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6 Celebrities Who Faced Eviction

  Normal everyday citizens are not the only ones who have real estate problems. Celebrities have them, too. Sometimes, its the celebs who are most famous, and who we would least expect to, who go through these issues. Behold, here are five (or six) celebrities who faced eviction at some point in their lives. Tyga In 2016, Hip-hop star Tyga was reportedly being evicted (again) from his then home in the Hollywood Hills. Tyga had been allegedly late on payments, resulting in roughly $70,000 in back rent (rent was $17,000 a month). Later this year, it was said that the Landlord had reached a settlement with the hip-hop star. Kim Zolciak In 2014, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kim Zolciak, was allegedly facing eviction from

Posted in Leases, Lien On Property, Residential Lease, Residential Lease Unlawful Detainer

What is a Lis Pendens?

  Lis pendens is latin for “suit pending”.   It is also often referred to as a Notice of Pendency of Action.   It is a notice recorded with the County Recorder’s Office in the county where the property is located that puts the world on notice, through its recording, that there is a lawsuit currently pending that concerns title or possession to the real property. When properly recorded, a lis pendens imparts constructive notice to subsequent purchasers, transferees and encumbrancers that an action is pending which affects the real property described in the notice.  California Code of Civil Procedure Section 405.24.  We typically see lis pendens recorded in several types of cases, including:  quiet title, specific performance, easement cases, partition, adverse possession, wrongful eviction

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Posted in Lien On Property, Lis Pendens, Litigation, Partition, Purchase and Sale, Quiet Title, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles, Specific Performance

How to Determine Lien Priority on Real Property

As real estate attorneys in Los Angeles, we frequently deal with lien priority disputes.  These are disputes involving parties conflicting claims over priority in the equity in real property.   We see these types of disputes frequently and generally recommend that before any party takes a position on lien priority they do their due diligence on recording priorities.  In general, the rule in California is that the first to record is the first to have priority.  That means that whoever records their lien with the county recorder’s office first has priority over subsequently recorded liens by other banks and lien holders. At Schorr Law, we typically take several steps to determine lien priority.  First, we review our client’s files to determine the liens that our

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Posted in Lien On Property, Lien Priority

How to Quiet Title to Old Liens on Real Property

As Los Angeles real estate lawyers, dealing with commercial and residential real property throughout Southern California we are frequently brought into cases to help ensure clear title prior to a sale of property or to clear old liens.  Clearing an old lien can be more difficult than you would think, even if you know it is invalid, because often times the beneficiary of the lien has disappeared. For example, we recently cleared a deed of trust from a piece of vacant land in Calabasas that our client had wanted to sell.  When the buyer and the seller entered into escrow the seller had no idea that there was an nearly 30 year old deed of trust (mortgage) encumbering the property.  Because of the lien the seller

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Posted in Lien On Property, Quiet Title

Obtaining Payoff Demand Statements to Clear Title

In our December 09, 2013 post, we discussed the problems that a lien on property can cause buyers and sellers who are trying to finalize the sale of property.  In that post, I also discussed Quiet Title Actions – the most common remedy for dealing with defects in title.  In this post, I would like to discuss another method for clearing defects in title that can work just as effectively in certain circumstances. Under California Civil Code of section 2943, upon the request by the trustor to a deed of trust, the beneficiary must provide a payoff demand statement within 21 days.  (Civ. Code § 2943.)  In other words, the party who has incurred an obligation, under a deed trust, can make a request for

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Commercial Lease – Subordination and Non-Disturbance Agreements

A subordination, non-disturbance, and attornment agreement, commonly known as a “SNDA” is an agreement that addresses lien priorities as between tenants and lenders. These SNDA set out when the rights of the tenant will be subordinate (junior) to the rights of the lenders. The overall purpose of a SNDA agreement is to assure a tenant that their rights in their lease and the leased premises will not be disturbed even if the landlord defaults on its loan and the commercial lender forecloses on the property. The attornment agreement, in turn, typically provides that the tenant will continue their obligations under the lease even in the event a new landlord takes over the contract. This assures the lender that there will be privity of contract following

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Posted in Lien Priority, Non-Disturbance, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles, Subordination

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Zachary D. Schorr has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers (Rising Stars) list for attorneys in Real Estate for 5 straight years - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. In 2016 he was also included as one of the top 100 lawyers in Southern California in this category. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers.

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