landlord / tenant

  • Easy On Easements

    Travis Logue

    One of the most common types of real estate cases we litigate are easement disputes. Since easements usually involve one's personal residence or investment property, such disputes may be deeply emotional and expensive.

    What is an easement?  Quite simply, an easement is the right to use another's land for a limited purpose. Commonly, neighbors are granted easements for uses, such as, driveways, fences, hedges, scenic views, and utilities. Most easements are recorded and appear on your property's title report, which is generated during a purchase and escrow.  Since it is a contractual obligation, one risk of having an easement on title is you could become a party in a future lawsuit if a dispute arises.

  • Eviction Notice – 3 Day Notice – How to Count to Three

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    Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell has represented scores of clients in unlawful detainer (eviction) proceedings. While we represent Landlords 95% of the time, we do occasionally represent qualified tenants. In doing so, we have been amazed how frequently plaintiff’s attorneys, property managers, and owners fail to understand how to properly compute the three day notice period in the context of a three day notice to pay or quit.

    Not only is it embarrassing to face the judge and explain how you did not properly count to three, it is also time consuming and expensive. If you fail to correctly count to three, a defendant will simply file a Demurrer to the Complaint which the Court will sustain without leave to amend. This means you will have to dismiss the defendant, re-serve the three day notice, re-file and re-serve the complaint, and pay the filing and process server fees again. Ouch.

  • Letters of Intent in Commercial Real Estate are Tricky

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    In commercial real estate transactions, letters of intent are ubiquitous. They appear absolutely harmless because they are intended to be non-binding and a “tool” for future negotiation. In fact, most letters of intent go out of the way to explicitly state that “it shall not be construed in any way to be legally binding” or that “your signature below merely means you are agreeing to this invitation to negotiate”.

    You need to seriously think twice before accepting this ostensibly harmless “invitation“.

  • Smart Landlords Use Screening Criteria to Combat Discrimination Lawsuits

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    In today’s online social media era, it is especially easy for professional litigants and scam artists to harvest useful content, masquerade as prospective tenants and victimize the landlord like targeted prey.  That is why it is absolutely essential landlords utilize a systemized approach to reduce the likelihood of selecting the scheming tenant who, inevitably, will be armed with powerful knowledge that fair housing laws are slanted heavily against property owners.  Such information, when combined with unwitting landlord missteps, may be leveraged into lucrative settlements.  Don’t be fooled.  Discrimination lawsuits are not confined to San Francisco, Berkley and Santa Monica.  If they have not emerged in your town, they will soon.

  • Travis Logue Speaking at the Fundamentals of Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar Lawsuits

    Travis Logue

    TRAVIS C. LOGUE, a partner of Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP, is a featured speaker at the 11th annual Santa Barbara "Fundamentals of Landlord-Tenant Law" seminar put on by Sterling Education Services, Inc. Travis is a member of the State Bar of
    California and the District of Columbia Bar, and is a licensed California real estate broker. He routinely represents landlords as well as buyers and sellers of office buildings, shopping centers, large vineyards and luxury residential properties. For Travis' complete biography, browse to his attorney profile.

    Sterling Education Services provides in-community seminars on timely topics relevant to professionals, educators, businesses and more. Mr. Logue will be will be presenting on tenant screening.

Practice Areas And Regions Served

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP primarily serves individuals, families and businesses up and down California's Central Coast and North Los Angeles County, including many Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura County communities.

Our experienced legal team includes business lawyers, real estate lawyers, tax lawyers, estate planning lawyers and civil litigation lawyers. Our areas of legal practice expertise include Business Law, Entity Formation, Real Estate Law, Tax Law, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate, Wine Law, Vineyard Law, Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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