Non-compete clauses in employment contracts typically seek to preclude employees from working for a competitor for a specific period of time and within a specific geographic area. Most states allow non-competition agreements, provided they are reasonable in scope and justified by the employer's legitimate business interests. California, however, generally prohibits covenants not to compete, subject to limited exceptions.
This article discusses the competing interests and criteria of landlords and tenants in defining fair market value, explores various mechanisms used for resolving disputes over fair market rental rates, and concludes with proposed language that represents a healthy compromise for both sides.
Part One of a Two-Part Article
Landlord harassment of tenants is a common problem, not only in the housing arena, but also in the commercial leasing sector. Certainly, landlords often have good reasons to be angry with their tenants. However, a landlord that resorts to bullying tactics does so at its own risk.