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

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

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

Tailoring Advice for Tenant Organizations

Tenant organizations take many forms and reflect diverse goals. An attorney’s role varies with the nature and objectives of the tenant organization. Before you advise a tenant organization, you need to understand its particular needs and how to meet them.  Continue reading

Protecting Visitors from Violence

Some of the victims of the horrific mass shooting at a movie theater in Colorado last summer are suing the theater’s operators for having had no security guards on duty the night of the shootings and no plans for keeping people from sneaking in or out of the theater. This made me wonder, would the theater owner be liable under California law? Continue reading

Fair Housing Acts Don’t Apply to Roommate Listings

The following is a guest blog post by Alan D. Weinfeld of Parker, Milliken, Clark, O’Hara & Samuelian in Los Angeles.

Roommate listings often express a preference for a person of a certain sex, religion, or familial status — e.g., “looking for single, Christian female to share apartment, no kids or pets.” Do the operators of these listings violate fair housing laws by facilitating discrimination against potential roommates who don’t fit the preferred characteristics? Continue reading

Finding a Great Tenant

For at least some locations, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Gen Y tenants are currently flooding the rental market and increasing competition among tenants. More prospective tenants is obviously great news for landlords, but they still have to select wisely from among applicants. Here are some suggestions to help landlords identify the perfect tenant, or at least the best of the bunch, without running afoul of the fair housing laws. Continue reading

CEB Question of the Month: Landlord’s Right to Entering Rented Premises

Question: Can a landlord enter a rented premises when the tenant below complains of water dripping from the ceiling? And the answer is…

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Is on Landlords

In the US, hundreds of people die from carbon monoxide poisoning in their own homes every year. These deaths can be prevented by taking simple measures. California has now firmly placed the responsibility for taking such measures on landlords. Continue reading

To Evict or Not to Evict?

A client comes to you and wants to evict his or her tenant. Before you start drawing up the unlawful detainer complaint, you need to understand why your client wants to evict — is it a financial decision or an emotional one? Does it make sense financially? Is it because your client wants to live in the property? Continue reading

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