Your lease may address how shared common space can be used. However, since you are asking the question, I’m assuming that it does not and that you are asking what to do in this particular situation. Tenants are entitled to peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their residenc...

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...

January 16, 2019

Security deposits are meant to help landlords by mitigating tenant expenses at the end of a tenancy. However, they can also be a headache because landlords are obligated to account for deductions to tenants’ security deposits, and the rules for deductions are not alway...

Normally, a payment is not “made” until the creditor receives it; however, if the creditor directs payment by mail, the payment is “made” when deposited in the mail. This has a significant impact on landlords who are attempting to collect unpaid rent with a three-day...

May 7, 2018

It is important to note that the Ordinance applies to all rental units in Oakland, including units otherwise exempt from rent or eviction controls, like single family homes and new construction. The only exemption is for publicly-owned and operated housing units, which...

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...