Legal Q & A By Dennis Block

Question One: I just closed on a duplex which is subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) for the City of Los Angeles. Assuming the city’s “State of Emergency” ends as of September 30, 2021, can I serve a 30-day notice to quit on September 1, 2021? My intention is to occupy the residence. Answer…

Legal Q & A By Dennis Block

Question One:  I have an apartment in the city of Garden Grove. I have two co-tenants who occupy the unit under one rental agreement. One of the tenants has failed to pay his share of the rent. Is it possible to evict that tenant only? Answer One:  When you have co-tenants, their relationship is tantamount…

DID YOU KNOW By Dennis Block

California Extends the Eviction Moratorium to September 30, 2021 Prediction – There will be no further extensions! On June 28, 2021 California adopted Assembly Bill 832 which extended the Tenant Relief Act through September 30, 2021. Under this new bill the State extended the deadline in which tenant are required to pay 25% of the…

Did You Know By Dennis Block

Eviction Moratorium Extended Assembly Bill 832 has now extended the State of California’s moratorium through September 30, 2021. Based on how the law is drafted, I am confident that this will be the last extension. As such, all tenants should be required to pay rent for the month of October 2021. If rent is not…

Legal Q & A by Dennis Block

Question One: My property is located in Hollywood. A tenant has moved out and we are preparing the security deposit itemization form. Is it sufficient to send it by text or is it required that I mail the document to the tenant? Answer One: The law requires that a security deposit be prepared in writing.…

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…