Real Estate

3 times homeowners may question HOA enforcement efforts

People buy property in neighborhoods governed by homeowners associations (HOAs) for many different reasons. Some people want the security that comes from having owner-occupied only houses as opposed to houses rented by landlords in a neighborhood. Some people want to...

Landlord considerations and best practices in California

Being a landlord can lead to significant income for an individual but can also saddle someone with numerous personal responsibilities. Landlords should receive monthly rent payments from their tenants, but they have to absorb maintenance and repair costs at the...

What is a property easement?

A property easement is a legal right granted to someone – other than a property’s owner – allowing them access to or use of that property for a specific purpose. These purposes can vary widely, from granting utility companies the right to install and maintain...

Are you currently upside down on your home loan?

Whenever the housing market fluctuates, some property owners find themselves in a difficult position. When prices start to correct after they have risen for some time, the correction can leave some people upside down on their mortgages. An underwater or upside down...

Types of encumbrances in real estate

Encumbrances are legal rights or interests that limit a property's use or transferability. They can affect property value, ownership rights – and future plans. Whether you’re buying or selling, learning more about encumbrances in real estate and exploring some common...

Can a tenant prevent a pending California eviction?

Eviction is a lengthy and expensive process for landlords that they often pursue because they want to regain control over a unit and end their relationship with a specific tenant. For tenants, eviction can lead to financial uncertainty and difficulty securing a good...

Who pays for remodeling when a tenant suffers an injury?

Property maintenance and improvements can be a source of disputes between tenants who are renting a home and the landlord who owns and maintains the property. Landlords would prefer to keep their maintenance costs as low as possible, which means they may delay major...

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