New CA Landlord Laws Regarding Bed Bugs

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

December 22, 2017

The subject of “bed bugs”  is not pleasant, but it has become a hot topic and area of concern in rental properties all across the USA. For property management companies, like North County Property Group, being on top of new California landlord laws is crucial. At North County Property Group, we track all real estate laws and local ordinances to make sure our client properties stay within compliance.

CA Civil Code §1954.603

A new landlord law has recently been instituted in California know as Civil Code §1954.603. As of July 2017, all landlords are required to attach a Bed Bug Disclosure as an addendum to all new residential leases (view Bed Bug Disclosure Addendum at this link).  Landlords will also be required to provide notice to all existing tenants by January 1, 2018. The notice includes information about bed bug appearance, life cycle and reproduction, bed bug bites, common signs of infestation, and infestation treatment requirements.

Sounds ominous, right? This is a new standard of information and care that landlords are expected to follow, but in reality, bed bug infestations are quite rare. Any and all bed bug pest control matters, however, must be handled with full knowledge of all aspects of information entailed in this EPA website: https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs

Responding to all reports of bed bugs, and working quickly to treat properties suspected of infestation under the prescribed guidelines, is imperative. Having a professional property management company working for you is a great move. North County Property Group can diligently handle all reports to ensure your properties are in compliance!

The full text for these new laws as published by the California legislature can be read here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB551

Located in Del Mar, California, North County Property Group provides real estate sales & leasing, property management, and vacation rental services in the various communities throughout the greater North County San Diego area (click here to see communities served).

For more information about North County Property Group, visit http://www.ncpropertygroup.com, or contact the company at 445 Marine View Ave, Suite 240, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA; Tel: 858.792.5797; E-mail: info@ncpropertygroup.com to learn how we’re redefining real estate sales and leasing, property management, and vacation rentals in North County San Diego.

Check out our sister vacation rental site at www.ncvacationrentalhomes.com and follow North County Property Group on our BlogFacebookTwitterYouTubeGoogle+Google PlacesLinkedInPinterest and Yelp!

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Proposed Tax Reform

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

November 27, 2017

 

Tax Reform & How It May Affect You

In recent months, the House and the Senate have been working on their own versions of new tax cut bills which aim to significantly alter our current tax system. These tax proposals may impact current and future home owners and buyers, as well as revenue from rental properties. The drastic changes are of major importance to the housing market, especially in California, so as always you should stay in touch with your tax accountant as to what degree of tax impact the new laws may have on your personal financial situation.

Preliminary reviews of the proposed reform determine taxpayers in wealthier and more populous states such as California, New York, and New Jersey would be hit the hardest by these bills, leading critics to claim they will do more harm than good. Home owners and buyers in these states are already faced with the highest real estate prices and rental rates in the United States. These individuals would likely be adversely affected by these changes as the proposed bills plan to make changes to property tax deductions and mortgage interest deductions.

 

What To Expect

There are two versions of proposed tax reform currently under consideration. The House bill will repeal state and local tax deductions, while capping property tax deductions at $10,000. The Senate bill will completely repeal state and local tax deductions, property taxes included.

Regarding mortgage interest deductions, both bills introduce a drastically different approach. The Senate has decided to leave the deduction as is, which real estate lobbyists have been pushing for. Whereas the House plans to halve the current cap for mortgage interest deduction from $1,000,000 to $500,000. As of 2017, the median home price in San Diego is $595,000, and this year over 60% of homes sold in Orange County sold for over $600,000.

While the overall impact of these bills is still not completely clear, one thing is for sure. The majority of home buyers in California, especially southern California and the SF Bay Area, would no longer be able to utilize the full advantage of a mortgage interest expense deduction. Apparently this bill only applies to new mortgages, existing mortgages will remain able to claim the deduction as it currently stands. One possible outcome to all of this is that the new home buying market may be further limited moving forward. This may actually serve to keep the rental market alive and well.

 

Located in Del Mar, California, North County Property Group provides real estate sales & leasing, property management, and vacation rental services in the various communities throughout the greater North County San Diego area (click here to see communities served).

For more information about North County Property Group, visit http://www.ncpropertygroup.com, or contact the company at 445 Marine View Ave, Suite 240, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA; Tel: 858.792.5797; E-mail: info@ncpropertygroup.com to learn how we’re redefining real estate sales and leasing, property management, and vacation rentals in North County San Diego.

Check out our sister vacation rental site at www.ncvacationrentalhomes.com and follow North County Property Group on our BlogFacebookTwitterYouTubeGoogle+Google PlacesLinkedInPinterest and Yelp!

Contact us today: (858) 792-5797      info@ncpropertygroup.com

Mold Prevention & Remediation

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

October 31, 2017

 

Why It Matters 

Mold can be a scary prospect for tenants and landlords. Left unattended and allowed to spread, mold can create serious health issues for your tenants as well as cause significant damage to your property which could lead to costly repairs. Having a certain set of procedures in place to handle any potential mold problems are necessary to avoiding any unnecessary financial headaches.

Where To Look

Certain parts of your home are more prone to mold than others. Mold typically grows in moist, dark, areas with little or no ventilation. Here are some common areas mold is found.

-Underneath/behind kitchen and bathroom sinks

-Behind walls which house plumbing

-Around windowsills

-Carpets/padding

-AC units

How to Prevent

Survey your home. Do you have water stains on the ceiling anywhere? Do you have any leaking pipes? If so fix them immediately. Ventilation is key. Humid, stagnant air is mold’s best friend. Check all exhaust fans and ensure they are in working order. Opening windows, using fans, and dehumidifiers are great ways to promote airflow and reduce moisture.

 

Remediation

Once notified about water damage or mold growth it is necessary to take action within 48 hours. Very minor mold issues can be taken care of personally, but needs to handled with caution as improper removal can cause spores to spread throughout your home. If you choose to self-remediate, wear protection such as a face mask designed for contact with mold like the P-100 respirator mask. Also cover your arms, legs, and hands to avoid all contact with spores. If the mold is moderate to severe, calling remediation professionals is necessary. Mold covering an area of 10 square feet or more, or for mold that you cannot locate, you should seek professional intervention. Make sure the remediation process is well-documented by taking notes, photos, and videos of the affected area, as well as following up once the process is complete.

 

Tenant Knowledge

Even if you take all the necessary precautions, mold growth can still occur due to tenant negligence. Making sure potential tenants understand how to properly care for a home in order to prevent mold is key. Having a mold inspection done prior to new tenants taking occupancy is key and can mitigate your liability in the occurrence of mold caused by your tenants. Also, requiring tenants to read and sign a mold and ventilation addendum alongside the lease agreement is one of the most important actions you can take as a homeowner. Ensuring your tenants are aware of the necessary precautions to avoid mold, as well as being obliged to notify you of any potential mold growth, is vital to maintaining a clean home.

 

Infographic courtesy of American Apartment Owners Association

 

Located in Del Mar, California, North County Property Group provides real estate sales & leasing, property management, and vacation rental services in the various communities throughout the greater North County San Diego area (click here to see communities served).

For more information about North County Property Group, visit http://www.ncpropertygroup.com, or contact the company at 445 Marine View Ave, Suite 240, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA; Tel: 858.792.5797; E-mail: info@ncpropertygroup.com to learn how we’re redefining real estate sales and leasing, property management, and vacation rentals in North County San Diego.

Check out our sister vacation rental site at www.ncvacationrentalhomes.com and follow North County Property Group on our BlogFacebookTwitterYouTubeGoogle+Google PlacesLinkedInPinterest and Yelp!

Contact us today: (858) 792-5797      info@ncpropertygroup.com

Take a Virtual Tour!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

June 14, 2016

2460 Malibu Way, Del Mar, CA

For Sale $2,475,000 – Listed June 6, 2016 – MLS #160030776

Impeccable, must-see, custom built Craftsman in Del Mar, West of I-5, blocks from Del Mar Village, racetrack/fairgrounds & beaches in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in North County San Diego. Built in 2007, this 3643 SF home features top of the line building materials, European dual-hinge windows & fold-away patio doors allowing seamless indoor/outdoor living space to enjoy the home as well as beautifully accented landscape & brickwork. Please view this awesome virtual tour by clicking on the play button (>) below. Click here for more details.

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