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What you need to know for 2020

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Dec 1, 2019 1:44:00 PM

 As we get ready to say goodbye to 2019, it’s only natural to look ahead. In addition to what is sure to be a heated national political season in 2020, there are several statewide measures in California to keep an eye on, including a possible overhaul of Prop. 13 and another proposition that would allow municipalities to extend rent control to most units that are at least 15 years old. 

Rent Control Comes to Every Property in California

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Nov 1, 2019 1:29:00 PM

 After ignoring the will of the voters, who just last year decided against loosening statewide restrictions on rent control, California state legislators recently passed a new law that will cap annual rent increases at 5 percent plus inflation.

Fire Season Is Underway

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Oct 1, 2019 12:58:00 PM

It Only Takes a Spark

Fall is in full swing and with it comes an increased chance of wild fires. During this precarious period—after a long dry summer, but before the wet winter weather—it only takes a spark to create miles and miles of devastation. Last fall these fires seemed to strike throughout California, from the catastrophic property loss during the Woolsey fire in Ventura and Los Angeles to the tragic Camp fire in Northern California that killed over 80 people, many in their 70s and 80s.

Confronting Climate Change

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Aug 1, 2019 11:30:00 AM

It’s hard to stay cool these days, literally as we head into the “dog days” of summer, and also when reading the overheated rhetoric coming from our politicians. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, it’s clearly time for cooler heads to prevail. 

Summer Means Solar

Posted by Daniel S. Sharabi on Jul 1, 2019 10:27:00 AM

How Tesla Could Change the Conversation on Solar Power

Tesla made headlines last month when it announced that it would slash prices on its solar panels and streamline its processes in a bid to bring in more customers.

Oregon Is Just the Beginning

Posted by Content Director on May 14, 2019 4:36:18 PM

Like many property owners, I was shocked when Oregon became the first in the nation to pass statewide rent control. Overnight, housing providers throughout the state had to deal with a new set of restrictions on when and how much they can raise rents, as well as major new limits on no-fault evictions.

Supporting Statewide Sustainability

Posted by Content Director on May 14, 2019 4:33:56 PM

Over the last few years we’ve seen financial incentives have a huge impact on making sustainability appealing and accessible for a wide variety of property owners. For example, there is no doubt that California’s comprehensive tax credits and other incentive programs contributed to the boom in solar power over the last five years or so.

Time to Take It Outside

Posted by Content Director on May 14, 2019 4:30:31 PM

The winter is the only time of year when some property owners actually look forward to receiving their water bills. Thanks to the season’s heavy rains, there is no need to water outdoor plants, bringing monthly totals down substantially from the dry summer highs. 

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Smart saver tip of the month

Insulating water pipes is a quick and inexpensive way to lower water-heating costs. The easy upgrade reduces heat loss and allows you to lower your buildings’ water temperature setting by two to four degrees. Plus, since water doesn’t take as long to heat up, less of this precious resource is wasted waiting for faucets and showers to get to the appropriate temperature.

On smaller buildings, this is a definite DIY job that should take less than a day to complete. Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s website for a comprehensive shopping list and step-by-step instructions.