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Find every leasing and property management resource offered by C.A.R., all in one spot. With resources such as tools for tenant screening , property management software, courses and events, and a wide variety of free legal guidance, you will find all the materials you need to be successful in property management and leasing right here.

Tools

 

Livable logo Livable Pro is the first DIY Ratio Utility Billing System (RUBS) platform that helps housing providers recover master-billed utilities, including water, trash, and sewer. C.A.R. members get 3 months free with code CAR3ForFree. Learn more here.

 


 

the Guarantors Secure your rental income with TheGuarantors, covering everything from unpaid rent to damages—at zero cost to you. Partner with the nation’s top lease guarantor to ensure you get paid, even if you renter fails to pay. Peace of mind guaranteed. Visit theGuarantors for more information.

 



Rental Beast Lead-to-lease suite of rental tools free for C.A.R. members. The California Rental Listing Service, powered by Rental Beast will help you better service and monetize residential rentals, access rental inventory, and efficiently close rental transactions. Free and Pro-based versions available. Learn more and create your free account here.

 



Hemlane An affordable property management platform built for REALTORS®. Hemlane offers leasing and management tools to automate and streamline the entire lifecycle of rental management, from advertising and tracking interested tenants to sending rent directly to the property owner. Visit Hemlane for more information.

 


 

With Landlord or Tenant Pay starting at $19.95, TenantAlert provides the largest offering of background screening reports including credit, criminal, eviction, income estimator, SSN verification, NSF checks, address history, bankruptcies, liens, judgments, and more. Registration is free, start screening tenants today. Learn more and access here.

 


 

rentspree logoSimplify and speed up the entire leasing process with tenant verification, secure document collection, and electronic signature all in one place. You can even access the C.A.R. Application to Rent and Lease Agreement directly from RentSpree. Learn more and access.


 

TransUnionOffer your renters more data privacy by providing their personal identifying information directly to TransUnion. Fast, convenient and mobile friendly with criminal, eviction and full credit reports available. TransUnion is a trusted credit reporting company that safely houses data for more than 500 million people worldwide. Click to register for your free account.

 

Courses & Publications

 

Property Management Master (PMM)

The PMM Certification Bundle teaches you how to successfully manage residential and commercial real estate as an additional source of income. Learn how to manage day-to-day operations for various properties from single family homes to larger apartments and commercial buildings. You'll review which forms are needed to remain compliant with Fair Housing, State and Federal laws, including Acts protecting tenants and laws protecting pets and animals. Learn the skills needed to successfully sell apartment buildings, manage vacation rentals and negotiate with real estate investors.

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Residential Property Management (PMC1)

Understand your responsibilities, functions, and skills when working with property management. Learn how to distinguish between off-site and on-site property managers and their duties, positions, training, and expertise, as well as developed some practical application guidelines that you can apply immediately to your business. Significantly supplement your income when you decide to add the residential property manager to your real estate profession.

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Single Family Homes and 2-4 Unit Residences (PMC2)

This course will provide real estate professionals with a thorough understanding of the single-family rental housing market. Learn the fundamental concepts and forces that drive the rental marketplace along with the requirements, responsibilities, procedures, and processes involved in establishing a successful property management business.

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Apartment buildings and Commercial Properties (PMC3)

This course is designed to provide real estate professionals a comprehensive overview specific to large apartment and commercial buildings including all facilities and equipment, tenant profiles, agreements, improvements by tenants, specialty properties and policies. This course will review the many opportunities and challenges that come with managing commercial properties and larger apartment buildings.

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Fair Housing, Trust Funds & Legal Aspects (PMC4)

This course will provide real estate professionals with a thorough understanding of the federal and state laws regarding fair housing, delinquency resolution, trust fund handling and other legal issues property managers may experience. Explore the various laws that every property manager and real estate licensee must understand to protecting your life and your business.

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Working with Investors (PMC5)

This course is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the real estate investment property market. During the class, you will learn how to work with every type of investor by guiding you through the acquisition and sales process for both residential and commercial properties. Take this course to begin working with the fastest growing segment of real estate.

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Vacation Rental Management (PMC6)

Unlock the secrets to successfully managing vacation rental properties. This course is intended to provide you with a fundamental understanding of the legal issues, concepts, strategies, and contracts that are involved in vacation rental management. This exciting class will also offer valuable resources, techniques, and suggestions to assist even the experienced vacation rental manager.

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Selling Apartment Buildings (PMC7)

This course will provide licensees with a thorough understanding of the process involved in the physical and financial evaluation of an income property, with the emphasis on apartment buildings. You will acquire the tools and skills necessary to identify and achieve a realistic selling price based on the results of the evaluation. You will learn to employ effective strategies for evaluating, and improving as appropriate, the financial condition of the property in order to assist a seller or buyer in achieving their respective investment objectives.

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All Creatures Great and Small: Rules About Assistance Animals (PMC8)

An extensive presentation of federal, state fair housing and other anti-discrimination laws regarding assistance animals. Learn the rights and obligation homeowner owner associations, individual unit owners, landlords, and tenants have when living with animals. This course offers guidance regarding pets in assisting landlords and tenants of rental properties, buyers and sellers of condominiums along with other common-interest-development properties which govern them.

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Real Estate Investing Made Clear (PMC9)

You’ll laugh as you learn from Tom Lundstedt, CCIM who will enthusiastically lead you through real-world rental property examples. When you’ve completed this course, you’ll be able to comfortably “talk the talk” with your investor clients about such items as cash flow, NOI, depreciation, the rate of return, income tax savings and much more. This course will increase your confidence when working with investor clients and open your eyes to many new opportunities.

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Beneath the Surface: Understanding the Anatomy of a Home (PMC10)

A course designed to help you better serve your clients while increasing your confidence when asked questions regarding the construction of a home. You will learn about the structure of houses, both new and existing, and focus on how floors, walls, and roofs are built. This course will empower you to give accurate generic construction information to your clients without taking on personal liability while recognizing when to defer to the assistance of qualified experts.

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C.A.R.'s Guide to Property Management

Learn how to manage rental properties easily and make this a new source of income for your business with this informative guide.

 

Webinars & Events
 

 

Rental Beast 

How to Generate Renter Leads and Maximize Your Qualification Process

This webinar will not only teach you how to effectively generate renter leads, but also how to use a lead response process to qualify them like a pro. You’ll learn how to ensure you’re engaging with individuals who are genuinely interested in your services. 

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How to Prospect for Property Owners and Win Exclusive Listings

Watch this webinar to discover the best practices for maximizing your time and energy prospecting leads, keys to creating targeted prospecting lists and identifying listings to target, and the basics of approaching cold calling and mailing with a property owner.

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How to Build Revenue Using New Features of the California Rental Listing Service

View this webinar to learn how you can use recent upgrades to the California Rental Listing Service to boost your income. Map search, client communication tools, an improved ‘My Listings’ page, Quick Apply links, enhanced search performance and more.

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Property Management Virtual Conference  - February 29, 2024

C.A.R. is holding a half-day virtual conference on all things property management! Sign up now for this can't-miss event on Thursday, February 29, to hear from leading names in property management on how they built their business, and receive key guidance and the necessary tools to support your own property management business.

Learn more and register here 

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Hemlane

Maximize Income Through Offering Property Management

View this one-hour webinar to learn about leasing, turning leasing into sales, and how you can offer lite management services without taking time out of your day. With the right software, you can automate day-to-day operations such as payment reminders, rent collection, and repair coordination.


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Rules to Master Rent Collection & Repair Coordination

This webinar will help you learn the rules needed to succeed in rent collection and repair coordination. After watching, you will have mastered how to reduce risk with rent collection and how to build a 24/7 team overnight while you build your real estate empire.

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Fair Housing Fundamentals: The Unbiased Way to Find and Place a Tenant

Watch this webinar to learn about how to select tenants in the most professional and unbiased way. After watching, you will learn how to review the criminal background check, reference check past landlords like a pro and work on reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities.

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Breaking Down Property Management for REALTORS®

Every REALTOR® should have some background in rental properties. Watch this webinar to learn about leasing, the move-in process, rent collection, and the repair coordination process. After watching, you will have the knowledge needed to speak with owners of rental properties to win more deals and earn additional income.

Watch Recording »

 

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Rental Industry

Watch this one-hour webinar to learn about COVID-19’s impact on leasing and property management. After watching, you will have the knowledge needed to navigate the rental industry during this uncertain time.

Watch Recording »

 

Property Management Without Trust Accounts: How to Create Efficiency and Reduce Liability

This webinar will help you navigate through the complex process of accounting and financial tracking for rental properties. It will teach you how to eliminate trust accounts to reduce any liability.

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RentSpree

Expand Your Sphere of Influence: Turn Renters Into Buyers

This webinar focuses on 2024 rental market predictions and explores topics such as current insights and opinions regarding renting vs. buying, the state of the market for home prices and inventory, capitalizing on the rental opportunity, and more.

Watch Recording »

 

Accelerate Your Business Growth with Rentals

Watch this webinar and discover why investing in rentals is valuable to an agent's bottom line, the importance of establishing an agent's online presence and building brand credibility, and how to simplify the rental workflows to close deals faster with tools like RentSpree PRO.

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Take on Rentals with Technology: Navigating the HOT Rental Market

In this webinar you will learn the tools and technology to keep rental business quick and efficient, how to protect yourself from Fair Housing Accusations and Reduce Liability when handling sensitive information, tips to build and expand your network and how to turn renters into buyers.

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The Future of Rentals From A to (Generation) Z

Watch this webinar to master strategies for marketing rentals to Millennials/Generation Z, gain tools that enhance the renter experience from listing to lease, and learn how to digitize the rental journey for all applicants.

Watch Recording »

 

The New Normal: Navigating Rentals During COVID-19

View this webinar and discover the best practices and tools to deploy so you can conduct business safely and efficiently during the pandemic. This webinar will help you create a game plan for safely handling rental transactions amidst this uncertain environment.

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Expand Your Earning Potential with Rentals in 2021: Advice from California's Top Agents

Watch this panelist-style webinar focused on tips and tricks to utilize rentals to expand your income and build your real estate business.

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The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020

The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 is now law. What does it do? What does it mean? Watch this special expanded Legal Live webinar to find out the answer to these and many more questions.

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Legal Resources

 

Quick Guides

                               AB 3088 - Tenant Relief Act Unpaid Rent Eviction Guide During COVID Protected and Transition Periods

                                AB 3088 - Tenant Relief Act Unpaid Rent Eviction Guide For Pre and Post COVID Periods

                                Abandoned Personal Property After Termination of Tenancy

                                Balcony Inspection Laws: Deadline January 1, 2025

                                Cannabis (Marijuana) Issues: Rental of Residential Property

                                Changing the Terms of a Tenancy

                                CARES Act 30-Day Notice to Vacate When Demanding Rent

                                Documenting Property Condition Before and After a Tenancy: A Good Idea for Both Tenant and Landlord

                                Emotional Support Animals

                                End of the California Eviction Moratorium

                                Fair Housing Advertising Rules

                                July 1 Expiration of the State Rent Moratorium and State Preemption

                                Landlords and Proposition 65 Warnings

                                Landlord-Tenant Notices to Terminate Tenancy (Residential)

                                Landlord-Tenant Security Deposits (Residential)

                                Lease Listings

                                Marijuana (Cannabis) Issues for REALTORS®

                                Miscellaneous Landlord Tenant Laws for 2020

                                Mold Disclosures: Leases and Sales

                                Potential Repeal of the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act

                                Practical Steps to Website Accessibility

                                Property Management and Covid-19: Essential Services and Entering Units

                                Property Management and Covid-19: Eviction Rules and Limitations

                                Property Management FAQs

                                Rent Increases

                                Senate Bill 9: Residential Lot Splits and 2-Units

                                State Rental Assistance Program for Landlords

                                Tenant Protection Act of 2019 – Part 1 – Statewide Rent Cap Law

                                Tenant Protection Act of 2019 – Part 2—Just Cause Eviction Law

                                The COVID19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020

                                The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act -- The Statewide Rent Moratorium Law (Extended through June 30, 2021)

                                The Eviction Process

                                The Seven C's of Tenant Screening

                                Quick Guide - Unpaid Rent Eviction Guide For Pre and Post COVID Periods

Lease/Rental Disclosure Chart

Use this reference guide to determine the applicability of disclosure laws to common lease and rental transactions.

 

Legal Q & As

                                Abandoned Personal Property After Termination of a Tenancy

                                Abandoned Rental Real Property

                                COVID-19 Landlord Issues

                                Foreign Investor Property Owner Withholding

                                Homeowners Associations: A Guide for REALTORS®

                                Landlord-Tenant Guide for REALTORS®

                                Landlord-Tenant Law: Pets and Assistance Animals

                                Landlords and Employee Notice of Asbestos

                                Marijuana Issues for REALTORS®

                                Mandatory Section 8 and Source of Income Discrimination

                                Nonresident Property Owner Withholding

                                Option Contracts and Leases with Option to Purchase

                                Property Managers and the Contractor’s Licensing Law

                                Property Management Frequently Asked Questions

                                Proposition 65 Warnings

                                Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction Law (Rent Control, AB 1482)

                                Rental Property and Foreclosure

                                Requirements When Using Consumer Reports Credit Scores to Screen Tenants

                                Residential Rent Control Relief Law

                                SB 9: Ministerial Urban Lot Splits and Duplexes

                                Security Deposits

                                Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

                                Summary of Fair Housing Laws

                                COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020

                                Unlawful Detainer:  The Eviction Process in California

                                Vacation Rentals

 

Presentation Decks

                                2020 New Leasing Laws

                                Lease Listings

                                Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

                                SB 91 - Tenant Relief Act Extension and State Rental Assistance Program

                                Security Deposits

                                Service and Emotional Support Animals

                                Tenant Notices

                                Tenant Protection Act (Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction)

 

Articles

 

 

Unlocking Efficiency: The Role of Ratio Billing for Accessory Dwelling Units by Liveable
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have emerged as a practical and sustainable approach to address housing challenges while making the most of available space to create small, affordable housing opportunities. But with the inclusion of ADUs on a property comes the challenge of fairly recovering utility costs. Ratio Utility Billing is the answer! Read on to learn more about how you can make the most of this opportunity

 

Rent or Sell Calculator by Hemlane
This rent or sell calculator will help your clients determine whether to sell or continue renting a property based expected profit, irr, and cash on cash return. Download your free copy and begin using this tool with your clients today

 

Guide to Standard Rental Application Forms by RentSpree
It’s not enough to glance at the income listed on a standard rental application form and mark it approved. You need a thorough tenant verification and vetting process that takes into account all of the moving parts and information provided on the application. Read this guide to find out what information should be included on a well-designed rental application and how to ensure that you’re evaluating it properly. 

 

Expand Your Earning Potential with Rentals in 2021: Advice from California's Top Agents by RentSpree
C.A.R. Business Products and RentSpree's latest webinar was a huge success, with over 1,500 registrants! This article highlights key takeaways from this panelist-style webinar focused on tips and tricks to utilize rentals to expand your income and build your real estate business. 

 

 

5 Step Guide to Screening Tenants by TenantAlert
It is important to remember that it is a much easier task to screen out a risky or difficult tenant than it is to evict one. This 5-step guide for tenant screening will help you to ensure that your prospective tenant qualifies for your property.

 

Finding and Selecting the Best Tenant by Hemlane
Vacancy can be emotional for you and your client. But a bad tenant can cost you the relationship. From listing a rental property to moving in the tenant, this guide teaches you how to successfully navigate the leasing process. After reading this guide, REALTORS® will feel much more confident in the leasing process and, most importantly, leave a positive lasting impression on both the client and the tenants.

 

Rental Management Under COVID-19 by Hemlane
Hemlane sat down with Marcia McNutt, the President of the National Academy of Sciences, to learn more about the facts and myths behind the novel coronavirus. For landlords, REALTORS®, and property managers, this article explains what you need to know in 2020.

 

Top Five Questions You Must Ask Prospective Tenants by TenantAlert
It is important to have consistent qualifying standards for all tenants to avoid issues of discrimination. This article covers the top five questions you should ask prospective tenants

 

 


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