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What Type of Properties are Affected by Rent Control in Santa Rosa?

The topic of rent control in Santa Rosa is a rapidly progressing and ever-changing issue. The developments in May of 2016 have put us right into the middle of negotiations over what rent control will actually look like in Santa Rosa. So, let’s review what type of properties it’s likely to affect. Remember that the […]

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Rent Control Ordinance in Santa Rosa 2016 Update

Due to a disparity in the supply and demand for housing in Santa Rosa over the course of many years, we have come to a crisis. There are more people looking for rental properties than there are properties available. Rents are increasing, and they have been increasing dramatically. The city council is presently crafting an […]

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What is the Cost of Property Management in Santa Rosa, CA?

What is the Cost of Property Management in Santa Rosa, CA?

We’ve been talking about the costs of property management; we already covered the two primary costs: ongoing management and tenant placement. Most owners anticipate these. We also previously addressed ancillary transactions, vendor relationships and administration fees that might cost you money. Today, we’re discussing the obligations of applicants and tenants. This is an area we […]

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Santa Rosa Property Management 101: Who’s Responsible for My Shared Fence?

Santa Rosa Property Management 101: Who’s Responsible for My Shared Fence?

At the end of last year, I closed escrow on an investment property. Five days later there was a huge windstorm, which took down 24 feet of fence. My initial reaction was: “why couldn’t this have happened ten days ago?” My second thought was: thank goodness I’d already developed a good relationship with the neighbor […]

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What Can I Require of Licensed Child Care Homes in my Santa Rosa Rental Property?

What Can I Require of Licensed Child Care Homes in my Santa Rosa Rental Property?

Licensed Child Care Homes are an often-unexpected challenge for landlords. Many landlords are unsure of their rights in relation to this use of the property. The simple answer is that you cannot refuse to allow an existing tenant to operate a licensed child care home in your residence, and you cannot decline a potential applicant […]

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How to Handle Licensed Child Care Homes in Your Santa Rosa Rental Property

How to Handle Licensed Child Care Homes in Your Santa Rosa Rental Property

I recently had to fire a client I’ve been working with for over two decades. I terminated the relationship because we had been contracted to place a tenant in their available rental property. We’d found an applicant who was genuinely qualified: solid rental history, excellent income, credit scores well above what we expect. However, the […]

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Rent Control in Santa Rosa and How It Impacts You: The No-Win Scenario

Rent Control in Santa Rosa and How It Impacts You: The No-Win Scenario

The attached video blog is a variation on the analysis I’ve recently been providing to clients, potential investors, and others wanting to better understand the rapidly-changing landscape of housing shortages throughout Sonoma County. What is presently happening in Santa Rosa is truly a microcosm of developments occurring all over California, as our state emerges from “The […]

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Drought Conditions: Balancing Landlord and Tenant Obligations

Drought Conditions: Balancing Landlord and Tenant Obligations

On the credenza behind my desk, I keep a confectioner’s scale that I found years ago. On one side, there’s a brass tub into which you can put peppermints or taffy or any kind of candy you want to weigh. On the other side, to balance it off, are brass weights that would determine the […]

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Emergency Preparedness: Maintaining Contact After a Disaster

Emergency Preparedness: Maintaining Contact After a Disaster

In light of the October, 2012 Frankenstorm Sandy, it is sensible to review your emergency preparedness plans. While individual types of disasters may vary – from hurricanes to blizzards to tornadoes to earthquakes – the impact is frequently the same. For example, as a result of Hurricane Sandy, over 2 million people have been left […]

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The Write Stuff: Establishing an “Agreement to Rent” in Sonoma County – Part 1

The Write Stuff: Establishing an “Agreement to Rent” in Sonoma County – Part 1

For 40 years, DeDe’s Rentals has been Santa Rosa’s premier property management agency. Over the course of four decades, we have developed processes and documents to help establish a relationship that benefits both tenants and property owners.  The foundation of any landlord/tenant relationship is the agreement to rent. An “agreement to rent” is primarily a […]

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