8 Steps to Preparing a 3-Day Notice of Eviction

Preparing a 3-day notice to pay rent or quit? Use this checklist to be sure that you get the form and content of the notice right. Continue reading

How Far Does a Landowner’s Liability Go?

Couple crossing a street from shopping to the parking lotLandowners’ duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition has a pretty far reach, but the California Supreme Court recently curbed it. Continue reading

10 Tips for Attorneys on a CEQA Project

legally balancing the environmental effects under CEQAThe California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)(Pub Res C §§21000–21189.3) applies to most public agency decisions to carry out, authorize, or approve projects that could have adverse effects on the environment. Attorneys are frequently called on to work as part of an overall team handling a project undergoing CEQA review. The attorney’s role in such project teams varies widely, but there are some general ways that attorneys can minimize misunderstandings and delays, and help reduce the cost of the CEQA process. Continue reading

What to Do After Getting a Tenancy Termination Notice

apartment for rent sign put up after evictionA tenant who receives a 30-day or 60-day notice to terminate a periodic tenancy needs to jump into action (or inaction, in some situations). Depending on the circumstances, here’s what a tenant or tenant counsel should do. Continue reading

Have a Habitability Problem? Take These 3 Initial Steps

home so flooded it's uninhabitableWhether it’s ignoring a reported bug infestation or leaving electrical wiring dangerously exposed, a landlord’s failure to make necessary repairs may render the premises uninhabitable. Although there are many legal remedies available for a breach of the warranty of habitability, your initial duties as a tenant’s attorney is to simultaneously safeguard the tenant’s well-being and preserve any relevant claims. Continue reading

New Year, New Laws for Real Property Lawyers

The California legislature has enacted several new laws that may affect your real property law practice. Here are some of the key statutory changes you need to know about. Continue reading

Do’s and Don’ts of Tenant Screening

Residential landlords have the right to choose the best tenant they can find. That probably means a tenant who seems most able to comply with the lease terms, pay the rent on time, avoid damaging the premises, and refrain from disturbing other tenants. Here’s what a landlord can do to find that tenant—and where there are limits. Continue reading

How to Get Your Client Paid for Work on Construction Projects

You’ve got a client who didn’t get paid for work done on a construction project. You could file a breach of contract action, but there may be other ways to get your client paid, especially if the contracting party who didn’t pay your client is insolvent. Continue reading

Is Banning Solar Allowed?

The California legislature has made it clear: Anti-solar covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) are generally prohibited. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t possible limitations on homeowners going solar. Continue reading

How Tenants Can Get Remedies for Habitability Violations and Nuisances

When a landlord severely neglects maintenance issues or another tenant’s behavior causes a nuisance, California law gives tenants several ways to get relief. Continue reading