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CA AB81 COVID-19 relief.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to amend Sections 789.4, 1785.20.4, 1788.65, 1788.66, and 1942.9 of, and to amend and renumber Section 1179.04.5 of, the Civil Code, to amend Sections 871.10, 1179.03, and 1179.05 of the Code of Civil Procedure, to amend Sections 50897.1 and 50897.3 of the Health and Safety Code, to amend Section 4003 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, and to amend Section 11157 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to COVID-19 relief, and making an appropriation therefor, to take effect immediately, bill related to the budget.
Sponsors
Philip Ting
Last Action
Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 5, Statutes of 2021.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-ab81/

CA SB91 COVID-19 relief: tenancy: federal rental assistance.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to amend Sections 789.4, 1942.5, and 3273.1 of, to add Sections 1785.20.4, 1788.66, and 1942.9 to, and to add and repeal Section 1788.65 of, the Civil Code, to amend Sections 116.223, 1161.2, 1161.2.5, 1179.01, 1179.02, 1179.03, 1179.03.5, 1179.04, 1179.05, and 1179.07 of, to amend the heading of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 1179.01) of Title 3 of Part 3 of, to add Section 1179.04.5 to, and to add and repeal Chapter 11 (commencing with Section 871.10) of Title 10 of Part of, the Code of Civil Procedure, to amend Section 925.6 of the Government Code, and to add Chapter 17 (commencing with Section 50897) to Part 2 of Division 31 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to tenancy, and making an appropriation therefor, to take effect immediately, bill related to the budget.
Sponsors
Budget and Fiscal Review
Last Action
Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 2, Statutes of 2021.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-sb91/

CA SB92 COVID-19 relief.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to amend Sections 789.4, 1785.20.4, 1788.65, 1788.66, and 1942.9 of, and to amend and renumber Section 1179.04.5 of, the Civil Code, to amend Sections 871.10, 1179.03, and 1179.05 of the Code of Civil Procedure, to amend Sections 50897.1 and 50897.3 of the Health and Safety Code, to amend Section 4003 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, and to amend Section 11157 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to COVID-19 relief, and making an appropriation therefor, to take effect immediately, bill related to the budget.
Sponsors
Nancy Skinner
Last Action
From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on BUDGET.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-sb92/

CA AB15 COVID-19 relief: tenancy: Tenant Stabilization Act of 2021.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to amend Sections 789.4, 798.56, 1942.5, and 2924.15 of, and to add Sections 1785.20.4 and 1942.5.5 to, the Civil Code, and to amend Sections 116.223, 1161, 1161.2, 1161.2.5, 1179.02, 1179.02.5, 1179.03, 1179.03.5, and 1179.07 of, and to add Section 1179.04.5 to, the Code of Civil Procedure, relating to tenancies, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.
Sponsors
Rob Bonta David Chiu Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Sharon Quirk-Silva Miguel Santiago Buffy Wicks Maria Durazo Laura Friedman Alex Lee Luz Rivas Scott Wiener Benjamin Allen Richard Bloom Ash Kalra Robert Rivas Philip Ting
Last Action
Referred to Com. on H. & C.D.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-ab15/

CA AB80 Taxation: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: Federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

CA AB16 Tenancies: COVID-19 Tenant, Small Landlord, and Affordable Housing Provider Stabilization Act of 2021.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to add Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 50495) to Part 2 of Division 31 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to tenancies.
Sponsors
David Chiu
Last Action
Re-referred to Com. on H. & C.D.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-ab16/

CA AB1177 California Public Banking Option Act.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to amend Section 1947.3 of the Civil Code, to add Title 21.1 (commencing with Section 100100) to the Government Code, to add Section 90.4 to the Labor Code, and to amend Section 12302.2 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to financial institutions.
Sponsors
Wendy Carrillo David Chiu Eduardo Garcia Mike Gipson Ash Kalra Alex Lee Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Miguel Santiago Philip Ting Buffy Wicks Rob Bonta Maria Durazo Laura Friedman Lena Gonzalez Benjamin Hueso Reginald Jones-Sawyer Luz Rivas Scott Wiener
Last Action
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on B. & F. Read second time and amended.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-ab1177/

CA AB780 Local zoning ordinances: school district employee housing.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to amend Section 53094 of the Government Code, relating to housing.
Sponsors
Philip Ting
Last Action
Re-referred to Coms. on L. GOV. and ED. pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-ab780/

CA AB1188 Rental registry online portal.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to add Section 1942.9 to the Civil Code, and to add Section 50468 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to residential tenancies.
Sponsors
Ash Kalra Buffy Wicks Scott Wiener
Last Action
Referred to Coms. on H. & C.D. and JUD.
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-ab1188/

CA AB255 COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Eviction and Rent Relief Act.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to add Section 1952.9 to the Civil Code, relating to COVID-19 relief.
Sponsors
Al Muratsuchi
Last Action
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on JUD. Read second time and amended.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-ab255/

CA AB1493 Tenancy: victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, or elder abuse.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to amend Section 1161.3 of the Code of Civil Procedure, relating to civil procedure.
Sponsors
Blanca Rubio
Last Action
Read first time.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-ab1493/

CA AB1199 Homes for Families and Corporate Monopoly Transparency Excise Tax: qualified property: reporting requirements.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to add Article 8 (commencing with Section 12280) to Chapter 3 of Part 2 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, and to add Part 6.8 (commencing with Section 11951) to Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to landlords, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.
Sponsors
Mike Gipson
Last Action
Referred to Coms. on REV. & TAX. and H. & C.D.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-ab1199/

CA AB1487 Legal Services Trust Fund Commission: Homelessness Prevention Fund: grants: eviction or displacement.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to add Article 17 (commencing with Section 6250) to Chapter 4 of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to legal assistance.
Sponsors
David Chiu Jesse Gabriel Miguel Santiago Benjamin Allen Maria Durazo Alex Lee Nancy Skinner Buffy Wicks
Last Action
Re-referred to Com. on JUD.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-ab1487/

CA AB27 Homeless children and youths and unaccompanied youths: reporting.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to amend Sections 48852.5 and 48859 of, and to add Sections 48851, 48852.6, and 48857 to, the Education Code, relating to homeless children and youths and unaccompanied youths, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.
Sponsors
David Chiu Luz Rivas Sharon Quirk-Silva Kevin McCarty Tasha Horvath Cristina Garcia Cottie Petrie-Norris Rudy Salas
Last Action
Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-ab27/

CA SB162 Community Economic Resilience Fund Program.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to add Chapter 5.1 (commencing with Section 14531) to Division 7 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, relating to economic development, and making an appropriation therefor, to take effect immediately, bill related to the budget.
Sponsors
Budget and Fiscal Review
Last Action
Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 259, Statutes of 2021.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-sb162/

CA SB46 American Rescue Plan Act funds: federal recovery funds: funded projects.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to add Article 1.6 (commencing with Section 16365.6) to Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to state government.
Sponsors
Henry Stern
Last Action
Referral to Com. on E.Q. rescinded because of the limitations placed on committee hearings due to ongoing health and safety risks of the COVID-19 virus.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-sb46/

CA AB832 COVID-19 relief: tenancy: federal rental assistance.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An act to amend Sections 789.4, 1788.65, 1788.66, 1942.5, and 3273.1 of the Civil Code, to amend Sections 116.223, 871.10, 871.11, 871.12, 1161.2.5, 1179.02, 1179.03, 1179.03.5, 1179.04, 1179.05, and 1179.07 of, to amend and repeal Section 1161.2 of, and to add and repeal Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 1179.08) of Title 3 of Part 3 of, the Code of Civil Procedure, and to amend Sections 50897, 50897.1, 50897.2, 50897.3, and 50897.4 of, and to add Sections 50897.2.1 and 50897.3.1 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to tenancy, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.
Sponsors
Richard Bloom David Chiu Eloise Reyes Anna Caballero Maria Durazo Scott Wiener
Last Action
Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 27, Statutes of 2021.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2021-ab832/

CA SB644 Tenancy: security deposit: service members.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An act to amend Section 1950.5 of the Civil Code, relating to tenancy.
Sponsors
Steve Glazer Scott Wilk Rebecca Bauer-Kahan Anna Caballero Ling Ling Chang Heath Flora Jesse Gabriel Tim Grayson Shannon Grove Tom Lackey Randy Voepel
Last Action
Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 602, Statutes of 2019.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2019-sb644/

CA SB529 Tenant associations: eviction for cause.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An act to add Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 1954.700) to Title 5 of Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code, relating to tenancy.
Sponsors
Maria Durazo
Last Action
Read third time. Refused passage. (Ayes 20. Noes 15. Page 1368.)
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2019-sb529/

CA SB1157 Tenancy: credit reporting: lower income households.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An act to add and repeal Section 1954.06 of the Civil Code, relating to tenancy.
Sponsors
Steven Bradford Benjamin Hueso
Last Action
Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 204, Statutes of 2020.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2019-sb1157/

CA AB1188 Dwelling units: persons at risk of homelessness.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An act to add and repeal Section 1942.8 of the Civil Code, relating to residential rental property.
Sponsors
Jesse Gabriel
Last Action
Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 339, Statutes of 2019.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2019-ab1188/

CA AB724 Rental property data registry.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An act to add Section 50468 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to residential tenancies.
Sponsors
Buffy Wicks Nancy Skinner
Last Action
From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2019-ab724/

CA AB2406 Homeless Accountability and Prevention Act: rental registry online portal.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An act to add Section 1942.9 to the Civil Code, and to add Section 50468 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to residential tenancies.
Sponsors
Buffy Wicks
Last Action
In committee: Held under submission.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2019-ab2406/

CA AB3088 Tenancy: rental payment default: mortgage forbearance: state of emergency: COVID-19.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An act to amend Sections 1946.2, 1947.12, and 1947.13 of, to amend, repeal, and add Sections 798.56, 1942.5, 2924.15 of, to add Title 19 (commencing with Section 3273.01) to Part 4 of Division 3 of, and to add and repeal Section 789.4 of, the Civil Code, and to amend, repeal, and add Sections 1161 and 1161.2 of, to add Section 1161.2.5 to, to add and repeal Section 116.223 of, and to add and repeal Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 1179.01) of Title 3 of Part 3 of, the Code of Civil Procedure, relating to COVID-19 relief, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.
Sponsors
David Chiu Monique Limon Steven Bradford Anna Caballero Rob Bonta Laura Friedman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Hannah-Beth Jackson Miguel Santiago Buffy Wicks Benjamin Allen Richard Bloom Wendy Carrillo Maria Durazo Ash Kalra Luz Rivas Adrin Nazarian Sharon Quirk-Silva Robert Rivas Bob Wieckowski Scott Wiener
Last Action
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (August 29). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2019-ab3088/

CA AB1110 Rent increases: noticing.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An act to amend Section 827 of the Civil Code, relating to rent increases.
Sponsors
Laura Friedman
Last Action
Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 595, Statutes of 2019.
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ca-2019-ab1110/

Must-Know California Landlord-Tenant Laws

Law For Landlords

In the U.S., there are nearly 48.5 million rental units. A little over half of these rental units are owned by business entities, while the rest are owned by individual investors.

There are a lot of good reasons to own rental property in, including providing a passive income source as well as the potential for property value appreciation. Many Americans have managed to make rental property ownership their full-time job, while others might keep a few rental properties as a way of making extra income.

If you are considering becoming a landlord, you likely have a lot of questions. What regulations do landlords need to know? What should I know as a landlord in general?

Understanding landlord-tenant laws is essential for protecting yourself legally and financially. Here’s a brief guide for self-managing landlords regarding some of the most important federal and state laws.

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act is one of the two major federal laws that impact all property managers and landlords across the country. This is a law that prohibits discrimination due to national origin, race, religion, color, disability, sex or familial status. This law applies to:

  • Renting or buying a home
  • Seeking housing assistance
  • Getting a mortgage
  • Engaging in other housing-related activities

This law extends beyond leasing where landlords are concerned. It also applies to advertising, meaning that it is illegal to market your properties to any specific group of people.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a law that requires landlords to do a number of things when running a credit check. These include receiving permission from an applicant to run a credit report, informing the applicant if their credit report was the basis for adverse action or denial, and providing specific information regarding the credit reporting agency they used

Law Paint Law

It is required by landlords under federal law to disclose the presence of lead paint. They are not required to remove lead paint under federal law, but state laws might dictate otherwise. It’s important to learn about your state and municipality laws regarding lead paint in addition to the federal law.

Discrimination Law

Beyond the Federal Fair Housing Act, state and local laws might provide additional protection beyond the federal law. These might extend protections to people based on their sexual orientation, age, marital status, political association and even hairstyle.

Tenant Duties

While your tenant is responsible for some things, you should know what those things are as the landlord. Then, you can include those duties in your lease agreement. If a tenant doesn’t fulfill their duties, you may be able to provide a notice to vacate in law. Your tenants need to comply with local health and building codes to keep themselves and others safe. They also need to dispose of garbage safely and legally, and they need to use the property reasonably. That means living in the property, but unreasonable uses could include conducting business. Tenants are also responsible for keeping the property clean on a daily basis. They also can’t do anything that would disturb their neighbors, especially if you own a duplex or a similar property. A tenant must also ensure their guests also comply with these requirements. And whenever your tenant has any issues, they must notify you so that you can correct the problem.

Security Deposit Limit

Before a tenant moves in, you can charge them a security deposit. Fortunately, doesn’t have any limitations regarding the amount the deposit can be. You can set an amount based on the property’s rent or value. And you can charge a security deposit for short-term or long-term leases. Then, you can hold onto that amount for the duration of the tenant’s stay. While you can use the money from the deposit, it’s smart to keep it in a separate account. When the tenant moves out, you can make sure you have enough money to pay them back. You can outline the terms of the security deposit, such as the amount and when you will return it, in your lease agreement. That way, you and your tenant both understand the terms, and you can use similar language if you ever buy property in another state.

A Legal Lease Document

Each state and some municipalities might have laws regarding the lease contract. Rental contracts must abide by all laws and be legally written. It is necessary to indicate tenant names, monthly rental rates, and leasing periods clearly.

In some jurisdictions, it is required that certain legal disclosures be included in the lease document. Working with a lawyer to produce your rental contract can help ensure that the lease provides all of the required information and doesn’t break any federal, state, or local laws.

Required Disclosures

It is common in many states to require landlords to inform tenants about individual landlord policies, certain state laws, or specific information about the rental. It might be required that this is disclosed within the lease itself or in additional documentation.

It’s important to look into your state’s requirements about disclosures. However, some commonly required disclosures include notice of recent deaths, mold, meth contamination, or other safety or health hazards.

Providing a Safe Environment

One important landlord-tenant law has to do with the habitability of the rental unit. The definition of “safe, habitable condition” might be different between states. For this reason, you must familiarize yourself with the laws for landlords in your location.

Typically, this means that the property cannot have serious deficiencies. It also means that fixtures, appliances, heating, and plumbing need to be in working order. You also cannot rent out a property that is infested with pests or insects.

 Landlords are usually responsible for dealing with infestations even if the outbreak happens after the tenant moves in. However, in many states, this can be avoided by specifying that the renter is responsible for pest control.

Laws About Making Repairs

In the lease agreement, it will be outlined that the tenants are responsible for reporting necessary repairs. It then becomes the landlord’s responsibility to complete the repairs within an appropriate amount of time.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

Security Deposits

It is common for landlords to require a security deposit from the tenant. This is in order to cover the costs of any damage the tenant causes or if they fail to pay rent. A landlord must refund the security deposit unless it is needed to cover the cost of fixing property damage or covering default rent payments.

In some states, how the security deposit is kept is dictated by the law. It is also typically required that an itemized list of deductions must be provided to the tenant if the landlord is using some of the deposit for these purposes.

The unused portion of the deposit must be returned and the itemized statement must be provided. If they aren’t, the landlord can face financial and legal repercussions.

Renters Right To Privacy

Most landlord-tenant rules and regulations cover the right to quiet enjoyment of a tenant. This means that it is their right to live on a property undisturbed. The landlord must give proper notice before entering the rental unit, which is usually 24 to 48 hours unless there is an emergency.

Landlords can only enter the rental property for valid reasons and at a reasonable time of day after giving notice.

Landlord-Tenant Laws: Essential For Protecting Yourself Legally and Financially

Without a good understanding of landlord-tenant laws, you can find yourself in a mess of legal and financial trouble. It’s therefore very important to familiarize yourself with the federal, state, and local laws regarding the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords.

Are you looking for more valuable resources to serve as a guide for self-managing landlords? You can find more resources and guides here.

Reviewing Laws for Landlords

Understanding laws for landlords is essential for keeping your properties up and running. It can also protect you and your finances if you have a problematic tenant or experience other issues. Whether you just bought your first rental property or are looking to expand, you should understand how these laws affect you. That way, you won’t have to worry about losing everything. Do you want to learn more about laws for landlords? Let us know.

Please understand that because of the nature of the topic, this page has been written in a generalized form. Further guidance should be sought on the topic being searched by the landlord.

California Landlord Legislation Blog

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Eviction Moratorium Ends

Time to Focus on Rental Assistance Breaking News August 27, 2021 The U.S. Supreme Court ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) eviction moratorium Thursday night, giving much-needed relief to America’s small housing providers facing financial hardship for more than a year. In a 6-3 ruling, a majority of justices agreed that the stay on the lower court’s order finding the CDC’s eviction moratorium to be unlawful was no longer justified. In their order, the justices wrote, “The

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A Guide to Section 8 for Landlords

Over 10 million Americans are afforded federal rental assistance under a program known as Section 8 housing. This federal rental assistance can be used all over the United States, which means that all US landlords should have a basic understanding of what Section 8 is and how it works. In short, Section 8 housing provides a solution for low-income families and individuals who are in need of housing. But how does Section 8 housing work for landlords? If you’ve poked around online

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Pros and Cons of Month-to-Month Rental Leases

The real estate market is in a particularly unusual state in 2021 as the overall economy seeks to correct itself during an ongoing pandemic. One of the more surprising results of the past year is that while housing prices are going up, the cost to rent is, in many places, going down or stabilizing. Now is a great time for property owners to analyze the kind of leasing agreements they typically offer. Is month-to-month rental a better solution in the present,

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A Guide to Squatter Rights- What Landlords Absolutely Need to Know

If you’re a landlord who has recently discovered the presence of unknown tenants living in one of your properties, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Is this trespassing? Can you simply kick them out? The answer is not quite so simple, assuming these unexpected tenants are squatters. We tend to think of squatters in basic, colloquial terms: people who have moved into a property they don’t own or rent and live there without permission. However, you’ve probably also heard

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A Complete Guide to Every Step in the Eviction Process

As a landlord, your hope is to bring on high-quality tenants that abide by the lease and pay rent on time each month. However, you might be surprised at how likely it is that you could find yourself going through the eviction process at some point in your tenure. In the past few years, US eviction data was compiled and revealed just how common evictions actually are. In fact, in 2016 alone, 2.3 million evictions were filed in America. Our goal is

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The Landlord’s Guide to Rent Collection

There are over 10 million individual landlords in the United States, each with its own methods for rent collection. How a landlord collects rent, what they charge, and how they deal with late payments has to do both with their personal preferences and the laws in their state. Renting is a great way to earn side money or even a full liveable income, but there are many things to consider before you begin looking for tenants. If you have a property you’re interested

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