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Vacation Rental Issues for Real Estate Agents in California

Short-term vacation rentals have been very popular in California the past ten (10) years or so. With such popularity, challenges arise for the property owner wishing to undertake…

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How Restrictions on Short-Term Rentals Can Affect Property Managers and Real Estate Agents

A growing number of locations are introducing tighter restrictions on short-term rentals. This is posing significant challenges for property managers, especially those who work across different districts. And…

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Credit Scores – Risk Management for Property Managers

Ensuring a prospective tenant can afford to pay monthly rent is an important consideration for landlords and the property managers that screen applicants on behalf of landlords. Property…

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Property Management Evictions and Maintenance: ClaimPrevent® Summary #9

To help reduce your risk, we’ve summarized all our property management posts on handling evictions and property maintenance over the last two years. Use it as a risk…

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Property Management Ads and Screening of Applicants: ClaimPrevent Summary #8

Fair Housing Act and Housing Ads Real estate licensees and property managers need to be aware of and comply with the Fair Housing Act. This legislation prohibits discrimination…

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When a Property Owner Wants to DIY: how real estate licensees and property managers can manage the risks

DIY (“do it yourself”) can be an attractive option for a seller or a landlord because it’s cheaper than engaging a professional. But, what about the impact if…

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Know Your Potential Liability Before Turning Away Tenants With Section 8 Vouchers

When prospective tenants ask a real estate licensee if the landlord will  take Section 8, they want to know if the landlord will  accept part of their rent…

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Property Managers: How Timely Maintenance and Repairs Can Prevent Lawsuits

Many responsibilities come with being a Property Manager. It’s not just about finding great tenants and collecting the rent. Managing property maintenance and repairs is an ongoing job.…

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Property Manager’s Guide to Going on Vacation… and Avoiding a Lawsuit While Away

Taking time out to go on vacation can be difficult for Property Managers if you manage multiple properties simultaneously, it may not be possible to just drop everything…

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Can Landlords Impose Mandatory Vaccinations for Tenants?

As a property manager, you may come across landlords that want to impose mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. The pandemic has caused significant discussion and, in some cases, debate about…

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How Real Estate Licensees Can Avoid Housing Voucher Discrimination

The Federal government’s Housing Choice Voucher Program assists very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford safe, decent, and sanitary privately-owned rental housing. In certain circumstances,…

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Property Managers: How to Tackle Evictions and Avoid a Lawsuit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s nationwide moratoriums on evictions ended in August 2021. This was a key protection for tenants during the pandemic to ensure people…

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CRES Risk Management Webinar: How to Prevent Fair Housing Complaints with Rental Ads and Application Reviews

In this webinar, James Myer from Chartwell Law, and Dave Miller, Regional Vice President with Fidelity National Home Warranty, talk about how real estate professionals can prevent discrimination…

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Rental Ads Cannot Prohibit Applicants Based on Criminal History

IMPORTANT ALERT REGARDING RENTAL ADVERTISEMENTS: UNDER THE FAIR HOUSING ACT, AN ADVERTISEMENT CONTAINING A BLANKET PROHIBITION REGARDING A RENTAL APPLICANT’S CRIMINAL HISTORY CAN CONSTITUTE, IN AND OF ITSELF,…

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Proper Screening of Tenant Applicants in California by a Landlord or Property Manager

A landlord or his or her property manager in California at most can charge a potential tenant fifty- dollars and ninety-four cents ($50.94) as an application fee where…

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Property Managers: Rental Scams and How To Avoid Them

Fraudsters are unfortunately taking full advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a real estate professional, you need to keep on top of rental scams and take action to…

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How to Avoid Income Discrimination Lawsuits as a Property Manager

Property managers need to be especially aware of income discrimination situations, especially with new laws in California about rent control and source of income issues. (Be sure to…

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What Can Property Managers Do When Roommates Fight?

Tenants in different rental units don’t always get along, and sometimes tenant roommates have conflicts as well. Disputes can lead to noise complaints, destruction of property, and physical…

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Military Lease Termination: What Property Managers Need to Know

Property managers may be faced with tenants who want to terminate a lease before it expires for a number of reasons. Leases exist for a reason and have…

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What to Do with a Tenant’s Abandoned Property

Landlords and property managers know that when tenants leave, they don’t always take all their things with them. Recently a client asked our risk management legal advisory team…

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Guest or Tenant? How to Deal with Someone Who Won’t Leave

What happens when somebody pays you to stay in a room short term and then doesn’t want to leave? That happened to one of our clients. She offered…

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Dealing with Malicious Acts by Tenants – a Guide for Property Managers

It’s every property manager’s and property owner’s worst nightmare --  when a tenant does malicious damage. This is why it’s important to know what the liabilities are, and…

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A Property Manager’s Guide to Successful Property Management Agreements

Many real estate professionals have diversified their business models and become involved in real estate property management. This has been an excellent source of revenue for these professionals,…

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What Happens When Property Managers Aren’t Added to Landlord Insurance Policies?

Are you covered by somebody else’s insurance policy? If you are a property manager, you should be named as an additional insured on all landlords’ insurance policies. Don’t…

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How Can a Property Manager Minimize Exposure in Landlord Tenant Relations?

With the resurgence of the California real estate market after the “Great Recession,” I find that many of my real estate clients have diversified their business and have…

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The Law Regarding Service and Companion Animals

Health care practitioners for years have documented evidence that animals, particularly dogs can benefit impaired people. Examples are seeing-eye dogs, dogs for the hearing impaired and most recently,…

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Abandoned Renter Property

In Colorado, professional property managers are required to have a real estate license. Colo. Rev. Stat. § 12-61-101(2)(a)&(b); see also CP 27 (Commission Position on the Performance of…

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Property Management Companies and Security Deposits

In recent months, I have handled an increasing number of risk management inquiries for real estate agents and brokers who are property managers for property owners who rent…

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