Reviewing your Leases with Landlords and Tenants

Landlords, have you reviewed the leases with your tenants? Tenants, have you reviewed your landlord’s lease? Commerce and the press of business often take time away from performing necessary legal due diligence, and in the ever changing world of landlord-tenant law, the down side can cost you rights you may not discover until it’s too late.

For instance, there are limitations on waiving the right to a jury trial in residential lease disputes not involving an eviction. While mediation may be an option, it is not required to preserve the right to obtain attorney fees. All you have to do is request mediation, and if the other party declines, you’ve at least preserved your right to seek attorney fees if you win the dispute in court. But any other form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as arbitration or “binding” arbitration, cannot be forced on a tenant. There are, of course, exceptions.

If you are a tenant in multi-family housing, such as an apartment building, condominium or townhouse complex, you are protected from “signing away” a host of rights. If you are a landlord hoping to reduce the costs of court actions (litigation), making changes to the standard California Association of Realtor’s (CAR) forms may be of no force or effect. Know your rights. Know your duties. Contact Schorr Law and know the law.

Schorr Law has experience with a variety of real estate matters, including commercial and residential lease disputes. We also offer commercial lease counseling. To inquire about a free 30-minute consultation, contact us by phone at (310) 954-1877, or text us at (323) 487-7533. You can also email us at, or send a message through our Contact Form.

By Philip Iadevaia, esq.

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