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Experts say to expect only more sophistication as the technology evolves.

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Don't waste hours on a project or prospect unlikely to produce returns.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:30:00 -0600

With big-name corporations making headlines for data breaches, small franchisees may feel like they wouldn't be a target for hackers. This couldn't be further from the truth.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:30:00 -0600

Working with others is all about building relationships, and the process of selecting service providers should be focused on finding those who will connect with executives and the company as a whole and stick around for the long haul.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:00:00 -0600

Look to the best for examples in how to reach success. Then adopt a pose of positivity.

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Investing time and attention upfront when someone starts pays big dividends in the long run.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:30:13 -0600

Tech-savvy pickpocketers beware: These jeans were made for blocking you, and that's just what they'll do.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:30:00 -0600

Technology has given us the ability to work anywhere, anytime, even during a family dinner. Use these tips to find a balance.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:00:00 -0600

Avoid waiting for the new year to try new habits. Here are a few things to do as soon as you roll out of bed that will get you energized for the rest of the day.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:30:00 -0600

Most people fear public speaking or experience stage fright at the very thought of delivering a presentation because they don't do it very often.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:00:00 -0600

To communicate effectively with prospects you must recognize where they are in the process of deciding to buy.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:30:00 -0600

An Australian travel company called Flight Centre may take the cake for 2015's most over-the-top holiday party yet.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:30:00 -0600

The most successful brands have good products and great personality.

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From limited partnerships, knowing your worth to effective time management.

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Scaling a company isn't an easy thing to do, so be especially mindful of these pitfalls.

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It is amazing how busy one can feel without being actually productive. It all depends on one word: intentionality.

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Just because employees are amazing at doing their jobs doesn't mean they are happy. Read on to learn how to engage and retain your best staffers.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:05:00 -0600

Toymaker K'Nex is now manufacturing its iconic toy in Maine. Here's why.

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What makes an entrepreneur really tick? Here are some answers.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:00:00 -0600

When it comes to gadgets, there's plenty to look forward to next year.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:44:00 -0600

Fostering brand loyalty in college students is important: They may not have a lot of money now, but that will soon change.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:30:00 -0600

Dealing with changes in operations can be difficult, particularly for a large franchise. Here's how some of the most popular chains are able to do it.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:15:00 -0600

I'm successful, and I have a lot of thoughts on the value of education. In the end, there are good things and bad.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:10:00 -0600

Gates' gift-giving style is notably consistent and also far less ostentatious than one might expect from one of the richest men on Earth.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:00:00 -0600

Believe it or not, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson can teach entrepreneurs a lot about leadership and running a business.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:49:00 -0600

Don't feel like preparing an entire turkey feast for Christmas? Head to Japan and pick up Wendy's Turkey Pretzel Mashed Potato Burger.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:47:00 -0600

Questions have been raised about the licensing standards for Uber drivers in Taiwan and the Chinese mainland mega city of Chongqing.

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A startup has to rewrite the rules to thrive in fiercely competitive, established markets.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:20:00 -0600

The president says the massive hack was a 'very costly' event.

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To get a true feel of what comprises a leader, it's crucial to analyze those who came before us.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:19:00 -0600

It was supposed to be a routine combat patrol, but it became a life-changing event for a Marine Corps Reserve officer, Major Justin Constantine. Less than two months after volunteering to deploy with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines to Iraq in 2006, the civil affairs team leader was shot in the head [...]

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:55:00 -0600

James Bond might have an unexpected espionage problem. Amongst the materials being reported on in the Sony Hacks are many, many correspondences about the new James Bond film, Daniel Craig’s fourth entry and the 24th James Bond film in the official Eon Productions canon. It’s been a bumpy ride for current Bond [...]

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:01:00 -0600

2014's biggest selling smartphones go head-to-head.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:48:00 -0600

A French company pays bribes in Indonesia and it's the U.S. government that picks up the fine? It is as if they're Insisting that if you do any business at all in the U.S. then your entire worldwide network is then covered by U.S. law.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:02:00 -0600

A new study confirms what critics have long thought: There's not much science behind the TV doctor shows.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:46:00 -0600

Geography may have a bigger impact on college experience than many students realize. How does your college town stack up?

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:07:00 -0600

Texas is still on top, but the gap is closing as Notre Dame, Michigan and others draw nearer.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:25:00 -0600

I have long held to the belief that leadership exists to disrupt mediocrity. However my observation is that many in positions of leadership tend to protect the status quo (mediocrity’s best friend) at all costs. The best path forward for any organization is through the creation of value and by [...]

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:59:00 -0600

Not very many world leaders could have addressed their nation and told citizens they would have a tough two years ahead, as Vladimir Putin did last week in his end-of-the-year address to Russian journalists, blaming Western sanctions against Russia and falling oil prices for the economic shambles the country finds [...]

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:40:00 -0600

Blizzard's collectible card game will shine, and pay dividends, on smartphones.

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15 Reminders for Chaldeans Leasing or Renting
By Rita Abro :: Monday, May 4, 2009 :: 22182 Views :: Article Rating :: Living & Lifestyle, Business & Finance

California, USA – “You have to know your rights.  Otherwise they may take advantage of you when you rent from them,” says Khaloud “Kelly” Heso, a property manager in Orange Grove Townhouse and Apartments in a small town outside of San Diego, California.  “I once worked with a company that taught us not to share renter rights with the tenants.  I could not work for a company that operated in that way, so I left and came to Orange Grove.” 

Chaldeans should know what their rights are when renting and you don't have to be expert in landlord-tenant law to protect yourself. Chaldeans are reminded to review their rights when renting or leasing and to always read the agreement before signing the dotted line.

Laws that protect both landlord and tenant have become so complex that understanding your rights can be difficult. Since landlord-tenant law varies by state, the key is knowing your rights -- preferably before you even sign your rental agreement. Understanding your state law and the terms of your lease are your best guarantees against future problems.

15 common renters' rights all Chaldeans should know:

Although Chaldean renters' rights vary by region, many are similar and predictable. Here's a sample of rights likely to be addressed in your state's landlord-tenant law:

1. The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to deny housing to a tenant on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, disability, family status, or national origin.

2. Residential rental units should be habitable and in compliance with housing and health codes—meaning they should be structurally safe, sanitary, weatherproofed, and include adequate water, electricity, and heat.

3. Many states limit the amount landlords can charge for security deposits. For Chaldeans in California the amount is 2 months' rent (unfurnished); 3 months' rent (furnished). Add extra one-half month's rent for waterbed.  In Michigan and Arizona the amount is one and one-half months' rent. In Nevada is 3 months and Illinois there is no statutory limit. 

4. A landlord should make necessary repairs and perform maintenance tasks in a timely fashion, or include a provision in the lease stating that tenants can order repairs and deduct the cost from rent.

5. A landlord must give prior notice (typically 24 hours) before entering your premises and can normally only do so to make repairs or in case of an emergency.

6. Illegal requirements in a rental agreement (section counter to state law) are usually not enforceable in court.

7. If a landlord has violated important terms related to health, safety, or necessary repairs, you might have a legal right to break your lease.

8. If you have to break a long-term lease, in most states landlords are required to search for a new tenant as soon as possible rather than charging the tenant for the full duration of the lease.

9. Damage or security deposits are not deductible for "normal wear and tear." Some states require that a landlord give an itemized report of any deductions.

10. Most states require landlords to return refundable portions of a security deposit within 14 to 30 days after the tenant has vacated the premises, even in the case of eviction.

11. Landlords usually can't legally seize a tenant's property for nonpayment of rent or any other reason, except in the case of abandonment as defined by law.

12. Landlords are legally prohibited from evicting tenants as retaliation for action a tenant takes related to a perceived landlord violation.

13. A landlord cannot legally change the locks, shut off (or cause to have shut off) your utilities, or evict you without notice; eviction requires a court order.

14. If a landlord makes life so miserable for you that it forces you to move, it may be considered "constructive eviction," which is usually grounds for legal action.

15. In many states, it's illegal for a lease to stipulate that the tenant is responsible for the landlord's attorney fees in case of a court dispute.

Chaldeans should protect themselves.  Before you move in, tour the premises with your landlord, and note and photograph any existing damage. When you move out, if your landlord withholds part of your damage deposit, ask for an itemized list of charges and the reason for the charges. If there's a discrepancy between this list and the one you made before moving in, let the landlord know immediately. Keep copies of all correspondence with your landlord, as well as dated records of phone and in-person conversations.