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2020 – The Year of the Lease

LeaseThis is the time of year when I sum up big legal milestones in real estate. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 was the driving force for emergency regulation in 2020 and most of the new law was due to the pandemic. In reviewing the real estate legal landscape in California for 2020, it’s not surprising that I would dub it The Year of the Lease.

Residential Leasing:

The big law of 2019 was AB1482 (the California Tenant Protection Act of 2019) and the big law of 2020 was AB3088, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, followed closely by Prop 19 and SB1079. Both AB1482 and AB3088 were enacted to protect California’s residential tenants.

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Commercial Leasing: Landlord Obligations Under COVID-19

Commercial Leasing landlord obligations under covid 19 san jose caBusinesses are closed due to government mandate. In the San Francisco Bay area, other than in San Mateo county until it ended up on California’s county watch list, businesses like movie theaters, gyms, and salons have not been able to operate at all. What business can sustain four months to a year of no income?

Other than salary, the next largest operating expense for businesses is often rent. 

These are the evaluations that businesses and landlords are making moving forward:

  1. How will backrent be addressed?
  2. Can the business continue in a post-Covid world and remain in the leased premises?
  3. What are the consequences for terminating the Lease?
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What Must A California Landlord Disclose to Tenants?

 By: Julia M. Wei and Josue Uribe Fonseca

What Must A California Landlord Disclose to TenantsIn a purchase and sale context, California law requires the seller of residential real estate to disclose material facts affecting the value or desirability of the property, “if it is known that such facts are not known to or within the reach of the diligent attention and observation of a buyer.” Calemine v. Samuelson, 171 Cal. App. 4th 153, 161-62 (2009). A fact is material if it has an effect on the value or desirability of the property. Alfaro v. Cmty. Hous. Improvement Sys. & Planning Ass'n, Inc., 171 Cal. App. 4th 1356, 1382 (2009).

However, as a residential landlord, the disclosure requirements to tenants are less broad and largely controlled by state law with mandated disclosures such as the Mold Addendum and the Bedbug Addendum.

There is very little law on point for landlord’s duties to disclose in a residential leasing context. This is likely due to the fact that the California Civil Code provides numerous protections for the residential tenant, such as their right to repair and deduct.

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