Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman, Attorney

Question 1: Have there been any recent changes to the law about whether I can refuse Section 8 applicants for my rentals in San Jose, CA?  Also, are there forms and rules for handling tenant security deposits, reporting to the IRS, setting up a savings account and interest to the tenants? Answer 1: I am…

Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman, Attorney

Question 1: I am in the process of renting my single family home in Danville, CA, and I did specify in the ad that “no pets” are allowed. I have two legal questions: 1) A potential applicant called me and told me that she has a “service” dog. Can I legally tell her, over the…

The Perils of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor to Work on Your Property – by Sean Makarin, Esq., SPOSFI Business Member

Many property owners hire unlicensed contractors to work on their rental buildings. Sometimes it works out just fine, but when things go south, as they often do, a nightmare can unfold. By hiring an unlicensed contractor, owners forgo basic legal protections, exposing their property to a loss in value, costly lawsuits, and costly repairs. In…