Areas of Practice

Fried & Williams LLP is a law firm with practical knowledge and years of experience to assist you with your real estate and probate needs.  We provide cost effective litigation and transactional representation for owners of real property.

LANDLORD-TENANT

From the initial tenant application until the tenant vacates and the security deposit is returned (or not), property owners may encounter various legal challenges, particularly in rent and eviction control jurisdictions.

We advise owners throughout the eviction process. 

Grounds for evictions may include:

  • Nonpayment of rent

  • Breach of the rental agreement

  • Owner move-in

  • Relative move-in

  • Removal of property from rental market (ellis act)

  • Temporary recovery to make repairs or improvements to the property

  • Nuisance

  • Illegal use of premises​
     

Buyout agreements: we advise, negotiate, and draft tenant buyout agreements.

Rent increases: we help owners maximize their rental income by giving lawful rent increases.

Refusal of access: there are many reasons a landlord may be entitled to enter a tenant-occupied unit.

Unapproved subleasing: a landlord should promptly respond when discovering that a tenant has subleased in violation of the rental agreement (e.g. Airbnb).

Rent and eviction control: we counsel owners through the many legal obstacles imposed on them by local rent and eviction control ordinances.

Rent board claims: we defend petitions filed by tenants at the rent board.

Habitability, lead, and mold claims: we help owners respond to adverse tenant claims about the condition of their units.

Wrongful eviction: we defend tenant lawsuits.

LANDLORD-TENANT

Mediation Services

Alana Grice Conner is a mediator. She has successfully mediated numerous disputes. Alana’s goal is to develop creative and innovative solutions using compassion, collaboration and civility.  Many problems between landlords, tenants, roommates, neighbors, employers and employees can all be amicably resolved through mediation.

Please call our office to schedule a mediation.

MEDIATION SERVICES

PURCHASE & SALES

We can prepare all the paperwork needed to purchase or sell property thereby avoiding real estate agents and commissions. We also advise clients concerning legal issues arising during the purchase/sales transaction.

Some of these legal issues may include the following:

  • Disclosure/failure to disclose

  • Warranties

  • Timely performance

  • Contingencies and their removal

  • Breach of contract

PURCHASE & SALES

COMMERCIAL LEASING

We draft and negotiate commercial leases and counsel clients on the various legal issues that may arise throughout the commercial tenancy.

COMMERCIAL LEASING

DISCRIMINATION & DISABILITY CLAIMS (ADA)

Property owners may not discriminate in housing. Property owners may face housing discrimination claims in a variety of forums. For instance, discrimination claims may be filed with government agencies and lawsuits may be filed in state and federal courts. We defend these discrimination claims.

DISCRIMINATION & DISABILITY CLAIMS (ADA)

NEIGHBOR DISPUTES

We counsel owners regarding legal disputes and issues that may arise with their neighbors.

These disputes and issues may involve the following:
 

  • Property lines

  • Encroachments

  • Trespassing

  • Noise and nuisance

  • Easements

  • ​Fences and Trees

NEIGHBOR DISPUTES

FORECLOSURES

We help owners with post-foreclosure related legal issues including removing occupants who remain after the foreclosure.

FORECLOSURES

CO-OWNERSHIP/ CONDOMINIUMS/TENANCIES-IN-COMMON

 

We help co-owners of property understand their legal rights and obligations. We advise clients regarding CC&R and tenancy-in-common documents.

CO-OWNERSHIP/ CONDOMINIUMS/

TENANCIES-IN-COMMON

TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER

We assist landlords and property owners dealing with harassment and/or threats from tenants. We also work to resolve other nuisance issues with tenants and/or neighbors.

TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER

TITLE ISSUES

We assist real property owners in resolving title disputes concerning their property.

TITLE ISSUES
REASONABLE
ACCOMMODATIONS

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS

It is unlawful for a landlord to refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford disabled tenant an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a rental unit. We assist you with negotiating tenant requests for service animals, use of medical marijuana, handicap accessibility and other accommodations that may be inquired about by your tenant(s).