Understanding the California Homesteading Law

Your home is your castle and the foundation for your family and your life. During economic hardships, you may be facing the decision to file bankruptcy. It is natural that one of your first concerns is whether you might lose your home. In certain circumstances, your home can be protected under California homestead laws. Learning about these homestead laws can help you understand your rights and protect one of your greatest assets. Overview of California Homestead Law California allows homeowners and owners of small properties the ability to declare their property their “homestead.” This declaration establishes that equity you have [...]

2019-09-13T06:11:54+00:00August 30th, 2019|

What You Need to Know About California Tenant- Landlord Laws

The California real estate market is one of the most expensive in the U.S. This means both that rental properties are very lucrative investments in the Golden State and many families in California cannot afford to purchase their own home. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, knowing the laws of California can protect you and ensure a smooth transition into the landlord-tenant relationship. Tenant Screening The landlord-tenant relationship begins with the tenant screening process. California allows the landlord discretion in selecting their tenants. Landlords can consider criminal history, credit rating, and financial stability when processing tenants; however, under [...]

2020-04-28T16:41:00+00:00August 7th, 2019|

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Primer for Property Owners in California

If you are an owner, landlord, or tenant of a property classified as a “public accommodation,” you have an obligation to understand and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — a federal law designed to prohibit the discrimination of people with disabilities. How does the ADA apply to property owners? Title III of the ADA requires all private places of public accommodation be accessible for the disabled. Examples of public accommodations include privately owned, leased or operated facilities such as: Hotels Restaurants Retail merchants Doctors’ offices The California Disabled Persons Act makes non-compliance with the ADA a violation [...]

2020-04-28T16:41:52+00:00August 7th, 2019|