Are Landlords Liable for a Tenant’s Biting Dog?

tenant's vicious dogWhen a tenant’s dog bites someone, the injured party may want to go after the deeper pocket of the landlord. Whether this will be successful or not depends on what the landlord knew. Continue reading

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

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 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

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

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