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LEGAL NEWS

Vol. 6 Issue 11


MARC ROSENWASSER INSTALLED AS 2010 CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL APARTMENT ASSOCIATION

Marc Rosenwasser, President and CEO of Meadow Wood Property Company, Tampa, Fla., was installed as 2010 National Apartment Association (NAA) Chairman of the Board at the NAA Assembly of Delegates meeting Nov. 14 in Tampa. Marc is past President of both the Bay Area Apartment Association and the Florida Apartment Association, and we are proud and honored to have him as our NAA Chairman.

 

 

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AAGO PARTNERS WITH ORLANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT TO BRING CRIME FREE MULTI-HOUSING PROGRAM TO CENTRAL FLORIDA

The Apartment Association of Greater Orlando (AAGO) and The Orlando Police Department (OPD) partnered to bring The Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) program to central Florida.  CFMH is an internationally recognized and certified program founded in 1992 that is active in over 2000 counties/cities.  Want to know how you can implement this program in your community?

Click here  to find out more info!

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CONSTRUCTIVE EVICTION AND RETALIATION

Your most difficult tenant, Larry, “voluntarily” vacated the premises. Later that day, you learn that Moe, your second most difficult tenant, failed to renew his lease. Therefore, you decide to send Moe a non-renewal notice.  You are thrilled! As you reflect back, you wonder how Larry was able to stick around with all of the problems he had with his apartment. When Larry sent you a letter earlier in the month asking you to repair his air conditioner and shower, you thought big problems were ahead.  Moe was a rebel rouser. He conducted tenant meetings. Afterwards, service requests for the apartment community increased by over 80%!

Click here  to find out if your celebration is premature.

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THE BASICS OF COMPLETING THE SECURITY DEPOSIT CLAIM

Our office sees hundreds of security deposit claims in the course of advising clients.  They are called many different names: Statement of Deposit Account (SODA), Notice of Claim against Security Deposit, Move Out Reconciliation and Claim, etc.  By whatever name the common purpose is to make a claim against the security deposit that will comply with Florida law and withstand any legal challenge by the tenant.  All too often we find an otherwise valid claim is lost by the improper completion of the form.  Are your claims subject to challenge for simple mistakes?

Click here to learn the basics of correctly completing a security deposit claim form.

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UNAUTHORIZED OCCUPANT QUICK TIP

You were notified that a tenant has an unauthorized occupant in the unit. You decide you want this person removed, but find out that your assistant has accepted rent checks from the unauthorized occupant for 3 months. What happened? You most likely inadvertently “authorized” the unauthorized occupant, now making it very difficult to evict the tenant for unauthorized occupancy. Be very cautious who you accept rent from, no matter how busy or desperate you are.

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DOGS AND INSURANCE

Your owner tells you that he will permit a pet dog “as long as it is not too big”.  You approve the application, even look at the pet as you should, and the tenant and his pet moves in. A month later, the pet knocks an elderly woman down who breaks a hip, acquires an infection in the hospital and dies.  Insurance will cover it, right? Don’t be so sure. That cute dog you are allowing on the property could be a great liability to you and the property owner.
 

Click here to see how bad it can get.

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INDUSTRY LEADER OF THE MONTH - KYM OTTAVIANI  - Broker/CEO of Rex Rentals & Realty

Coming into the property management field in 1980 by tearing buildings down, Kym was an urban miner working with a company that did salvage work prior to demolition in Clearwater.  Buying houses and living in them as they were being remodeled, he then brought in roommates, renting bedrooms. By 1983 everything was lost financially, but the seed to manage was sown.  Earning a real estate license, Kym went to work selling houses when 18% interest was the norm and not a lot was selling, so he put together an investment group and started remodeling houses again.  By the mid 1980’s with a COMMODORE 64 computer and a VCR camera in hand, property management was the mainstay of business.  He offered to investors the full package; the sale, complete renovation, tenant placement and monthly oversight with accounting.  In 1995 a new start up company was formed; REX RENTALS & REALTY, INC. Kym’s business model is to gain the trust and respect of the client through daily hard work. Kym firmly believes in education and staying on the cutting edge, attending educational seminars and networking; he is a firm believer in giving to the property management community, serving as the 2010 President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM).

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In this issue:

2010 NAA Chairman

AAGO and OPD Crime Free Multi-Housing

Constructive Eviction and Retaliation

Security Deposit Claim

Unauthorized Occupant
Quick Tip

Dogs and Insurance

Industry Leader of the Month

   

December
Legal Holiday Alert

Don't forget to exclude these Legal Holidays when preparing your Three Day Notices in December 2009!

24, 25 - Christmas

 

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