COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – San Mateo County Emergency Regulation Regarding Evictions and Rent Payments

On March 24, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the County of San Mateo adopted Emergency Regulation 2020-001 to help tenants who are directly impacted by COVID-19.  The Emergency Regulation includes a moratorium on evictions from residential properties for (1) nonpayment of rent by tenants directly impacted by COVID-19, and (2) no-fault evictions unless…

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Landlord-Tenant: Tenants who intend to use their unit for short term rentals, like Airbnb, must pay close attention to their rental agreement and local laws or risk being evicted.

Case Summary: A case out of Los Angeles, Chen v. Kraft (2016) 243 Cal.App.4thSupp.13, allowed a landlord to evict a tenant who was using their unit for short term rentals despite the tenant having express authority to do so from the predecessor landlord.  In Los Angeles, the Rent Stabilization Ordinance prohibits short term rentals in…

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Landlord-Tenant: Landlord not liable to landscaper for injuries sustained after he stepped on a homemade bomb the tenant left in the yard.

A California Appellate Court decided, in the case Garcia v. Holt (2016) 242 Cal.App 4th 600, that a landlord is not liable to the landscaper for injuries sustained after he stepped on a homemade bomb the tenant left in the yard.  The Court noted that due to the landlord not having actual or constructive notice of the…

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