Advice For Landlords

The Law Offices of Joshua B. Clark Can Advise You Regarding Your Rights And Responsibilities

With an extensive landlord-tenant law practice, we at the Law Offices of Joshua B. Clark have counseled landlords with a wide range of questions, concerns and needs. We are here to put our experience and results-oriented legal representation to use for you.

How Can I Minimize The Risk Of Landlord-Tenant Disputes In The First Place?

When the parties to a lease disagree over its terms, or a landlord finds himself or herself in the position of needing to evict a tenant, one question frequently arises: How could I have prevented this?

Lease review and analysis is a critical part of the work we do for landlords in Northern California. Lease disputes can often be prevented by ensuring that a lease is as comprehensive as possible and minimizes ambiguity. We regularly review leases and address issues related to security deposits, assignments, rent control laws and other aspects of rental agreements.

We can assist in the negotiation and execution of both residential and commercial leases. Call 916-229-8356 to speak with a lawyer.

If I Want To Evict A Tenant, What Can I Do?

In some ways, it's just as helpful to think of this in terms of what you can't do. Even if you feel certain that you can successfully evict a tenant for violating a lease — whether for failing to pay rent or engaging in criminal activity on the property — you cannot do things like change the locks, remove a tenant's belongings or shut off utilities.

Landlords who lock tenants out, remove belongings or shut off utilities can face legal liability and financial penalties.

We encourage you to speak with us immediately if you wish to begin eviction (unlawful detainer) proceedings against a tenant. We can assess your situation and begin the process as quickly as possible.

How Long Will The Eviction Process Take?

We will do everything possible to expedite your unlawful detainer lawsuit. Once we file your lawsuit in superior court, we will typically know within 30 days if you can have your tenant evicted. Our goal will be to help you obtain a writ of possession. With a writ of possession, you can have the sheriff remove a tenant after five days if he or she does not vacate voluntarily.

What If I Have Other Questions?

Attorney Joshua B. Clark is ready to answer your specific questions and begin preparing a strategy to help you assert your legal rights. Contact us now: Send an email or call our Sacramento office at 916-229-8356.