A Time for "Madness"

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The Winter Olympics are over and we are now into the NCAA College Basketball Tournament. It’s March Madness, and here at your Association our staff is “mad” with great ideas to assist you in the operation of your business.

Many of us watched the great athletes participate in the Olympics this year. There were amazing performances and well deserved triumphs. The athletes and coaching staffs all lived up to the Olympic Motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger). However, their victories, and the victories to come in the NCAA Basket ball Tournament, all require lots of hard work, dedication and technical knowledge in their sport. It requires practicing and learning and absorbing all the changes in the techniques of the sport on a daily basis. It requires keeping up with the newest tools, innovations and advancements in the products and equipment they use. And it requires a dedicated team to accomplish the goal of winning.

We at AACSC are your dedicated Team. We provide you with the most comprehensive and up-to-date Education and Training available. When there are changes in the rules affecting your rental properties, we let you know and help you adapt to them. Our live, in classroom Education programs are going strong. From basic property operation classes for the new owner, to full-featured classes leading to the national certification, CAM (Certified Apartment Manager) for the individual who wants to advance professionally in this industry, to specialty training in such areas as Fair Housing, Sexual Harassment Prevention, and even environmental issues, we have the classes you want and need.

Also, because of membership in the National Apartment Association, you can take many classes online from the convenience of your home on your own

schedule, through their website. The products and services that our highly-qualified vendor partners provide will keep your business on the cutting edge of productivity and keep you well ahead of the pack in quality and customer satisfaction. Use them as your resource.

Speaking of environmental issues, we all know that we in Southern California are living in a desert. This year especially, our statewide long-term drought has become an emergency. Please conserve water and help your residents to cut back on their water usage. Provide them with the physical ability to reduce their water usage by changing out the faucets, showerheads, and toilets to low-flow models. Provide your residents with information on ways to conserve water. Often your water utility will provide information sheets or newsletters with tips and tricks. Pass those on to your residents to keep them informed of the need to conserve water.

In addition, there is a new water conservation law. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, property owners who obtain permits to remodel a property that was built prior to 1994 are required to retrofit with toilets that use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, showerheads with flow rates of no more than 2.5 gallons per minute, and other interior fixtures that use less than 2.2 gallons of water per minute. This applies to all single-family property permits, as well as multi-family and commercial property permits where 10 percent or more of the square footage is included in the remodel. By Jan. 1, 2017, all residential properties in California that were built prior to 1994 will need to be in compliance with water fixtures as outlined above, which will bring them up to the same standards as homes built since 1994.

To help us get a better understanding of the severe water situation, our program speaker at the March 27th General Membership Meeting is Matthew Lyons from the Long Beach Water Department.

Please come out to this important meeting at the Petroleum Club in Long Beach.

After getting all this great information, why don’t you come to our annual Golf Tournament on Monday, April 7th. Again it is at the SeaCliff Country Club in Huntington Beach, and it is shaping up to be a great Tournament.

And finally, the day after the Golf Tournament, AACSC and the other NAA apartment associations in California will be off to our annual Legislative Day in Sacramento, where we will meet with our area’s legislators to discuss the many Bills that affect our industry this session.

Are we “mad”? Well it’s “madness” if we don’t work hard to protect our property rights and stay ahead of the competition. Our Team is here to help you do that.

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