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How to Write a Real Estate Mediation Brief

  • May 22nd, 2020
  • devinlucas

Preparing for a real estate mediation can be stressful, but a well prepared concise brief will not only help the mediator to understand your case, it will also help you to organize your thoughts and positions.  Here, we discuss what makes a good mediation brief and some suggestions for the same.   BACKGROUND  Real estate disputes […]

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It’s Official – California Has Statewide Rent Control

  • February 3rd, 2020
  • devinlucas

It’s Official – California Has Statewide Rent Control… Many exemptions exist that will apply to most small owners; corporate owners are the primary target of the current law. … This New Statewide Rent Control Has Two Key Components: 1) Caps Rental Increases; 2) Requires “Just Cause” For All Evictions.

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Real Estate Mediation And Compliance With The Requirement For Pre-Litigation Mediation Under The California Association of REALTORS® Residential Purchase Agreement (“RPA”)

  • March 10th, 2018
  • devinlucas

For information on Mr. Lucas’ services and availability as a mediator for your real estate dispute, please view our mediation services page here. All Mediations are facilitated virtually, via video conference and/or teleconference. To schedule an online, virtual mediation, view our mediation services page. This article is designed to review and provide an overview of […]

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Forming an LLC to Hold Real Estate in California

  • December 11th, 2016
  • devinlucas

Forming an LLC (a Limited Liability Company) to hold real estate has long been a common approach for estate planning, tax, liability and privacy concerns. While this practice is perfectly legal in California and elsewhere, there are some considerations and tax implications. High-end properties, especially those purchased in all-cash transactions, such as many homes in […]

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Rental Increases in California: Timeframe for Proper Notice

  • August 5th, 2016
  • devinlucas

Rent Increases:Generally speaking (lease provisions must be reviewed), in areas without rent control (all of Orange County as of Summer 2016), there is no limit to the amount a landlord can increase the rent as long as proper advance notice is provided to the tenant. The length of notice is dependent upon the percentage of […]

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Evicting a Tenant Over Failure to Obtain Renter’s Insurance? Think Again.

  • May 19th, 2016
  • devinlucas

In Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Orange County Communities, where rental properties are abundant, landlords routinely require tenants to obtain “renter’s insurance” – insurance to protect the renter’s personal property, i.e. their T.V., clothing, etc. – in case of a fire, burglary, or other incident.  Many landlords take a firm position “requiring” the tenant to […]

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Fair Housing Foundation’s Tip of the Month: Responding to Landlord Notices (and tips for landlords on how to serve a notice)

  • January 27th, 2016
  • devinlucas

From the Fair Housing Foundation – their “Tip of the Month”… Visit www.fairhousingfoundation.com for more information… Responding to Notices Tenants: Receiving a notice from your landlord can be a very stressing occurrence. It is of the upmost importance that responding to the notice takes priority and that you respond as soon as possible to resolve the […]

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Neighbor Disputes: Repairing or Replacing a Shared Fence

  • October 27th, 2015
  • devinlucas

In Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Orange County Communities and elsewhere, good neighbors can be the key to a happy home; thus the reverse is also true. Neighbor disputes, frequently surrounding fence line and property line issues, can be the end-all of confrontational matters and lend to costly litigation. A shared fence, worn and in need […]

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Option Agreements in California Real Property Transactions

  • September 10th, 2015
  • devinlucas

Most commonly, an “Option Agreement” is a rent-to-own situation, more frequent in a landlord-tenant context. Typically (though 100 percent negotiable), an Option Agreement works like this: The Property Owner (called the “Optionor”) agrees to sell a home and/or parcel of land (the “Real Property”) to the Buyer (called the “Optionee”) at a later date, for […]

Fair Housing Foundation Tip of the Month: Rent Increases

  • August 28th, 2015
  • devinlucas

Fair Housing Foundation Tip of the Month: Rent Increases In areas without rent control, there is no limit to the amount a landlord can increase the rent, provided it’s done so with proper notice and not being done in retaliation or based on a discriminatory motive.  In Los Angeles County some cities do have rent […]