Painted Ladies at Alamo Square in San Francisco California USA

Uncommon Bonds: Exploring the World of Tenancies in Common

A Tenancy in common (TIC) is a form of property ownership with a rich history in California, dating back to the early days of statehood. In a TIC two or more individuals or entities collectively hold an undivided interest in real property with a cont… Read More
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Branching Out: Navigating Neighborly Tree Disputes

Tree disputes are more common among neighbors than one might expect. Common tree disputes include branches overhanging fences, an aggressive root invasion, or overgrown trees blocking off views. When neighbors refuse to cooperate and address these gr… Read More
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Adverse Possession: When Your Property Becomes Your Neighbor’s Without Your Consent

Property line disputes can occur between neighbors. But what happens when your neighbor is aware of a boundary line, but nonetheless encroaches upon or improves your property on purpose? In certain circumstances, it can result in your neighbor taking… Read More
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San Francisco’s Family Housing Opportunity Special Use District – Formulated for Failure?

A bill sponsored by Supervisors Myrna Melgar and Joel Engardio, creates a citywide “Family Housing Opportunity Special Use District” (SUD). The bill passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors on July 25, 2023 and is expected to be signed by M… Read More
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Real Estate Partition in California: Co-Ownership Challenges When the Levee Breaks

There is no doubt that California is a state known for its booming real property market. With the vast amount of properties and owners, real estate ownership in California can sometimes lead to complex situations when multiple owners co-own the same… Read More
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San Francisco and Berkeley’s Proposed “Empty Homes Tax” on Vacant Residential Units

This November, San Francisco and Berkeley voters will see the “Empty Homes Tax” initiatives (EHTs) on the ballot for consideration. If passed, the EHTs would impose a substantial tax on each person who maintains a “vacant” “residential unit… Read More
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