Chris Barta

Attorney

Chris conducts legal research for and updates Nolo's books and websites. Before working at Nolo, Chris was a reference attorney and Westlaw account manager for Thomson Reuters. Chris earned an undergraduate degree in English from Saint John's University (Minnesota), and his J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Minnesota.

Articles By Chris Barta

COVID-19 California Eviction Moratoriums (Bans) and Tenant Protections
Learn about eviction moratoriums in California during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Updates on California Rent Control and Rent Stabilization Laws
Regularly updated city-by-city rent control rules in California, with information on other protections for tenants.
Rent Control in Minnesota (Minneapolis and Saint Paul)
Voters approved rent control in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Learn when and if these new rules will take effect.
Coronavirus (COVID-19), Disasters, Emergencies, and Price Gouging in California
How California law protects consumers after a disaster.
Homeowner's Rights to Build Accessory Dwelling Units in California
California has greatly expanded homeowners' rights to build accessory dwelling units on single-family properties.
DUI Car Accident - Sample Demand Letter
If you've been hit by a drunk driver, then at some point, you (or your attorney) will probably need to put together a professional and persuasive demand letter. Here's an example of what the letter might look like.
Tenant's Right to Break a Rental Lease in Arkansas
Learn when and how tenants may legally break a lease in Arkansas and how to limit liability for rent through the end of the lease term.
Tenant's Right to Break a Rental Lease in Ohio
Learn when and how tenants may legally break a lease in Ohio and how to limit liability for rent through the end of the lease term.
Tenant's Right to Break a Rental Lease in Colorado
Learn when and how tenants may legally break a fixed-term lease in Colorado and how to limit liability for rent through the end of the lease term.
Rent Relief Fund and the COVID-19 Stimulus Packages
Learn what kind of rent relief you could possibly receive from the second COVID-19 stimulus package.