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…

The “Big Lie” Behind COVID-19 – Part 2

A version of this article by Porter Stansberry first appeared on April 17, 2020 in The Stansberry Digest, published by Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, an independent investment research firm.  You can visit them at www.stansberryresearch.com. Here’s a Prediction In a “bad year” for the flu, between 50,000 and 100,000 Americans die from the virus.…

Are Negative Interest Rates Coming to the U.S.? By-Gary Halbert

There is a growing debate in financial circles over whether the U.S. Federal Reserve should move to a negative interest rate policy in an effort to stimulate the economy during the coronavirus crisis. Even President Trump has said more than once that he favors negative interest rates and considers them a “gift.” Yet Federal Reserve…

Legal Q & A By-Dennis Block

Question One: I have a tenant who is creating a major nuisance on the property. My property is located in Bell, CA. I understand that Governor Newsom has placed a moratorium on evictions through July 28, 2020. Can you suggest an alternative solution? Many of our residents are working from home and cannot put up…

Legal Q & A By-Richard Beckman

Question 1:  What is the latest status of the landlord’s right to require the tenant to pay rent or move out during the COVID-19 crisis? What about other grounds to terminate a tenancy? Answer 1: As discussed in last month’s article in some detail, for all of California, evictions for non-payment of rent are extremely…

Did You Know By-Dennis Block

California Judicial Council Exceeds Their Constitutional Authority On April 6, 2020, the California Judicial Council adopted Emergency Rules limiting landlords from enforcing their basic contract rights against tenants. These rules prevent a court from issuing a summons in an unlawful detainer action, regardless if the action is based on the pandemic or not. If a…