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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 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

Tips for Landlords of Student or Employer Rentals

If you represent landlords who rent units to one person but allow someone else to occupy the unit—like a parent renting for a child or an employer renting for an employee—here’s some advice to pass on to your clients. Continue reading

New Year, News Laws for Real Property Lawyers

thinkstockphotos-498422290The California legislature has enacted several new laws that may affect your real property law practice. Here’s an overview of some of the key statutory changes you need to know about. Continue reading

How to Compute 3-Day Notice Period for Eviction

140044171Landlords can’t bring an action for unlawful detainer based on nonpayment of rent until the 3 days required to pay rent or quit have expired. Computing that 3 days can be tricky—and the whole case hinges on it. Continue reading

Can You Evict Tenants for Renting Out Their Apartments for Short-Term Use?

ThinkstockPhotos-124642612A recent decision from the Appellate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court (Chen v Kraft (2016) 243 CA4th Supp 13) allowed a landlord to evict a tenant for running a transient occupancy (short-term rental) business out of his residential rental unit in Los Angeles. If you read this case too quickly, you might think it applies to any situation in which a tenant runs a short-term rental business from an apartment in California. But not so fast! Continue reading

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

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