Wednesday, September 11, 2019

California joins Oregon in approving statewide rent control

This was expected to pass for a few months, and just happened now.  The bill is expected to be signed in to law in a matter of days. Even municipalities with already existing local rent- and eviction-control ordinances may see a significant impact, because the statewide law will incompass buildings previously excluded through the year of completion (in San Francisco, it raises the cut-off from 1978 to 2004, a 15-year mark). As to the areas previously excluded, those where rents used to increase by large margins will be the first to feel the difference.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Statewide rent control is coming to California. Like now.

[2019-09-11 UPDATE] it has passed the Senate today.

This is just in. The bill passed the Assembly and is expected to pass the Senate as well:

Current version of the bill is here.
Related to is Assembly bill on "just cause" eviction control is moving along as well, progress is reported here.

All of the above is despite last Fall's failure to win voters' consent to similar measures at the poll, the "Proposition 10."

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

waste of time as sanctionable conduct

In preparation to my second visit to London with our Bar's Litigation Section (called "A Legal Week In London," highly recommended), I was sharing my experiences from my first trip in 2015 with colleagues, and the discussion quickly centered on what differences I had then observed between how the courts operate there and here.  My observations are from the ground up: I appear regularly in law & motion and trial settings, and so can only compare from a view of a field practitioner. I make this comment because our visiting group in London included all kinds of members, from transactional attorneys, to appellate practitioners, to in-house counsel, and even judges and one appellate judge. So, what may have appeared noticeable in differences for them, might not strike me a worthy of note at all.