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 Evictions Work: Rules for Landlords and Property Managers
A landlord or property manager cannot physically evict a tenant unless the landlord has first given the tenant a termination notice and has received an order of possession from the court.
Should Landlords Use a Lease or a Rental Agreement?
A handshake is not enough to seal the deal between landlords and tenants—landlords need to put the terms of a rental into a writing.
What Is Rent Control?
Rent control laws often regulate more than just the amount of rent landlords can charge.
How Evictions Work: What Renters Need to Know
Landlords can't just lock you out, even if you are behind on rent. They must get a court judgment first.
Arkansas Late Fees, Termination for Nonpayment of Rent, and Other Rent Rules
Learn Arkansas rent rules, including notice landlords must give tenants to raise the rent or end the tenancy for nonpayment of rent.
Alabama Termination for Nonpayment of Rent and Other Rent Rules
Learn Alabama rent rules, including how much notice landlords must give tenants to raise the rent or end the tenancy for nonpayment of rent.
Alabama Tenant Rights to Demand Needed Repairs
What rights to Alabama renters have when their rental unit has serious defects?
Emergency Bans on Evictions and Other Tenant Protections Related to Coronavirus
Information on COVID-19-related eviction moratoriums and tenant protections.
Arizona Security Deposit Limits and Deadlines
A breakdown of Arizona's landlord-tenant laws on security deposits.
Tenant's Right to Break a Rental Lease in Arizona
Even when an Arizona tenant breaks a lease, they might not be on the hook for rent for the entire term.