National Student Housing Update

This is an article from Units Magazine regarding national student rental housing targets. Click the title above to read the article.

“But compared to last year, approximately 16,000 fewer beds could come to market by the start of 2015 school year, Axiometrics forecasts.By Taylor GunnAbout this time last year, Axiometrics forecast that approximately 60,000 privately owned student housing beds would be delivered nationally in time…

UCSB Expansion and Enrollment Plans

by Brian Bailey
Central Coast Investments

Article Published in SBRPA Rental Property News
February 2014 Issue

I had a meeting on January 10 with Marc Fisher, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Campus Architect at UCSB. The purpose of my meeting was to follow up on a presentation he gave to the Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service on November 12, 2013 concerning current and planned UCSB residential expansion.

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Check Your Commercial Leases

Check Your New Leases

The state of California Senate Bill 1186, recently signed by Governor Brown, amends a number of provisions related to accessibility lawsuits and requirements, including those of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Of specific importance is the addition of California Civil Code 1938 which will require all commercial leases or rental agreements executed on or after July 1, 2013 to contain a paragraph indicating whether the commercial property has been inspected by a certified access specialist and whether the property was found to have met all applicable construction-related accessibility standards pursuant to Section 55.53.

In a related issue, A consultant performing inspections and preparing property condition reports for FHLMC must have ALL of the following qualifications:

•A degree in engineering and/or architecture from an accredited institution
•Five or more years of experience in one or more of the following disciplines: architecture, engineering (structural, mechanical or civil) and/or construction/cost estimating
•Three or more years of experience performing multifamily property inspections
•Two or more years of experience conducting similar work for financial institutions.

Whether this will trickle down to all inspections/inspectors is not known yet.

The various federal/state legislators have focused heavily on the single family real estate issues since 2007. It now looks like they are looking more closely at commercial real estate issues. Stay Tuned!