However, none of these legal tactics are detailed in this book, which is a a real problem: a book that claims to be a step-by-step handholding book for doing evictions should inform the landlord about these counters, and arm the landlord in advance to avoid them. Time after time, the book's detailed directions tell you to do this or that on item 2E for example of this particular form, then you look at the form and the item number does not exist, nor anything even like it. I had an early edition of this book, and using copies of the forms included in the book, I would literally carry my portable typewriter to the courthouse and fill out the forms right there, so the court clerk could inspect them and I could correct them if necessary. Indispensible, when eviction looms, for California landlords. Other Titles: Evictions Responsibility: David Brown.
Plus, you'll get over 25 legal forms and agreements, including rental applications; leases and rental agreements; 3-, 30-, 60- and 90-day eviction notices -- and much more. Step by step and in plain English, this book explains the different legal grounds for eviction and provides all the forms and instructions necessary to prepare and serve 3-, 30-, 60- or 90-day notices, file an unlawful detainer complaint in court, win by default if the tenant doesn't respond, handle a contested case, represent yourself in court, deal with eviction-delaying tactics and collect the unpaid rent after you win. Brown, a graduate of Stanford University chemistry and the University of Santa Clara Law School, also teaches law at the Monterey College of Law. There are many times when you will surely want to refer to the complete statute or case. The book explains everything that the law requires you to do to properly remove a tenant: when to take certain steps, how to fill out the forms, how many copies to make, how to file them in court, and how to serve them to your tenant. Personally, the most important chapter in the book was the one that guided me though the unlawful detainer trial process. I bought the 10th edition of this guide both vols.
Available as part of the The legal information and forms that every California landlord needs Choosing tenants, raising the rent, returning deposits, and maintaining rental property—these are just a few of the things landlords do that are strictly regulated by California law. Apart from law practice, he serves on the board of directors for a San Francisco community development organization, volunteers at the San Francisco Superior Court in three departments, and teaches legal continuing education classes from time to time. Buy it before you need it and educate yourself; it is worth having the book around! It's no better than the 2009 one, which had many of the same errors. Don't get caught spending thousands on attorney's fees when The California Landlord's Law Book: Evictions will guide you through the process every step of the way -- without breaking the bank. I was able to learn how part of his contract and conduct was illegal by both Federal and State laws. Read up on the dif Ready to evict a problem tenant? For instance, an association rule that banned all persons of a certain race or religion from the property would not be upheld in court.
Such documentation is often legally required and will be extremely valuable if attempts at resolving disputes with your tenant fail. For details, check out the California Department of Housing and Community Development publication, 2014 Mobilehome Residency Law, available at www. The others had to be evicted through the courts using the Unlawful Detainer process. Second, we provide a detailed discussion of rent control in Chapter 4. Cons - missing information about delaying tactics the tenant may use 1 star Pros - very specific and detailed information and forms for evictions 5 stars I compared this book to two other Nolo books about landlord-tenant issues for California, and while this book is the most precise and detailed of the three about how to evict a problem tenant, it is still missing crucial information that is in yet another Nolo book. It's also candid about those times when you'll need an attorney anyway, although this book will still be useful when working with your attorney. The E-mail message field is required.
He also serves as a neutral mediator in real estate and landlord tenant matters. This book also covers key federal laws that affect landlords, such as lead-paint disclosure rules, and highlights important local rules, particularly rent control see below and health and safety standards. This title is one of the only ways, short of hiring legal help, that a lay person can ensure their documentation will be in order and the process will not be delayed any longer than necessary. This guide really help me know my rights. Every landlord needs to own The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities, and the moment a tenant is late on rent or troublesome for other reasons, landlords need to buy The California Landlord's Law Book: Evictions. I have been a landlord for many years and this book has saved me hundreds of dollars in legal fees and an untold number of headaches.
This book is well worth the cover price. Choosing tenants, raising the rent, and returning deposits--these are just a few of the things landlords do that are strictly regulated by law in California. So often, the book's errors leave you unsure what to do, or if what you have guessed you should do will prove to be acceptable to a judge. Times have changed, and the laws are much more complicated. Why did I bother with the 2011 edition? Evictions are a tricky thing and this book really simplifies the process for you. Evictions Author: David W Brown Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. Since each of the Nolo books I have mentioned is by the same group of authors, it is a puzzle why this critical-eviction fighting information is lacking from this book, whose only topic is evictions.
While you will be subject to state laws governing residential units, you may have additional requirements imposed by building codes that pertain to commercial property as well. Think of it this way: From a long-term perspective, the business of renting residential properties is often less profitable than is cashing in on the appreciation of that property. The key is to establish a good paper trail for each tenancy, beginning with the rental agreement and lease through a termination notice and security deposit itemization. My city now has extremely complex rent and eviction controls, and, if faced with the necessity of removing a tenant, I would probably turn to a lawyer. The more general Nolo reference, The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities, which you should already have, does have a chapter on evictions, good-to-know material in normal times. This book referred me to the relevant sections of the California civil code and penal code for situations with roomers. In addition to helping private individuals and companies in housing and real estate matters, Nils represents non-profit subsidized housing developers and non-profit live-work communities.
The California Landlord's Law Book: Evictions shows you how to proceed every step of the way. The book has been better than nothing, but still just a mixed blessing because even the latest 2011 edition was carelessly edited and only partially updated. It will be comforting to have this book in hand. The most important lesson to remember is that not following the unlawful detainer procedure precisely will lead to delays in resolving the issue by getting rid of the tenant or getting them current on their rent. My husband and I turned to the Nolo Evictions book for guidance through the unfamiliar process of evicting nonpaying tenants.
My husband and I have used other Nolo books through the years, and have only learned about one mistake in the books along the way, but then again, the wills and more that we created with the help of Nolo books have never had to stand up to a legal challenge. It needs to be included in my package to my new tenets with my signature but not there signature. He has tried landlord—tenant and related cases in counties throughout Northern California, including the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court. United States Code Cases Cal. Use the definitive step-by-step guide to evictions in California Sooner or later, every landlord is faced with handling an eviction.