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Can Your Landlord Increase Your Rent For Having A Baby?

When California tenants remain in their unit long-term, they often settle in by acquiring more possessions, ingratiating themselves in the neighborhood, making their house a home, and, frequently, having children.  Many landlords find tenants with children problematic and prefer not to rent to families.  Where long-term California tenants have, adopt, ...

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San Francisco Rent Board Publishes 2.3% Allowable Annual Rent Increase Taking Effect in 2022

The San Francisco Rent Board announced the allowable annual increase for rent increases between March 1, 2022 and February 28, 2023.  Rent increases for San Francisco tenants living in rental units covered by the San Francisco Rent Ordinance’s rent control provisions are capped at 2.3% during this time.  With certain ...

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Where in the World is My Landlord? Locating Landlord Contact Information in California

Are you trying to get ahold of your landlord to request a repair but don’t know who they are?  Are you suing your landlord in small claims court and need your current or, more likely, former landlord’s address?  Sometimes, California tenants may not possess their landlord’s complete contact information.  Worry ...

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All About California Civil Code § 1950.5: The California Security Deposit Law

Often, California tenants must pay security deposits. Although usually an afterthought during the tenancy, security deposits can become central to landlord-tenant disputes upon a tenancy’s conclusion. For what can a landlord deduct from a California tenant’s security deposit? How many days does a California tenant have to wait for a ...

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Can California Landlords Require California Tenants Pay Rent Electronically?

Reports of California landlords requiring California tenants to pay rent via online portals and websites routinely surface with greater frequency in recent years. Given the increasingly frequent torrent of data breaches and malware attacks throughout the Nation, many tenants simply do not wish to keep their private financial information online. ...

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California Legislature Addresses Amenities and Services Lost or Reduced Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

With Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns forcing the continued shutter of shared spaces throughout the state, many California tenants in apartment and condominium complexes have lost the use of their gyms, pools, gaming rooms, meeting rooms, community rooms, and other amenities for nearly a year.  Understandably, some California tenants inquire about obtaining ...

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California Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Eviction Moratorium Extended Until June 30, 2021

On January 28, 2021, the California Legislature extended the California Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Eviction Moratorium, which protects California tenants statewide from eviction based on nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 impacts.  Now, California tenants remain protected until June 30, 2021. Additionally, California will implement a statewide rental assistance program to keep California ...

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IHSS Compensation Not Considered When Calculating California Section 8 Tenant’s Housing Assistance Payment

California public housing authorities may not consider in-home supportive services care compensation when calculating a public housing tenant’s housing subsidy. In Reilly v. Marin Housing Authority, the California Supreme Court held, in a majority opinion written by Justice Chin, a Section 8 beneficiary’s IHSS compensation for providing in-home supportive services ...

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California Tenants Affected by Coronavirus Protected by California COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium

Effective immediately, California tenants are protected from evictions related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 income disruptions.  Until at least May 31, 2020, California landlords cannot evict a tenant for non-payment of rent due to financial disruption related to Coronavirus/COVID-19. To qualify for eviction protections, California tenants must: Be current on the rent due ...

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