Legal Q & A By Richard Beckman

Question 1: What is the latest on the COVID-19 19 eviction restrictions? And what about the recent CDC order halting evictions? Answer 1: As for the recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) order, nothing changed other than the extension of its effective date to January 31, 2021 from the end of December 2020.…

Legal Q & A By Dennis Block

Question One: My company recently purchased a rent-controlled building and the leases do not prohibit smoking. We’ve distributed a memo regarding a new No Smoking Policy, in response to one tenant complaining about smoke entering his unit and causing a health hazard. Can the offending tenant, who keeps smoking, be evicted for committing a nuisance…

Legal Q & A By Franco Simone

Q: My tenant paid his January rent with a personal check. Several days after I deposited the check, the bank notified me that the check was dishonored because there were insufficient funds. I no longer want to accept personal checks from this tenant.  Can I demand payment of rent in cash? A: Yes, if your…

Legal Q &A by Richard Beckman

Question 1: Other than AB 3088, which you covered in your online seminar in September, are there any new laws for 2021 that landlords should know about? Answer 1:  Apparently, the California legislature and Governor Newsom were as distracted by the pandemic as the rest of us, and, other than AB 3088, passed no laws…

Legal Q & A By-Franco Simone

Q: I am advertising my single-family residence for rent. I received an inquiry from an interested woman asking if I accept section 8 tenants. Can I refuse to rent to tenants that have section 8 vouchers? A: No, effective January 1, 2020, landlords with properties in the state of California cannot refuse to rent to…

Legal Q & A By-Dennis Block

Question One: I own a condominium in Long Beach, California. It is currently leased on a month-to-month rental agreement. My daughter is getting married and asked if she could move in after the wedding. Based on her request, I served a 60-day notice to terminate one of my tenants. My tenant informed me that they…

Legal Q & A By-Beckman

Question 1:   Have there been any developments on the rights of landlords during the COVID-19 crisis? Answer 1: Not surprisingly, yes. The two biggest developments are the expiration as of September 1 of the California Supreme Court’s April 6th order, applicable to all county courts, which had operated to prohibit new eviction actions (other…

Legal Q & A By-Dennis Block

Question One:  We have a tenant whose parking space is blocking the trash bin. Since the 80’s, there hasn’t been a problem with trash being picked up until now. He intentionally parks his car so that trash doesn’t get picked up, in hopes of getting a different space. There are no available spaces at this…

Legal Q & A By: Franco Simone

Definitions Used in This Article: Assistance animal is a term used to describe both 1) a service animal and 2) a support animal also known as an emotional support animal. Service animal is defined by the American Disability Association (ADA) as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the…

Legal Q & A By-Richard Beckman

Question 1: I have a tenant in a Lake County single family residence who is not paying rent. Moreover, the County has posted a notice of abatement citing accumulated household trash and other issues that are causing a health and safety issue. The abatement orders were issued 7/28/20.  My understanding of the COVID-19 moratorium is…