North Bay Landlord Tenant Lawyers with Offices in Vallejo and Fairfield

Firm handles matters involving California commercial and residential rentals

The relationship between landlords and tenants is sometimes difficult, with each side having its own ideas about the rights and responsibilities set forth in the lease.  When one party’s expectations regarding a residential or commercial agreement are not met, disputes can quickly escalate. At Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC, our California real estate attorneys understand how much you depend on enforcement of the lease provisions you agreed to. From offices in Vallejo and Fairfield, we represent landlords and tenants in disputes relating to leased property throughout Solano, Contra Costa and Napa counties.

Legal counselors help clients avoid problems by drafting comprehensive leases

Most people agree that that the best way to avoid a problem is to anticipate it. Because we have such extensive experience in landlord-tenant law, our attorneys are able to draft residential and commercial leases that are detailed and specific, building in contingencies for all types of foreseeable circumstances. Asking an attorney at our firm to draft a custom lease, or to review a landlord’s lease and negotiate custom terms, can save you time, money and frustration.

Common disputes between California landlords and tenants

Our attorneys have represented landlords and tenants in a wide range of conflicts pertaining to residential rental properties, including matters involving allegations of:

  • Non-payment of rent and late fees
  • Lease violations, such as number of occupants, overnight guests, and common space misuse
  • Unapproved subletting
  • Improper rent increases
  • Property destruction
  • Unapproved construction or modification of premises
  • Pet problems, especially vicious dogs
  • Failure to return security deposit
  • Habitability problems and lack of required disclosures
  • Wrongful eviction

On the commercial front, disagreements between the parties to a lease also arise frequently. These problems can include:

  • Royalty disputes
  • Questions over the permissible use of premises
  • Unapproved construction or modification of premises
  • Maintenance and repair conflicts
  • Alleged failure to maintain common areas
  • Disputes over the payment of utilities
  • Disagreement over lease assignments
  • Conflicts relating to lease renewals
  • Insurance and liability concerns

Our attorneys manage landlord-tenant cases professionally, pursuing your goals for dispute resolution while seeking to preserve a working landlord tenant relationship whenever possible.

Knowledgeable attorneys advise on tenants’ rights in California

California is a very strong tenants’ rights state, which often puts landlords at a disadvantage when they look to take action against tenants. Depending on the circumstances, tenants may have the legal right to:

  • Withhold rent
  • Pay for repairs then deduct the cost from their rent
  • Call in building and health inspectors
  • Sue for injunctive relief and/or monetary damages
  • Move out without notice

Landlords should always consult a real estate lawyer before attempting any type of “self-help,” which could be interpreted as landlord harassment and get them into worse legal trouble.

Property litigators provide representation for Solano County eviction proceedings

A wrongful eviction occurs when a landlord interferes with the tenant’s legal right to enjoy the property. This interference can include threatening, harassing or intimidating the tenant, especially in retaliation for the tenant’s exercise of his or her legal rights. For example, if a tenant legally withholds rent because a landlord failed to make promised repairs, and the landlord responded by placing a lock on the door, barring the tenant from entering, this action would constitute a wrongful eviction.

Our attorneys represent tenants and landlords in eviction disputes. We also advise landlords on the legal process for an eviction, so they can reclaim their property lawfully and in a timely manner.

Seek experienced legal representation for all your landlord tenant matters

Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC represents California landlords and tenants in numerous legal matters. Please call our firm at 707-674-6057 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our experienced legal team. Our offices are in Vallejo and Fairfield.