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

Landlord-Tenant Statutes, State-by-State
This is the chart you need if you're trying to find your state's landlord-tenant laws.
Late Rent Fees and Other State Rules on Paying Rent
Learn your state rent rules, including limits on late fees.
State Laws Protecting Tenants in Domestic Violence Situations
Many states extend special protections, such as early lease termination rights or the right to have locks changed, to tenants who are victims of domestic violence (DV). Here is a summary of and citations for relevant state laws.
State Laws on Landlord's Duty to Rerent When a Tenant Breaks a Lease
If you break a lease early, you might need to pay rent through the end of the lease term. Find out if your state requires landlords to try to find a new tenant.
State Laws on Rent Withholding and Repair and Deduct Remedies
Most states have laws that give tenants specific options if the landlord fails to provide essential services or repair major problems, such as allowing tenants to withhold rent or repair the problem and deduct the cost of doing so from the rent. Find out what options are available in your state.
State Laws on Landlord's Access to Rental Property
State rules on when and how landlords may enter tenant rental units.
State Laws on Unconditional Quit Terminations
State rules on when a landlord can order a tenant to move out on short notice.
State Laws on Termination for Nonpayment of Rent
Learn what laws apply in your state for termination for nonpayment of rent.
State Laws on Termination for Violation of Lease
Learn the time limits required before a landlord may evict a tenant for violating a lease.
Consequences of Illegal Evictions
Landlords in every state must follow specific rules and procedures when evicting a tenant. Most states have guidelines on what kind of compensation tenants who are illegally evicted can expect.