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​​​Berkeley Tenants Rights Plan Would Give Renters First Right to Buy Their Home
​​​Berkeley Tenants Rights Plan Would Give Renters First Right to Buy Their Home

​​​"Berkeley Tenants Rights Plan Would Give Renters First Right to Buy Their Home" San Francisco Chronicle, February 21, 2020, Sarah Ravini Continue Reading

02/21/2020


Gentle and Effective with Hoarders

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Gentle and Effective with Hoarders

Dealing with hoarders and clutter-ers is a trial. We know. Here are some tips from Sam Sorokin at Premium Property Managements follow. Remember that hoarding is a mental/ emotional problem. The tenant probably knows that they have this problem.1.First step; approach gently and get an agreement... Continue Reading

11/2/2014


Normal Wear and Tear

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Normal Wear and Tear

Question: What are some "Wear and Tear" Guidelines for Security Deposit Deductions? Answer: Examples of Normal Wear and Tear for which a Security Deposit should NOT be Kept * Minor chipped, peeling or worn paint* Rusty fixtures in kitchen or bathroom* Wear on carpets* “Bubbled” or... Continue Reading

05/29/2013


More Information for those who house hoarders

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More Information for those who house hoarders

What is compulsive hoarding? Compulsive hoarding includes ALL three of the following: 1. A person collects and keeps a lot of items, even things that appear useless or of little value to most people, and2. These items clutter the living spaces and keep the person from using their rooms as they... Continue Reading

08/7/2012


Resources for Housing Hoarders

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Resources for Housing Hoarders

HOARDING RESOURCES Self Help http://www.ocfoundation.org/hoarding/self_help.aspx#buried http://www.hoarders.org/sg.html http://www.clutterersanonymous.net/ Legal Rights http://www.mentalhealthsf.org/library/mental_health_topics/rights.php Removal and... Continue Reading

08/7/2012


SIMPLY PUT...
SIMPLY PUT...

Rents decreased, but affordability concerns remain Nick Taborek Santa Monica Daily Press April 10, 2010 CITYWIDE — The cost for a new tenant to lease a rent-controlled apartment decreased last year for the first time in 11 years, City Hall said in a report released this week, but the number... Continue Reading

04/10/2010


Is Public Housing Necessary?
Is Public Housing Necessary?

[The Freeman, 1958] "We must have better housing for those Americans who are now forced to live in slums and substandard dwellings." So said a presidential candidate. And so believe a great number of the rank-and-file citizens of the United States. There really seems to be no question as to the... Continue Reading

02/12/2010


How the Government Killed Affordable Housing
How the Government Killed Affordable Housing

By John O. Norquist Mayor of Milwaukee and a Democrat Adapted from his book The Wealth of Cities: Revitalizing the Centers of American Life A big-city politician deplores government intrusion into housing and urges cooperation with private owners By focusing on below-market public housing, the... Continue Reading

12/12/2009


The Scourge of Rent Stabilization
The Scourge of Rent Stabilization

Richard A. Epstein 11.03.09 WHY NOT SCRAP IT, ROOT AND BRANCH? One central libertarian tenet is that governments should not use subsidies or price controls to distort the operation of competitive markets. The soundness of that position was brought home once again in the recent decision of the New... Continue Reading

11/3/2009


Soft Story Notice to Post
Soft Story Notice to Post

Earthquake Warning: This is a soft story building with a soft, weak, or open front ground floor. You may not be safe inside or near such buildings during an earthquake. Continue Reading

04/25/2009


Soft Story Notice to Tenants
Soft Story Notice to Tenants

Notice to Tenants re: Soft Story Building This is to notify you that the building at ____________________________________, Berkeley, California is on the City of Berkeley’s Inventory of Potentially Hazardous Soft Story Buildings and may constitute a severe threat to life safety in the event... Continue Reading

04/25/2009


Bureaucratic Thugery
Bureaucratic Thugery

Berkeley Court Apartments consists of two 12-unit buildings facing each other and are perpendicular to Dwight Way . Each apartment has its own entrance off the court between the buildings. There is a mail slot near each front door. From the sidewalk to the farthest unit back is almost 300 feet.... Continue Reading

10/1/2008