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Santa Monica’s dumb anti-AirBnB legislation

Am traveling right now (to attend my father’s retirement party – 43 years teaching at RPI!) so am going to keep this brief. Santa Monica is close to passing a law that would effectively ban sh0rt-term rentals where the owner of the property is not present. So, basically, you can rent out a room in

How big property management companies improve the world

As our management company grows, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how we affect the communities in which we work. Obviously, property management companies don’t have great reputations. Most people would probably prefer to rent from a nice, local mom-and-pop type who might occasionally forget to raise the rent, instead of a faceless corporation

Brooklyn to the Eastside

Was speaking with an applicant for my as-of-yet-unfilled assistant position yesterday and heard an interesting theory. Her argument was that many of the creative types who have been living in Brooklyn over the past 5-10 years are moving to LA. Ordinarily, I would ignore this kind of observation… after all, it’s not exactly backed by

Buildings we will manage and buildings we won’t

Have recently found myself explaining my take on our property management business to several people and figured I’d put it up here for general consumption. Lots of people ask us to manage their buildings and we generally decline. Why? In LA, there are basically two kinds of buildings: 1. Ones that have been renovated somewhat

Termites, housing and LAHD

You might be wondering how termites and the Housing Department intersect. I’m going to tell you. First, a bit about termites: In Southern California, most structures are constructed from wood. This is because wood is cheap, durable, and holds up well in earthquakes (because it’s flexible). The main downside to wood construction, which is that wood

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