Ann O’Connell


Ann O’Connell is a legal editor at Nolo specializing in landlord-tenant and real estate law. She writes for,, and Avvo. Ann is a coauthor of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, which won a silver Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association in 2020, and Nolo’s Every Landlord’s Legal Guide.

Legal career. Before joining Nolo as an editor, Ann was a freelance writer for Nolo as well as other publications and law firms. Ann practiced civil litigation in California and Colorado, and had her own firm in Colorado. At her firm, she focused on real estate, landlord-tenant, and small business cases. 

Credentials. Ann earned her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from UC Berkeley Law. She has passed the bar exams in California, Nevada, and Colorado, where she is both an active attorney and a real estate broker.

Landlord-tenant law. Ann’s favorite part of writing about landlord-tenant matters is the opportunity to help tenants—who often find it difficult to afford or hire a lawyer to represent them—understand and assert their rights. Ann’s research and writing on coronavirus-related eviction bans and tenant rights has been cited by numerous news outlets and government agencies, including Yahoo Finance, CNET, Fannie Mae, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Articles By Ann O’Connell

State Laws on Landlord's Access to Rental Property
State rules on when and how landlords may enter tenant rental units.
How Every State's Legal System Is Responding to COVID-19
Use our 50-state tracker to check out how your state's legal system is responding to COVID-19.
Emergency Bans on Evictions and Other Tenant Protections Related to Coronavirus
Information on eviction moratoriums and tenant protections being enacted due to outbreak of COVID-19.
Must I Still Pay My Real Estate Agent Full Commission After Paying for Home Repairs Demanded by Buyer?
A home seller's profits can go down as the buyer demands money back for repairs and so on, so why doesn't this necessarily reduce the agent's sales commission?
Tenant Defenses to Evictions in Virginia
Tenants in Virginia can assert certain defenses against an eviction suit. Learn what defenses might apply in your situation.
Expenses to Expect When Selling Your Home
Talk to anyone who's just sold a home, and you'll probably see some eye-rolling as they recount how the supposed profits were undercut by one expense after another. But the results won't seem quite so shocking if you know what to expect.
Overview of Landlord-Tenant Laws in California
Both landlords and tenants should be able to deal with many legal questions and problems without a lawyer, once they understand the basics of state law.
How to Delay an Eviction in Virginia
Learn what steps Virginia renters can take to delay an eviction.
Tenancy Terminations for Nonpayment of Rent
When you don't pay rent, your landlord can terminate your tenancy.
Overview of Landlord-Tenant Laws in Virginia
Both landlords and tenants should be able to deal with many legal questions and problems without a lawyer, once they understand the basics of state law. This overview of key landlord-tenant laws in Virginia will get you started. Required Landlord Disclosures in Virginia Under Virginia law, landlords