Here you’ll find website links to a variety of companies and organizations, both public and private, that I consider indispensable investor resources.
Westside Rentals – the 800-lb. gorilla for the property rental market.
CityFeet – find what office and retail space is renting for around the country as well as multifamily apartment buildings for sale.
LoopNet – multifamily apartment buildings and retail properties for sale here.
LawHelpCalifornia.org – free legal resource regarding evictions, security deposits, and other landlord-tenant issues.
South Bay Center For Dispute Resolution – whether the issue involves your tenant, a neighboring property, or an HOA board, this may be a better alternative to dialing up a lawyer.
CA Dept. of Consumer Affairs – California Tenants: A Guide to Residential Tenants´ and Landlords´ Rights and Responsibilities
LA County Auditor-Controller – here you can find the breakdown of your tax rate, which is the general tax levy of 1% plus the tax rate for voter-approved debt, and how these funds are spent. It also allocates the money to over 900 local taxing agencies, including the country, cities, and school districts.
LA County Assessor’s Office – as the name implies, this agency assesses all real estate located throughout the entire county.
LA County Property Tax Portal – great starting point to understanding about your property tax bill.
LA County Registrar-Recorder – provides copies of all deeds and recorded documents.
LA County Treasurer & Tax Collector – property taxes can be paid online here.
CA State Board of Equalization – find out the details about transferring your tax base to a new residence(Exclusions From Reappraisal – Propositions 60/90; 110; and 58/193), contesting your property tax bill(Decline In Value – Proposition 8), and appealing the assessed value of your property(Assessment Appeals).
IRS – there are publications on residential rental property(Publ. 527) and determining cost basis of real property(Publ. 551).
Insurance Information Institute – from the horse’s mouth; excellent primer on deciphering your insurance coverage, and more importantly, what type of coverage you really should be carrying.
CA Earthquake Authority – the only source for earthquake insurance coverage in California.