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...

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.

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...