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What is the difference between a rental agreement and a lease?

While the words lease and rental agreements are often used interchangeably, they actually refer to two different types of rental contracts. A lease is a detailed long-term rental contract whereas a rental agreement is a renewable short-term contract. Depending on the needs of the landlord and potential tenants, both have positive aspects and drawbacks.

How an eviction affects your credit rating

A rental agreement is a legally binding document, wherein you the tenant are agreeing to your landlord’s terms. However, if you do not uphold your end of the arrangement, your landlord can evict you. Evictions can happen when tenants fail to pay rent, do not obey property rules or damage the rental property.

Dealing with boundary disputes

Border disputes can happen when neighbors do not have a clear understanding of where their property boundaries are. In most cases, the dispute is caused by encroachment.

How Does the Short Term Rental Ordinance Affect Me?

What started with a discussion of regulations for Santa Cruz granny flats in 2015 has become a regulatory nightmare for homeowners that rent out property to short-term renters. Billed by the city as an attempt to preserve a nuisance-free and healthy community, many residents are calling the City of Santa Cruz’s new Short Term Rental Ordinance excessive regulation.

What does it mean to quiet a land title?

When purchasing a piece of real property, you anticipate receiving a deed to it that indicates you are the sole owner and that no one else has a right to the property. That could be a challenge with certain tracts of land because previous owners and others failed to appropriately handle issues involving the title in the past.

What are your rights as a tenant in California?

As a renter in California, you know how important it is for you to make the effort to protect your rights and interests. From disputes with your landlord to reviewing the terms of a new rental agreement, you may find yourself in situations in which you could greatly benefit from the assistance of an experienced legal ally.


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