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Los Angeles Tenants Gain New Eviction & Anti-Displacement Protections in 2023

The City of Los Angeles has one of the State of California’s most robust rent ordinances protecting Los Angeles tenants from dramatic rent increases, tenant harassment, and evictions.  As the COVID-19 eviction moratoria terminate across California, the City of Los Angeles promulgated new legislation designed to Los Angeles tenants from ...

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Can My Landlord Change the Locks on My Unit?

Can My Landlord Change the Locks on My Unit? Landlords can never change the locks to a California tenant’s rental unit during their lawful tenancy. California Civil Code § 789.3. The law is clear: California tenants are protected from “self-help” remedies, including illegal lockouts.  Spinks v. Equity Residential Briarwood Apts., ...

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California Tenants Do Not Have to Provide More Than 30 Days Notice to Vacate

Unless the parties agree to shorter notice, California tenants with month-to-month tenancies must provide, by default, thirty (30) days’ written notice when serving a notice to vacate on the landlord.  California Civil Code § 1946.  California Civil Code section 1953 also operates to protect California tenants here by invalidating any ...

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Can California Tenants Waive Their Right to Thirty or Sixty-Day Termination of Tenancy Notices?

Under California Civil Code section 1946, California tenants are entitled to written notice when the landlord seeks to terminate a tenancy.  California Civil Code §§ 1946, 1946.1.  Specifically, the landlord must provide thirty (30) days’ notice where the California tenant only resides in their rental unit for less than one ...

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Owner Move-In Evictions and Relative Move-In Evictions Under the Fairfax Rent Ordinance

Under the Fairfax Rent Ordinance, landlords are permitted to terminate a tenancy to perform an owner move-in eviction or relative move-in eviction, which requires the owner or relative to reside in the unit as their primary residence. Despite being a lawful just cause for eviction, the owner, or their qualified ...

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Los Angeles County Tenants Protected by Local COVID-19 Eviction Protections

California’s statewide eviction protections expired on June 30, 2022. However, Los Angeles County tenants have local protections. This means landlords in Los Angeles County cannot evict low-income tenants for non-payment of rent due on or after July 1, 2022, not paid due to COVID-19-related illness or economic fallout. Los Angeles ...

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San Francisco Tenants Protected Under New COVID-19 Eviction Protections Beginning July 1, 2022

California’s statewide eviction protections expired on June 30, 2022. However, San Francisco tenants gained new local protections that go into effect on July 1, 2022. This means landlords in San Francisco cannot evict tenants for non-payment of rent due on or after July 1, 2022, not paid due to the ...

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Relocation Payments for Ventura Tenants Evicted for Demolition or Substantial Remodeling Work

Following the horrendous Casa del Pueblo eviction fiasco, the City of Ventura, also referred to as San Buenaventura, passed an urgency ordinance providing Ventura tenants with just cause for eviction protections for demolition or substantial remodeling evictions in May 2022.  Additionally, for these reasons, Ventura tenants are entitled to relocation ...

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Ellis Act Evictions Under the Sacramento Tenant Protection Act

Under the Sacramento Tenant Protection Ordinance, landlords can evict all tenants from a rental property and remove the property from the residential rental housing market.  Sacramento Municipal Code § 5.156.090(A).  Despite being a lawful just cause for eviction under the Sacramento Tenant Protection Act’s just cause for eviction protection provisions, ...

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The Sacramento Tenant Protection Act: Rent Control and Eviction Protections for Sacramento Tenants

Codified at Chapter 5.156 of the Sacramento Municipal Code, the Sacramento Tenant Protection Act protects Sacramento tenants by limiting rent increases, limiting evictions, and provides several enforcement mechanisms for a deprivation of rights.  The Sacramento Tenant Protection Act requires landlords to have just cause for eviction when evicting a Sacramento ...

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