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Los Angeles Tenants in Rent-Controlled Units - Reminder

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, November 2012

California State Law regulates the collection and refund of security deposits (California Civil Code §1950.5). Rental agreements may refer to these deposits as "cleaning deposit," "last month's rent" or "security deposit". No matter what the landlord calls it, the law considers any deposit to be a security deposit and limits the amount the owner may charge and what it may be used for when the tenant moves [...]

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Posted In: Real Estate Reporter 


New California Anti-Deficiency Protections For Refinanced Loans

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, October 2012

California has enacted several anti-deficiency statutes to protect borrowers in real estate transactions. A “deficiency” is the liability of a borrower to the lender for the difference between the amount of the loan and the value of the real property. Existing California anti-deficiency laws protect a borrower on an original purchase-money loan (a loan acquired at the time the property was purchased and never refinanced) on an owner-occupied residential unit (up to four units) from being held personal liable to the lender for any deficiency [...]

Tags: anti-deficiency, loan, refinanced loan
Posted In: Real Estate Reporter 


California Women Granted Enumerated Protections for Breastfeeding

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, October 2012

Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), it is unlawful to engage in specified discriminatory practices in both the employment setting and in housing accommodations on the basis of sex.

Under existing law, “sex” is specifically defined under the FEHA to include gender, pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.

Effective [...]

Tags: breastfeeding, discrimination
Posted In: Employment Law News  Real Estate Reporter 


New 3.8% Medicare Tax May Apply to the Sale of Your Home

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, October 2012

Section 1402 of the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010 creates a new 3.8% unearned income Medicare tax that goes into effect January 1, 2013. This tax is imposed on individuals with an adjusted gross income above $200,000 and couples filing a joint return with an adjusted gross income exceeding $250,000. This new 3.8% tax will be imposed on income from interest, dividends, annuities, royalties, rental income (less expenses) and capital gains (less capital losses) which are not derived in the ordinary course [...]

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Posted In: Real Estate Reporter  Tax Update 


July 2012 California Foreclosure Reduction Act

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, July 2012

Effective, January 1, 2013, The Due Process and California Foreclosure Reduction Act requires all banks and lending institutions to implement new procedures that protect California homeowners from inadvertent foreclosure while applying for a loan modification. This brief article explains to whom it applies, the new procedures the banks must implement, and the penalties that may be levied against the bank/loan servicer if they fail to comply.

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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.