If an unlawful detainer is in fact advisable come October, these actions will look different than what they were in a pre-pandemic world.
The Judicial Council - the policymaking arm of the California judiciary - will soon publish final unlawful detainer forms. Revised forms for small claims and civil court actions to recoup rent debt as COVID-19 tenant protections expire will also be forthcoming and of course, Bornstein Law will use the most updated instructions and documentation to move our clients’ cases forward.
With reports of asking rents on the uptick, we want our community to right-size rents and understand that asking rents are just that - asking. We can ask for a winning lottery ticket, but it may not arrive.
Of course, there are a host of variables to consider and Bornstein Law can strategize with clients on how to optimize income.
If a rent increase in a tenant-occupied unit is permissible - a big IF - there are likewise many factors to take into account when calibrating rents. At any rate, rent hikes must come with proper notice.
Bottom line: we would like our clients not to get over-exuberant and instead, take a careful, methodical approach with pricing/rent increases and seek proper counsel before acting hastily.
Bornstein Law has been accessible in every chapter of the pandemic and we will continue to be there for rental housing providers and the real estate professionals who serve them.
The difference now? Only in this phase will we have more traditional means at our disposal to manage landlord-tenant relationships, although the courts should be used sparingly.
Thanks so much for your continued engagement, and please remain safe.
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