STATE BAR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Richards Law is proud to announce that John (J.R.) Richards has accepted an invitation to join the California State Bar Real Property Section Executive Committee.  J.R. is proud to represent others at the state bar.

Practice Areas

Legal excellence leveraging the best results for our clients.

 

We are a real estate law firm in Danville, California providing mediation, arbitration, trial and appellate services with easy access to the courthouses all over the Bay Area.

 

We provide creative solutions to difficult problems for real property owners and landlords.  Examples of current project include but are not limited to: business sales agreements, reformation of a deed of trust, restructure business contracts for a professional photographer, draft and file necessary business formation documents, suing former tenant for waste, nuisance, and breach of contract for building code violations for otherwise legal marijuana grow house.

Residential Landlord Representation

From the initial tenant application until the tenant vacates and the security deposit is returned, property owners may encounter various legal challenges, particularly in rent and eviction control jurisdictions.

Evictions

We advise owners throughout the eviction process including:

  • Nonpayment of Rent
  • Breach of the Rental Agreement
  • Owner Move-in
  • Relative Move-in
  • Remove Property from Rental Market (Ellis Act)
  • Temporary recovery to make repairs or improvements to the property
  • Nuisance
  • Illegal use of premises
  • Buyout Agreements: We advise, negotiate, and draft tenant buyout agreements.
  • Rent Increases: We help owners maximize their rental income by giving lawful rent increases
  • Refusal of Access: There are many reasons a landlord may be entitled to enter a tenant occupied unit.
  • Unapproved subleasing: A landlord should promptly respond when discovering that a tenant has subleased in violation of the rental agreement.
  • Rent and Eviction Control: We counsel owners through the many legal obstacles imposed on them by local rent and eviction control ordinances.
  • Rent Board Claims: We defend petitions filed by tenants at the Rent Board.
  • Habitability, Lead, and Mold Claims: We help owners respond to adverse tenant claims about the condition of their units.
  • Wrongful Eviction: We defend tenant lawsuits.
  • Purchase and Sales

Real Estate Sales

      We can prepare all the paperwork needed to purchase or sell property thereby eliminating the real estate commission. We also advise clients concerning legal issues arising during the purchase/sales transaction. Some of these legal issues may include the following:

  • Disclosure/Failure to Disclose
  • Warranties
  • Timely Performance
  • Contingencies and their removal
  • Breach of Contract
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Due Diligence
  • Broker Liability

Business Formation/Investment Groups

Parties enter into business together with the best intentions, but conditions change and various disputes may arise:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
  • Business Dissolution
  • Business Sale

Business Disputes

      We can prepare all the paperwork needed to form and register a new entity and advise you on each step of the way.  This includes drafting the proper paperwork for investment groups real estate:

  • Drafting and filing initial formation documents with the secretary of state
  • Performing necessary steps for Fictitious Business Name
  • Obtain Tax Identification Number

Commercial Leasing

     We draft and negotiate commercial leases and counsel clients on the various legal issues that may arise throughout the commercial tenancy.

Neighbor Disputes

We counsel owners regarding legal disputes and issues that may arise with their neighbors. These disputes and issues may involve the following:

 

  • Property Lines
  • Encroachments
  • Trespassing
  • Noise and Nuisance
  • Easements
  • Foreclosures

Co-Ownership/Condominiums/Tenancies-in-Common

We help co-owners of property understand their legal rights and obligations. We advise clients regarding CC&R and Tenancy-in-Common documents.

Temporary Restraining Orders

Title/Ownership Disputes

We assist real property owners in resolving title disputes concerning their property. We have successfully litigated:

  • Partition  Actions
  • Adverse Possession Claims
  • Squatters
  • Equitable Ownership
  • Chain of Title Problems Including Quiet Title
  • Reformation and Rescission Actions
  • Rescission Actions
  • Option To Purchase

 

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