Owner Move-In and Wrongful Eviction

You, a long-term low-rent tenant, receive notice your landlord wants to move in to your home within 60 days. You move out. However, it looks like the landlord did not move in because her car is never there, and other people are living in your former home. It appears...

Constructive Eviction and Tenants

There are many ways that a landlord can constructively evict a tenant. One way is for the landlord to commit a ”material breach” of the lease. Under California law, a landlord is required to provide basics in a rented apartment like security, heat and water in...

Pay your rent

Most renters know they need to pay their rent every month. But when should you pay your rent? Usually, in most leases, it states that rent needs to be paid on the first of every month. It might state you have a ‘grace period’ to pay. This means that if you mail your...

What is Costa-Hawkins and how does it affect you

A state law known as the Costa-Hawkins Act allows a landlord, whose rental property would otherwise be subject to local rent control laws, to increase the rent without legal limit if one of the tenants move out. With subtenants, Costa-Hawkins permits a landlord to...