Legal Q & A By-Dennis Block

Question One: I own a condominium in Long Beach, California. It is currently leased on a month-to-month rental agreement. My daughter is getting married and asked if she could move in after the wedding. Based on her request, I served a 60-day notice to terminate one of my tenants. My tenant informed me that they…

Did You Know By-Dennis Block

Under the newly created Tenant Relief Act (AB 3088): A tenant cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent that became due between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 if the tenant returns a declaration of COVID-19-related financial distress to the landlord. A tenant cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent that became due between September 1, 2020 and January…

Legal Q & A By-Dennis Block

Question One:  We have a tenant whose parking space is blocking the trash bin. Since the 80’s, there hasn’t been a problem with trash being picked up until now. He intentionally parks his car so that trash doesn’t get picked up, in hopes of getting a different space. There are no available spaces at this…

DID YOU KNOW By-Dennis Block

Access to the Premises Although Civil Code 1954 allows a landlord to access a unit for specified reasons, that access can be properly denied by a tenant during this pandemic. While a landlord can always enter the unit during an emergency, this is not the case for other reasons. For example, the tenant would be…

Did You Know By- Dennis Block

Why You Shield Your Personal Assets with an LLC  An LLC, or Limited Liability Company, is a type of legal entity that protects an owner’s personal assets and separates them from the business assets of owning and running a rental property investment. While there are many different types of business entities, LLCs are among the…

Legal Q & A By- Dennis Block

Question One: I own a duplex in Eagle Rock which is under Los Angeles Rent Control.  There is a problem tenant who causes verbal altercations with other tenants. He has yelled at me, slammed doors in my face, verbally abused my daughter and son-in-law, and the police have been called multiple times. He calls housing…

Legal Q & A By-Dennis Block

Question One: I have a tenant who is creating a major nuisance on the property. My property is located in Bell, CA. I understand that Governor Newsom has placed a moratorium on evictions through July 28, 2020. Can you suggest an alternative solution? Many of our residents are working from home and cannot put up…

Did You Know By-Dennis Block

California Judicial Council Exceeds Their Constitutional Authority On April 6, 2020, the California Judicial Council adopted Emergency Rules limiting landlords from enforcing their basic contract rights against tenants. These rules prevent a court from issuing a summons in an unlawful detainer action, regardless if the action is based on the pandemic or not. If a…

DID YOU KNOW By- Dennis Block

COVID-19   Rent Deferment The City of San Diego has instituted a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions, due to nonpayment of rent.  It is based on when the tenant demonstrates a substantial decrease in income or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Legal Q & A By- Dennis Block

Question One: I have a tenant who has failed to pay rent since December 1, 2019. I was trying to work with her, but she is now claiming that due to the Coronavirus, she cannot make any payments. I have now heard that the courts are not allowing the filing of any eviction actions. What…