Which Holidays Give Us a Break from Construction?

Federal holidays should bring that rarest of qualities to our multifamily neighborhoods: peace & quiet on a weekday. Day in and day out we are assaulted by traffic, leaf blowers, and the nerve-fraying sounds of demolition, remodeling and construction next door. Holidays should be different. On days when city hall is closed, parking restrictions are suspended and our streets are pleasantly quiet we should expect a break. Yet the city allows construction to proceed. What’s the story?

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Campaign Signs: What You Need to Know

Election 2020 is fast-approaching and that means our city council candidates need to capture the attention of voters. It is a battle waged in the pages of local newspapers and in mailboxes, of course, but increasingly on front lawns too. Campaign signs are the wildflowers of election season: first there’s a few, then many, and before you know it they’re all gone. The law allows tenants to display a sign but is ambiguous on whether a tenant can display a yard sign.

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Means and Method Plan: What You Need to Know

A Means & Method Plan is required by City of Beverly Hills whenever construction work will significantly impact tenants. The purpose of the plan is to inform tenants about the work and to protect tenants from construction impacts. The Plan must be approved by the rent stabilization office before the property owner can obtain the necessary permit. But the Means & Method Plan process works better in theory than practice. Let us explain!

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If Recreational Marijuana is Legal, Why Can’t I Smoke It?

City of Beverly Hills in 2017 adopted a strict no smoking policy that extends to private spaces in multifamily buildings (including condominiums). The ban includes marijuana and the use of electronic smoking devices too. So despite voter approval in 2016 of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) the recreational use of marijuana in apartments is prohibited by the city. That may frustrate would-be stoners yet some households still complain about the neighbors smoking pot. Let’s take a look at this complicated issue.

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How Much Can My Landlord Bill Me for Trash Pickup?

The principle behind rent is that a tenant pays for housing with the understanding that the operating costs of rental housing from everyday grounds-keeping to the new roof is borne by the landlord. But not always! Beverly Hills allows a landlord to pass through to his tenants each month certain charges like the entirety of the city’s bill for refuse collection and alley maintenance. How can a tenant be sure she is paying the correct refuse charge?

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Maximum Allowed Annual Rent Increase: What You Need to Know

Recently Beverly Hills posted the new maximum allowed annual rent increase percentages for both Chapter 5 and Chapter 6. The latter is tied to the year-over-year percentage change in consumer prices for our region, which the government releases in June of each year. Which got us thinking: Has anyone explained to Beverly Hills tenants exactly how the maximum allowed annual rent increase works?

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