Property Law

It was just past one o’clock in the afternoon on Oct. 12 at Legal Aid of Sonoma County, but one of the housing attorneys in the office had already received 35 phone calls. The final extension of California’s pandemic eviction moratorium had expired less than two weeks earlier, and tenants wanted to know how to avoid being kicked out of

While racial covenants prohibiting the sale or occupancy of homes by non-whites have been void and unenforceable for decades under both state and federal laws, deed restrictions that evidence the history of race discrimination in housing remain on record for a countless number of homes throughout the state and country. For example, a deed restriction recorded on a home originally

Claiming the court prioritizes non-essential operations over “community safety and human life,” five legal aid organizations on Tuesday sued Los Angeles County Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile for holding certain hearings in person during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the organizations claim that by permitting and sometimes mandating in-person appearances

California’s First District Court of Appeal held Tuesday that a quiet title action to establish a public easement for coastal access on property owned by a Native American tribe can’t go forward, concluding that the action is barred by the tribe’s sovereign immunity.

“Congress has not abrogated tribal immunity for a suit to establish a public easement,” the court held,

As the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on California businesses and residents, two waves of rules have guided tenants, landlords, and their counsel through the resulting eviction crisis.The first wave involved moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures. On April 6, 2020, two emergency California Rules of Court were adopted. Emergency Rule 1 effectively halted all unlawful detainer lawsuits, except those