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New 2017 Tenant Laws

2017 ushered in a host of state and local laws that affect your legals rights as a tenant: New State Tenant Laws The California legislature enacted several laws protecting tenants, including creating new laws related to bed bugs, regulating condominium pesticide treatment notices and procedures, and augmenting rules pertaining to public accessibility of court records in unlawful detainer proceedings. AB-551 – “Bed Bug Law” (Effective 1/1/17) This law establishes a landlord’s duty to ensure prompt treatment and control of bed bugs.… Read More »

Resident Managers

When Managers Are Required Apartment buildings with sixteen or more unit must have a resident manager. Resident Apartment Managers as Licensees To have tenant protections, a resident manager must be more than just an employee/licensee.  In rent-controlled jurisdictions, managers not considered tenants can be forced to leave when their employment is terminated. Several factors are looked at to determine if a manager is a tenant or an employee, including (1) whether there was a written lease; (2) whether the manager… Read More »

Breaking a Lease

Tenants break or void long-term leases for two reasons.  In the most common scenario, a tenant seeks to break a lease for personal reasons, for example to move to another state.  In a second scenario, the tenant must void the lease because the landlord has breached obligations under the lease by refusing to repair, failing to control neighboring tenants, or harassing tenants until they move.

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