June 27, 2018

California most often utilizes a periodic rental agreement or lease. A periodic rental agreement is an oral or written rental contract between the landlord and the tenant for a stated length of time (whether days, weeks, or months). A periodic rental agreement that req...

June 22, 2018

Where a title to property is disputed in a lawsuit, either party may record a lis pendens to put others (third-parties) on notice that there is a lawsuit pending. Lis pendens in essence means lawsuit pending and does not give the parties to the action foreclosure right...

June 19, 2018

A boundary line or property line is a perimeter of a parcel of land separating it from adjacent parcels. Under the agreed boundary doctrine, if there is uncertainty regarding an actual boundary line, the parties may agree to one. Most boundary disputes involve backyard...

June 15, 2018

California requires that hazardous conditions be disclosed and mold is the newest environmental hazard causing renters concern. 

Mold comes in various forms and may be hidden between walls, underneath the floor, on the ceiling and more. Moreover, mold may grow as long a...

June 12, 2018

The General Plan is the constitution for land use within a particular city or county. There are seven elements required in a General Plan:

  1. Land use

  2. Circulation

  3. Conservation

  4. Housing

  5. Noise

  6. Public safety

  7. Open space

*Cities along the coas...

June 8, 2018

In all residential agreements, you are entitled to peaceful and quiet enjoyment of your home. This can include rights within the home as well as a right against outside interferences. Most often however, noise is cause for conflict among neighbors. 

Excessive noise...

June 5, 2018

Unless it is prohibited in the lease, a lessee may sublease or assign his/her interest in the property to another. 


A sublease is an arrangement where a lessee rents his/her leasehold interest to another, called the sublessee. The sublessee is liable to the orig...

June 1, 2018

 Where there are repair problems involving the health, safety or welfare of the tenant, the landlord has a duty to make necessary repairs under the implied warranty of habitability. The tenant should notify the landlord of the problem (preferably in writing). If after...

May 25, 2018

The eviction process uses an unlawful detainer (court action) to evict a tenant. A landlord may not use illegal self-help remedies such as turning off utilities, changing locks, or removing a tenant's personal property from the unit. If a landlord does this, they will...

May 22, 2018

The Recording Act of California provides that any instrument affecting title to (or possession of) real property may be recorded. A deed must be acknowledged in a  formal declaration by a notary public to show that he/she did execute the document. A notary public is a...

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