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…Details
The Inner Workings of the Courthouse Chambers – How Judges Decide on Issues – Part Two – Nate Bernstein, Esq.
Here are some guidelines for how judges will decide an issue before them: Judges and their staff like things to be brief, material, highly relevant, and to the point. That is why for bread and butter law and motion matters briefs should be no more than 10 pages double spaced. It is helpful for attorneys…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
Current market conditions have made investing in long-term rental property more appealing than ever. If you buy a few rental properties and self-manage them, you’ll have several duties (in addition to cashing checks). One of the biggest is trying to keep your maintenance costs as low as possible. The best way to keep maintenance costs…Details
Although nationwide one-bedroom apartment rent has nearly returned to the January 2017 mark of $1,016 — after a March low point of $1,003 — in certain cities, rent prices have been more volatile, according to a new release from Abodo.com.
Most residential lease agreements contain a “no sublet” clause. The terms of the lease prohibit tenants from subletting or renting their units without the landlord’s express and written consent. This clause is now the subject of litigation with landlords, tenants, and a company called Airbnb.Details
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.
Attorneys in California have recently been very busy filing against rental property owners and their managers of these rental properties because they allege the owners have violated the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA]. These lawsuits appear to be targeting both large and small apartment complexes in a variety of Southern California counties.