Category: Courtside Newsletter


No License to Discriminate: 5 Discrimination Laws for REALTORS®

August 6th, 2021 by

BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW | OF COUNSEL Avoiding Discrimination in Real EstateHousing is a necessity for life. It is no wonder that the Government protects individuals from discrimination that would keep them from obtaining this necessity. However, sometimes the interactions of these laws can create a challenging landscape to navigate for brokers, […]


Courtside Real Estate: Risk Management: 19 Tips to Avoid Agent Liability

June 10th, 2021 by

BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW | OF COUNSEL Identifying Negligence As one can imagine, the Firm gets lots of calls relating to agent “liability.” Today we discuss the tort of negligence as it applies to real estate agents. This topic is a full semester in law school, so we are just going to […]


Courtside Newsletter: Non-Contingent Offers

April 29th, 2021 by

BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW | OF COUNSEL In this market, many buyers find themselves in bidding wars with other potential buyers. In order to sweeten offers, in the multiple-offer situations, many buyers are waiving all or most of the contingencies set forth in the standard C.A.R. Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA). While this […]


How Property Managers Should Respond to Bounced Checks

August 17th, 2020 by

What to do with a Bounced Check In an ideal world, your tenants would never have trouble paying their rent. But of course we all know that isn’t always the case. While you might sometimes accept a late payment from a long-term, loyal tenant, a bounced check can be a whole other matter. Bounced checks […]


Can Bankruptcy Prevent Foreclosure?

August 17th, 2020 by

Many people wonder if filing for bankruptcy will prevent foreclosure on their homes. When you file for bankruptcy, it’s important to ask your bankruptcy attorney to explain all possible ramifications of that action. This prevents unpleasant surprises and helps you to better plan for the future. While banks will often delay foreclosing on a home […]


Courtside Real Estate: Fair Housing Regulations: Consideration of Criminal History

March 4th, 2020 by

BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW | OF COUNSEL CODY J. BELLMEYER, ATTORNEY AT LAW Under the recently released Fair Housing Regulations (“Regulations”), the Department of Fair Housing and Employment (“DFEH”) clarified what a landlord can consider when screening their potential tenants. These Regulations are incredibly important to both landlords and property managers as […]


Courtside Real Estate: New Fair Housing Regulations: What You Need to be Aware of in 2020

January 13th, 2020 by

BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW | OF COUNSEL CODY J. BELLMEYER, ATTORNEY AT LAW What are the most important laws to keep in mind for property managers and landlords at the start of the new year? The answer to this question tends to vary. Some may comment “Rent Control”, while others may begin […]


New Laws: The 2020 Real Estate Laws You Should Know – The Courtside Newsletter

December 2nd, 2019 by

BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW | OF COUNSEL CODY J. BELLMEYER, ATTORNEY AT LAW The California legislature passed a series of new laws which Real Estate Broker and Agents should be aware of as the industry moves into the new-year. While a majority of the laws go into effect on January 1, 2020, […]


Courtside Newsletter: Assembly Bill 1482: Rent Caps & Just Cause Evictions

November 13th, 2019 by

October 2019 BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW CODY J. BELLMEYER, ATTORNEY AT LAW Recently, Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 1482. For those who may not yet know, AB 1482 adds new Civil Codes, sections 1946.2, 1947.12, and 1947.13, which establish a Rent Cap and Just Cause eviction. While this article provides […]


ADA Website Compliance: Changing Case Law Imposes New Responsibility for Agents & Brokers

October 1st, 2019 by

BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAWCODY J. BELLMEYER, ATTORNEY AT LAW The California Court of Appeal recently decided Thurston v. Midvale Corp which addressed website compliance as it relates to ADA and the Unruh Civil Rights Act. In summary, the Plaintiff, Thurston, was blind and used a screen reader software to access the internet. […]