Orange County Residential Real Estate

Your Orange County Residential Real Estate Lawyer

Hoffman & Forde, Attorneys at Law is a premier real estate law firm in Orange County. We handle diverse residential real estate issues for our clients ranging from transactional issues to informal dispute resolution and litigation. Regardless of your specific needs, trust that our residential real estate attorneys will address your situation with quality, cost-effective solutions.

Our Residential Real Estate Services in Orange County

Our experienced Orange County residential real estate lawyers provide a full range of services to clients. We have demonstrated expertise within the following areas:

  • Landlord Tenant Disputes

    We represent landlords in a variety of matters, including but not limited to, drafting leases; property management/financing; unlawful detainer/evictions—both no-fault and fault-based cases; late payment and non-payment of rent; property damage; claims of breach of lease agreement/covenants—such as nuisance, unapproved subletting (i.e. Airbnb & VRBO rentals) and criminal activity; and defense against tenant lawsuits.

    Similarly, we represent tenants in matters including, but not limited to, wrongful eviction, rent control disputes, habitability issues—such as structural integrity, safety, health conditions, repairs to normal wear and tear, code compliance, and common area maintenance; and rental discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, family size, or source of income.

    Whether we are representing the landlord or the tenant, we often use negotiation, mediation or arbitration to achieve optimal results for our clients in a cost-effective manner. Additionally, our attorneys will not hesitate to go to court to protect our clients’ rights when necessary.

  • Homeowner Association (HOA) Disputes

    Whether you are a homeowner, condo owner, or association director, we regularly assist clients in matters involving HOA disputes.

    We represent both homeowners who have been accused of creating nuisances and those who are concerned about nuisances being created by others. We have the experience to analyze and determine the contribution of a wide range of factors, such as potential code violations, to nuisance disputes. We also assist homeowners who disagree with a special assessment their HOA has made against their property. Additionally, we handle matters involving disputes over covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs), whether you have been accused of a violation or if you believe not enough is being done to enforce the CC&Rs against other homeowners.

  • Purchase Disputes

    We deal with real estate transactions and disputes on a daily basis, giving us the knowledge and the know-how to navigate the complexities of the residential real estate purchase process. We handle matters concerning drafting purchase agreements; property title and adverse possession claims; nondisclosure of material facts; fraud disputes; undisclosed dual agency, misrepresentations on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) listings; and encumbrances or liens that may prevent the sale of a property.

  • Easement Disputes

    We handle easement disputes, including express easements, implied easements, and prescriptive easements that arise over trees; water drainage; the location of boundary lines; retaining walls; joint fences; or the encroachment of structures or buildings mainly located on one property across or upon the legal boundary over or onto the other property.

  • Disputes with Adjoining Neighbors & Properties

    We assist clients in disputes that arise between owners from construction work; view disputes; excessive noise, or other nuisances; or hazardous or conditions which endangers or affects the reasonable use and enjoyment of property.

  • Residential Loan Workouts

    If mortgage payments have become unsustainable, we can help you secure a loan modification that may save your home. The purpose of a loan modification is to provide you with a mortgage payment you can afford. The process is similar to a mortgage refinance but instead of entering into a new mortgage we work with lenders to modify the terms of our clients’ current mortgage. Receiving proper legal advice from an experienced loan modification attorney helps ensure the best possible loan modification with lenders that may help save your credit. We assist clients in lowering interest rates, extending the terms of their loans, lowering the principal balance of a loan and potentially getting rid of a second mortgage. Our firm also helps clients who are behind in their mortgage payments stop the foreclosure process.

Why Our Residential Real Estate Attorneys

Orange County residential real estate attorneys will protect you against the unexpected and help you get through a potentially stressful situation. Regardless of your unique situation, our lawyers are on your side, looking after your rights and interests. Hoffman & Forde is experienced in the resolution of various disputes. With our in-depth understanding of the law, we’ll help you avoid conflicts and unforeseen matters. Give yourself something valuable with our help: peace of mind.

Our Specialties


Resolve escrow disputes and close more effectively. Stop contract breaches and unnecessary fees.

Real Estate Litigation

Facing real estate litigation? Protect your property against fraud and other potential issues.

Real Estate Dispute

Transactions don’t always run smoothly. If a dispute is unavoidable, hire a skilled attorney today.

Landlords & Tenants

You can prevent landlord tenant conflicts before they happen or reach mutual agreement with counsel.

Seller Non Disclosure

Did the former owner of your home fail to disclose something about your new property? We can help.

Our Boutique Lawyers

Our highly-credentialed attorneys deliver superior quality services. Every client receives the best legal representation possible regardless of complexity.

Our Paralegals

Our dedicated paralegals are the behind-the-scenes experts who ensure our firm runs smoothly. They play a critical role in our client-focused approach, enabling our attorneys to deliver the highest quality service with precision and care.


Orange County Residential Real Estate Law Firm

We serve our clients’ individual needs while providing creative, practical, and affordable solutions. Our firm’s continued success results from our dedication, diligence, and honest communication with our clients.

Schedule Your Consultation

For inquiries regarding specific legal matters, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our intake specialists.

Why We Love Orange County

Home of the most famous theme park, Disneyland, Orange County or “the OC” is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area with over 3 million residents. It is the third-most populous county in California and more populous than 21 U.S. states. Orange County prides itself on its exquisite dining options, fabulous beaches, spectacular shopping, luxury spas, and breathtaking ocean views. The OC is home to art museums, South Coast Plaza, a championship golf course, and the famous Mission at San Juan Capistrano. With over 40 miles of sandy coastline and a number of small, manicured beach towns, Orange County combines an active lifestyle with laid-back sophistication.

The Climate

Orange County enjoys about 278 sunny days per year. It receives roughly 14 inches of rain, with 0 inches of snow.

The Attractions

In addition to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, you can enjoy whale-watching cruises and shopping at South Coast Plaza.

The People

Orange County residents are ethnically and culturally diverse. The majority of residents are white, Hispanic, African-American and Asian.