Ann O’Connell

Attorney · UC Berkeley School of Law

Ann O’Connell is a legal editor at Nolo specializing in landlord-tenant and real estate law. She writes for Nolo.com, Lawyers.com, 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

Selling a Colorado Home: What Are My Disclosure Obligations?
Guidance for home sellers in Colorado regarding required seller disclosures.
The Eviction Process in Mississippi
To evict a tenant in Mississippi, a landlord must file an eviction lawsuit with the circuit court. Evictions in Mississippi are regulated by Mississippi law, and the landlord must carefully follow all of the laws or the eviction might not be valid. This article will explain the basic rules and procedures
Overview of Landlord-Tenant Laws in Mississippi
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 Mississippi will get you started.
The Eviction Process in Minnesota
To evict a tenant in Minnesota, a landlord must follow all the rules and procedures set forth by Minnesota law for evictions. Otherwise, the eviction may not be valid. This article will explain the basic rules and procedures landlords and property managers must follow when evicting a tenant in Minnesota.
Tenant's Right to Break a Rental Lease in Minnesota
Learn when and how tenants may legally break a lease in Minnesota and how to limit liability for rent through the end of the lease term.
Tenant Defenses to Evictions in Minnesota
In Minnesota, a landlord can evict a tenant for several different reasons, the most common of which are failing to pay rent or violating the lease or rental agreement. A tenant facing eviction for one of these reasons may be able to challenge the eviction and delay the proceedings or stop the eviction
Overview of Landlord-Tenant Laws in Minnesota
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 Minnesota will get you started.
How to Delay an Eviction in Michigan
Under Michigan law, tenants can be evicted for a number of different reasons, including not paying rent or violating the lease. However, there might be a few things you can do to postpone the eviction, or perhaps even stop it altogether.
The Eviction Process in Michigan
Landlords must closely follow Michigan's laws and procedures to legally evict a tenant.
Overview of Landlord-Tenant Laws in Michigan
Key laws every Michigan landlord and tenant needs to know.