The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009 (PTFA) Has Been Reinstated

On May 24, 2018, Senate Bill 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, was signed into law. The bill, designed to amend regulations put in place by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, reinstates the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA).  Originally introduced in 2009, the PTFA “contained protections […]

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NOTICE TO PAY RENT OR QUIT THAT ALLOWS PERSONAL DELIVERY OF RENT MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, BUT NOT ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY, DOES NOT EXTEND THE NOTICE PERIOD

In Hsieh v. Pederson, decided May 8, 2018, a lease for residential premises required the landlord to provide a 14-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit instead of the statutorily required Three-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit. The landlord served the tenant with a 14-Day Notice to Pay Rent […]

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Ruzicka, Wallace & Coughlin, LLP’s Website Wins Muse Creative Award

Ruzicka, Wallace & Coughlin, LLP is pleased to announce that its website won a prestigious 2018 Rose Gold Award.  Muse Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals that celebrates excellence in the craft and art of communications. We want to thank our excellent web designers at PaperStreet Web Design. Great […]

April 2, 2018 | Law Firm News |

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Attorney Nicole Vettraino Recognized by the State Bar of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

We are pleased to announce that attorney Nicole Vettraino, who is “Of Counsel” with Ruzicka, Wallace & Coughlin, LLP, has been recognized by the State Bar of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. The State Bar of California program for certifying legal specialists […]

October 20, 2017 | Law Firm News |

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Landlord Requiring Rent Payments To Be Mailed As The Exclusive Method of Payment Bears The Risk That The Payment Will Be Lost In The Mail

In SLEEP EZ v. Mateo (2017) 13 Cal.App.5th Supp. 1, decided on April 4, 2017, an apartment landlord brought and unlawful detainer action against tenants for non-payment of rent. The lease agreement required the tenants to pay $523.98 in rent per month by U.S Mail. The property manager instructed the […]

September 30, 2017 | Landlord-Tenant Law |

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CALIFORNIA LAW REQUIRES LESSORS OF COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TO DISCLOSE WHETHER THE PREMISES HAVE UNDERGONE INSPECTION BY A CERTIFIED ACCESS SPECIALIST (CASp)

Under Civil Code section 1938, a commercial property owner or lessor is required to state on every lease form or rental agreement executed on or after January 1, 2017, whether or not the subject premises have undergone inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (CASp). If the subject premises have undergone […]

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Disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. held that disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. (ICP), brought suit against the Department of Housing and Community Affairs for disparate-impact […]

June 5, 2017 | Articles |

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Using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to Protect Employers’ Information

All employers are faced with the risk of employees misusing their work computers: not only can employees waste time watching sports, checking and updating social media, and navigating through inappropriate and unsecure websites, but there is also the risk of employees accessing files without authorization and even obtaining confidential information […]

June 5, 2017 | Articles |

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