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Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP) UPDATE

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We are working to answer all your questions on PRHIP as fast as The City of Long Beach provides answers.  Below is all the information that we currently have.

The deadline for PRHIP applications is December 31st, 2015.

LINKS:

Long Beach Development Services Page on PRHIP

REGISTRATION FORM- PER BUILDING!

PRHIP HAND OUT

INFO POSTER

A Copy of Ordinance

The Amended Municipal Ordinance

Find the text of the amended ordinance here: The Amended Municipal Ordinance

 

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What Lies Ahead for the 114th Congress?

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By the time you read this, all of the midterm elections will have been decided and the playing field will be set for the 114th Congress.

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October 2016

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It’s October and I want to begin by celebrating and thanking all of the owners, vendors and our membership in general for all you did for our industry over the past two months.

At the Long Beach City Council meeting in September, we were able to defeat an attempt to raise fees for the Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP). On the table was also a proposal to increase the number of inspectors. This success was due to your involvement on many different fronts, presentations to our membership, calls to your District representatives and presence at the City Council meetings. All of these actions helped make our case. Our appeal was that there just has not been enough time to evaluate the program and glean any real true metrics on the program’s accomplishments, flaws and challenges. Con necting with our City Council representatives re mains a primary focus and AACSC continues to work with them to develop a Good Landlord program.

Now, let’s be clear though, the threats that this industry faces still exist and will remain ever present. But at the very least, we can be thankful for one success at a time. We appreciate that the City Council and our Mayor supported our view.

Taking time to look at the process and focusing on those prop erties that have the most violations is where we believe the inspectors should concentrate and leave those landlords alone who do not have a his tory of violations. So, thank you once again for being involved and stay tuned to our weekly AACSC Beacon Newsletter as we continue to inform you on latest developments and news that is important to your Industry.

On a lighter note, what a great day we all had at the 48th Trade Show and, as usual, it will take me a few weeks to stop talking about it and sharing all the great things that happened. Ed Begley, Jr., was our keynote speaker at the luncheon and was great! What a nice man and great tips. Hope you had the op por tunity to meet him and take a selfie—pictures will be in the magazine over the next few months.

Here is what one of our vendors reported to us, RentSpree.com said “RentSpree.com was a first time participant in the AACSC Trade Show. I was blown away by the amount of value my company gained by purchasing a booth. Not only did we spread awareness about our product, but also we were put in direct contact with countless potential customers. The end result was actual deals that would directly benefit my company.” Thank you RentSpree—so happy you enjoyed your experience.

Don’t forget that this month is when we nominate our new Board members. The journey begins by get ting on a committee and learning all about AACSC. The process is easy, and we are always looking for new faces. One NEW committee is the Special Committee for Long Beach Legislation.

With all that is going on, we want to be sure we have plenty of our members involved. Call Terri at the Association to let her know you are interested and want to get involved.

New Classes: Be sure to look for our popular edu cation classes and one that everyone needs to be aware of is the “Security Deposits: Normal Wear and Tear and Beyond” taking place on Wednesday, October 12, here in our Education Center. Another class that is sure to spur some discussion is our “Hoarding and Habitability for Rental Properties” on Friday, October 21. Call to reserve your space today.

As the end of the year approaches and the seasons begin to change I wish you a fun and Happy Halloween. I love to see all the kids and their costumes and watch my own children enjoying the night with friends. Be safe and we will see you in November and be sure to VOTE.

A Personal Story

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While on a Southwest flight recently, I had the good fortune to sit next to Josephine. She is 76 years young, impeccably dressed and looking forward to seeing her relatives in Brevard, North Carolina, for the first time in many years. She told me she can’t really travel much any more — doctor’s orders. She needs a walker to get around, has rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and takes over 50 medications every day, but she decided to ignore the doctor this one time. The lady has a lot of courage and the gift of gab. She talked for most of the four-hour flight. One of the earliest female graduates of Fisk University, she had a business career, met and married, and survives a wonderful handsome husband. She had a child of her own but lost him a few years ago. She adopted two children and until recently was raising one of her grandchildren. She had her smart phone out the whole time sharing apps she likes and many family photos. It would be hard not to like this lady.

We also found out that we live about ten minutes from each other. Josephine rents a comfortable one-bedroom apartment in Bixby Knolls for $825 per month. I let her know that I thought her rent was extremely reasonable, and she agreed. She said that when she moved in four years ago, she explained to her landlord that she was on a fixed income and didn’t want her rent going up. “The landlord has never raised the rent,” she exclaimed.

In Long Beach, and most surrounding cities, market forces and personal decisions about what to charge for rent give housing providers a lot of latitude. Josephine’s rent was below market for sure, but was she getting a steal by accident? I don’t think so. There are many ways to help people in need. Americans are famous for donating money and supplies to people in crisis. We donate to charities like the United Way or the Salvation Army. We can even choose to keep our rents below market for people like Josephine as a way to donate on a more personal level.

You have the flexibility to do that in a free market if you choose to. Don’t expect that in a heavily regulated market, however. Cities like Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Santa Monica heavily regulate the rental housing industry. That regulation gives incentive and really forces housing providers to raise rents as much as possible. It should be no surprise then that rents in those cities are some of the highest anywhere, and the poor families are slowly getting squeezed out. We’re not there yet in the cities served by AACSC. Let’s keep it that way.

Warning: New Pesticide Law Applies to Landlords

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A new state law requiring landlords to provide tenants notice whenever any over-the-counter (OTC) pesticide or herbicide is applied to the property by anyone other than a licensed pest control operator goes into effect January 1, 2016. The following Q & A helps explain the new law.

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