Los Angeles Real Estate Lawyers

Landlord-Tenant Law

Southern California has hundreds of thousands of residential and commercial buildings, almost all of which involve a landlord-tenant relationship. We have deep expertise in all aspects of landlord tenant law, including cases where one party breaches their lease, disputes about CAM charges and payments, disagreements about whether the landlord or tenant is responsible for something, violations of local rent control laws like LARSO and the Beverly Hills and Santa Monica rent control ordinances, and claims of illegal or substandard construction, to list only a few.

Habitability Cases

Every residential lease contains an implied warranty of habitability: that is, a requirement that the landlord maintain a minimum level of repair and pest control at the property. Habitability lawsuits are on the rise in Southern California, brought on by a growing awareness of tenants’ rights and duties. We have extensive experience prosecuting and defending both small and large-scale habitability lawsuits. If your home is infested with roaches, bedbugs, other insects, or rats, or if it lacks functional heating, plumbing, or utility service–or if someone claims that your property has these conditions–we can help you vindicate your rights in court.

Asbestos and Lead Paint Contamination

Los Angeles is full of many old buildings. While these buildings often  contain classic architectural details such as plaster ceilings, wood molding, and vintage tile or fixtures, they also were built in a time where the use of asbestos as a building material was common. Worse, many older buildings were painted inside and out with lead paint. When asbestos or lead paint are disturbed — for example, by construction workers or maintenance teams–the result can be catastrophic. Asbestos and lead paint debris and dust can contaminate your personal belongings and make you ill, both now and for many years afterwards. A significant remediation process is often necessary, and must begin as soon as possible.  If you have learned that your home contains these dangerous substances, contact us right away for a determination of your rights and your options for dealing with the problem.

Personal Injuries and Premises Liability

Liability for injuries that occur on your or someone else’s property is a significant portion of our practice. We have represented tenants, landlords, owners, and visitors in lawsuits alleging personal injuries caused by dangerous or defective conditions in buildings or on land, actions seeking to abate nuisances that make people sick, cases involving assault and battery, “toxic torts” such as land contamination by oil leaks or chemical spills, and lawsuits seeking to hold the property owner liable for the condition of the property.

Property Torts

Many times, the ownership, control, or occupancy of real property leads to wrongful acts. We litigate fraud actions, such as fraudulent concealment, fraudulent misrepresentations, and fraudulently recorded deeds of trust or liens, as well as cases of actual fraud, conversion, or embezzlement of client or member funds. We also have extensive experience in lawsuits claiming breach of fiduciary duty, malicious conduct, and intentional damage to land or buildings.

Our firm handles all aspects of real estate law in California that includes:

  • Breach of lease contract with landlord-tenant contract
  • Violation of local rent control law (LARSO and city ordinances)
  • Illegal or substandard construction
  • Refund of security deposits
  • Illegal eviction
  • Real estate litigation
  • Infestation, bad plumbing, lack of utility services
  • Liabilities from defective or dangerous building conditions
  • Joint ownership, acquisition, development, disposition, or leasing
  • Fraudulent real estate transactions like misrepresentation, concealment, fund embezzlement, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional damage, and malicious conduct

We pride ourselves on staying up-to-date with the newest laws and trends in the Southern California real estate market. We will help you understand your rights and protect your home and family.

if you need real estate law advice, feel you have grounds for a lawsuit or have had a lawsuit filed against you, please call The Brinton Firm at 213-426-2126.