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Governor of California Issues Eviction Moratorium

On March 27, 2020, the Governor of California issued Executive Order N-37-20. This executive order delays the eviction process for tenants who show that they are unable to pay rent due to the novel corona virus (COVID-19). The executive order is summarized below. I.    Background On March 4, 2020,…

March 31, 2020 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

San Francisco Expands Eviction Controls To Cover Residential Units Constructed After June 13, 1979

Effective January 20, 2020, eviction controls under the San Francisco Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance (“Rent Ordinance”) apply to any residential units constructed after June 13, 1979, and any residential units that have undergone substantial rehabilitation.  The rent limitations and the eviction controls enumerated in the Rent Ordinance previously applied…

February 2, 2020 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

California Landlord’s Obligations Related To The United States Census

A common question is what extent landlords are required to comply census takers. A landlord’s obligations relating to a United States Census are governed by 13 United States Code Section 223, which provides as follows:  “Whoever, being the owner, proprietor, manager, superintendent, or agent of any hotel, apartment house, boarding…

January 21, 2020 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

90 Days’ Notice Required to Increase Rent by More Than 10% For A Residential Dwelling With A Month-to-Month Tenancy

On October 8, 2019, the Governor of California approved Assembly Bill 1110, which lengthens the amount of notice a residential landlord is required to provide a tenant for rent increases greater than 10%. AB 1110 amends California Civil Code Section 827 and takes effect January 1, 2020. New Notice Requirement…

October 19, 2019 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

Summary of California’s Statewide Rent Cap Law

On October 8, 2019, the Governor of California approved Assembly Bill 1482, which establishes statewide rent and eviction controls.  The new law is effective on January 1, 2020.  The following is a summary of the rent cap portion of the new law, which is found in the newly created Civil…

October 19, 2019 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

City of San Jose Enacts Housing Payment Equality Ordinance

Effective September 27, 2019, the San Jose Housing Payment Equality Ordinance prohibits discrimination against housing voucher holders who apply for rental housing in San José. The ordinance enables applicants who receive financial assistance to be considered in an equal manner to all other applicants. The ordinance is intended to expand…

October 5, 2019 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

Frivolous or Duplicative Notice of Removal of State Court Action to Federal Court Does Not Deprive State Court of Jurisdiction

In ClipperJet v, Tyson, decided on August 7, 2019, the California Court of Appeal decided that the filing of a frivolous or duplicative Notice of Removal of a state court action to federal court does not deprive the state court of jurisdiction over the case. By way of background, federal courts…

August 18, 2019 | Landlord-Tenant Law |