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

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?
Tenancy Terminations for Nonpayment of Rent
When you don't pay rent, your landlord can terminate your tenancy.
Legal and Illegal Reasons Landlords Can Reject a Rental Application
What a landlord can and cannot ask you when you're applying for a rental.
Overview of Landlord-Tenant Laws in North Dakota
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 North Dakota will get you started.
Landlord-Tenant Laws in California
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.
California Landlord's Guide to Security Deposit Disputes in Small Claims Court
Learn how to defend yourself in small claims court in California if a tenant sues you for the security deposit.
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.
Overview of Landlord-Tenant Laws in Vermont
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 Vermont will get you started.
Required Landlord Disclosures
Landlords who don't make the disclosures required by federal, state, and local laws might be subject to fines, lawsuits, and other penalties.
Can I Sue My Landlord for Lead-Based Paint Hazards?
Some landlords must disclose knowledge of lead-based paint. Find out what might happen when they don't.