Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman, Attorney

Question 1: My tenant has rented my house for over six months and has not notified me of any issues but is now withholding rent. She said I did not provide her with lead information, and I realized that my new lease agreement did not contain a lead disclosure or pamphlet. I am getting one…

Shame on You Mayor Garcetti and Los Angeles City Council!

Do you know that some housing providers have already received notices from their new City- appointed trash haulers that their rates will be increased by at least 100%?!  You should know it – you passed this outrageous law!  You even promised us that the rates would be lower.  One housing provider just now reported that…

The Legality of Using Criminal Background Checks in Light of HUD’s 2016 Guidance Memo – by Eviction Attorney, Michael A. Brennan

In April, 2016, HUD issued a Guidance Memo concerning the applicability of the Fair Housing Act to the use of information found in criminal background checks to deny housing to applicants with criminal histories. While some believe the Guidance Memo has raised more questions than answers, the truth is that landlords may still use criminal…

Avoiding Familial Status Discrimination – by The Utah Apartment Association

Many landlords aren’t familiar with their responsibilities when it comes to renting to families with children or don’t even know that families with children enjoy a protected status under federal housing discrimination laws. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) protects tenants against discrimination based on seven protected classes including “familial status.  This means that if you…

AB 1569 Would Tighten Rules for Claiming A Pet as an Emotional Support Animal – by Gideon Kramer, SPOSFI News Editor

The state Unruh Civil Rights Act as well as the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) entitles individuals with disabilities to full and equal access to all housing accommodations offered for rent or lease, and prohibits a person renting, leasing, or otherwise providing real property from refusing to make reasonable accommodations for disabled tenants.