Legal Q & A By Dennis Block

Question One: Do you think it is a wise idea to allow tenants to make direct deposits into my bank account? This would sure make it simpler for me, as I would not have to collect the rent and then make a deposit. My only concern would be that the tenants would have my bank…

Legal Q & A By Dennis Block

Question One:   My current renters were on an AOA lease for six months. It has now expired and they currently are on a month-to-month tenancy.  On the 19th of the month, I was presented with a 30-day notice to vacate. They have indicated that on the 1st they will only be paying a proration of the rent for…

Did You Know? by Dennis Block

SHOULD YOU ACCEPT RENTAL ASSISTANCE?   Many landlords are faced with staggering losses of rent due to the pandemic. My clients have indicated that many of their tenants owe in excess of $20,000. Under a newly enacted statute, SB 91, landlords and tenants are allowed to apply for rental assistance due to the pandemic. The website…

Legal Q & A By Dennis Block

Question One: My tenant issued a 30-day notice to vacate in the middle of the month. My rent is due on the first.  On the first day of the following month, can I demand that the tenant pay a full month’s rent and then prorate the balance upon the day she vacates? Answer One: On…

Did You Know By Dennis Block

Seller Will Not Move I was recently featured on Inside Edition and Fox News 11 regarding a couple who purchased a house in Riverside, CA. Escrow closed in January, 2020, but the seller and his family have refused to move. Tracie and Myles Albert paid $650,000 for their dream house and to date, they have…

Legal Q and A By Dennis Block

Question One:  I am selling a duplex in Glendale. It would be best if I could offer the units for sale without it being occupied. Am I able to terminate the tenancies and do I need to pay relocation to my tenants? Answer One: Glendale does not have a rent control statute for a duplex.…

Did You Know By Dennis Block

Selling Your Apartment Building Assuming your building is subject to Statewide Rent Control-AB1482, you cannot ask your tenants to vacate on the basis that you are selling the premises. That is not a ground to evict under the statute. You would need to sell the premises as a tenant occupied property. The new buyer could…

Questions and Answers By Dennis Block

Question One:  Are landlords in Los Angeles County allowed to evict a tenant for non-payment of rent which is NOT related to COVID-19? My property is located in the City of Lawndale? My tenant moved into the unit on November 15, 2020, paid December 2020 and stopped paying rent in January 1, 2021. I gave…

Legal Q & A By Dennis Block

Question One: My company recently purchased a rent-controlled building and the leases do not prohibit smoking. We’ve distributed a memo regarding a new No Smoking Policy, in response to one tenant complaining about smoke entering his unit and causing a health hazard. Can the offending tenant, who keeps smoking, be evicted for committing a nuisance…