Renting Your Home? Beware of The Top Issues That Can Cause Lawsuits…

If you are a landlord, you need to ensure that your investment is managed within the law to reduce your liability. According to the Law Offices of Bornstein & Bornstein in San Francisco, accusations of discrimination and unfair housing practices can result in lawsuits. Listed below are the top 4 rental discrimination lawsuits that landlords  have been having to deal with.

  • A “no pet” policy that fails to accommodate service animals
  • Charging a higher rent due to the size of the family
  • Discrimination based on religious profiling
  • Discrimination based on racial profiling

Click on the link below for more insight into these lawsuits.

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Smoke Detector Requirements – Effective July 1, 2015

New smoke detector requirements (Senate Bill 745) for real estate sales will become effective on July 1, 2015.  Even if you don’t plan to sell, these requirements will improve safety in your home.  Please make note:

On July 1, 2015 ALL old smoke alarms that are solely powered by batteries must be replaced with those that contain a sealed battery that is rated to last 10 years.

  • Effective July 1, 2015, all smoke alarms powered by hard-wire or battery must comply with the provisions of having a label showing date of installation & manufacturer.

These are only updates in addition to the already existing requirements.  Below are all of the requirements as of July 1, 2015.

Device Requirements:

  • Can be hardwired with battery backup, or solely battery powered but MUST contain a non-removable battery that is rated to last 10 years
  • Must display date manufactured, and must have a place to display date installed.
  • Built in hush feature.

Device Placement:

  • Must be installed in every bedroom.
  • Must be installed in hallways leading to bedrooms, centrally located outside sleeping areas.
  • Must be installed on every level/floor, including basements.
  • If mounted on the ceiling, should be 4 inches from the wall.
  • If mounted on the wall, should be 4-12 inches from the ceiling.
  • Do NOT install near draft areas, such as windows and vents.
  • Call local Fire Department if you are unsure about placement.
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A New “Farm to Fork” Restaurant in Downtown Los Altos

A dream has finally come true for lifelong Los Altos residents, Jim and Julie Otis. After years of careful planning, they will finally be opening their new restaurant, Turn Bar & Grill, located at 295 Main Street in downtown Los Altos, later this month.  They plan to foster a “neighborly” atmosphere where people can have a great meal and also feel comfortable gathering with family and friends for a variety of occasions. Click on the link below to read more about this new addition to the community of Los Altos.

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Los Altos’ Summer Concert Series Begins

The summer concert season in Los Altos officially kicks off at 630pm on Saturday, June 13 with a performance by the Peninsula Symphony on the Hillview Soccer Field. This is a free event but attendees are advised to arrive early as the lawn seating tends to fill up quickly. Click on the link below for more details.

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Google Plans New “Dome-Ain” in Mountain View

Google may have lost most of Mountain View’s North Bayshore land to LinkedIn in their quest to build a futuristic office park, but they still have their 18.6 acre Charleston East property. This huge piece of land, located at the corner of Shoreline and Charleston, will become the site of Google’s 595,000 square foot office complex with incredible dome-shaped buildings. Click on the link below for more on this story.
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Got Dogs? Beware the Dog Flu!

When the flu season approaches, many people take extra precautions to prevent their loved ones and themselves from catching the dreaded infection. But let’s not forget that our pets can catch the flu too! Currently, there is an epidemic of the Type A, H3N2 influenza that has affected more than a thousand dogs throughout the country. The symptoms are very similar to those of the human infection but when in doubt, take your dog to the vet to be sure. Click on the link below to read more about the signs to look for and how you can prevent your dog from catching the flu.

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Unleashing Dogs in Mountain View

To the delight of resident dog owners, the Mountain View City Council unanimously voted to make the town more pet-friendly by allowing dogs to roam freely in several public parks. The city had been running a pilot program to test off-leash rules in the last year and this vote effectively makes the program permanent. Click on the link below to read the full story.

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