Legal Q & A By-Franco Simone

Q: I am advertising my single-family residence for rent. I received an inquiry from an interested woman asking if I accept section 8 tenants. Can I refuse to rent to tenants that have section 8 vouchers? A: No, effective January 1, 2020, landlords with properties in the state of California cannot refuse to rent to…

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…

Legal Q & A By-Beckman

Question 1:   Have there been any developments on the rights of landlords during the COVID-19 crisis? Answer 1: Not surprisingly, yes. The two biggest developments are the expiration as of September 1 of the California Supreme Court’s April 6th order, applicable to all county courts, which had operated to prohibit new eviction actions (other…

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…

Legal Q & A By: Franco Simone

Definitions Used in This Article: Assistance animal is a term used to describe both 1) a service animal and 2) a support animal also known as an emotional support animal. Service animal is defined by the American Disability Association (ADA) as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the…

Legal Q & A By-Richard Beckman

Question 1: I have a tenant in a Lake County single family residence who is not paying rent. Moreover, the County has posted a notice of abatement citing accumulated household trash and other issues that are causing a health and safety issue. The abatement orders were issued 7/28/20.  My understanding of the COVID-19 moratorium is…

Legal Q & A By- Franco Simone

Q: I own an apartment complex and have a strict “no pet” policy. One of my tenants verbally requested a reasonable accommodation to allow him to have a dog. What does “reasonable accommodation” mean and how should I respond to him? A: The term “reasonable accommodation,” as defined by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban…

Legal Q & A By- Richard Beckman

Question 1: I know someone asked this last month, but what is the latest status of the landlord’s right to require the tenant to pay rent or move out during the COVID 19 crisis? What about other grounds to terminate a tenancy? Answer 1: As discussed in last month’s response to that question, for all…

Legal Q & A By- Dennis Block

Question One: I own a duplex in Eagle Rock which is under Los Angeles Rent Control.  There is a problem tenant who causes verbal altercations with other tenants. He has yelled at me, slammed doors in my face, verbally abused my daughter and son-in-law, and the police have been called multiple times. He calls housing…