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The Country’s Most and Least Expensive Cities for Utilities

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Sep 2, 2021 9:00:00 AM
"The East Coast tended to be among the cheapest places for water bills, with Upstate New York leading the way. Albany had the least-expensive average water bill at just over $20 a month, but Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo all had water bills under $30 a month as well..."

Eviction moratorium goes past the nationwide deadline in California, New York and more

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Aug 2, 2021 9:00:00 AM
"While there is some recognition of this distress in the deal by providing 100% in rent assistance and requirements for the tenants to use the funds to pay rent, we are very concerned as to when this moratorium will actually end," Christine LaMarca, president of the California Rental Housing Association.

What the Eviction Moratorium Extension Means for Owners

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on May 1, 2021 9:00:00 AM

With days to go before the end of a nationwide eviction moratorium, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended the federal order until June 30. The previous extension was due to expire at the end of March, which was already an amendment to the original end-of-January extension...

Rent Control Is Back on the Ballot in 2020

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Oct 1, 2020 12:00:00 AM

Here We Go Again

It may be 2020 but it’s starting to feel like 2018 all over again. A big election is looming and tenant advocates are once again bringing a rent control measure to the California ballot. 

Find out why renters are getting richer and richer

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Mar 1, 2020 3:00:00 PM

 It used the be that the “American Dream” was synonymous with home ownership. But Millennials don’t seem to be putting the same emphasis on buying property as previous generations. In fact, the homeownership rate for those currently between the ages of 25 and 34 is 8 percentage points lower than Gen Xers and baby boomers when they were in the same age group, according to a report from the Urban Institute

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.

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.

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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.