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

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.
Deducting Cleaning and Repair Costs From a Security Deposit
Landlords can't deduct the costs of repairing "ordinary wear and tear" from a security deposit. But what qualifies as ordinary wear and tear?
Divorce Mediation Basics
Divorce mediation is less adversarial and significantly less expensive than a trial, but is it right for your case?
Contingencies to Include in Your House Purchase Contract
Inspections, financing, and other conditions you'd like to see met before you'll agree to close the deal and buy a house.
50-State Chart of Small Claims Court Dollar Limits
Find the small claims court dollar limits for any state.
Legal Resources for Tenants
Websites and articles for renters looking for help related to landlord-tenant issues and eviction.
State Laws on Landlord's Access to Rental Property
State rules on when and how landlords may enter tenant rental units.
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.