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California Landlord's Law Book: Evictions 13th Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1413309348
ISBN-10: 1413309348
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Editorial Reviews

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Attorney David Brown discusses virtually every possible situation which might lead to an eviction. I especially liked all the blank forms and checklists. (Robert Bruss 2009-01-01)

"An up-to-date book such as this is as necessary as a rent receipt book or a good repair person." (San Francisco Chronicle 2008-02-02)

"Attorney David Brown discusses virtually every possible situation which might lead to an eviction. I especially liked all the blank forms and checklists." (Robert J. Bruss, nationally syndicated columnist 2008-02-02)

"Recommended by the state Department of Consumer Affairs." (Sacramento Bee 2008-02-05)

I have been using this book for 15 years and have never had a situation that couldn't be resolved. In fact, I can do an eviction faster and with less problems than my friends who have an attorney. (J. B., Tujunga, CA)

Very useful for the first time evictor! Who knew it was so complex? (P. R., Stockton, CA 2009-01-01)

Recommended by the state Department of Consumer Affairs. (Sacramento Bee 2009-01-01)

An up-to-date book such as this is as necessary as a rent receipt book or a good repair person. (San Francisco Chronicle 2009-01-01)

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"Recommended by the state Department of Consumer Affairs."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 13 edition (March 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413309348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413309348
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,159,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Rhinehart on October 4, 2011
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I have long been a fan of Nolo Press books, in the belief that intelligent and diligent people should be empowered to handle some of their basic legal needs without having to hire a high-priced attorney for every little thing. My husband and I have used other Nolo books through the years, and have only learned about one mistake in the books along the way, but then again, the wills and more that we created with the help of Nolo books have never had to stand up to a legal challenge. The numerous flaws in Nolo's Evictions book and CD have caused us to worry about the quality of the other Nolo books, and the mistakes they may contain that we may not learn about until too late.

My husband and I turned to the Nolo Evictions book for guidance through the unfamiliar process of evicting nonpaying tenants. The book has been better than nothing, but still just a mixed blessing because even the latest 2011 edition was carelessly edited and only partially updated. It and the accompanying CD contain numerous errors, some of which are serious enough that they could cost you your case against your tenant if the tenant files a response to your Unlawful Detainer Complaint. And the tenant can fight more easily than you can, because there are all kinds of free legal help available to tenants that the landlords can't get, even though the deadbeat tenant may be making more income than the landlord!

The 2011 CD that accompanies the book, for example, still has the 2004 edition of a required Summons form, even though that form was revised in 2009. The information required is the same on both versions, but a Placer County court clerk rejected the older form when my husband tried to submit it. The book shows the correct form, but the CD does not have it.
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The California Landlord's Law Book: Evictions is a companion book that goes hand in hand with the Nolo title The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities. In fact, the opening chapters of the Evictions book repeatedly remind the reader to refer to Rights and Responsibilities, not for the purpose of selling more books, but because landlord/tenant law is best addressed with an overarching title, and if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to evict a tenant, you can pick up the more specialized title on that topic.

I personally purchased the Evictions book when I had a non-paying roommate in my own home who refused to move out. I purchased this book after I had started the eviction process and seen the sheriff way too many times, and I cursed myself for not getting it earlier, because I found out that the law was more on my side that I had thought. Nolo taught me that the sheriff is often misinformed about the process of evicting a roomer (someone in a bedroom in your primary residence) versus that of evicting a tenant in a separate rental property. This book referred me to the relevant sections of the California civil code and penal code for situations with roomers.

The book and accompanying CD have all the California law forms needed for the eviction process, as well as instructions for deciphering the forms, which is a formidable task on one's own. Personally, the most important chapter in the book was the one that guided me though the unlawful detainer trial process. The author described in detail all the facets of a court hearing, the relevant players, the methods for addressing the judge, the order of events, and so on. I went into my trial with confidence because I knew what to expect and I knew how to prepare my case.
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Cons - missing information about delaying tactics the tenant may use (1 star)
Pros - very specific and detailed information and forms for evictions (5 stars)

I compared this book to two other Nolo books about landlord-tenant issues for California, and while this book is the most precise and detailed of the three about how to evict a problem tenant, it is still missing crucial information that is in yet another Nolo book.

This book has many details about (and forms for) meticulously doing an eviction, but it is missing a perspective about how to be an effective landlord and head off problems with tenants, and how you really want to avoid eviction lawsuits, which is covered better in Nolo's book _The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities_. In particular, _The California Landlord's Law Book_ points out that the real purpose of a "Three Day Notice" is to get a late paying tenant to pay up, not to actually evict them, which is a pain and will cost you much more in the long run. So if you are a landlord, get _The California Landlord's Law Book_ for the best overall perspective of how to be a great landlord (and perhaps also Nolo's _Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants_).

But a serious problem is that a critical element is missing from this book: all the different legal responses a tenant can make to an eviction attempt, and how to avoid or deal with them. In Nolo's _California Tenant's Rights_, there is all sorts of information about how to legally quash an eviction suit, ways of delaying by demurrals and various kinds of information requests, etc.
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