Home Owners/Mobile Home/Renters Get Your Refund Check

Are you 62 years of age or older? Is your yearly income $40,811 or less in 2005. Are you blind or disabled? If you answer yes to any of these questions you may be entitled to a government refund.

Every year starting on July 1 and ending on October 15th you are able to file for government assistance.

You can go to this website www.ftb.ca.gov [http://www.ftb.ca.gov] and download the form you must submit. Or call 800-868-4171.

If you were 62 years old on December 31, 2005 and receive supplemental security income, you do not need proof of age.

If you do not receive supplemental security income you may choose one of these to send in with your form.

Qualifications For Home Owners: Do Not Send Original Documentation:

Birth Certificate

California’s Drivers License

California Senior Citizens ID Card

Medi-Cal Card

Birth Certificate

Church Baptism Record

Social Security Card

Homeowner’s assistance is one time yearly payment from the State of California. It is calculated by your homeowner’s taxes you pay.

Documentation for Mobile Home Owners:

A copy of the registration cared or the registration billing notice issued by the Department of Housing and Community Development or your property tax bill.

Homeowner’s assistance is one time yearly payment from the State of California. It is calculated by your homeowner’s taxes you pay.

For a Mobile Home Owner you will need to fill out one of these forms. FTB 9000R or
FTB 9000H whichever is needed. If you pay property taxes use FTB 9000H.

How Much Money Will Be Refunded? – FOR RENTERS – From $15.00 – $ 347.50

How Much Money Will Be Refunded For Homeowners/Mobile Home Owners $19.72 – $472.60.

Qualifications for Renters for Refund:

62 years old or older

Blind

Disabled

You lived in a qualified rented residence in California in 2005

You paid more than $50.00 a month rent.

Total yearly income $40,811 or less in 2005.

You can only file for either renters assistance or homeowners assistance – not both.

If you do not have access to a computer go to the library. They have several computers for your use and free of charge.

All the information and any questions you have are on the website [http://www.ftb.ca.gov]. This website has all the information and more you need to get started and getting your refund.

Thank you for reading my article. Please feel free to read my numerous articles.

Copyright 2006 Linda Meckler

Top 3 Time-Saving Vacation Rental Management Tools for Vacation Home Owners

With property management firms charging as much as 45% of a rental property’s income, more and more vacation home owners are turning to the Internet to book their rental properties themselves in order to keep more of their rental income.

While websites such as HomeAway have given vacation home owners a new venue to advertise their rental properties, most vacation home owners are finding that these sites alone do not produce enough rentals to keep their properties fully booked. Even worse, vacation home owners are finding that the mundane tasks of replying to inquiries, manually sending out invoices and rental agreements, updating their properties’ availability calendars, and all the other tasks associated with replacing a property management firm all add up to a full-time job.

There are online software management tools for vacation rental properties, though, that can greatly reduce the amount of time you have to spend managing these types of activities.

To help vacation home owners find, book and manage online rentals for their rental properties, here are the top 3 time-saving vacation rental management tools that no vacation property owner should be without.

1. Online Booking and Reservations Management System

If there’s one thing that online consumers have learned to expect, it’s instant gratification. If a potential renter can’t instantly book and reserve your vacation property online, then you are lowering your chances of getting their business.

Websites like HomeAway urge their vacation home owners to “respond quickly! Data shows that owners who respond to inquiries within 3 hours close 57% more bookings than owners that respond within 24 hours.” Just imagine what eliminating response time altogether can do to improve your bookings, then.

With today’s integrated online booking, credit card processing, and reservations management systems, there’s no reason to make your potential renters wait. These best of these services provide renters an instant rate quote, including taxes, and allows them to sign-up and book your vacation rental property instantly using any major credit card.

Some vacation rental management software solution providers offer this service – including setting up the merchant credit card processing on your behalf – with no up-front costs. You just pay a small portion of your reservation amount when a renter uses the online system. If you have multiple websites, make sure to find a provider who allows for their software to be integrated into your other sites, too, so you can centrally manage online bookings for all of your websites through one main interface.

2. Self-Updating Availability Calendars

If you’re like most vacation home owners, in order to find enough renters to book your property as often as you’d like, you have listings on all the large vacation listing sites. You might supplement those efforts with manual postings on Craigslist and even your own personal website that you maintain. Whenever you book a rental you have to log in to each website/ listing and update your vacation property’s availability calendar. That can take a lot of time.

A better way to manage your vacation home property’s availability calendars is to use a centralized, self-updating calendar that’s tied to a booking and reservations system. Whenever you accept a booking through the reservations system, the availability calendar automatically marks the dates booked as unavailable. Once you point all of your websites and listings to your centralized calendar (as easy as inserting a link into the webpage), then all of your listings are updated with the latest availability information automatically – requiring no manual intervention on your part.

3. Electronic Rental Agreements

A big time-saver for the do-it-yourself vacation home owner is electronic rental terms and agreements. If done correctly, an electronic agreement is a legally valid, signed contract. Many vacation rental software providers offer vacation home owners the ability to customize the rental terms and agreements and include agreeing to these contracts an integrated part of the reservations/ booking process – ensuring that your renters have signed and agreed to your terms before they are able to reserve your vacation home.

Looking to online software management tools for the vacation home rental owner can save you time and present a more professional appearance to your online renting activities. Look for a vacation rental software management company that makes installing their management software tools into your existing sites easy. Some providers even offer you the ability to create a website using their service for the most highly integrated looking website possible.

Be sure to do your research, though, as pricing, functionality and set-up activities vary widely among these vacation rental management software firms. In the end, though, using online software management tools for vacation rental property websites like the ones listed above can help increase your bookings through their increased functionality. Plus, they’ll save you time since they’re designed to put your online vacation rental website efforts on “auto-pilot”.

Home Owner Renter’s Insurance – Yes, You Really Do Need It

Many people enjoy the convenience of renting a house or apartment. There’s no
real commitment, you don’t have to worry about selling it if you decide to move,
and if something breaks – well, you can usually just call the landlord. Yes,
renters seem to have it easy sometimes! However, despite the convenience, rented
houses or apartments aren’t exempt from risks such as fires and smoke, theft and
vandalism, water and electricity damage, or damage from weather elements. It’s
most likely that your landlord isn’t going to pay to replace all your clothing
should your apartment catch fire or be burglarized. Therefore, you still need to
purchase renter’s insurance.

Renter’s insurance will cover living expenses, with possible limits, if you are
unable to live in your rented home or apartment due to damages. This is
extremely beneficial to those who don’t have family members or friends nearby
with room for boarding. And, if you’re renting a home because it’s more
financially practical for you, there’s good news – renter’s insurance is most
often much less than home owner’s insurance because you’re only insuring your
possessions. Your landlord will have insurance for the house or apartment; the
house or apartment itself isn’t yours to repair

There are two basic policies for renter’s insurance – the actual cash value
policy, which covers the cost to replace your possessions with a deduction for
depreciation up to your policy limit, and the replacement cost policy, which
covers up to your policy limit with no deduction. It’s important to remember
that many policies only cover a certain kind of valuables, so check with your
agent to find out what the limits are. If you need more possessions insured, you
may want to consider purchasing a separate floater policy that will cover the
additional items.

So remember, just because renting offers the luxury of less worry and
maintenance, you still need to protect your possessions within your rented house
or apartment.