Legal Q & A by – Franco Simone, Esq.

Q: What can I do if my tenant still owes me money after I applied the security deposit to the outstanding balance for unpaid rent and necessary costs to clean and repair the rental unit? A: First, you will need to fill out a security deposit itemization for back rent, cleaning costs, and damage beyond…

Help Save Costa-Hawkins! by – Dennis Block, Attorney

What is Costa-Hawkins? For landlords, and truthfully for the entire economy, Costa-Hawkins is a very good law. In 1995, the State of California enacted a law that stopped cities from imposing rent control on new construction, single family homes, condominiums and townhomes. It prevented municipalities from instituting rent control for buildings constructed after 1995. If…

Legal Q & A by – Richard Beckman, Attorney

Question 1: Our tenant of three years is complaining of mold. We have inspected but see no visual evidence of mold. He says that he uses a mold detection device and the reader says there is mold in the air. What plan of action is required of us? Answer 1: As the owner, you always…