TENANTS LEGAL CENTER
While the information provided in this site will be useful for both landlords and tenants, the Tenants Legal Center offers legal assistance and representation for tenants and occupants only. Many landlords will still call on us for information on how to be a better landlord or how to best handle their Landlord Tenant disputes. Unfortunately, we are unable to specifically assist landlord callers with guidance since our legal assistance efforts and representation are devoted to tenants or other occupants facing eviction or who are having problems with the property owners or managers.
We are pleased that some landlords seek information and assistance to better manage their rental business. The laws regarding Landlord Tenant matters have gotten so complex that even experienced landlords should not handle such matters without professional assistance. As an owner of a newly acquired rental property (whether by sale or foreclosure), specialized assistance may be required to handle the matter if that property is occupied at the time of the sale or foreclosure.
If you own any residential rental property, you should probably hire a property manager. They will watch your property and handle the day to day matters that are routine for them but can be quite difficult for someone not fully familiar with the rental laws. The fees they charge may prove a bargain for the savings they can provide in avoiding costly problems. Find a manager in your area
Joining a Landlord professional association may provide great benefits to you. They usually provide forms, tenant credit and application screening services, seminars and other valuable assistance and support. For example, you may wish to contact:
Owning rental property is a business and it is getting more complex each year. New and changing laws constantly add complexity to the already difficult, technical and potentially confusing rules. Do not be left behind. Educate yourself so that you can be a responsible landlord while also working to maximize your investment and minimize costly problems.
Landlords who handle their own matter may easily fall victim to the many technical traps that experienced attorneys (including at the Tenants Legal Center) will use to win a court case. This area of the law is so technical that you should consider seeking the advice from an attorney specially experienced in Landlord Tenant matters. You may wish to contact your Landlord professional association, the San Diego County Lawyer Referral & Information Service or any other appropriate agency of your choice in your jurisdiction for an attorney referral.
California law for San Diego is applied in these pages. Such laws may or may not be applicable in other jurisdictions.