Can a Tenant Be Evicted for Using Medical Marijuana?

ThinkstockPhotos-466465686We don’t yet have an officially reported case in California on whether a landlord has the right to get a court order declaring a lease terminated and evicting the tenant based solely on the tenant’s use of medical marijuana. And this complex question is made more unclear by the ongoing conflict between state and federal laws. Continue reading

Does “Red Tagging” Terminate a Lease?

ThinkstockPhotos-79934078There’s been an earthquake, and an apartment building is red-tagged by the city or county because the utilities have been disconnected and the utility lines need repair; the landlord is dragging his feet about getting them fixed. What happens to the lease? And what about red tagging that follows complete destruction? Continue reading

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

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