Landlord Tenant Attorney for Residential Landlords

Lloyd Winter, P.C. successfully represents residential landlords across California. We offer an array of legal services for residential landlords in the Golden State. At this time our firm does not represent residential tenants.

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Landlord Tenant Attorney

About the Firm

We are located in the heart of the Central Valley, but you do not need to visit our offices in person for us to look out for your best interests. The State of California watches out for residential tenants, but given the tremendous protections afforded to residential tenants in this state, landlords should always seek legal counsel from a landlord tenant attorney in advance.

Landlords must understand all the protections afforded to their tenants under state and federal law. The California Civil Code gives landlords the right to collect rent, collect a security deposit, withhold a security deposit in certain instances, and evict residential tenants under certain circumstances. The laws can be complex though, especially with the passing of newer laws pertaining to tenant rights.

Legal Services Offered to Residential Landlords

Landlord Tenant Attorney - Lloyd Winter, PC.Our firm represents residential landlords in every aspect of California residential rental law. We pride ourselves on listening to our client’s needs and creating proactive plans to best suit your interests.

We will carefully draft new leases, examine issues with current leases, provide assistance with current disputes you might be facing with your tenants, assist you with any arbitration, advise you on the most up-to-date legal requirements you face as a landlord, help you step-by-step through an eviction process, and ensure you understand your legal obligations pertaining to housing conditions, civil rights obligations, and any other pertinent state and federal laws.

Our experienced attorneys will make sure you understand any rent control laws you may need to comply with, your obligations regarding just-cause evictions and no-fault evictions, how to proceed with an owner move-in process, how to best handle tenant rights during a substantial remodel, and reasonable accommodations you are required to provide for tenants with disabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it so important to have a landlord/tenant attorney since the California Tenant Protection Act took effect?

Landlord/tenant attorney guidance was important even before the California Tenant Protection Act of 2019, also known as AB 1482. But this act created even stricter rules that California residential landlords must follow. It took effect on January 1, 2020, and the law imposes requirements on certain evictions and imparts rent caps on certain housing.

What is the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act?

The State of California enacted the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act in 1995. This law limits some municipal rent control ordinances. It is one of the state’s most well-known statutes for limiting the control of municipalities over their rental markets. We can help you understand what the law means for you and your property.

What is the California Civil Code 1950.5 and how does it affect me?

The California Civil Code 1950.5 covers the laws pertaining to residential properties used as dwellings for a tenant. As a landlord, this legislation is what dictates most of your legal obligations. It is extraordinarily complex and very binding, so we advise any owner of residential real estate to seek the advice of an attorney when dealing with most matters involving residential rentals.

Do you serve landlords anywhere in California?

Yes. Lloyd Winter, P.C. represents residential landlords across California. Our clients often appreciate that technology allows them to not have to drive to our physical offices for their landlord tenant attorney needs.

What are the protected classes in California?

As a landlord in California, you may not discriminate based on race, color, religion, familial status, marital status, age, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, source of income, disability, medical condition, genetic information, national origin, primary language spoken, immigration status, or citizenship.

You may face significant legal repercussions if you violate the rights of anyone in these protected classes as a landlord. It is imperative that you understand what practices are discriminatory, and we can help ensure your leases and contracts do not reflect any kind of discriminatory practices.

Why shouldn’t I use a standard residential lease that I find on the internet?

Existing California residential rental laws were complicated by newer laws such as the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and the California Tenant Protection Act of 2019. These laws mean that not all residential housing in our state follows the same specifications.

When we draft a lease, we consider all your specific needs including how new laws pertain to your property. Our expertise with residential leases allows us to consider protections that may not be provided in the standard fill-in-the-blank leases that you can find online. Additionally, our expertise ensures that your lease follows all applicable laws so that you can maintain compliance with state and federal anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws.

Do your prices include expenses?

Lloyd Winter, P.C. provides monthly billing plans that allow landlords to budget their legal costs, but these packages do not include expenses which include but are not limited to motion fees, process server fees, filing fees, mileage expenses, court reporter fees, etc.

Need a Landlord Tenant Attorney? Call Lloyd Winter

Navigating the complexities of landlord-tenant law can be challenging. But, you don't have to do it alone. Schedule a consultation with Lloyd Winter, an experienced Landlord Tenant Attorney who is committed to protecting your rights and interests as a landlord. Don't let legal issues disrupt your peace of mind or your business. Let's discuss your specific needs and devise a plan that works best for you. Contact us today and take the first step towards a stress-free landlord experience.

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