Chris Barta

J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

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
Emergency COVID-19 measures passed by Federal, state and local governments have created a confusing patchwork of tenant protections. To see if any protections apply to you, start at the Federal level and work down the list from Federal, to state, to local. NOTE: Commercial tenants can skip directly to
Rent Relief Fund and the COVID-19 Stimulus Packages
The second and third stimulus packages--the December 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Act) and the March 2021 American Rescue Plan--together include over $46 billion ($25 plus $21.55 billion respectively) in nationwide rent relief assistance for residential tenants and (by extension) landlords
Tenant's Right to Break a Rental Lease in Alabama
Learn when and how tenants can legally break a lease in Alabama and how to limit liability for rent through the end of the lease term.
Tenant's Right to Break a Rental Lease in Louisiana
Learn when and how tenants may legally break a lease in Louisiana and how to limit liability for rent through the end of the lease term.
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.
Updates on California Rent Control Laws
Regularly updated city-by-city rent control rules in California, with information on other protections for tenants.
Tenant's Right to Break a Rental Lease in D.C.
Learn when and how tenants may legally break a lease in D.C. and how to limit liability for rent through the end of the lease term.
Tenant's Right to Break a Rental Lease in Wisconsin
Learn when and how tenants may legally break a lease in Wisconsin and how to limit liability for rent through the end of the lease term.
Tenant's Right to Break a Rental Lease in Virginia
Learn when and how tenants may legally break a lease in Virginia and how to limit liability for rent through the end of the lease term.
Tenant's Right to Break a Rental Lease in Utah
Learn when and how tenants may legally break a lease in Utah and how to limit liability for rent through the end of the lease term.