Can a Landlord Limit a Tenant’s Guests?

For landlords, the most important provisions in a lease or rental agreement may be those that limit the number of persons occupying the premises and that require tenants to specify their identities. This prevents a tenant’s guests from turning into tenants. But balancing this potential problem with allowing reasonable guest overnight stays requires a carefully considered lease provision. Continue reading

Can Tenants Post Political Signs?

Can landlords stop their tenants from posting signs for a political candidate or proposition the landlord doesn’t support? The answer generally is no. Since 2012, the law in California allows tenants to post political signs, but there are some restrictions. 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

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

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