Bob discusses the importance of understanding California landlord-tenant laws with Ted Smith, the owner and principal at Ted Smith Law in San Diego, CA. Being a landlord or property manager in California requires awareness of specific federal and state laws as well as local ordinances pertaining to renting to tenants. Some of the common legal pitfalls include violating fair housing laws, security deposit charges, how much can be charged for a tenant screening, procedural timing on serving notices for ending tenancy or if a tenant is late on rent. There are also many disclosures regarding environmental hazards, property particulars, and even bedbugs. Failure to follow the proper legal protocol could lead to lengthy and expensive disputes with a tenant and possibly financial penalties. In this episode, Bob and Ted cover many of the key legal aspects pertaining to being a landlord and why individual homeowners with the desire to rent their property should consider hiring a property manager rather than trying to do it themselves. Ted also offers many legal insights and some important guidance on staying in compliance during the rental process. This episode is always available for listening, sharing, or download at Property Management Brainstorm. See a full time-stamped transcript of This Podcast Episode 3.