A recent case by a California Court of Appeal provides a reminder for homeowners and contractors that California’s requirement that “home improvement contracts” must be in writing does not necessarily prevent a contractor from enforcing an oral contract for payment, when fairness and justice so require; and, that a homeowner’s tactics in dealing with a contractor should be considered very carefully.
As we discussed here in April, California recently implemented a program that offers a State income tax credit of up to $10,000 to first-time homebuyers and buyers of newly-constructed homes.
The Palo Alto Municipal Code “Mandatory Mediation Ordinance,” which gives Palo Alto, California landlords and tenants the right to initiate a compulsory mediation process for resolution of residential lease disputes, covers considerably more ground than just mediation.
More and more real property owners across the country are finding themselves in the enviable position of receiving an out-of-the-blue offer to lease space on their property for a cellular telecommunications antenna site. Almost any property owner will be interested in generating income from an unused portion of his property, but cell site leases are a different animal and the smart owner will not simply jump at any offer.
Many cities in California, starting with San Francisco, have enacted or are considering bans on plastic shopping bags. The Save the Plastic Bag Coalition has been striking back. Its case against the City of Manhattan Beach was recently accepted for review by the California Supreme Court.
Owners of commercial properties, particularly office buildings, must be alert to protect themselves when entering into agreements allowing third parties to install cables and other equipment intended to provide tenants with telecommunications services.