How Landlords can Avoid being Victimized by Squatters Rights Law

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Landlords beware.  There is a bizarre and nerve-racking trend going on in certain states like California where squatters are taking advantage outdated laws to live rent-free.  This little loophole in real estate law gained exposure in a recent incident involving an Airbnb landlord and tenant.  In this particular case, an Airbnb tenant refused to leave a Palm Springs condo after his month long-lease.  Not only did he refuse to leave, but he told the landlord via a text message that “he was legally occupying the condo” and threatened to press charges against the landlord.  The dispute is ongoing, and according to the San Francisco Chronicle, the landlord, likely, have to pay thousands in legal fees and follow a 3-6 month eviction process in order to remove the squatter.  Needless to say, this is a setback for the landlord, whom works as a physical therapist and owns just the one property in Palm Springs.

How to Prepare for Squatters

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Happy Independence Day from GWM

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The 4th of July typically generates thoughts of fireworks and vacations.  While this is something to celebrate, let’s not forget the amazing courage and sacrifice, not only from our soldiers, but from our founders, politicians, and all of those that helped start our great nation.  Thank you, also, to all of those that have helped us keep our independence along the way.  From the Goldenwest Management family to yours, we wish a happy Independence Day!

Also note that our offices will be closed for the holiday, but if you have a property management emergency, please call our emergency hotline.

5 Safety Tips for 4th of July Fireworks

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This is is the time of the year when we, in the southwest, have to be very careful of wildfires.  The 4th of July fireworks celebrations make a difficult job even more difficult for Firefighters.  If you are planning some backyard theatrics for Independence Day, please make sure that you plan for a safe celebration.  There is a great article and infographic from Propertyware that lists some simple steps for fireworks safety.  We have some of the key tips listed here, but feel free to check out their website for more details:

  1. Don’t break the law – check to make sure that fireworks are even legal in your area.
  2. Make sure there is plenty of clearance – Don’t light fireworks in a wooded area, near a fence, house, etc.  Use common sense and make sure there is plenty of room to light without catching something on fire.
  3. Keep a source of water available just in case – Water hose, buckets, etc. are good things to have on hand
  4. Don’t let children ignite fireworks alone – This is an activity that can easily go wrong.  Make sure there is adult supervision at the least
  5. Don’t pick up lit fireworks – If a firework doesn’t ignite properly, don’t try to touch it, stand over it, etc.  Give it plenty of space and douse it with that water you have handy if you really think something went wrong with the ignition

We don’t recommend anyone have home fireworks demonstrations, but if if you have to play with fireworks, use your common sense.  Please don’t turn a celebration into a tragedy.  Best of luck and happy 4th of July!

The Grace Period: What are the rules when paying rent on a holiday or weekend?

I recently saw an expert from @legalrealestate answer a question from a Tenant.  Though I normally agree with the advice given on this site, and from these experts, this information was patently incorrect. The question was, “…if the rent is due on the 1st of the month and the lease allows for a (3) day grace period, can you pay after the grace period without penalty when the grace period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Holiday?” Continue reading “The Grace Period: What are the rules when paying rent on a holiday or weekend?”