Legal Q & A by – Dennis Block

Question One: I have a tenant who vacated a house I own in Long Beach. The rent has been kept very low. The rent is currently $1,200 per month. The home will need about $3,000 in repairs and painting to have it ready for the next resident. My research indicates that the rental value of…

DID YOU KNOW? – By Dennis Block

Accepting Rent If you serve a Notice to Quit on your tenant, you cannot accept rent past the expiration of that notice. Acceptance of the rent would invalidate your termination notice. If the tenant tenders you the full rental amount, you cannot accept it and then tender back that portion which extends beyond the expiration…

Legal Q & A by – Dennis Block

Question One: I served a 60 day notice to vacate to a tenant who is on a month-to-month tenancy. The notice will expire in the middle of the following month. How should I handle it if the tenant attempts to pay the full amount of the rent on the first? This tenant in the past…

Legal Q & A by – Dennis Block

Question One: My property is under rent control in the City of Los Angeles. I understand that the City will allow a rent increase of 4% effective July 1, 2019. I have a rent increase that I can institute for April, 2019. If I raise the rent 3% in April, will I be able to…

Legal Q &A by – Dennis Block

Question One: A downstairs tenant, John, bitterly complains about the upstairs tenant due to noise from above. In actuality, the upstairs tenant, Harold, is not doing anything out of the ordinary. John complains about simple television sounds and even if Harold is just walking in his unit. Lately, John has been banging on his ceiling…

Did You Know? by – Dennis Block

Excessive Complaints Can Be a Nuisance We all have experienced tenants that are hypersensitive. They will complain on almost any issue. While a tenant certainly has the right to express displeasure, these actions may rise to the level of a nuisance. For example, a tenant cannot retaliate against another resident based on perceived excess noise. If…

Did You Know By – Dennis Block

Tenant Abandoning If you suspect that your tenant has abandoned your unit, you have the right to enter to confirm it. You should serve a 24-hour notice to enter the dwelling by posting it on the front door.  You should only enter during normal business hours and days, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5…