Interesting read recently in the San Francisco Chronicle about a large-scale residential development that was just completed adjacent to the MacArthur BART station in Oakland. I found the reference to BART’s recent “philosophical shift” concerning the propensity for allowing high density residential development illuminating, particularly given the ever-intensifying focus on finding sustainable housing solutions in…

Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2343, which amended Sections 1161 and 1167 of the California Code of Civil Procedure to give tenants more time to respond to notices and summons in connection with unlawful detainer (eviction) proceedings. The bill amends the statutes to extend a tenant’s 3-day response periods in an…

For commercial property owners in California, the recent amendment of California Civil Code Sections 1993.04 and 1993.07 is a welcome development. The problem surrounding tenants who vacate commercial properties and leave substantial personal property behind has long been a source of aggravation for landlords. Under the new laws, the threshold for keeping, selling, or destroying…

California law has changed once again, and now employers with five or more employees (including seasonal or temporary employees) must provide 2 hours of sexual harassment prevention training for supervisory employees and 1 hour of such training to non-supervisory employees. The training must be completed by January 1, 2010, and then once every 2 years…

While most of the “new laws” compilations are surface level and generally unhelpful, I found this summary of new laws that went into effect in California as of January 1, 2019 that impact the real estate industry to be especially well done and a great resource. https://www.car.org/en/riskmanagement/qa/New-Laws/2019-New-Laws

Abandonment by residential and commercial tenants is an issue that frequently arises in California. Effective January 1, 2019, the statutory provisions relating to a landlord establishing a legal abandonment will be revised. Civil Code Section 1951.3 will be restricted only to residential real property, with the Legislature creating a new Civil Code Section 1951.35 for…

People form corporations for many reasons, and probably chief among them is to take advantage of the corporation’s protection against personal liability for the debts and liabilities of the corporation related to the property owned or business operated by the corporation. While there are some limits on the protections that a corporation provides (e.g., criminal…

A few months ago, I posted an article concerning Proposition 10, which would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and significantly expand the reach of rent control within California. Unsurprisingly, this has proven to be a controversial proposition with significant forces favoring and opposing its passage. While the LA Times has endorsed the measure, the…

As a licensed contractor in California, you were diligently providing labor and materials as a subcontractor to complete a work of improvement on privately held property. As you near the end of your work, the general contractor has stopped paying you, and maybe they have even dropped out of communication and are not showing up…

I’ve written a few blog posts over the past few months about SB 35 and its potential as a game-changer in more expeditiously getting development projects entitled and approved by local jurisdictions. Just this week, Cupertino approved a massive mixed-use development (with almost 3,000 units of new housing) after the City determined that it fell…

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