Lucas Real Estate and attorney Devin R. Lucas offer unique expertise in landlord-tenant matters. Mr. Lucas frequently lectures, teaches, mediates and occasionally still litigates landlord-tenant disputes, with the primary goal being to avoid costly litigation for either party.
Running a residential property management business, Lucas Real Estate knows California landlord-tenant laws. As California is an overwhelmingly “tenant friendly” state – where nearly all the laws favor the tenant – it is critical to have a competent and well-versed landlord-tenant attorney on your side.
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Landlords in Newport Beach, Newport Coast and Costa Mesa
Landlords routinely encounter tenants becoming overly “difficult” and failure to perform repairs is a common catalyst to withholding rent and resulting lawsuits. Conversely, a landlord’s failure (or even delay) to address habitability problems can get a landlord in serious trouble. Using outdated forms often results in non-compliance with updated laws. Non-payment of rent or other serious breaches may mandate formal notices, which must be properly drafted and served in accordance with strict requirements. Sometimes an eviction is required if the rent or other breach cannot be resolved. California landlords can never resort to “self-help” of any kind – no changing the locks, no turning off the power, etc. Landlords should know their rights and responsibilities and appropriate legal counsel is wise.
Tenants in Newport Beach, Newport Coast and Costa Mesa
Tenants frequently have legitimate concerns as to the landlord’s failure to address key habitability or contractual items. Tenants cannot simply withhold rent without following a specific “repair and deduct” procedure and it is unwise to resort to “self help” for either party in a landlord-tenant dispute. Tenants should know their rights and responsibilities and appropriate legal counsel is often warranted before resorting to drastic action that could jeopardize compliance with the lease agreement or California law.
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