Blog Posts By Date: October 2019

10/31/2019

California's New Tenant Protection Act & How it Affects YOU!

California's New Tenant Protection Act & How it Affects YOU!

AB 1482, California's New Tenant Protection Act can get pretty legal pretty fast, so here is what you need to know at a glance:
What the Rent Caps mean to you: • Starting in January 2020, landlords of multi-family buildings (2 or more apartments) cannot increase your rent by more than 10% annually unless local stricter rent control applies. • If you are in a multi-family home in a non-rent-controlled city and received a rent increase of OVER 7.8% between March 15th, 2019 and December 31st, 2019 - On January 1st, 2020, your rent will be reduced to reflect only a 7.8% increase. • Single Family homes not owned by a corporation are exempt from this rent cap law still. What the “Just Cause” Ordinance means to you: • Landlords CANNOT conduct No-Fault Evictions without paying you (the tenant) a relocation payment of one month’s rent or what the local laws state if you are in a rent and eviction controlled city. • However, Landlords CAN evict residents for consecutive delayed rent payments, due to a breach in contract, especially if the resident lived in the unit for less than one year. We are anticipating questions about both the Tenant Protection Ordinance, and about its effects on local ordinances. Please call (510) 500-7531) or email (dglass@adventpropertiesinc.com), and we will help answer your questions and concerns.   more...

10/25/2019

10 Home Decor Trends on Their Way Out This Winter

10 Home Decor Trends on Their Way Out This Winter

Home Trends can make your home feel and look new and refreshing, but they can also make your home feel outdated and uncomfortable. Some trends reach their end date while some become timeless. You might be asking yourself “How can I tell when my home needs to be renovated?” The most common method of staying up-to-date is to find blogs, influencers, and catalogs that fit the moods you want to show inside and outside of your home. You can modernize your home with small details like adding wallpaper, plants, and accents. Or you could go big and paint your rooms, order new furniture, or even add/remove the carpet. But remember, trends change like the seasons. So here is a list of 10 Home Decor Trends we’ve noticed that are losing their appeal this forthcoming Winter Season. 1. Fake Plants Implementing Plants in your home can help improve your indoor air quality. So place a few living plants in the appropriate hospitable locations of your home over several fake plants and flowers. If you’re concerned about your lack of a green thumb, here are a few suggestions that are easy to care for during winter. • In an Overly-Heated Room: Cacti and Desert Plants • In a Dry Room: Aloe or Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees • In a Dry Room: Philodendrons or Succulents • In a Low-Light Room: Chinese Evergreen, or Aglaonema • In a Drafty Room: Christmas Cactus or Jade Plants 2. Too Much Granite Granite is a popular option when choosing kitchen counters, but avoid going overboard by adding accents such as quartz or butcher block countertop for your kitchen island and workspace. 3. Industrial Everything Industrial home decor has been popular for decades; Edison bulbs, exposed brick, rusted or brushed metal accents are a few examples of this decor design. However, there is such a thing as too much industrial. If you want to go for an industrial look inside of your home, add a couple of elements such as modern pendant lights or a pegboard backsplash. 4. All Grey Everything Adding to the Industrial trend we’ve listed prior to this, all grey rooms can sometimes make a room feel dull and life-less in contrary to creating a calming and minimal environment. If it is too late to re-paint your walls or you absolutely adore your grey furniture, try adding in some vivid colored plants or wall decor that is an appropriate fit for the type room. 5. Vertical Blinds Vertical blinds can be a pain to open, close, and can become tangled easily. So most home decor enthusiasts update to mini blinds, DIY window treatments, and lightweight curtains to preserve the abundant natural sunlight in their homes. 6. Indoor Wicker Furniture Wicker furniture is typically a top choice for your balcony or porch, so keep the wicker outside. When used indoors, wicker is one of those home trends that can quickly make a home look dated. 7. Carriage hinges Carriage Hinges are most popularly found on tilt-up retractable garage doors that usually do not open like shed doors. This trend could make your home garage feel more like a barn shed as opposed to a destination for your vehicle. 8. Tuscan-Inspired Kitchens A popular kitchen design trend for just about two decades, but Tuscan kitchens are starting to lose their appeal. Instead of lots of stone and darker colors, today’s kitchens focus on brighter lighting and a crisp color palette for home trends. 9. Brass Hardware Metals may be in when it comes to accessories, but avoid shiny brass as it can make a kitchen look dated. Instead, replace cabinet hardware with brushed nickel, glass or stainless steel. 10. Bold Appliances Bold kitchen colors are on-trend, but avoid choosing bright colors for appliances. You wouldn’t put a ’70s avocado green or goldenrod refrigerator in your kitchen now, so just imagine how that bold red or seafoam green appliance will in a few years. We hope this list is helpful to your home modernization, we anticipate the various point of views about trendy home decor. Please let us know what your thoughts are in the comment section below, or tag us in your post on any social platform!   more...

10/22/2019

Essential Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Essential Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

As the brisk winds of winter approach us, Advent Properties is here to keep you updated on how you can prepare to keep your home warm, cozy, clean and sturdy! For your safety, and to avoid damage to your property inside and out; it is best to routinely clean your microwave and oven, range hood filters, unclog sink and drain holes, replace heater filter, and check smoke alarms and fire extinguishers on a monthly basis.
Cleaning your heater system, windows, and running water to flush toilets in unused spaces should be done on a quarterly basis. However, the following home maintenance tasks done to prepare your home for the Winter season will help you stay ahead of any property damage inside and out of your home.   more...

10/17/2019

Major Earthquake Preparation for the Bay Area

Major Earthquake Preparation for the Bay Area

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, the 6.9 tremors stuck October 17th, 1989 shortly before game 3 of the World Series concern with the safety between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. With concern for your safety and well-being, we will update you with quake-related coverage and how you can be best prepared for forthcoming devastating Earthquakes. Are you ready for the next major Earthquake?—You should be!
The Earthquakes that occurred in 1906 and 1989 will happen here again. Possibly bigger this time around, and sooner than you think. Which is why TODAY is the right time to get your emergency earthquake kit ready.   more...

10/09/2019

AB 1482: California's New Tenant Protection Act

AB 1482: California's New Tenant Protection Act

Governor Gavin Newsome signed AB 1482 on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019. This new bill implements Just Cause for Eviction and Rent Cap across the State of California. The State of Oregon approved legislation similar to this February 28th, 2019. The new bill is intended to end rent gouging and senseless evictions. However, it does not prohibit cities and counties from creating new legislation or other ordinances that are uncompromising regarding rent caps. The law sunsets on January 1, 2030, so until then here are the highlights from the latest California New Tenant Protection Act:
Statewide rent cap: AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will place an annual 5% plus CPI cap on rent increases and create new standards for evictions across California. The signing of AB 1482, officially the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, marks the most significant policy change for California’s rental housing owners and tenants in a quarter-century.   more...