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Commercial Properties – CASp Inspections – Good Idea or Not?

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, January 2017

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2093, effective January 1, 2017, in an effort to curb the number of disability related lawsuits. California Civil Code §1938 requires the owner of commercial property in the state of California to disclose statutory specific language in every lease, or rental agreement, executed after January 1, 2017 if the commercial rental property has undergone inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (CASp), and if so, whether the property meets all applicable construction-related accessibility standards [...]

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California Directs Cities to Allow Second Units (Accessory Dwelling Units, Granny Flats and In-Law Quarters)

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, January 2017

On September 27, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed two separate accessory dwelling unit bills (AB 2299 and SB 1069) into state law. An Accessory Dwelling Unit, commonly referred to as “in law suite” and “granny flat” are additional living spaces on properties zoned as single-family residences that have a separate kitchen, bathroom, and exterior access independent of the primary residence. AB 2299 and SB 1069 makes clear that local city ordinances which do not align with State law shall be “null and void” and [...]

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New California Bed Bug Disclosures and Rules For Landlords and Tenants

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, January 2017

California Assembly Bill 551, codified in California Civil Code §§1942.5, §1954.1 and §1954.600 et. seq., establishes new disclosure requirements, protocols and duties for rental property owners and tenants relating to bed bugs, and prohibits a landlord from retaliating against a tenant who gives notice of a suspected bed bug infestation.

California Landlords Prohibited from Showing, Leasing, and Renting a Rental Unit if Bed Bugs Known to Exist.

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Los Angeles Ellis Act Removal To Be Scrutinized

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, March 2016

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Gil Cedillo have essentially ordered the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) and all other city offices to improve enforcement of the Ellis Act.  The Ellis Act, passed in 1985, allows properties subject to a rent stabilization ordinance to be removed from the rental market under specified conditions. Effective immediately HCID will not just review the demolition permits and plans to remove a rent controlled property from the housing market, but now [...]

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California’s NEW Revocable Transfer on Death Deed Avoids Probate

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, March 2016

Effective January 1, 2016 through January 1, 2021, California Assembly Bill 139 creates California Probate Code §5642 to provide a low cost alternative to avoid probate for individuals that own real estate.  The new California Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (aka “TOD Deed” and “Beneficiary Deed”) [...]

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Located in Los Angeles, California, the Law Office of Melissa C. Marsh handles business law and corporation law matters as a lawyer for clients throughout Los Angeles including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, West LA as well as Riverside County, San Fernando, Ventura County, and Santa Clarita. Attorney Melissa C. Marsh has considerable experience handling business matters both nationally and internationally. We routinely assist our clients with incorporation, forming a California corporation, forming a California llc, partnership, annual minutes, shareholder meetings, director meetings, getting a taxpayer ID number (EIN), buying a business, selling a business, commercial lease review, employee disputes, independent contractors, construction, and personal matters such as preparing a will, living trust, power of attorney, health care directive, and more.