April 1, 2020

The landlord has a responsibility to provide habitable housing to tenants. However, tenants are generally responsible for damage that they cause beyond ordinary wear and tear.

January 1, 2020

The Tenant Protection Act of 2019 marks a new era of rent and eviction control in California, and it goes into effect on January 1, 2020.

November 5, 2019

When a landlord rents property to a tenant, there is always the implied promise that the property will be free of nuisances that might impact the tenant’s occupancy.

May 30, 2019

The rule that a lease term continues month to month when it expires, and the tenant does not move out and continues paying rent, comes from a single statute: Civil Code Section 1945. Although this statute applies to all properties, the rules diverge for when it comes...

April 16, 2019

Communicating with a tenant after denying an application carries the risk of a discrimination claim. As a housing provider, a landlord has an obligation under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act to not discriminate against any applicant based on sex, race, color, relig...