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Schorr Law Named one of the Top 20 Real Estate Law Firms

Schorr Law has been recently notified that it was chosen as one of the Top 20 Real Estate Law Firms in Los Angeles by the team at Expertise.com! As real estate attorneys in Los Angeles who focus almost exclusively on real estate law, it is an honor to receive such recognition. Schorr Law prides itself on obtaining the best possible results for its clients, and it is known for having experts in the field. Expertise.com’s goal is to connect people across the US with the best experts in their local area by creating lists of each city’s best professionals. Out of 901 Real Estate Law Firms in Los Angeles, the team at Expertise.com chose what they believe are the top 20 (in no specific order).

Posted in Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

3 Opciones Cuando un Vendedor de Casa Quiere Salir de Contrato

No hay nada mas frustrante que comenzar el proceso de comprar una casa, o propiedad, y que le vendedor de la propiedad atente a salir de el contrato después que escrow haya abierto. A este tiempo, el comprador ya ha gastado su tiempo en buscar el hogar perfecto, ha presentando varias ofertas, y ha pasado tiempo negociando los términos del contrato que pensaban estaba finalizado. Si un vendedor de casa atenta de salirse del contrato sin ninguna base valida por haberlo hecho, y después que escrow haya comenzado, el comprador tiene estas tres opciones: Demandar que el vendedor cumpla con los términos del contrato. En California, muchos contratos de compra y venta residenciales son redactados usando la forma de la Asociación de Agentes de Bienes Raíces de California.

Posted in Purchase and Sale, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles, Specific Performance

3 Tips Before Buying Property with A Boyfriend or Girlfriend

One of the most common fact patterns we see in our real estate litigation practice is an ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend, ex-fiancée, or ex partner who purchased property and then broke up with their relationship partner.   The relationship break up also typically means that there has to be a break up with respect to the jointly owned property.   Here are a few things to consider before buying property with a significant other: 1. Do you have a plan if the relationship does not work out? We suggest discussing this ahead of time. Make sure to write down an agreement that both parties sign that governs the co-tenancy relationship. 2. What if one person wants to the sell the property and the other does not? See number 1

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Posted in Homeowners, Joint Tenancy, Ownership, Partition, Quiet Title, Quit Claim, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

What is a Partition Action?

What is a Partition Action? Sometimes, when two (or more) people own the same piece of real property, they will disagree on what to do with the property.  One common example occurs when a parent passes away and leaves a piece of real property to her/his three children.  If the children cannot agree on what to do with the real property, one of them may eventually be forced to file a suit for partition of the property. A partition action asks the court, pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 872.210, to divide the real property fairly between the different owners.  For a property with a home or other development on it, this usually means selling the property and dividing the proceeds of the

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Posted in Ownership, Partition, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles, Wills / Trusts

Unlawful Detainer: Evictions Pending Appeal

Landlords who successfully litigate unlawful detainer actions should think twice before evicting the tenant from the premises.  This is because tenants normally have a right to appeal the judgment.  Indeed, this issue was front and center in Breach Break Equities, LLC v. Lowell. The facts of the case are simple.  The trial court entered judgment against the tenant and issued a writ of possession.  Subsequently, the tenant appealed the judgment.  Nonetheless, while the appeal was pending the landlord evicted the tenant from the premises and sold the tenant’s property to a third party.  (See Breach Break Equities, LLC v. Lowell  (2016) 6 Cal.App.5th 847, 850-51.) The California Court of Appeal heard the case and reversed the possession order.  Moreover, because the landlord prematurely evicted the tenant the Court of Appeal

Posted in Commercial Lease, Commercial Lease Unlawful Detainer, Leases, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles, Residential Lease, Residential Lease Unlawful Detainer, Writ of Possession

What is Title Insurance?

If you are buying or selling real property in the state of California, you will at some point encounter the concept of title insurance.  In fact, real estate brokers typically use standardized purchase and deposit forms, which include express provisions for the issuance of title insurance as a condition of purchase. So what exactly is title insurance, and who does it protect? Usually when you think of insurance, like home insurance or car insurance, you are thinking about a policy which will protect you from some harm which may happen in the future — a car accident or house fire, for example.  These policies are usually valid for a year, unless you pay a renewal fee. Title insurance is somewhat different.  For one thing, title insurance will

Posted in Ownership, Purchase and Sale, Real Estate Attorney, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles, Recorded Title, Title Insurance

Estimated Rent in Commercial Tenancies CCP 1161.1

Unlike residential unlawful detainer actions, in commercial unlawful detainers the landlord is allowed to provide a three day notice of estimated rent provided the landlord indicates in the notice that it is in fact a reasonable estimate of the amount past due. California Code of Civil Procedure section 1161.1 (e) further provides that there is a presumption that the estimate is reasonable if it is within 20 percent of the amount actually due. If it is not, then it may not support an unlawful detainer for non-payment of rent. 1161.1 is worth reading if you are a tenant facing eviction by a landlord. It also has some interesting prevailing party language. It provides the following: “if (1) upon receipt of such a notice claiming an amount

Posted in Commercial Lease, Commercial Lease Assignment, Commercial Lease Disputes, Commercial Lease Unlawful Detainer, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

California Statewide AirBnB Laws Coming?

There was an interesting article in the LA Times today that talks about California’s ongoing struggle with how to deal with short term vacation rentals.  Here is a link to the article.    Typically, short term vacation rentals are regulated by the local city.  This is true because the city is responsible for collecting transient occupancy taxes.  The short term vacation rules vary by City depending on minimum night stay, the percentage of taxes and the reporting requirements. The problem with giving the regulatory power to the state is it is impossible to pass a uniform law dealing with vacation rentals that can adequately address the varying needs for cities across California.  For example, a law severely limiting vacation rentals in Los Angeles may be a

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Posted in Lodgers, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles, Residential Lease, Short Term Lease/ Rentals

New Senate Bill Makes it Easier to Build “Granny Units”

In an effort to create more affordable housing, Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills that will expedite and allow granny units to be created in single-family and multi-family homes. Assemblyman Richard Bloom and Senator Bob Wieckowski, keeping in mind the housing affordability crisis in California, created the two bills. Senate Bill 1069, otherwise known as SB 1069 went into effect as of January 1, 2017. SB 1069 is meant to make it easier for homeowners to build “accessory dwelling units” (no longer called second units). Of course, with the approval of this new Senate Bill, come conditions that would need to be met. For a list of these provisions, please go to the California Legislative Information website. If anyone is planning to eventually lease/rent an

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Posted in Development, Homeowners, Land and Property, Leases, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles, Residential Lease

What is a Homestead Exemption?

A homestead exemption operates to protect a homeowner’s equity in their home from a forced sale – it effectively “exempts” a portion of the homeowner’s equity in their residence from creditors trying to enforce a judgment. There are two types of exemptions: (1) the automatic residential exemption (“Automatic Homestead”); and (2) the declared homestead (“Declared Homestead”). Homeowners automatically receive the benefits of an Automatic Homestead. The Automatic Homestead arises by operation of law when a party’s principal dwelling is subject to a forced sale. In contrast, the Declared Homestead requires that a party record a declaration stating, among other things, that the residence is the principal dwelling of the declarant or his or her spouse and that the declarant or his or her spouse resided

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Posted in Homestead, Judgment, Judgment Collection, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

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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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