Legal Q & A By-Franco Simone

Q: I have a potential tenant that is an active service member. How much can I charge this tenant as a security deposit? A: When you rent a residential unit to a service member, you can only charge a security deposit equal to one month’s rent for an unfurnished property. If your property is furnished,…

Legal Q & A By-Franco Simone

  Q: Another landlord I know told me that my rental property is exempt from California rent control known as the Tenant Protection Act of 2019. What types of rental properties are exempt from rent control?

Legal Q & A- By Franco Simone

Q: I am renting out an apartment unit. One of the applicants was arrested for assault last month but has not been convicted of the crime. I do not feel comfortable renting to someone who was arrested for assault.  Can I deny his application based on his arrest?  A: No, you may not deny a…

Legal Q & A by – Franco Simone, Esq.

Q:  I have tenants who have not paid rent and are claiming they have bed bugs. Can I give them a three-day notice to pay rent or quit before I inspect the unit?   A: No, you should not give a three-day notice to pay rent or quit until the bed bug inspection is completed and…

Legal Q & A By-Franco Simone

Q: I own a six unit apartment building in San Diego County that was built in the 1980s and I would like to remodel the units next year. Am I allowed to ask my tenants to vacate under the new Tenant Protection Act of 2019?

Legal Q & A By – Franco Simone, Esq.

Q: This is my first time renting out my residential unit. The late fee provision in my lease allows me to charge a percentage of the rent or a flat fee. How much can I charge for the late fee? A: Your late fee should be no more than 6% of the monthly rent. For…

Legal Q & A By – Franco Simone, Esq.

Q: I hired a property management company to take over managing my properties. What do I need to do to let my tenants know that I will not be managing my properties anymore?  A: You are required to serve your tenants with a notice of change of ownership/management every time ownership or management changes. This…