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Landlord Liability for a Tenant’s Pets in California

California Law re Landlord Liability for a Tenant’s Pets Can the landlord be liable if the tenant’s dog bites or otherwise harms someone? Answer: Possibly. Under California law, an owner of any dog is liable if a person is bitten … Continue reading

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California Legislature Considers New Tax on Homeowners – SB 391

California Legislature Considers New Tax on Homeowners – SB 391 The CA state legislature has been considering a new tax that would be imposed on homeowners who need to record certain documents with their counties. This $75 per document tax … Continue reading

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CA Property Buyers Should Be Advised About Implications of an Earthquake Zone Report

CA Property Buyers Should Be Advised About Implications of an Earthquake Zone Report. A California court of appeal has ruled that the real estate broker for buyers failed in their obligation to investigate, understand and communicate to buyers the implications … Continue reading

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California Law on Smoke Detector Device Specifications Has Changed

California Law on Smoke Detector Device Specifications Has Changed BY HARRISON K. LONG  –  Professional Real Estate Sales Representative, Real estate broker, Orange County, CA. California law requires smoke detectors at homes and residential properties and that sellers are required … Continue reading

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New CA Law Says Adjoining Landowners are Equally Responsible for Shared Fences and Boundaries.

New CA Law Says Adjoining Landowners are Equally Responsible for Shared Fences and Boundaries. Adjoining landowners, with properties contiguous or in contact with each another, must share equally the responsibility for maintaining boundaries and monuments between them. Adjoining landowners are … Continue reading

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California Estate Planning and Resulting Trusts

Resulting Trusts in California This article about “resulting trusts” – or implied trusts by operation of law in California – was written by Dennis Fordham, estate planning attorney, and is copied here with his permission. ESTATE PLANNING:  RESULTING TRUSTS Sometimes … Continue reading

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California Property Tax & Mello-Roos Assessments – State Income Tax Filings Starting January 1, 2013

California government has money and budget challenges – and is expected to crack down next year – for tax year 2012 – on property tax payers who have been taking the entire amount they pay (including Mello-Roos and special assessments) as … Continue reading

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REO Sellers of Homes Required to Provide Written Disclosures to Buyers

REO buyers of homes in California should make sure that REO lender/sellers provide all disclosures that are required by law. REO lender/sellers in California are in some situations exempt from property disclosures to buyers based upon theory that they are … Continue reading

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Options in California Real Estate Contract Transactions

People ask us about possible lease option agreements to sell and buy properties at Orange County, CA. California real estate contracts sometimes have OPTIONS granted to lessees and proposed buyers. A rent-to-own or “LEASE OPTION contract” usually contains an OPTION TO PURCHASE … Continue reading

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New California Smoke Free Housing Law 2012

California New Smoke Free Housing Law for 2012 The  California Smokefree Housing Law (SB 332) went into effect on January 1, 2012 – added Section 1947.5 to the California Civil Code– and gives multifamily property owners and managers the power to prohibit smoking … Continue reading

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