“Ask Kari” is a monthly, Question & Answer feature from Kari Negri. Kari has two decades of property management experience, is a featured speaker at many industry trade shows, such as AAGLA’s annual trade show, and is the CEO of SKY Properties, Inc. in Los Angeles.
For the Holiday Season, I thought I’d offer some tips to keep in mind during this time of year. I’ve observed these pitfalls over the last 20 years in property management.
Top 5 ways to get evicted before New Year’s
(Also known as, “Building Holiday Safety Tips”)
- Burn your apartment down.
Candles, extension cords that are thin, faulty or weak, or using multi-plug adapters are just a few examples of potential holiday fire hazards to watch out for. Leaving Christmas tree or holiday lights on overnight or while you are gone can also prove hazardous. Be cautious of pets chewing on wires or knocking the tree down. And be sure to regularly water your tree. Remember, water evaporates daily so check the water level often. Always have a fire extinguisher handy, inside your apartment.
- Throw loud holiday parties
If you host a party, make sure not to take up any assigned parking with your guests. Getting your guest’s car towed over a holiday is not fun and is very expensive. Be sure not to prop gates or doors open, and never give out your gate code (see number 5). Make sure to keep the noise down. The Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) sections of the Noise Ordinance 112.01(c) states:
“Any noise level caused by such use or operation which exceeds the ambient noise level on the premises of any other occupied property, or if a condominium, apartment house, duplex, or attached business, within any adjoining unit, by more than five (5) decibels shall be a violation of the provisions of this section.”
- Not planning for gift expenses
Don’t spend your rent on gifts. Owners should start evictions fast in the New Year. If a tenant spent their money on gifts, an owner knows they will likely not catch up quickly or at all. As a result, they are encouraged to serve 3-day notices on time and file them with attorney no later then the 15th.
- Exterior Decorations
Be cautious about how you attach decorations to the building and exterior of your unit – nailing lights or decorations to the building exterior is not allowed. Other decorations, such as poinsettias which can be heavy that are placed on the edge of a balcony or railing could be an extreme earthquake hazard, and could injure or kill someone walking by below.
- Security Awareness!
Be cautious of deliveries, and mindful of how long a package ought to sit outside your door. It is often a good idea to require a signature for delivery or ask the manager if they will accept it for you. If you open drapes or window coverings to display your beautiful Christmas tree, be aware that thieves may be scouting the neighborhood for opportunities, and eager to see what you have under your tree. Additionally, watch out not to leave gifts and bags visible in your car. Make use of your trunk to keep valuables out of sight or better yet do not leave them in your car at all. This may be a good time for you to consider renter’s insurance which is inexpensive and worth it!! Last but not least, do NOT prop open your gates and inadvertently let someone into premises that may not have good intentions.
As always, please remember, I am not an attorney. Seek clarification through your attorney. All articles are simply an opinion. Stay in touch at www.GetSky.net
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