May 2, 2019

The rental housing in the United States has seen incredible changes in the past 10-15 years.  Every year, we marvel at how much people are willing to pay for smaller and smaller homes to rent and to buy.  For example, in San Francisco, the average rent is $3,693 a mont...

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...

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.

April 27, 2018

Approximately 15.2 million Californians speak a language other than English as home. And the other Californians don’t speak English well (that’s a joke). The California Translation Act, codified at Civil Code § 1632 governs transactions affected in the five most common...

March 14, 2018

Outside of an emergency, repair of the leak is similarly a “necessary” service to maintain the property in habitable condition. A 24-hour notice is required to enter, but the tenant is not required to be present. If the tenant does not want to be disturbed by the repai...