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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.

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.

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.

Reducing investment property risks

California residents sometimes consider investing in residential real estate. While becoming a landlord is an established way of generating income, it is not without its risks. Landlord-tenant disputes can be expensive and time-consuming, but they can often be avoided by a proactive landlord.

How to collect rent from tenants

California residential landlords likely look forward to collecting their monthly rent from their tenants. However, it can be a stressful time for those who don't have a streamlined or automated way of collecting it. While landlords may decide for themselves within reason how to get their rent, several factors may determine the easiest way to do so. For those who only have a few tenants, it may be possible to physically collect checks each month.

Landlord's rights when the lease term ends

Landlord tenant law varies widely from state to state and even among different jurisdictions within a state. Generally speaking, landlords in California do not need any special reason to terminate a lease at the expiration of its term. Landlords generally have no obligation to renew a lease or to allow a tenant to remain in the house, apartment or other property unless an anti-retaliation law is applicable.

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