Legal Q &A by – Dennis Block

Question One: A downstairs tenant, John, bitterly complains about the upstairs tenant due to noise from above. In actuality, the upstairs tenant, Harold, is not doing anything out of the ordinary. John complains about simple television sounds and even if Harold is just walking in his unit. Lately, John has been banging on his ceiling…

How the Supreme Court’s Decision Regarding Who is An Employee Affects Property Management By – Gary Ganchrow

A decision by the California Supreme Court this past year has created significant uncertainty in California about whom employers can legitimately classify as an “independent contractor” and whom they must treat as an employee.  The ramifications of this decision for people in the property management industry – while still largely up in the air –…

Top Reasons Tenants Sue Their Landlords By-Cory Brewer

 1.  Security Deposit Refunds I have lost count of how many times I’ve heard the phrase, “We left the home in better condition than we received it” from a tenant who is being charged for damages.  It is imperative as a landlord to conduct a thorough move-in inspection complete with lots of pictures. Set the standard…

Prop. 10 is Dead – Now What? By – Peter Reitz

With the resounding defeat – 62% to 38% – of Prop. 10, one might conclude that the debate over rent control has been settled. After all, of the 58 counties in California, only San Francisco voted for repeal of Costa-Hawkins. Not only that, but even in the rent control stronghold of San Francisco, the vote…