April 23, 2020

Basic landlord etiquette is one of the most effective ways to avoid big problems.

Why should landlords practice good etiquette?  

To avoid trouble, minimize problems, and enhance your tenants’ experience, it is wise to follow etiquette. Etiquette is the conduct or proced...

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.

March 31, 2020

Within 21 days, roughly 165 million Americans have lost more than $1.3 trillion in retirement savings vested in the stock market. Decades of hard earned, accumulated savings from wage-earnings have vanished amid the COVID-19 panic. Real estate markets have dried up. Gl...

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.

December 3, 2019

Property owners beware - liability falls on you. Property owners can incur significant expenses including relocation payments, costs of filing an unlawful detainer lawsuit, or the costs of defending lawsuits filed by tenants when dealing with unpermitted units.

November 12, 2019

You should review your lease to see if there are any provisions requiring the permission of the landlord before a security camera can be installed. Some leases require the tenant to first obtain written permission.

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.

October 15, 2019

California Civil Code § 1710.2 requires a landlord to voluntarily disclose whether there has been a death at the rental property to any potential renters that occurred within three years from the date of the tenant’s death. This is irrespective if the death occurred na...

October 8, 2019

The answer to this question depends in large part on the provisions in the lease agreement governing the tenant’s responsibility to maintain a sanitary and safe premises, and the overall condition of the carpet.

October 1, 2019

Yes, it is most likely permissible for a tenant to refuse to comply with a lease clause requiring the tenant to purchase renter’s insurance – but the effect on owners is not as alarming as you might think.

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