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Popular Landlord-Tenant Guide Updated

The California Department of Real Estate recently released the updated version of “California Tenants: A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities.” The popular guide was last published by the California Department of Consumer Affairs in 2012 but became somewhat obsolete in the last few years. Numerous substantive changes to landlord-tenant law are included in the new version of “California Tenants.” The 2019 Tenant Protection Act (known as AB 1482) provides protections for certain long-term tenants by limiting rent increases and requiring landlords to state a cause for termination in certain cases (and sometimes even paying relocation benefits). The publication also alerts consumers of emergency legislation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On August 31, 2020, the California legislature passed the “Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 (known as AB 3088),” which included the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. Tenants who experience financial distress due to the pandemic (e.g. income loss) may have eviction protections under the Tenant Relief Act or a...

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Senior Scam Update – Stimulus Payments

Last week, the FTC announced 18,235 reports of scams associated with Covid-19 since January 1, 2020. People have already been scammed out of over $13 million. The IRS began issuing stimulus payments to individuals due to the economic strain of the Coronavirus pandemic last week. Most seniors will not need to take any action to receive payment. Persons who receive Social Security benefits, VA benefits, SSDI, Railroad Retirement Benefits, and SSI will receive the payment automatically. If a beneficiary needs to claim a minor below 17 years of age, however, they will need to separately request the $500 dependent credit. The IRS website allows certain individuals to check on the status of payment, or submit updated information (like new bank account information). The only place any information should be entered is on the actual IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact- payments. The IRS is trying to get payments out to everyone eligible. Do not fall for scams that promise to help you get faster payment. Do not pay anyone to help you...

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Keep Your Distance From Scams

In an effort to stop the spread of a dangerous respiratory illness called Covid-19 (coronavirus), most Californians have been staying at home more than normal in recent weeks. The coronavirus is known to be more serious in older adults, and those with underlying health issues. As a result of the pandemic, older adults have been advised to only leave their home for essential needs. Unfortunately, spending so much time at home allows seniors to be more exposed to scams. News and information continues to change rapidly, even though most are stuck at home. While it can be difficult to keep up, it is still critical for seniors to be aware of scams. Watch out for individuals or businesses who promise to help get stimulus money more quickly, or sell cures or medication to prevent or treat the virus. Scammers are also using old tricks like pretending to be a grandkid in trouble, or saying your Social Security is being terminated. Be cautious of anyone who requests personal information, and...

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News Affecting Seniors

CHANGES TO CONSERVATORSHIP LAWS WHICH MAY AFFECT YOU By Rosanna Kendrick As each new year begins in California, journalists and residents love to try and get a handle on the various new laws taking effect on January 1st (or other dates throughout the year). California’s conservatorship law saw major updates this year, which are of particular interest to members of the senior community. The California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act (“CCJA”) [1] became operative on January 1, 2016, after being approved by the governor in September 2014.[2] A conservatorship is a court proceeding in which a conservator is appointed to care for a person who no longer is able to care for himself or herself, or no longer able to manage his or her own finances (or both).[3] While most seniors hope to avoid conservatorship, some inevitable situations arise for a small number of seniors where conservatorship becomes necessary later in life. Seniors may own property in more than one state, move to live with children in another state, or frequent...

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