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…

Legal Q & A by Dennis Block

Question One:  I have a single-family residence in Van Nuys, California. It has four bedrooms which I rent to four separate roommates. By renting out separate rooms, I am able to get a higher rental amount than if I leased the house to a single family. One of the tenants has stopped paying her rent.…

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…