Legal Q & A by Richard Beckman

Question 1: Can you explain the AB 3088 rules on when tenants can be forced to pay rent? Answer 1: AB 3088, the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020, by its express language appears to offer a relatively clear and complete set of rules regarding tenant rent payments and the…

Legal Q & A by Dennis Block

Question One: I have a tenant who is on a one-year lease. He is now stating that he will be moving out due to COVID-19. He is demanding all of his security deposit back. Can a tenant break his lease if he is impacted by the pandemic? Answer One: A lease cannot be terminated due to…

California’s Rent Strike: Who Pays and How it Works

The below was written by Nigel Duara, CalMatters on September 25, 2020. CalMatters.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media venture explaining California policies and politics. This article is part of The California Divide, a collaboration among newsrooms examining income inequity and economic survival in California. For more information, visit www.CalMatters.org. Once a fringe tactic, rent strikes…