Although our community has long awaited the day when non-paying tenants can be transitioned out of the rental unit, documentation is specialized, deadlines are unforgiving and procedural requirements must be followed to the letter.
Perhaps one of our followers on social media said it best, quipping that it's gotten to the point that he feels like he should put a bookcase in each rental unit to hold all of the disclosures and disclaimers landlords have to provide to tenants.
While we will have more traditional tools at our disposal to address non-payment of rent starting October 1, landlords must show the court that efforts to obtain governmental assistance funds have been exhausted.
For a certainty, there are a great number of landlords and property managers who will make procedural blunders, and rest assured, there is a throng of attorneys frothing at the bit to point out any of those missteps.
Even without attorney representation, new forms issued by the California Judicial Council make it rather easy for any unsophisticated tenants to answer an unlawful detainer complaint by simply checking off any number of defenses. By tethering yourself to Bornstein Law, you can avoid costly mistakes.
As we ramp up for what will surely be a busy Fall, our offices are here to provide clarity in a complicated regulatory regime. While landlord-tenant law will not return to what we knew it as anytime soon, we finally have recourse to get cash flowing again.