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…

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…

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…

Tenant Relief Act – Extended

The Tenant Relief Act was to end rent protections for tenants commencing with rent owed on Did You Know February 1, 2021. Under the original statute, a standard 3-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit could be served and an eviction could thereafter be filed. Unfortunately, on January 29, 2021 the Governor and the State…

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Repairs Many times, a tenant will have an issue with a specific repair person and demand that the landlord use another person. Be advised that it is the sole discretion of the landlord as to who will accomplish the repair. Unless an incident of improper conduct occurred, the landlord should not allow a tenant to…

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Renting Rooms Some landlords use the business plan of leasing individual rooms in a house, as opposed to leasing the house to a single family.  In general, more revenue can be collected by this business practice.  Unfortunately, there are a multitude of problems that can occur in this situation. In some jurisdictions, this practice is…

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…

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…

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…