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Knowledge Base Entry: Business Licensing and the Rental Housing Industry

Local legislative bodies have virtually unfettered discretion to adopt business licensing laws. In light of the fiscal crises that have inundated local communities, elected officials continue to look for additional...

Knowledge Base Entry: California’s Proposition 13 – The People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation

A tax revolt in the 1970’s culminated in the passage by the voters of Proposition 13 in 1978. It was titled the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation, also known...

Knowledge Base Entry: Counting Days – When counting the number of days for a 3-, 30-, or 60-day notice, do I count the day of service?

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Knowledge Base Entry: Late Fees – What is the maximum amount or percentage an owner can charge as a late fee when a resident is late in paying rent?

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Knowledge Base Entry: Late Fees: Residential Rental Payment

The amount of late fees charged by owners and managers of residential rental property is a matter of some controversy. Unlike some other states, California does not set the amount...

Knowledge Base Entry: Notice of Charges Due

This form can be used by the Landlord to notify Resident of non-rent amounts due (i.e., late fees or other charges) under the Rental/Lease Agreement and provide a deadline for...

Knowledge Base Entry: Payment Plan Agreement

This form allows resident to remain in unit while making payments on past due amounts. The tenant affirms there are no habitability issues. Do not complete this form without first...

Knowledge Base Entry: Three-Day Notice to Perform Covenants or Quit for Monetary Breach

This notice is served when a Resident has failed to pay amounts other than rent in violation of the Rental/Lease Agreement. This notice informs the Resident that the amount(s) must...

Knowledge Base Entry: Three-Day Notices – A Resident pays the back rent with a check after receipt of a Three-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit, the check does not clear the bank, do I have to attempt to re-deposit the check, or issue a new Three-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit, requiring payment by money order? What are my options?

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Knowledge Base Entry: Water Submetering Addendum

California law requires specific disclosures for all tenants in multifamily properties that include water submeters for each individual unit. This Addendum provides the disclosures regarding submetering that are required to...