Should You Build Green?

168717439As public concern about the effects of human activity on the environment has grown, so too has the interest in green building. And that interest is well-directed, because a Climate Action Team report (.pdf) has identified buildings as the second largest end-user contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in California.

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Fair Housing Law 101

463122973Thinking of practicing landlord-tenant law in California? Knowing the federal, state, and local fair housing laws will be critical to your success. Continue reading

Squat to Own

185574552There’s a new breed of squatter—White Hat Squatters, if you will—who are saving depressed neighborhoods from the blight of abandoned properties and gaining ownership though adverse possession. Continue reading

10 Tips for Monitoring or Litigating Foreclosures

115754429Foreclosures are declining in number, but they’re still occurring at above-normal rates. Whether you’re new to foreclosure practice or have been in it for years, these tips will help you meet the challenges of newly adopted and heavily revised statutes and regulations governing mortgage foreclosure in California. Continue reading

New Law for CA Commercial and Industrial Common Interest Developments

117333095New year, new law for California commercial and industrial common interest developments (CIDs). CIDs used to be governed by the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, just like residential condominiums and planned developments. But since January 1, 2014, nonresidential CIDs look to an entirely new set of statutes. Continue reading

Got a Land Use Dispute? Start with the Deeds

122552871A vast majority of disputes between neighbors involve land usage—as in, “your [fence, shed, driveway, etc.] is on my property!” The logical first step in assessing these types of claims is to figure out who owns what land. Continue reading

Remedies for a Lurking Landlord

96162069Some landlords just can’t let go; they pop into their rented premises unexpectedly under a misguided belief that it’s somehow their right as owner. Not so. A landlord’s right to enter premises occupied by the tenant is strictly circumscribed under California law. But unfortunately for tenants, redress for illegal landlord entry is hard to come by. Continue reading

Spiteful Neighbors

fence_78316352We all love a home with a view, and many are willing to pay dearly for it. But what happens when a neighbor spitefully builds a fence to block your view? Continue reading

Second Bite at the Apple: How Unregistered Domestic Partners (and Other Cotenants) Can Still Avoid Property Tax Reassessment

tax_123145005Do you own a house with someone and don’t want to register as domestic partners, but you still want an exclusion from a change in ownership for property tax purposes when you die? Now you can. Here’s how it works. Continue reading

Changes Came to the California Rental World

landlord_92965679In 2012, the California Legislature enacted more than 875 bills! Among them were many interesting changes to California’s landlord-tenant law. Continue reading

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