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New Laws Affecting California Landlords in 2018

The California Apartment Association provides a brief summary of new laws affecting California landlords in 2018. As laws are always changing, it is important to keep updated on new laws affecting California landlords. The CAA article "New laws affecting California rental housing industry in 2018" can be found here.  

By |2018-01-10T10:53:08-07:00January 10th, 2018|Landlord-Tenant|Comments Off on New Laws Affecting California Landlords in 2018

Airbnb Not Liable for Tenant Breaching Lease

A large landlord recently sued Airbnb claiming that Airbnb helped tenants to violate their lease by allowing them to rent their units on a short term basis. The Court found that Airbnb cannot held liable for a tenant violating his lease. This decision leaves open the fact that the tenant is still liable under the [...]

By |2018-01-04T12:41:34-07:00January 4th, 2018|Landlord-Tenant|Comments Off on Airbnb Not Liable for Tenant Breaching Lease

Gentrification in Boyle Heights

NBC recently wrote an article on gentrification in Boyle Heights. Most of Boyle Heights falls within the City of Los Angeles and many of the units would be subject to the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance (the formal name of Los Angeles' rent control). The LARSO sets forth a variety of reasons that a landlord [...]

By |2017-12-02T02:58:42-07:00November 15th, 2017|Landlord-Tenant, Real Estate|Comments Off on Gentrification in Boyle Heights

City of Los Angeles Approves Way to Legalize Bootleg Units

The Los Angeles Times reports that the City of Los Angeles has approved a way to legalize unpermitted units. The City of Los Angeles has agreed to relax some of the rules regulating illegal units as long as the landlord agrees to charge affordable rent for a fifty-five year period. More information from the L.A. [...]

By |2017-05-17T14:40:49-07:00May 17th, 2017|Landlord-Tenant|Comments Off on City of Los Angeles Approves Way to Legalize Bootleg Units

Want to Be An Incredible Landlord? Follow These Tips!

Generally, being an exceptional landlord means that you are likely to attract better tenants. It also means that your tenants will be happy, and we all know that happy tenants will stay for longer periods of time. A landlord will normally spend an average of 20 to 40 hours filling one vacancy. Some required tasks [...]

By |2017-12-02T02:58:42-07:00February 24th, 2017|Landlord-Tenant|Comments Off on Want to Be An Incredible Landlord? Follow These Tips!

Landlord-Tenant Agreement Ends Months-Long Dispute

There is an old legal saying that “possession is 9/10 of the law,” meaning that if you're holding on to the property it is most likely yours.  Unless that 1/10 of the law is on your side, like in this Eureka, California case.  The landlord-tenant agreement that settled this months-long dispute conceded to pay off [...]

By |2017-12-02T02:58:43-07:00December 8th, 2016|Landlord-Tenant|Comments Off on Landlord-Tenant Agreement Ends Months-Long Dispute

Landlord Liable for Wrongful Eviction

Landlord tenant disputes commonly arise from various misunderstandings between the two parties on a variety of matters. A recent matter of Nesbitt v. Reddish regarding wrongful eviction arose when Joyce and Cameron Nesbitt sued their Landlord, Shelia Bennett. After a bench trial, the trial court found in favor of the Tenant and awarded damages. However [...]

By |2016-06-17T18:42:43-07:00June 17th, 2016|Landlord-Tenant|Comments Off on Landlord Liable for Wrongful Eviction

Landlord Liability for Tenant’s Dog Attack

In a recent case involving a dog attack in a tenant occupied property, the Landlords who own a townhouse in Visalia, CA were sued for failure to take the proper measures to safeguard against their tenants allegedly vicious dog, Monster. Shebairo v. Perez offers insight into a landlord’s duty to maintain a safe premises. The [...]

By |2016-05-31T18:36:24-07:00May 31st, 2016|Landlord-Tenant|Comments Off on Landlord Liability for Tenant’s Dog Attack

Legal Aspects of Vacation Subleasing

As summer comes to a start this Memorial Day weekend, it’s time for some to think about renting a vacation home. If you are a tenant looking to make some extra cash subleasing your apartment or rental unit in a prime vacation area (or not), there are some things to consider before doing it. Subleasing [...]

By |2016-05-27T21:57:02-07:00May 27th, 2016|Landlord-Tenant|Comments Off on Legal Aspects of Vacation Subleasing

HUD’s Recent Changes Regarding Criminal Background Checks

Recently released guidance from HUD for all housing providers highlights how the use of criminal background checks may violate Fair Housing laws. The guidance claims the use of criminal background checks may create a discriminatory effect based on race, as a result of higher incarceration rates among minorities. A copy of the entire HUD guideline [...]

By |2017-12-02T02:58:44-07:00May 26th, 2016|Landlord-Tenant|Comments Off on HUD’s Recent Changes Regarding Criminal Background Checks