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November 2017 Archives

When can landlords enter their rental properties?

As a general rule, a California landlord has the right to enter a rental property. However, there may be criteria that must be met before the landlord actually enters a given home or apartment. For instance, the reason for entry must be related to maintaining the unit or otherwise ensuring that it meets health and safety standards. Landlords may also enter if given the ability to do so by a court.

How to reduce liability as a landlord

Landlords in California can make life easier for themselves by understanding the types of liability that they may face. Obtaining property or general liability insurance can provide financial protection if there are issues with the property being rented. Landlords may also lower the risk of a lawsuit or other legal action by following housing standards. For instance, they should never take action that is discriminatory based on race or national origin.

Dealing with social media when handling an estate

When a California resident passes away, friends and loved ones may not be thinking about deceased's social media accounts. However, these can be a permanent reminder that the deceased once impacted the lives of so many people. In some cases, that person's account may appear on a suggested friend's list or on a timeline unexpectedly. This could trigger bouts of grief or sadness for those who knew the individual.

Hugh Hefner widow apparently not in his will

The Playboy Mansion of Hugh Hefner was a magnet for celebrities in California for decades. The Los Angeles location served as the scene of the magazine publisher's final wedding to Crystal Harris in 2012. In 2013, a source revealed that she had signed a prenuptial agreement with Hefner, and his will that existed at the time did not name her as a beneficiary.

Prince heirs want new estate representative

When Prince died unexpectedly from an accidental drug overdose, he had no will. His estate included valuable music recordings, including unreleased works known as the vault. The movement of these vault materials to a storage facility in California lies at the heart of a court complaint seeking removal of Comerica Bank as the personal representative to the estate.

Commencing unlawful detainer actions against tenants

Some landlords in California will have tenants who fail to pay their rent or vacate their properties when their leases are up. When these situations happen, landlords may file unlawful detainer petitions in order to secure the tenants' evictions.

3 tips for trust administration in California

An appointment as a trustee is more than just a compliment, it is a big responsibility. Responsibilities inherent to this position include the management of the assets held within the trust and distribution of the assets as detailed by the trust documents.

How to evict a tenant properly

In certain circumstances, a California resident may be forcibly removed from a premises that he or she is renting. This may occur if that person has failed to pay rent on time, is engaging in criminal activity or is otherwise breaking the lease. Having people or pets who are not authorized to occupy the premises may qualify as violating the terms of a lease.

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