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Author: Janet Portman

Attorney and Nolo Managing Editor Janet Portman specializes in residential and commercial landlord/tenant law, legal issues related to courts, landlords and tenants, and neighbor disputes. She is the author or co-author of Every Landlord's Legal Guide, Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants, Every Tenant's Legal Guide, Renters' Rights, Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business, Leases & Rental Agreements, The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities, and California Tenants' Rights. A nationally syndicated columnist with Inman News, Portman's column, "Rent It Right," appears regularly in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and other prominent newspapers and websites. Portman received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and a law degree from Santa Clara University. Before joining Nolo in 1994, she practiced law as a public defender.
CALIFORNIA ORDERS INSURANCE COMPANIES TO ISSUE REFUNDS

CALIFORNIA ORDERS INSURANCE COMPANIES TO ISSUE REFUNDS

Insurance companies set their premium rates according to the risk that a claim will result. That’s why premiums for teenage drivers are more expensive than those for 50-year olds (kids have more accidents); and it’s why you’ll pay less if you drive 1,000 miles per year instead of 10,000. That simple equation (the higher the risk, the bigger the premium) wasn’t lost on California’s Insurance Commissioner, who issued a bulletin on April 13, 2020, directing companies doing business in California…

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Landlord-Tenant Law Evolution

Landlord-Tenant Law Evolution

Landlord-tenant law has evolved mightily over the past 40 years. Here are some of the more dramatic developments. Your right to a decent place to live — and what to do if you don’t get it Do you think 1,500 serious housing code violations in an apartment building should excuse your obligation to pay rent? If you lived in Washington, DC more than 40 years ago, the answer would be, “No!” Fortunately for tenants, in 1970 the federal appellate court,…

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