Landlords and COVID-19 Challenges By- Jeffrey Taylor

The topic on top of the minds of many landlords is how the coronavirus is affecting rent payments. One landlord asked on our MrLandlord.com Q&A Forum: “Has anyone reached out to their local community services to see what rental assistance is available to the working poor who may be furloughed over the next few weeks?” One somewhat sarcastic response was:…

Seattle’s Rent Moratorium Would Hurt Renters and Landlords – and it’s Unconstitutional By-Ethan Blevins

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle City Council issued a resolution calling on state and federal government to “impose an immediate moratorium on residential and commercial rent payments … such that no Seattleite should be required to pay rent during this health emergency or accumulate debt for unpaid rent.” This extreme proposal goes…

Do Rent and Eviction Moratoriums Violate Landlords’ Constitutional Rights Under the Contract Clause? By-Gary Ganchrow

You might be surprised to learn that the U.S. and California Constitutions both contain clauses that unequivocally prohibit any law – whether state, local or administrative – from “impairing” contract rights between two parties. This clause is called the “Contract Clause,” and it is supposed to protect contract rights – including in private contracts –…

Legal Q & A By- Dennis Block

Question One: I own a duplex in Eagle Rock which is under Los Angeles Rent Control.  There is a problem tenant who causes verbal altercations with other tenants. He has yelled at me, slammed doors in my face, verbally abused my daughter and son-in-law, and the police have been called multiple times. He calls housing…