $950; Non-Members: $1125 (entire designation pricing) Members: $125; Non-Members: $175 (individual module pricing) 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (see page 18 for full schedule and more info)

Members: Free; Non-Members: $69 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. THURSDAY, AUGUST 15

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11*

Landlord 102

Implementing Smoke-free Housing Policies Serena Chen, American Lung Association Members: $39; Non-Members: $69

Members: Free; Non-Members: $49 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. TUESDAY, AUGUST 27

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

How to Raise Rents in Oakland

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Jill Broadhurst, EBRHA, CCRM Members: $89; Non-Members: $139; Registration Required 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Landlord 102 | Members: Free; Non-Members: $69 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29

Vendor Education Series: “Email Marketing” Pam May, TechScribe and Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and Accredited Solution Provider Free to EBRHA vendor members; Register at ebrha.com/education 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

CAM Session 2: Financial Management | Presented by Jill Broadhurst Members: $950; Non-Members: $1125 (entire designation pricing) Members: $125; Non-Members: $175 (individual module pricing) 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (see page 18 for full schedule and more info) WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Property Management Software Webinar (online, from your office) Mark Brierley, Sales Support Specialist, Buildium Free to EBRHA Members; Advanced registration required 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18*

Marijuana and Your Rental Property Clifford Fried, Fried & Williams LLP Members: $39; Non-Members: $69 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Vendor Education Series: “Trade Expo Tips for Success” Tina Bocheff, EBRHA Free to EBRHA vendor members; Register at ebrha.com/education 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

EBRHA General Membership Meeting 10:00 a.m. - Noon Topics: • TBD TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

CAM Session 3: Human Resources Management Presented by Jill Broadhurst Members: $950; Non-Members: $1125 (entire designation pricing) Members: $125; Non-Members: $175 (individual module pricing) 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (see page 18 for full schedule and more info) WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25*

Notices: When and How to Use Jill Broadhurst, EBRHA Members: $39; Non-Members: $69 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Oakland 2012-13 (3.0%) ANNUAL ALLOWABLE RENT INCREASE

A CPI increase of 2.1% became

PER I O D

A MOUN T ( %)

PERI OD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AM O U N T ( % )

effective on July 1, 2013. Tenants may

JULY 1 ‘13 - JUNE 30 ‘14 . . . . . . . . . 2.1

JULY 1 ‘02 - MAY 31 ‘03. . . . . . . . . . 0.6

only receive one increase in any

JULY 1 ‘12 - JUNE 30 ‘13 . . . . . . . . . 3.0

JAN. 1 ‘02 - JUN. 30 ‘02 . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

12-month period, and the rent increase

JULY 1 ‘11 - JUNE 30 ‘12 . . . . . . . . . 2.0

JAN. 1 ‘01 - DEC. 31 ‘01 . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

JULY 1 ‘10 - JUNE 30 ‘11 . . . . . . . . . 2.7

JAN. 1 ‘00 - DEC. 31 ‘00 . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

California law requires that for tenancies

JULY 1 ‘09 - JUNE 30 ‘10 . . . . . . . . . 0.7

JAN. 1 ‘99 - DEC. 31 ‘99 . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

receiving greater than a 10% increase,

JULY 1 ‘08 - JUNE 30 ‘09 . . . . . . . . . 3.2

JAN. 1 ‘98 - DEC. 31 ‘98 . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

a 60-day notice is required; if the

JULY 1 ‘07 - JUNE 30 ‘08 . . . . . . . . . 3.3

JAN. 1 ‘97 - DEC. 31 ‘97 . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

increase is 10% or less, a 30-day

MAY 1 ‘06 - JUNE 30 ‘07. . . . . . . . . . 3.3

JAN. 1 ‘96 - DEC. 31 ‘96 . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

MAY 1 ‘05 - MAY 30 ‘06 . . . . . . . . . . 1.9

MAR. 1 ‘95 - DEC. 31 ‘95 . . . . . . . . . . . 3

to three times the current annual

JUNE 1 ‘04 - MAY 30 ‘05. . . . . . . . . . 0.7

JAN. 1 ‘95 - FEB. 28 ‘95. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

allowable rent increase rate.

JUNE 1 ‘03 - MAY 31 ‘04. . . . . . . . . . 3.6

JAN. 1 ‘94 - DEC. 31 ‘94 . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

cannot take effect earlier than the tenant’s anniversary date. In addition,

notice is required. Owners can only impose “banked” rent increases equal

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Oakland Rent Board | 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza | Suite 5313 | Oakland, CA | 94612 510.238.3721 | www.oaklandnet.com

Berkeley 2013 (1.7%) ANNUAL ALLOWABLE RENT INCREASE

P E R IOD A MO UNT

PER I O D A MOUN T

PERI OD AM O U N T

2013. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.7%

2001* $10

1990. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $16

2012. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.6%

2000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6

1989*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3%

1999. . . . . . . . . . . . 1% (NOT TO EXCEED $8)

1988. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25

1998. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.8%

1987. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.5%

2008. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.2%

1997. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.15%

1986. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3%, + $2.50

2007. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.6%

1996. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1%

1985. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2%

2006. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.7%

1995. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.5%

1984. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0%

2005. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.9%

1994. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $18

1983*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.75%

2004. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.5%, + $3

1993. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20

1981*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5%

1992. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $26

*ADDITIONAL ADJUSTMENTS ARE ALLOWED IF AN OWNER PAID FOR ELECTRICITY OR HEAT.

2011. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.7% 2010. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.1% 2009. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.7%

(1% + $3 IF TENANCY CREATED AFTER JAN. 1999)

2003. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0% 2002*. . . . . . . . . 3.5% (NOT TO EXCEED $30)

1991. . . . 4% OR $17 (WHICHEVER IS HIGHER)

Beginning in 1998, adjustments are not allowed for the year following a tenant’s initial occupancy. To obtain the maximum amount for a specific address, please use the “Rent Ceiling Database” calculator on Berkeley’s Rent Board website.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Berkeley Rent Board | 2125  Milvia Street | Berkeley, CA | 94704 510.981.7368 | www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/rent

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member directory

CONTACTS, PRODUCTS & SERVICES Fried & Williams LLP Clifford Fried 510-625-0100 www.friedwilliams.com Law Offices of Leon H. Rountree III Leon H. Rountree III 510-343-6299 www.leonrountree.com Law Offices of Marc L. TerBeek Susy Meyer 510-689-0140 www.terbeeklaw.com Matthew Quiring Attorney at Law 510-225-1345 mpquiring@gmail.com Richards Law John Richards 925-231-8104 www.richards-legal.com The Evictors Ed Nagy 510-839-2074 The Shepherd Law Group Michael Shepherd 510-531-0129 www.theshepherdlawgroup.com

1031 EXCHANGE INTERMEDIARIES

Chicago Deferred Exchange Co. Teresa Moss Fluegel 877-448-1031 www.cdec1031.com ABATEMENT SERVICES

P.W. Stephens Environmental Kimberly MacFarlane 510-651-9506 www.pwsei.com APPLIANCE SALES & PARTS

Appliance Parts Distributor Mike De Fazio 510-357-8200 www.apdappliance.com Appliance Warehouse of America David Jepsen 510-921-1071 www.appliancewhse.com Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Jermane Griffin 916-752-7608 jermane.griffin@ferguson.com Sincere Home Decor Keith Chan 510-832-2838, x108 www.sincerehomedecor.com APPRAISERS

Access Appraisal: Apartment Specialists Joe Spallone 510-601-1466 www.accessappraisal.com Mark Watts Commercial Appraiser Mark A. Watts 415-990-0025 www.markwattscommercialappraisal. com ARCHITECTURE

Cassandra Adams Architect Cassandra Adams 510-215-5050 cassadams7@gmail.com InsideOut Design Pennell Phillips 510-655-1198 www.aboutinsideout.com

ATTORNEYS - LAND USE/CONDO CONVERSION

Law Offices of John Gutierrez John Gutierrez 510-647-0600, x2 www.jgutierrezlaw.com Law Offices of Ann Rankin Ann Rankin 510-653-8886 www.annrankin.com Law Offices of Marc L. TerBeek Susy Meyer 510-689-0140 www.terbeeklaw.com Richards Law John Richards 925-231-8104 www.richards-legal.com ATTORNEYS - REAL ESTATE/ CORPORATION

ASPHALT/CONCRETE

American Asphalt & Concrete Joe McSweeney 510-723-0280, x28 www.americanasphalt.com BOMA Oakland/East Bay Stephen Shepard 510-893-8780 www.bomaoeb.org Oakland Association of Realtors Patricia Bouie Hinds 510-836-3000 www.oar.org Oakland Chamber of Commerce Joseph Haraburda 510-874-4808 www.oaklandchamber.com

Burnham & Brown Jack Schwartz 510-444-6800 www.burnhambrown.com Law Offices of John Gutierrez John Gutierrez 510-647-0600, x2 www.jgutierrezlaw.com Law Offices of Marc L. TerBeek Susy Meyer 510-689-0140 www.terbeeklaw.com Richards Law John Richards 925-231-8104 www.richards-legal.com

ATTORNEYS - EVICTIONS

AUTOMOTIVE

Bornstein & Bornstein Daniel Bornstein 510-836-0110, x1007 www.bornsteinandbornstein.com

Ken Betts Towing Services Ayub Azam 510-532-5000 www.kenbettscompany.com

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BANKING/LENDING

Chase Commercial Josh Milnes 510-891-4545 josh.milnes@chase.com Chase Commercial Ted Levenson 415-945-5430 ted.levenson@chase.com Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union Fadhila Holman 510-845-6428 fholman@coopfcu.org Intervest Mortgage Marc Lipsett 510-622-8515 www.intervest-mortgage.com Luther Burbank Savings Larry Miller 925-627-2790 www.lutherburbanksavings.com Torrey Pines Bank Mike Popovich 510-899-7569 mpopovich@torreypinesbank.com BATHROOM & KITCHEN REMODELING

American Bath Enterprises, Inc. Larry Arcadi 510-785-2600 www.americanbathind.com Ashby Lumber Emily Brown 510-843-4832 www.ashbylumber.com Bathfitter Joe Nanneti 510-969-3905 www.bathfitter.com KMK Contracting & Property Services Kevin Knobles 925-292-8667 www.kmkcontracting.com SGK Home Solutions Vladmir Merabian 408-264-6964 www.sgkhomesolutions.com Sincere Home Decor Keith Chan 510-832-2838, x108 www.sincerehomedecor.com BUILDING MATERIALS/HARDWARE

Ashby Lumber Emily Brown 510-843-4832 www.ashbylumber.com James Hardie Building Products Ellen Dowd 800-426-4051 www.jameshardiecommercial.com ReStore/Habitat for Humanity Jeff Goodwin 510-251-6304 www.habitateb.org/restore jgoodwin@habitat.ebsv.org CARPET CLEANING

Cleaner Carpets Ron Russell 510-522-1344 cleanercarpet@juno.com CODE COMPLIANCE


Armstrong Development Barbara Armstrong 510-337-1998 barbaraarmstrong@comcast.net

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Jermane Griffin 916-752-7608 jermane.griffin@ferguson.com

Oakland Housing Authority Leased Housing 510-874-1500 www.oakha.org

COLLECTION AGENCIES

ELECTRICIANS

HANDYMAN SERVICES

Rent Recovery Service Robbie Cronrod 800-845-1086 www.rentrecoveryservice.com

City Bay Electric Reggie Stevenson 510-847-1544 www.citybayelectric.com Thomas Electric Co. (TEC) Thomas Hurtubise 510-814-9387 www.tecelectric.net

Halcyon Properties Roger Shane 510-847-7075 rbshane@aol.com KMK Contracting & Property Services Kevin Knobles 925-292-8667 www.kmkcontracting.com Start to Finish Christopher Bailey 510-727-9128 cpmbailey@sbcglobal.net

CONDO CONVERSION

Armstrong Development Barbara Armstrong 510-337-1998 barbaraarmstrong@comcast.net CONSTRUCTION

KMK Contracting & Property Services Kevin Knobles 925-292-8667 www.kmkcontracting.com Schafer Construction, Inc. Mike Barker 510-568-7200 www.schaferconstructioninc.com SpottCheck Consulting Susan Spott 510-816-1452 www.spottcheck.com Vasona Construction, Inc. Dan Scharnow 510-413-0091, x203 www.vasonaconstruction.com West Coast Premier Construction, Inc. Homy Sikaroudi 510-271-0950 www.wcpc-inc.com CONTRACTORS/ RESTORATION

ARC Water Damage Nina Lauffer 510-835-3073 www.arc-ca.com Belfor Property Restoration Lisa Schwichtenberg 888-543-3473 www.belforusa.com SERVPRO of San Leandro Clayton Barry 510-352-2480 www.servprosanleandro.com DEVELOPMENT

Armstrong Development Barbara Armstrong 510-337-1998 barbaraarmstrong@comcast.net DOORS & GATES

Community Controls Tim Bruske 800-284-2837 www.communitycontrols.com R & S Overhead Garage Door Sean Boatright 510-483-9700, x14 www.rsdoors.com SGK Home Solutions Vladmir Merabian 408-264-6964 www.sgkhomesolutions.com ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES

ELEVATOR REPAIRS

Paramount Elevator Corp. Mark Pipoly 510-835-0770 www.paramountelevator.com

HAULING SERVICES

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Junk King Paul Bains 510-982-9650 paulb@junk-king.com KMK Contracting & Property Services Kevin Knobles 925-292-8667 www.kmkcontracting.com

Morgan Environmental Services, Inc. Tom Morgan 510-267-0134 www.morganenvironmental.webs.com ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING SERVICES

Essel Environmental Consulting Nik Lahiri 925-413-5511 www.esseltek.com

HAZMAT, CRIME SCENE, BIO CLEAN-UP

Morgan Environmental Services, Inc. Tom Morgan 510-267-0134 www.morganenvironmental.webs.com

FINANCIAL PLANNING

David White & Associates Miguel Delgado 925-277-2635 www.dwassociates.com

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

88HVAC Matt Jung 855-884-8228 www.88hvac.com Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating Albert Nahman 510-843-6904 www.albertnahmanplumbing.com Black Diamond Mechanical Robert Lopez 510-522-4196 robertlopez@blackdiamondmechanical.com DP Heating & AC Daryl Price 510-532-2043 dpheatingandair@sbcglobal.net

FIRE PROTECTION

Battalion One Fire Protection Mike Herbert 510-653-8075 www.battaliononefire.com Bay Alarm Limor Margalit 510-639-2652 www.bayalarm.com Detect All Security & Fire Amy Roither 510-835-4100 www.detectall.com Sentry Alert David Ingham 510-549-0306 www.sentryalert.com

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING SUPPLIES

FLOOR COVERINGS

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Jermane Griffin 916-752-7608 jermane.griffin@ferguson.com

Bay Area Contract Carpets, Inc. Kerry Plain or Ken Scott 510-613-0300 www.bayareacontractcarpets.com Dick’s Carpet One Dan Biles 510-633-9533 www.dickscarpetoneoakland.com

INSPECTIONS

SpottCheck Consulting Susan Spott 510-816-1452 www.spottcheck.com

GARAGE DOORS

R & S Overhead Garage Door Sean Boatright 510-483-9700, x14 www.rsdoors.com

INSURANCE

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Housing Authority of the City of Alameda Mike Pucci 510-747-4325 www.alamedahsg.org

Aon Rent Protect Bryan Kinsey 801-559-9594 www.aonrentprotect.com Capital Insurance Group George Cushing 800-732-6770 www.ciginsurance.com

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Commercial Coverage Insurance Paul Tradelius 415-436-9800 www.comcov.com Jain L. Williams - State Farm Insurance Jain L. Williams 510-530-3222 www.jainwilliams.com Ruben Leon - Farmers Insurance Group Ruben Leon 510-525-6540 rleoncorrea@farmersagent.com NorthStar Risk Management & Insurance Services Pat Lowther 925-975-4686 www.northstar-ins.com PFN Insurance Services Nicholas Penland 510-483-6667 www.pfninsurance.com Ruth Stroup Insurance Agency Ruth Stroup 510-874-5700 www.stroupinsurance.com Stone Creek Insurance Agency Tom Lynch 925-297-4202 www.stonecreekinsurance.com SullivanCurtisMonroe Chad Lupia 949-852-5730 www.sullivancurtismonroe.com INTERCOMS & ACCESS CONTROLS

Community Controls Tim Bruske 800-284-2837 www.communitycontrols.com R & S Overhead Garage Door Sean Boatright 510-483-9700, x14 www.rsdoors.com Sound Communication Systems Jerry Dean 510-595-8111 scs4208@yahoo.com

LISTING SERVICE

PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS

Rental Roost, Inc. Nitin Shingate 925-357-8783 www.rentalroost.com

Aspire Business Consulting Natalie Koffler 510-919-0914 www.aspirebizconsult.com

LITIGATION SUPPORT SERVICES

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

SpottCheck Consulting Susan Spott 510-816-1452 www.spottcheck.com LOCKSMITH EVICTION SERVICES

Golden Gate Locksmith Co Ralph Scott 510-654-2677 kgglocksmith@yahoo.com PAINT SUPPLIERS

Dunn-Edwards Paints Megan Mutimer 415-755-0685 www.dunnedwards.com PAINTERS

JB Painting Josue Landa 510-282-1431 jbpainting001@yahoo.com RDM Painting & Decorating Roberto Diaz 510-421-1908 rdmpainting1@yahoo.com Steve’s Painting & Renovating Steve Fagrey 510-910-6997 www.welovetopaint.net Universe Painting, Inc. William McKenzie 866-666-6761 www.universepainting.com PEST & VECTOR CONTROL

Martinez Real Estate Investment Jose Martinez 510-769-0436

Alameda Co. Dept. of Environmental Health Vector Control Services Daniel Wilson 510-567-6826 daniel.wilson@acgov.org Terminix Robert Sater 510-489-8689 www.terminix.com Times Up Termite Mike Barker 510-568-7200 www.timesuptermite.com

LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT

PLUMBING - WATER HEATERS

Coinmach Greg Blednyh 510-429-0900, x54435 www.coinmach.com

RentMethod Greg Sirotek 415-335-6814 www.rentmethod.com

Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating Albert Nahman 510-843-6904 www.albertnahmanplumbing.com Ethan’s Service Plumbing Ethan Elkins 510-390-4185 ethansplumbing@gmail.com Pacific Drain & Rooter Service Nasir Jalil 510-452-4606 nasirjalil80@gmail.com Roto-Rooter Martin Alvarez 510-755-1262 sanactma@aol.com

LIGHTING SUPPLIES

PLUMBING SUPPLIES

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Jermane Griffin 916-752-7608 jermane.griffin@ferguson.com

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Jermane Griffin 916-752-7608 jermane.griffin@ferguson.com

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LEAD PREVENTION

A.C. Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Julie Twichell 510-567-8252 www.aclppp.org LEASING

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KMK Contracting & Property Services Kevin Knobles 925-292-8667 www.kmkcontracting.com The Garza Company, Inc. Manuel Garza 510-763-9500 garza@garzaco.com PROPERTY MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Jermane Griffin 916-752-7608 jermane.griffin@ferguson.com PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

ACRE Property Management Drew Humphrey 510-527-8700 www.acrebayarea.com Advent Properties, Inc. Benjamin Scott 510-250-7918 www.adventpropertiesinc.com Bay Property Group Robert Goldman 510-836-0110 www.baypropertygroup.com Beacon Properties Carlon Tanner 510-428-1864 www.beaconprop.com Caldecott Property Management Services Ronald Reece 510-594-2400, x226 www.caldecott.com Canyon Pacific Management Tom Scripps 415-495-4739 www.canyonpacific.com Cedar Properties Jonathan Weldon 510-834-0782 www.cedarproperties.com Crane Management Kit Crane 510-918-2306 www.cranemanagment.net East Bay Asian Local Development Co. Frances Rosario 510-287-5353 www.ebaldc.org The Enterprise Company William McLetchie 510-444-0876 ERI Property Management Sasha Bermudez 510-883-7017 www.erirentals.com Marquardt Property Management Karen or Judi Marquardt 510-530-2050 www.mpmoakland.com Oaktown Urban Properties Michael Moynihan 415-572-0334 www.oaktown-up.com


OMM Inc./Mason Management Janice Mason 510-522-8074 www.ommhomes.com

Home & Investment Realty George Vassiliades 510-710-6826 www.propertiesbygeorge.com

Premium Properties Sam Sorokin 510-594-0794 www.premiumpd.com

Litton/Fuller Group Luke Blacklidge 510-548-4801, x130 www.littonfullergroup.com

Shaw Properties Liz Hart 510-665-4350 www.shawprop.com

Marcus & Millichap Eli Davidson 510-379-1280 eli.davidson@marcusmillichap.com

Sphinx Property Management Jon Goree 510-798-9299 www.sphinxpm.com

Marcus & Millichap David Wolfe 510-379-1200 www.marcusmillichap.com

Wellington Property Company Jillian Loh 510-338-0588 www.wellingtonpropertyco.com

NAI Northern California Grant Chappell 510-972-4941 www.naikilpatrick.com

Western Management Property, Inc. Vinnie Mistry 510-451-7317 www.westernmpinc.com Woodminster Property Management Nicholas Drobocky 510-336-0202 www.woodminstermanagement.com PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Buildium Sam Clarke 888-414-1933 x152 sam@buildium.com RAIN GUTTERS

R.C. Gutter Services Ramiro Cornejo 510-331-4425 Sunshine Gutters Tammar Hadiri 510-525-0880 www.sunshinegutters.com REAL ESTATE BROKERS & AGENTS

Advent Properties, Inc. Benjamin Scott 510-250-7918 www.adventpropertiesinc.com Caldecott Properties Andy Read 510-594-2400 www.caldecott.com CBRE Keith Manson 510-874-1919 www.cbre.com Coldwell Banker – Apartment Specialist John Caronna 925-253-4648 www.eastbayIREA.com Coldwell Banker Commercial Henry Ohlmeyer 925-831-3390 www.coldwellbanker.com Davide Pio 510-815-2000 info@iliveinthebayarea.com Edrington & Associates Steven Edrington 510-749-4880 sedrington@msn.com

Property Counselors Link Corkery, Inc. Link Corkery 510-886-1212 www.pclclink.com Woodminster Real Estate Co Inc. Nicholas Drobocky 510-336-0202 www.woodminsterrealty.com RECYCLING/REUSE

DR3 Mattress Recycling Robert Jaco 510-798-3734 www.mattressrecycling.us RENT CONTROL CONSULTANTS

Alan K. Beales 510-339-9776 Edrington & Associates Steven Edrington 510-749-4880 sedrington@msn.com RENTAL SERVICES

Cal Rentals Elaine Perkins 510-642-3644 www.calrentals.housing.berkeley.edu Eden I & R Ollie Arnold 510-537-2710 www.edenir.org ROOFERS

Fidelity Roof Company Steve Parry 510-547-6330 www.fidelityroof.com Frank Fiala Roofing Frank Fiala 510-582-6929 www.ffialaroofing.com General Roofing Company Michael Wakerling 510-536-3356 www.generalroof.com SECURITY/ SURVEILLANCE

Bay Alarm Limor Margalit 510-639-2652 www.bayalarm.com Detect All Security & Fire Amy Roither 510-835-4100 www.detectall.com

Golden Gate Locksmith Co Ralph Scott 510-654-2677 kgglocksmith@yahoo.com R & S Overhead Garage Door Sean Boatright 510-483-9700, x14 www.rsdoors.com Sentry Alert David Ingham 510-549-0306 www.sentryalert.com SEISMIC CONSTRUCTION

West Coast Premier Construction, Inc. Homy Sikaroudi 510-271-0950 www.wcpc-inc.com SEISMIC ENGINEERING

Earthquake & Structures, Inc. B.K. Paul 510-601-1065 www.esiengineers.com SIDING

James Hardie Building Products Ellen Dowd 800-426-4051 www.jameshardiecommercial.com TENANT SCREENING SERVICE

Contemporary Information Corp. (CIC) Dan Firestone 888-232-3822 www.continfo.com TOWING SERVICE

Ken Betts Towing Services Ayub Azam 510-532-5000 www.kenbettscompany.com TREE SERVICE

Coastal Tree Service Hans Waller 510-693-4631 www.coastaltreeservice.com WASTE & WASTE HANDLING EQUIPMENT

DR3 Mattress Recycling Robert Jaco 510-798-3734 www.mattressrecycling.us Junk King Paul Bains 510-982-9650 paulb@junk-king.com Waste Management Company David Tucker 510-430-8509 www.wastemanagement.com WINDOWS

SGK Home Solutions Vladmir Merabian 408-264-6964 www.sgkhomesolutions.com The Window Specialist Tom From 510-923-1000 www.window-specialist.com ebrha.com

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

EAST BAY RENTAL HOUSING ASSOCIATION

Membership Application for Property Owners and Managers JOIN TODAY AND RECEIVE BENEFITS SUCH AS:

FREE RENTAL FORMS

APPLIANCE PARTS & SALES

Appliance Parts Distributor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 ATTORNEYS

Bornstein & Bornstein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 The Evictors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Fried & Williams LLP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 The Shepherd Law Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 BATHTUB & SHOWER ENCLOSURES

MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

American Bath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Bathfitter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

LEGAL REFERRALS

BUILDING MATERIALS/HARDWARE

EDUCATIONAL CLASSES FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO RENTAL HOUSING MAGAZINE

Markus Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Urban Ore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

RENTAL SURVEYS

CARPETING & FLOORING

Bay Area Contract Carpets, Inc.. . . . . . . . . 31

MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE

CONSTRUCTION

SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

West Coast Premier Construction. . . . . . . 35 ENGINEERS

TENANT SCREENING SERVICE

Earthquake and Structures, Inc.. . . . . . . . . 19 West Coast Premier Construction. . . . . . . 35 HAZMAT, CRIME SCENE, BIO CLEAN-UP

Morgan Environmental Services, Inc.. . . . . 27

NAME

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

DP Heating & Air. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 88 HVAC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

COMPANY

INSURANCE COMPANIES

CIG Insurance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Jain Williams - State Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Ruth Stroup Insurance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

ADDRESS

CITY

STATE ZIP

LANDLORD RESOURCES

StopWaste.Org. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 LEASING

PHONE EMAIL

RentMethod.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 LENDERS

Cooperative Center FCU.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 JPMorgan Chase Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

RENTAL PROPERTY LOCATION ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES (TAX DEDUCTIBLE):

LOCKSMITH EVICTION SERVICES

1-2 UNITS = $249.00

3-4 UNITS = $269.00

5-8 UNITS = $289.00

9-16 UNITS = $299.00

17+ UNITS = $299.00 + $5.00 PER UNIT

Golden Gate Locksmith Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 MAILBOXES

Salsbury Industries.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 PEST CONTROL

Team Too. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

TOTAL DUE:

$

MASTERCARD

VISA

PLUMBING

Albert Nahman Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 CHECK (PAYABLE TO EBRHA)

AMERICAN EXPRESS

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES

Ferguson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 CARD NUMBER

EXPIRATION DATE

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Maisel Property Management. . . . . . . . . . . 22 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES

Bay Property Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Beacon Properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

NAME ON CARD

REALTORS

SIGNATURE

John Caronna. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

DETACH THIS FORM AND FAX OR MAIL TO THE ADDRESS BELOW East Bay Rental Housing Association 360 22nd Street, Suite 240 Oakland, CA 94612 TEL

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ROOFING SERVICES

Frank Fiala Roofing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 General Roofing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 WATERPROOFING

Applied Waterproofing Systems . . . . . . . . 33 WINDOWS, DOORS & SIDING

SGK Solutions.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Acceptance of an advertisement by this magazine does not necessarily constitute any endorsement or recommendation by EBRHA, express or implied, of the advertiser or any goods or services offered.


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