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Lease Agreement

If you’re just starting out in the rental business, make sure you have a well-written lease with clauses that foresee as many situations as possible to protect yourself and your valuable rental property. A real-estate lawyer can help you come up with a solid lease that protects your property, a lease that will help you
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Preparing for Court

An unlawful detainer case is a lawsuit heard in California Superior Court whereby a landlord is required to go to have a tenant evicted. Most landlords will be in situations where they find it necessary to evict tenants who are repeatedly late with the rent or not paying at all, who make noise that disturbs
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Rent Control Ballot

Several big American cities, including many in California, have had rent-control policies for decades. In November 2018 Californians will be able to vote on an initiative that relaxes present restrictions on local rent-control laws. The fact is, rent controls hurt tenants and landlords and do not keep rental costs down overall, says an expert in
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Evictions

If you’re just starting out renting your property to other people, you may be tempted to study up on California landlord-tenant law and do everything on your own. You may think you don’t need to hire a landlord attorney. After all, how hard can it be to learn everything you need to know about landlord-tenant
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Keeping Rental Units in Livable Condition

Landlords and tenants share responsibility to keep rental units and common areas in good condition. (Corey Coyle photo/Creative Commons) You might have a courteous, professional relationship with a tenant who pays the rent on time, but all of a sudden problems develop, either on your end or the tenant’s. Sometimes this involves the habitability or
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Serving 30 to 60 Days Notice to Evict

(Photo by bigwavephoto/Creative Commons) If a tenant doesn’t pay the rent, does something illegal or violates terms of the lease, you can start an eviction process with a 3-day notice. But what if you want a tenant to move out but he hasn’t done anything wrong on your property? For example, you have just decided
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