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...

April 5, 2019

Different landlords prefer to receive rent in different ways: the convenience of electronic transfer, the familiarity of a check, the security of a money order, or the immediacy of cash. Under Civil Code Section 1947.3(a), a landlord must permit tenants to use at least...

April 2, 2019

It has long been perilous for landlords in California to accept rent from persons who are not their tenants, since the transaction has a chance of creating a tenancy that the landlord did not intend. But in a rare move favoring landlords, the legislature enacted Civil...

March 27, 2019

After September 1, 2019, weekends and holidays will no longer count towards the three days of the notice. This will standardize the calculation and expiration of three day notices by only counting days that the notice could expire on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thu...

March 5, 2019

A landlord is generally entitled to decide how long they wish to rent their property, whether month-to-month, year-to-year, or for longer periods. It is possible for local ordinances to impose a specific rental obligation, such as in the City of Alameda, which requires...

February 19, 2019

These declarations not only empower emergency response to bring relief to those affected, and raise awareness of fire safety and climate change, but also have statewide effects under California Penal Code § 396, the state’s anti-price gouging law.