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C.A.R. Legal Tools is the place to go to find dynamic and engaging resource tools to help you, your office or your clients better understand how the law impacts your business or your transaction, which is your business.  Some of these tools are designed just for you and some designed to be shared with fellow REALTORS® or potential or actual clients.  Each month a different topic will be explored/explained via some or all of the following tools:

Title Type
Addendum vs. Amendment
September 2022
Slide Deck / Quick Guide 
Staging Properties
August 2022
Slide Deck / Quick Guide 
Investigation Contingency
July 2022
Slide Deck / Quick Guide 
July 1 Expiration of the State Rent Moratorium and State Preemption
July 2022
Quick Guide
The Right Form to Use - By Form Code
June 2022
Quick Guide
The Right Form to Use - By Transaction Type
June 2022
Quick Guide 
The REALTOR® Professional Standards Process
May 2022
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Fair Housing Advertising Rules
May 2022
Slide Deck / Quick Guide 
CARES Act 30-Day Notice to Vacate When Demanding Rent
April 2022
Quick Guide 
Entity Signatures
March 2022
Video / Quick Guide
Deposit Disputes When There is No Deposit
March 2022
Quick Guide
Practical Steps to Website Accessibility
July 2022 (revised)
Quick Guide
Website Accessibility and ADA Compliance
March 2022 (revised)
Quick Guide

Senate Bill 9: Residential Lot Splits and 2-Units
February 2022

 Video / Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Amending the Appraisal Contingency: The Wrong Way and the Right Way
April 2022
Quick Guide
New Real Estate Laws
January 2022
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
RPA-Related Forms
December 2021 (revised)
Quick Guide
Agent Disclosure of Discriminatory Covenants Based on Actual Knowledge
April 2022 (revised)
Quick Guide
The Revised Residential Purchase Agreement
November 2021
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Mold Disclosures: Leases and Sales
April 2022 (revised)
Quick Guide
End of the California Eviction Moratorium
September 2022 (revised)
Slide Deck / Quick Guide (2) 
Rent Increases
September 2022 (revised)
Quick Guide

Tenant Screening
August 2021

Video / Slide Deck / Quick Guide
The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020
June 2021 (revised)
Quick Guide
Documenting Rental Property Condition and Handling of Security Deposit
July 2021
Video / Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Expanded State Rental Assistance Program for Landlords
June 2021 (revised)
Quick Guide
Privacy Policies - What REALTORS Should Look For
May 2021
Quick Guide
Protecting Your Data - Tips for AORs and MLSs
May 2021
Quick Guide
Wildfire Issues - Defensible Space and Fire Insurance
May 2021
Slide Deck / Quick Guide (2)
Non-contingent Offers
April 2021
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
SB 91: Tenant Relief Act Extension and State Rental Assistance Program
March 2021
Slide Deck / Quick Guides (2)
Tenant Protection Act of 2019 - Part 1 - Statewide Rent Cap Law
February 2021
Quick Guide
Home Hardening Disclosure and Advisory
February 2021
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Removal of the Confirmation of Receipt Clause in the Contingency Removal and Notice to Buyer to Perform Forms
January 2021
Quick Guide
Escalation Clauses
January 2021
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Real Estate Commission Agreements
December 2020
Quick Guide 
Proposition 19: Property Tax Increase Limits on Primary Residences
November 2020
Quick Guide 
Buyer Interest Letters
October 2020
Slide Deck / Quick Guide 
AB - 3088 - Tenant Relief Act Eviction Guide
September 2020
Quick Guides (2)
Fair Housing Laws
August 2020
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
July 2020
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Section I (Substituted Disclosures) of the TDS
Special Addition July 2020
Quick Guide
Cannabis (Marijuana) Issues
June 2020
Slide Deck / Quick Guide (2)
Seller Refusing or Limiting Entry
May 2020
Quick Guide

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
May 2020 - Special Addition

Slide Deck
Property Management and COVID-19 - Eviction Rules and Limitations 
April 2020
Quick Guide
Property Management and COVID-19 - Essential Services and Entering Units
April 2020
Quick Guide
Real Estate Transactions in a Safer at Home Environment
March 2020
Slide Deck / Quick Guides (2)
Emotional Support Animals
February 2020
Quick Guide
Mediation for the Consumer
February 2020
Quick Guide
Post-Closing Buyer/Seller Disputes
February 2020
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
January 2020
Slide Deck / Quick Guide (2)
2020 New Leasing Laws
November 2019
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Tenant Protection Act - AB 1482
October 2019
Slide Deck / Quick Guides (2)
Procuring Cause Disputes
September 2019
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Lease Listings
August 2019
Slide Deck / Quick Guide 
Probate Listings
July 2019
Quick Guide
Commissions After Expiration of Exclusive Listing
July 2019
Video / Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Tenant Notices
June 2019
Slide Deck / Quick Guide (2)
Liquidated Damages
May 2019
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Buyer Representation Agreements
April 2019
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Security Deposits
March 2019
Slide Deck / Quick Guide 
The 20% Qualified Business Income Deduction
February 2019
Quick Guide
Tax Cut and Jobs Act, Real Estate Applications Summary
February 2019
Quick Guide
Mediation Vs. Arbitration
February 2019
Slide Deck /Quick Guide 
Negotiation After Inspection
January 2019
Slide Deck / Quick Guide 
Transfer Disclosure Statement Law - Exemptions
December 2018
Quick Guide
Missing Contract-Related Time Periods
November 2018
Slide Deck / Quick Guide 
Use of an "as is" Clause
October 2018
Quick Guide
Rental Property and Foreclosure
October 2018
Quick Guide
Fictitious Business Names "DBA"s
October 2018
Quick Guide
CA Withholding Tax on Sale of Real Property
October 2018
Quick Guide
Agency and Fiduciary Duties 
October 2018
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
The Eviction Process - Before and After the COVID-19 Protection, Transition and Recovery Periods*
September 2018
Quick Guide 
Natural Disasters
September 2018
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Real Estate License Application and Renewal
August 2018
Quick Guide
Trees and Neighbors
August 2018
Quick Guide
Telemarketing and Robo Calls
August 2018
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Record Retention
July 2018
Quick Guide
Natural Hazard Disclosure (NHD) Statement
July 2018
Quick Guide
Landlords and Proposition 65 Warnings
July 2018
Quick Guide
Fire (and Similar Natural Disasters) and Cancellation Rights
July 2018
Quick Guide
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
July 2018
Quick Guide
Seller Property Questionnaire
July 2018
Quick Guide
Limited Service/Open Listings
July 2018
Quick Guide
Small Claims Court
July 2018
Video / Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Internal Revenue Code § 1031: Tax-Deferred Exchanges
June 2018
Quick Guide
Broker Compensation under the RPA
June 2018
Quick Guide
Option Contracts
June 2018
Quick Guide
Arbitration for the Consumer
June 2018
Quick Guide
C.A.R. Forms and Copyright Law
June 2018
Quick Guide
Errors and Omissions Insurance
June 2018
Quick Guide
Acting Against the Advice of the Broker
June 2018
Video / Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Smoke Alarms
May 2018
Quick Guide
Contract, General
May 2018
Quick Guide
Counter Offer Forms
May 2018
Quick Guide
RPA Timelines
September 2022 (REVISED)
Quick Guide
Unlicensed Assistants
May 2018
Quick Guide
The Eviction Process
May 2018
Quick Guide

Property Management FAQs
May 2018

Quick Guide 
The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA)
May 2018
Quick Guide 
Earning a Commission, C.A.R.'s Residential Listing Agreement (RLA)
May 2018
Quick Guide
Contract Creation, C.A.R. Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA)
May 2018
Quick Guide
Offer Presentation
May 2018
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Contract Creation, C.A.R. Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA)
May 2018
Quick Guide 
Property Management FAQs
April 2018
Quick Guide
Abandoned Personal Property After Termination of Tenancy
April 2018
Quick Guide
Buyer Requests for Repairs
April 2018
Quick Guide
Transfer Disclosure Statement Law - Overview
April 2018
Quick Guide
Service and (Emotional) Support Animals
April 2018, Updated January 2020
Slide Deck / Video / Quick Guide
Privacy and Surveillance
March 2018
Slide Deck / Video / Quick Guide (2)
The Revocable Transfer on Death Deed
February 2018
Quick Guide
Property Images
February 2018
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
January 2018
Slide Deck / Quick Guide (2)
Serving Alcohol at an Open House
December 2017
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Tax Withholding and Reporting for Brokers
November 2017
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Real Estate Licensee's Duty to Inspect Residential Property
October 2017
Quick Guide
Contingencies and Contingency Removal
October 2017
Quick Guide
How to Rebate a Commission to a Buyer
October 2017
Quick Guide
Seller Cancellation of a Purchase Agreement
October 2017
Quick Guide
Consumer Recovery Account
October 2017
Quick Guide
Disclosure of Death
October 2017
Videos / Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Agent Visual Inspection and Disclosure Forms
September 2017
Video / Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Square Footage, Lot Size, and Boundaries
August 2017
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Team Names
July 2017
Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Advertising
June 2017
Videos / Slide Deck / Quick Guide
Chain Transactions
May 2017
Videos / Slide Deck
Referral Fees
April 2017
Video / Slide Deck / Quick Guides / Flyer
Cyber Crime in the Real Estate Industry
March 2017
Video / Slide Deck / Flyer
Negotiating Repairs
February 2017
Videos / Slide Deck
Water Conserving Plumbing Fixtures
January 2017
Video / Slide Deck / Flyer

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