Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man.
— Abraham Lincoln
We are a boutique personalized law firm with an emphasis on landlord-tenant Law.
We represent landlords, property management companies, and lending institutions in civil matters including:
We believe in this philosophy and encourage our clients to follow it. But, if that approach proves unsuccessful, we are there to assist you. We strive to be effective, aggressive, and to take the worry and stress off your shoulders and place it onto ours.
Please feel free to call us for more information. We have extremely reasonable pricing and a passion for what we do.
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We represent landlords, property management companies, and lending institutions in civil matters including;
Prosecution of Unlawful Detainers
We handle commercial and residential eviction matters through all stages of the proceedings throughout Southern California.
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Rent Control Issues
We guide you through the intricacies and complexities of the rent stabilization ordinances in the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and Santa Monica.
Personal Injury Defense
We represent landlords in defense of personal injury claims alleged to have occurred on their properties.
We represent landlords in response to governmental agency complaints relating to discrimination as well as civil actions arising from allegations of discrimination.
Tenant Relocation Projects
We have handled numerous relocation projects, whether for owner or family member occupancy or to demolish or convert multi-unit properties to condominiums. We are well-versed in the complex requirements of rent control ordinances, Planning and Building Department issues.
Lease Negotiations, Modifications, Addenda, and Renewals
We assist in review as well as drafting of leases and lease provisions.
Breach of Contract Actions
We represent landlords in pursuit of claims against tenants for monies owed on balances of lease terms, for physical damage sustained to properties by prior tenants, as well as in defense of actions brought against landlords by tenants.
Consulting and Correspondence
We can assist in providing an objective, legal perspective on various issues relating to property ownership, management, and tenant issues. We can communicate on your behalf with tenants, third parties, vendors, and the like concerning issues relating to the property.
We defend landlords who have been criminally cited by the City Attorney with building citations, failure to comply orders, and misdemeanor complaints.
We are a boutique firm that will provide you uniquely personal, strategic and individualized services.
We are extremely passionate about what we do and have over 30 years experience.
We pride ourselves on being able to provide uniquely personal service, with efficiency, and reasonable pricing. Our attorneys handle your matter personally through all stages of the proceedings. We promptly calendar your matter through each stage of the case to ensure cases proceed as expeditiously as possible to conclusion.
Fred M. Szkolnik
Fred M. Szkolnik is the founder of Law Offices of Fred M. Szkolnik and has been practicing law since 1980. Mr. Szkolnik earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California in 1977 and later earned a juris doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego.
Mr. Szkolnik has successfully handled well over ten thousand landlord-tenant matters. He has sat as a judge pro tem for over 20 years presiding over landlord-tenant cases in numerous courts throughout Los Angeles County. He has published several articles and has conducted many seminars for apartment associations and attorneys on the subject of landlord-tenant law.
Mr. Szkolnik is born and raised in Los Angeles. He is married and is the father of 3 children and 2 dogs.
Lisa A. Walco
Ms. Walco attended UCLA undergraduate and obtained a BA in communication studies in 1990. She later went on to obtain a Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law, and was admitted to practice law in 1995. Ms. Walco joined the firm in 1988, starting as a file clerk, then a legal secretary, paralegal, and finally, as a practicing attorney.
Ms. Walco has sat as a judge pro tem in various courts throughout Los Angeles County presiding over landlord-tenant matters. She has also co-written numerous articles and speeches for apartment association publications and seminars. Ms. Walco has extensive experience in dealing with the City of Los Angeles in relocation projects relating to redevelopment of residential properties.
A native Los Angeleno, Ms. Walco is the mother of an adorable son and two dogs.
Trusted Support Staff
We also have an amazing support staff including:
Lusi Jacobo, a paralegal who has been with the firm since 2005.
Eneyda Escuadro, a legal secretary who has been with the firm since 2013.
Jill Jones, an office assistant who has been with the firm since 2016.
Their personal touch compliments our hands-on approach.
The following are some Civil Codes you might find of use.
California Civil Code Section 1954
Landlord’s Right to Enter and Tenant’s Right to Privacy
California Civil Code Section 1946
Termination of Tenancies
A hiring of real property, for a term not specified by the parties, is deemed to be renewed as stated in Section 1945, at the end of the term implied by law unless one of the parties gives written notice to the other of his intention to terminate the same, at least as long before the expiration thereof as the term of the hiring itself, not exceeding 30 days; provided, however, that as to tenancies from month to month either of the parties may terminate the same by giving at least 30 days' written notice thereof at any time and the rent shall be due and payable to and including the date of termination. It shall be competent for the parties to provide by an agreement at the time such tenancy is created that a notice of the intention to terminate the same may be given at any time not less than seven days before the expiration of the term thereof. The notice herein required shall be given in the manner prescribed in Section 1162 of the Code of Civil Procedure or by sending a copy by certified or registered mail addressed to the other party. In addition, the lessee may give such notice by sending a copy by certified or registered mail addressed to the agent of the lessor to whom the lessee has paid the rent for the month prior to the date of such notice or by delivering a copy to the agent personally.
California Civil Code Section 1988
Abandoned Personal Property
California Civil Code Section 1950.5
Residential Security Deposits
California Civil Code Section 1941.1
Characteristics of a Habitable Dwelling
A dwelling shall be deemed untenantable for purposes of Section 1941 if it substantially lacks any of the following affirmative standard characteristics or is a residential unit described in Section 17920.3 or 17920.10 of the Health and Safety Code: