Saturday, November 7, 2015

Mold Habitability Standards for California Rentals

November 7 2015

California landlords should be aware that a new law starting January 1 2016
is that Mold has been added to the list of habitability problems

No obligation to repair until given notice or if a tenant fails to to keep property clean and sanitary.

What should the landlords approach be?

Definition of Substandard building requires determination of health or code
enforcement officer.

Source SB 655

Jim W Hildreth Mediator
(888) 877-3189
Real Estate Mediation Services

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

California Smoke Alarm Reminder

 November 4 2015

Smoke Alarm Reminder for California Landlords

Beginning January 1, 2016

Landlord shall install additional smoke alarms as needed, to insure that the smoke alarms are in
compliance with current building  standards

1) each bedrooms
2) centrally located outside each sleeping area and
3) on every floor, including the basement regardless of whether there is a sleeping
    ares on the floor. (California Building Code (F) 907.2 2.101.2)

Landlord not required to replace existing alarms unless inoperable.

Jim W Hildreth Mediator
(888) 877-3189  (209) 536-1103
Real Estate Mediation

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Small Claims Court California

Having a dispute? One can file a claim up to $10,000 in California Superior Courts.

Types of Disputes Real Estate, Landlord Tenant, vendor- vendee, money owed

One can visit the local court and often under forms file a simple application for your dispute.

Need assistance with your forms, courts often have a self help center, or check with a local legal document assistant.  CALDA offers online legal document assistants.

Always consider asking the court for the availability of Alternative Dispute Resolution or

Jim W Hildreth Mediator

Real Estate Mediation Services

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Patience in Mediation

In a 3.5 hour mediation the plaintiff reflected anger, however restraint. The defendant
angry and defiant and possibly in denial.

Each had strong positions in a Landlord Tenant Dispute.

The plaintiff desired resolution, the defendant raged.

The mediator after 3.5 hours lost objectivity.

The mediator was trained with hundreds  of mediations.

A sharp tongue that only lasted seconds, went beyond neutrality.

A lesson to be learned.


Jim W Hildreth Mediator

Real Estate Mediation Services

Friday, November 14, 2014

California Association of Realtors

Jim W Hildreth Mediator was appointed by the California Association of Realtors to serve on the newly formed mediation panel known as Mediation Center.

Hildreth's focus is disputes involving real estate, with buyers, sellers and the real estate community.

As an experienced mediator, the goal is to provide excellent service to the communities of California and allow parties to craft a solution vs. litigation.

Hildreth has offices both in Oakland and Sonora, CA.

Real Estate Mediation Services

Always Do Your Best

As one of the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, "Always Do Your Best", I reflect over the past 8 years in my goals to entering the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR  or #Mediation.

My first class at UC Berkeley,  was filled with a room of adult students who shared a interest in Mediation.

Some were practicing attorneys who simply what a change from litigation, others such as the two judges who simply wanted to have incite as to clearing their busy calendar.

For me, it from the eyes of a long term real estate broker, who wanted to apply life experiences to bringing out peace in disputes via negotiation.

One year of pro-bono at the Hayward court, with the goal of 100 mediations and 100 hours of post education.

I had a passion from the very beginning.

A Sonora judge gave me sound advise, "Use Your People Skills" as a student to mediation.

Eight years latter, a Fresno Presiding Judge gave more advice.

Help People Solve Problems

Build Trust, Touch Hearts

Don't treat parties like litigants, treat them like humans.

Today, I reflect back that I have met my goals and beyond, 600 + mediations, hundreds of hours of post education and lots of practice.

The road has taken me down not only the real estate path, but entry to 9 Superior Courts as a panel member for issues involving, technology, probate, family law, real estate, landlord tenant.

To being vice chair of the Alameda County Bar Association, Real Estate Section.

This week, I was accepted to the California Association of Realtors mediation panel for disputes between buyers and sellers and the real estate brokerage community.

This week, I used my skills to act as a neutral for a formerly married couple over the request of one parent to move a child long distance, the couple fought hard, and I think they both forgot, that what
should be in the "Best Interest" of the child.

A mediated agreement was met hours before trial.

A court trial that would have produced more anger, more dysfunction, more damage.

Persons who come to mediation often have longstanding anger, bitterness, disappointment and emotional wounds.

Mediation allows for a new starting point.

As a more experience mediator today, I often say, "I don't care what happened 5 years ago, last month"

Today is a new day, lets live in the moment to listen without the obstruction of emotional baggage.

"Lets work together" for a fresh new start.

Always Do Your Best for every day living, goals, & relationships.

Treat people with kindness, have empathy, be willing to listen.

Speak from the heart and Always Do Your Best.

JimW Hildreth is a Mediator who has offices in both Oakland & Sonora, CA
Real Estate Mediation Services