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Giving advance notice before eviction

An unfortunate part of doing business is that many people won’t uphold their end of a contract. This is especially true in property management and landlord situations where the agreement includes living arrangements.

Rent control and California's Costa Hawkins law

As rents in Santa Clara County continue to surge, some tenants are facing harsh economic realities. With the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Jose hovering at $2,550--nearly $1,000 more than the national average--lower- and middle-class residents are feeling the squeeze of Silicon Valley's housing demands.

Eviction may take court action

Tenant eviction seems like a simple matter of contract law. The lease is up or the terms of the lease were violated and eviction proceeds naturally. But it is not that simple for a number of reasons.

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.


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