About Ruzicka, Wallace & Coughlin

Landlord–Tenant Law


For over 35 years, the attorneys at Ruzicka, Wallace & Coughlin, LLP have represented landlords and property management companies in all aspects of the ownership and management of real property. We have built a reputation on our exceptional knowledge of the law, superior results and excellent customer service.

Evictions

Nothing beats experience. Having litigated more than 100,000 eviction actions throughout the State of California, our attorneys have developed a particular expertise in all aspects of the landlord-tenant relationship and recovering possession of residential and commercial real property. Our unlawful detainer department includes many of the most experienced landlord-tenant and eviction attorneys in California. Based on this expertise, many of the nation’s largest landlords, property management companies and banks rely on us for legal representation. As many of the firm’s attorneys have practiced exclusively in the landlord-tenant area, we are able to provide our clients with an accumulated depth of experience and attention to detail that larger and more diverse law firms may be unable to match. We pride ourselves on providing the best eviction timelines, customer service and quality of legal representation in the industry. Our customer service representatives eagerly assist our clients and provide our property management clients with detailed weekly status reports.

Drafting and Review of Leases and Addendums

Having the right language in a lease can mean the difference between winning and losing a case. Additionally, almost every year, the State of California enacts new legislation affecting the rental housing industry. We assist our clients in drafting and reviewing leases, addendums and amendments to ensure these documents include all required disclosures, comply with applicable federal, state and local laws, and place our clients in the best legal position in the event a dispute arises.

Drafting Notices and Letters

When it comes to an eviction action, a landlord rises and falls on its notice. In other words, if the landlord’s notice complies with the law, the landlord should prevail. However, if the landlord’s notice fails to comply with the law, then the landlord may be forced to start an eviction case over from the beginning. Losing an eviction case can mean more than just lost time and rent. In some instances, it may mean the landlord is responsible for payment of the tenant’s attorney fees and costs. Now, more than ever, it is critical to have an experienced landlord-tenant attorney draft or review any notices or letters that are served on a tenant. In many cases, a properly drafted notice or letter may resolve any potential dispute thereby avoiding any need for an eviction or other litigation.

Rent Control and Subsidized Housing

When it comes to complicated rent control ordinances and government-subsidized housing, we have you covered. There has been a growing trend in California of cities enacting local ordinances restricting rent increases, limiting the grounds for eviction and otherwise regulating the landlord-tenant relationship. In many cases, these ordinances impose additional disclosure, notice and reporting obligations on landlords and add additional procedural requirements for rent increases and evictions. We assist our clients in complying with these ordinances. We also assist our clients in complying with the requirements of government subsidized housing programs including the HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, HUD Project-Based Section 8 Program, Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program, and local affordable housing programs.

Fair Housing Defense

If a tenant files a Fair Housing complaint, we are here to help. We defend landlords and property management companies against claims filed by tenants with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the United States Department of Housing (HUD), and in state and federal courts.

Litigation

We provide litigation services for all issues that arise from the landlord-tenant relationship, including lawsuits for breach of lease, claims for breach of the warranty of habitability and class action defense.

Education

The firm’s attorneys have lectured extensively on landlord-tenant issues including compliance with rent and eviction control laws and fair housing issues such as companion animals, medical marijuana and criminal background checks. The firm’s attorneys are also available to provide seminars and ongoing advice and counsel for current and developing landlord-tenant law issues.

Representative Clients

Our clients include many of the largest residential property owners and property management companies in the State of California. Representative clients include The Irvine Company, Western National Property Management, Greystar, Village Property Management, Windsor Communities, The Lyon Company, FPI Management, Burke Real Estate Group, The Related Companies, Welltower, and many more. References available on request.

Areas We Serve

We serve the entire State of California including Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County, Riverside County, Ventura County and San Bernardino County.

Memberships

We are members of The National Apartment Association (NAA), The California Apartment Association (CAA), several local apartment associations, the REO Managers Association of California (REOMAC) and U.S. REO Partners.

Customer Service

We take special pride in our customer service. Our customer service department and attorneys are always available during normal business hours to respond to client inquiries.

Our Landlord-Tenant Services Include:
  • Drafting and Review of Lease Documents
  • Enforcing the Terms of the Tenancy
  • Termination of Tenancy
  • Letters
  • Notices
  • Evictions
  • Actions For Recovery of Rent
  • Actions Involving Modification, Extension, and Renewal of Lease
  • Actions Involving Waste, Fixtures or Options
  • Disputes Regarding Assignment and Subletting
  • Disputes Involving Abandoned Personal Property or Real Property
  • Disputes Regarding Security Deposits
  • Landlord Defense
  • Fair Housing Advice and Education
  • HUD Section 8, Low Income Tax Credit & Affordable Housing Programs
  • Rent Control


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