Posts Tagged ‘law’

ATTENTION FRISCO LANDLORDS: You Can’t Charge a $49.50 Application Fee – Take a Look at This Example on Page

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Here we go:

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Now let’s hear from the California Apartment Association:

“As you consider prospective renters in 2017, remember that your applicant screening fee can only cover the expenses you incur in the process. This includes the actual money spent gathering information, as well as time spent by you or your staff. But no matter how much you pay for tenant screening, your fee to applicants may not exceed $47.72. That figure represents this year’s maximum applicant-screening charge. Each December, the state of California adjusts its cap on applicant-screening fees based on changes to the Consumer Price Index. This year’s adjustment amounted to an increase of $1.05.”

A landlord not following what the CAA says is a bad sign from the get-go.

The kind of people who overcharge on the application fee are the kind of people who do other things wrong as landlords as well.

(OTOH, I’m sure many landlords would prefer naive, moneyed tenants who say, “Take my money, take my money,” as they are less likely to complain about other issues.)

Anyway, the cost of doing a background check has come down over the years, non? So why not just charge prospective tenants the eight dollars or whatever you are out of pocket? Cause I’ll tell you, this isn’t a good look, this nickel-and-diming at the start of a potential $40-something thousand dollar land deal.

Speaking of which, back in the day, Before the Aughts, back during DotCom 1.0, let’s say 1998 or so, you’d see 50 people showing up at open houses. They’d each pay an application fee of $50 or so and then the manager / landlord / agent would have a nice multi-thousand dollar tax-free payday just by depositing a bunch of checks at the bank. Not bad for a few hours “work.” And they wouldn’t even do a background check on you, the sucker prospective tenant, ’cause that would increase costs.

A cite from that era:

“Some landlords in the San Francisco Bay Area were found guilty of charging application fees of $50 or more and/or collecting application fees when no rentals were even available.”

That’s what happens when people treat the application process as a profit center.

Anyway, choose wisely, tenants.

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Mercedes Driver Commits a Parallel Parking Foul, Whether or Not This is Legal

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The Man allows you a foot and a half spacing from your tires to the curb, but you can do better than that, right? Check out this Mercedes SUV:

How wide is this newspaper? IDK, but man is this a lousy parking job.

IMO, 17 inches is far from acceptable, even though it’s legal.

Lots of room for improvement here on Fell Street:

If you can’t handle this simple task, maybe you shouldn’t be driving.

Just saying.

If You Want to Start Renaming Things in Frisco, What About This AVENUE OF OPPRESSORS in the Richmond District?

Friday, August 4th, 2017

These photos show a couple blocks of 13th Avenue, but we don’t have a 13th Avenue because we call it Funston. So IOW, the 500 and 600 blocks of Funston:

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Cabrillo benefited from the encomienda system that enslaved the Native peoples of the Americas. In Honduras, for example, he broke up families, sending the men to the mines for gold and to the forest to harvest materials he needed for ship building. The women and girls he gave over to his soldiers and sailors, presumably as slaves.

One down three to go. Oh, I see that the descendant(s) of Funston (you know they’re still around) have gotten to Wikipedia with some pro-Funston propaganda, so I can’t quote it. But how about:

Starr dismissed as folklore accounts claiming that two firestorms naturally swept through San Francisco after the quake. He noted that Funston had “assumed de facto control of the city” and decided within hours of the quake to fight fire with fire, despite having no experience in firefighting. “The army and a reluctant but bullied fire department seemed determined to destroy San Francisco,”

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And don’t miss this artwork:

Balboa setting his dogs upon Indian practitioners of homosexuality (1594) engraving from the New York Public Library. The rendering was by the Flemish Protestant artist Theodor de Bry.

And who else, oh de Anza:

Governor Anza led a punitive expedition against the Comanche group of Native Americans.

Oh what’s that, you don’t want to rename everything, just that one thing that you really want to rename? Oh, OK then.

I was only just asking…

CONCLUSION: Rich People HATE Front License Plates, Even Though They’re Required in California

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

See?

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That’s typical.

VEHICLE CODE – VEH, DIVISION 3. REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES AND CERTIFICATES OF TITLE [4000 – 9808] ( Division 3 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. ), CHAPTER 1. Original and Renewal of Registration; Issuance of Certificates of Title [4000 – 5506] ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. ), ARTICLE 9. Display of Plates, Tabs, and Stickers [5200 – 5206] ( Article 9 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. )

5200. (a) When two license plates are issued by the department for use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.

What’s that, does this law apply to your Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche and/or Tesla? YES, IT ESPECIALLY APPLIES TO THOSE.

What’s that, what about Steve Jobs? Well, he also regularly parked in handicapped spaces. Is he your lodestar? And if you want to copy him, you’d need to take off your rear license plate as well.

Sorry, rich ppl.

This Expensive Tesla Model S Lacks a Front License Plate, Yet It’s Legal – One Simple Trick

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

So a certain kind of person doesn’t like front license plates, even though Cali is a Front License Plate State. Why, because it mars “the look” of their Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Audi and/or Tesla. You know some of these people, Gentle Reader. I guarantee it.

Anyway, a subset of this group this is the cohort what takes years to put on their rear license plates, because, IDK, freedom? Because they don’t want to pay bridge tolls? Because they don’t want their, uh, affairs looked into by pesky family attorneys down the road? Because they want their rides to appear “brand new?” IDK.

And a subset of that group are those who drive around without plates but with an 11-99 CHP Foundation / Please Don’t Cite Me For Speeding Because I’m One Of The Good Guys license plate holder.

So that was the wind-up and now here’s the pitch. What kind of illegal behavior is this?

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Surprise! An MFG plate, for MANUFACTURING. And that means that Tesla can send out prototypes or whatever without an FLP

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See?

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Exclusions: Cannot be used on service vehicles. Only one plate is required on the vehicle.

Statutory Authority: §§9262, 11715

Nice and legal.

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And I Suppose Harvard is Probably Ranked #20, Right GGU?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

You know, Golden Gate University, most at Harvard, Stanford, and whatnot are age 18 and and above, I’m srsly.

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I’ll take Useless, Made-Up Metrics for $400, Alex!

Never Seen This: UC Police Rousting Homeless at Six-Something AM on Golden Gate Near Hastings Law School

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Do I have this right? Take a look:

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Like I said, I’ve never seen this kind of wake-up call…

It’s On, in Frisco, Feb 16th: Hollywood Fights Back Against Amazon’s IMDb Over Publishing People’s Ages – A Big Court Battle

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

I can’t say I exactly understand why Gov Jerry Brown signed an anti-IMDb law into law last year but oh well.

Anyway, Amazon is fighting back in court in little old Frisco

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This will be big news if Amazon wins.

And Amazon has been winning of late.

(Gee I hope nobody tells anybody how old I am, cause then you all will consider me an old and I don’t want to lose my blogging “job.” If any of you try to do that, man I’m going to sue you and then my age will be a secret for ever, yeah that’s the ticket.)

News Box or an Ad for a Personal Injury Attorney? – “THIS IS A HIGH INJURY STREET FOR PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS”

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

You know, if all streets are high injury streets, then none are…

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How is This Smart Phone Windshield Mounting Even Remotely Acceptable?

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

I don’t get it, man:

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