AACSC has saved you 15,000 in 2014


Happy Valentine’s Day to all our AACSC members. Yes, I know Hallmark made up this day, but I have to admit that I am a sucker for celebrating those things in life that mean the most to us. For me, it is all about my husband and kids. Lest I forget, AACSC is at the top of this list too.

While I do my best to thank those important people in my life, it still happens. So, to that end, I want to take just a few lines to thank our AACSC staff for everything they do at the Association: Terri, Diane, Donna, Luci, Oliver, Scott and Tom. And to our newest staff members, Alicia and Rachael, welcome aboard and thank you for being a part of our family. Each of these people plays an important role here and without them we could not do what we do now. So, thank you for supporting our membership. Your time, talents, efforts and dedication shine every day and I could not be more pleased or grateful for how you support me too.

To our members—we are working every day to improve our services, offer you superior education opportunities and most importantly, protect your property rights. If you have any suggestions on topics, training, or speakers, please call and let us know. We appreciate your suggestions and feedback.

Did you see the little introduction on our cover this month? Were you at least a little intrigued as to how AACSC was involved in saving you up to $15,000 or more? I am thrilled to be able to report that AB969, regarding eviction jury trials, a bill that has already adversely affected property owners, was sent packing. But this won’t be the last time we will see this kind of bill presented and I am almost certain that we will see it again. It may be worded differently, but it will still be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Nevertheless, it does beg the neverending question of who is watching out for the multi-family and property owner industry, does it not? So, unless you missed it, AACSC and our lobbyist, who spent extensive time on battling this beast, just saved YOU anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 PER UNIT if you faced an eviction action for non-payment of rent. I hate to sound like a broken record but will do it anyway—if you are NOT a member of AACSC and you own property, you are NOT supporting your own industry.

But let’s use an example—let’s say you own five units and your tenants decide they want an eviction jury trial. This process could take up to six months or more of income from your property. So, six months x $15,000 (average cost) x 5 units = $450,000 of lost income. How many of you can afford to lose that?

Look for more bills to be introduced that may cost you money AND, look for your second renewal notice and make sure you remain connected to what I believe will prove to be a contentious year ahead.

On a lighter note, by now you should have a copy of our beautiful 2014 Vendor Referral Sourcebook & Legislative Guide (whew, that is a mouthful). We not only encourage you to use the guide but to make sure that you purchase extra copies for all your locations. The extra copies are only $5 when you mention you saw my article. I would love for you to share your experiences with our advertisers so we can continue to let them know that their advertising dollars are working. Whenever you need assistance, we hope you will look first to THE AACSC Vendor Referral Sourcebook—oh, let’s just call it VRS for short.

And, I hope you take a look at our Events Schedule and Education Calendar and see how we are adding to our menu of education opportunities. With all the talk about Jury Trials, we decided to talk to our Management Service Council and Product Service Council and ask their opinion about offering AACSC Hot Topics: Brown Bag Info Series. Our first AACSC Hot Topic will be held on February 26th from 11:30-1:15 and will be on Jury Trials, Part One. What are they, what should you watch out for? Part Two of this topic will be on the related Habitability Issues. This Hot Topic is one reason the Jury Trial issue even exists. So, what should you be aware of to avoid being caught up in this situation? Both of these Hot Topics will be held at our Education Center and the cost is only $29 each and is available for anyone to attend.

Don’t forget your brown bag lunch!!

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