Recent Posts in Real Estate Law

  • 3-May-2021

    What Are Squatter's Rights?

    Squatters are individuals who live on someone else’s property without permission, and in some situations, they can gain legal rights to the property. Squatter’s rights occur when a squatter gains legitimate tenants’ rights or gains ...
  • 15-Apr-2021

    San Diego Cracks Down on Short-Term Vacation Rentals

    Imagine you buy or rent a home or apartment in a quiet neighborhood only to be kept up every night by loud house parties. In San Diego, this is a reality for many residents due to the increasing popularity of short-term vacation rentals from sites ...
  • 8-Apr-2021

    How Los Angeles Is Using Tiny Homes to Help with Homelessness

    Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission recently opened a Tiny Home Village to provide interim housing and services for people without homes in Los Angeles. The village, which occupies a one-acre plot in North Hollywood, has 39 units, on-site laundry, and ...
  • 1-Apr-2021

    What Is Landlord Tenant Law?

    Landlord-tenant law refers to a body of laws that regulate rental properties and outline the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants. The landlord is the person who owns the property, and the tenant is the person who pays to rent ...
  • 8-Feb-2021

    What Are the Most Common Personal Injury Cases?

    The most common personal injury cases are car accident claims and slips, trips, and falls. Because of our special focus on mobile home and real estate law, however, the most common personal injury cases we see at Allen Semelsberger Kaelin, LLP are ...
  • 22-Jan-2021

    Do Big Investors Mean Predatory Practices in American Mobile Home Parks?

    Mobile homes are one of the last remaining options for affordable housing in the United States. Unfortunately, big investors are all too ready to take advantage. Across the country, investors like Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), The Carlyle Group, ...
  • 20-Nov-2020

    Understanding COVID-19 Tenant Protections

    Many tenants across the United States are having trouble making their rent payments as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Fortunately, federal, state, and local governments are providing protection and relief for both tenants and ...
  • 6-Nov-2020

    Are Tiny Houses and Mobile Homes the Same?

    Although mobile homes and tiny houses are similar, California law does not view them the same way. Many other states are also struggling to adapt to the tiny house movement, and people who want to live in tiny houses often find themselves thwarted by ...
  • 9-Mar-2020

    How to Prepare for Natural Disasters When You're a California Homeowner

    California is no stranger to natural disasters, especially in recent years. Some of the most destructive and deadly wildfires in California history have occurred in just the past few years, including the Camp Fire, which blazed through Butte County ...
  • 9-Mar-2020

    New California Real Estate Law Ease Restrictions for Accessory Dwelling Units

    Thanks to a new 2020 change in state law, California homeowners will have less restrictions when it comes to building or developing their accessory dwelling units, or ADUs. The regulation changes come six ADU-relayed bills that Governor Gavin Newsom ...
  • 24-Feb-2020

    6 Strange Real Estate Laws in the U.S.

    If you’re involved in real estate, rent a home, or own a business, you may be familiar with your state or city’s real estate laws. Real estate laws have a long history, and stem from the ownership of property by the ruling class, or a ...
  • 21-Dec-2018

    Can Government Regulation Qualify as an Unconstitutional Taking?

    Under the takings clauses of the California and U.S. Constitutions, private landowners have a right to receive just compensation when the government takes their property for public use. But, what type of government actions qualify as a ...
  • 14-Dec-2018

    California Rent Control Laws

    Many California cities implement rent control laws to prevent landlords from raising rent above a certain amount. These rent controls intend to help tenants by ensuring that a landowner cannot force a tenant out by arbitrarily increasing their rent ...
  • 22-Nov-2018

    Legal Doublets: Why Legal Terms Seem Repetitive

    Part of a lawyer’s job as counselor to the client includes the role of translator. No, this does not mean that an attorney’s qualifications necessarily include multilingual ability. However, a significant portion of legal practice ...
  • 16-Aug-2018

    The Trump Administration Targets Fair Housing Protections

    Since its implementation in 1968, the Fair Housing Act has offered many opportunities to minority citizens who want to rent or purchase housing property. Under the provisions of the act, it is illegal to discriminate against potential home owners ...
  • 18-Jul-2018

    3 Real Estate Scams to Avoid

    Purchasing or renting a home can be one of the most exciting and stressful experiences in your life. Unfortunately, when such a large amount of money is involved, you’re likely to attract some questionable characters. Your best defense against ...

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