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What Home Buyers Should Know About Disclosure
Trust Your Real Estate Agent But Verify the Documents Buying a new home looks easy on HGTV shows – even fun! Except when it’s not. Some buyers believe they have finally bought their dream home, only to wake up in a nightmare of major, unforeseen problems with a house...
Find a Licensed, Insured Contractor
Finding a contractor you trust can present an overwhelming task in these times when good contractors are stretched thin and hard to find. You are absolutely not alone and. Competent contractors are out there - below are some ideas to keep your project on track. Where...
CC&Rs – Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions
If you live in a condominium or a planned community governed by a Homeowners Association (HOA), you have likely heard about Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, which are commonly referred to as CC&Rs. CC&Rs are legal documents containing rules and...
Understand the New ‘Just Cause’ Oakland Eviction Rules
Severe housing shortages and persistent COVID economic impact in the Oakland metro area are finally moving the needle in favor of stricter tenants’ rights regarding eviction protection. Oakland voters made their support for at-risk tenants clear in November of 2022:...
What Tenants Need to Know About Rent Registries
There’s a new rule on the books for landlords in San Francisco, Oakland and other California cities. Buildings with 10+ residential units must be fully registered with the local rent boards. That means each unit’s unique “stats” must be on file (and updated annually)...
What to Know if You Receive an Ellis Act notice of termination of your tenancy
Until it arrives at your doorstep, the 1985 California state law known as the "Ellis Act" may never cross your mind. San Francisco tenants whose thresholds are darkened by Ellis Act notices of termination of their tenancies find themselves in a confusing and...
When Your Landlord Attempts a Lock Out
This case is about a tenant who fought a bad landlord and the hard-working attorney she hired. Based on the antics of the landlord, the court eventually awarded the tenant a considerable amount of money. Landlords frequently break the rules about lock outs. The court...
When Your Landlord Wants to Move In
Imagine receiving a letter from the owner of your rental home or apartment asking you to vacate because they are planning to move into your apartment. Surprise! Can your owner-landlord kick you out and move in? Yes, they can - the property belongs to them. "Owner...
Exorbitant Rent Increases – Can My Landlord Do That?
When we recently discussed the Costa-Hawkins Act of 1995 in this blog, we noted the act was created to "manage the power of California cities to regulate individual rental markets." The Act was intended to protect long-term tenants from skyrocketing rent price gouging...
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