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 Security Deposit Statutes
Here are the statutes that govern a landlord’s collection and return of security deposits.
Chart: Deadline for Returning Security Deposits, State-by-State
State deadlines for itemizing and returning tenants' security deposits.
State Laws Prohibiting Landlord Retaliation
In most states, landlords cannot retaliate against a tenant for exercising a legal right. Find out what tenant rights are protected from landlord retaliation, and situations in which landlord retaliation is presumed.
State Rules on Notice Required to Change or Terminate a Month-to-Month Tenancy
In most states, landlords and tenants must provide 30 days' notice to end a month-to-month tenancy. Find out your state's rules.
Texas Late Fees, Termination for Nonpayment of Rent, and Other Rent Rules
Find out Texas rent rules, including limits on late fees, notice requirements for rent increases, and notice required for terminating a tenancy for nonpayment of rent.
Late Rent Fees and Other State Rules on Paying Rent
Learn your state rent rules, including limits on late fees.
Divorce Mediation Basics
Divorce mediation is less adversarial and significantly less expensive than a trial, but is it right for your case?
Tenant Rights to a Livable Place
When landlords offer a property as a rental, they make a promise (whether they know it or not) to maintain the property in a habitable condition during the tenancy.
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.
State Laws on Termination for Violation of Lease
Learn the time limits required before a landlord may evict a tenant for violating a lease.