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

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.
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.
50-State Chart of Small Claims Court Dollar Limits
Find the small claims court dollar limits for any state.
What Happens to Court Deadlines and Statutes of Limitations During the Coronavirus Outbreak?
How to find out if a statute of limitations or court deadline has been extended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Expenses to Expect When Selling Your Home
Talk to anyone who's just sold a home, and you'll probably see some eye-rolling as they recount how the supposed profits were undercut by one expense after another. But the results won't seem quite so shocking if you know what to expect.
When Might a Home Seller Have to Bring Money to the Closing?
Situations where any profit on the sale of your house—and then some—gets eaten up by closing costs and expenses.
Why Shouldn't I Sell Without an Agent (FSBO) When Houses Around Me Quickly Sell for High Prices?
Reasons to consider hiring an agent even when homes seem to sell themselves.
Earnest Money: What Happens When Your Home Purchase Falls Through
Situations where a buyer who cancels the deal must forfeit the money put down to buy the home—or not.
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?
If I've Repaired a Home Defect, Must I Disclose It to Prospective Buyers?
If a home defect has seemingly been dealt with, when do buyers nevertheless need to know about it?