Legal Q & A By Franco Simone

Q:  I served my residential tenant with a 60-day notice to quit with cause and he called me during the notice period to tell me he moved out and I could take back possession of the property. He left the keys in the mailbox and he left a significant amount of his stuff behind. What…

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 Richard Beckman

Question 1:   Any updates on the state of the courts and unlawful detainers for lease breaches other than non-payment of rent? Answer 1:  As has previously been discussed in this column, the state law passed in January known as SB 91 provides the comprehensive procedure and rules regarding nonpayment of rent cases through, at…

Legal Q & A By Richard Beckman

Question 1:  Any updates on the state rental assistance program that you described in last month’s article? Answer 1:  To repeat part of that response, SB 91– christened the Tenant Relief Act – included, in addition to its provisions extending through June the eviction protections to tenants in rent default, a “State Rental Assistance Program”,…

Legal Q & A By Franco Simone

Q: A real estate agent reached out to me and I think I want to sell the condominium that I rent out, but I have a tenant living there. They are in a one-year lease that does not terminate until January 2022. Can I break the lease because I am selling the property?  A: No,…

Legal Q and A By Dennis Block

Question One:  I am selling a duplex in Glendale. It would be best if I could offer the units for sale without it being occupied. Am I able to terminate the tenancies and do I need to pay relocation to my tenants? Answer One: Glendale does not have a rent control statute for a duplex.…

Legal Q & A By Richard Beckman

Question 1:   Any updates on the state rental assistance program that you described in last month’s article? Answer 1: SB 91– christened the Tenant Relief Act – included, in addition to its provisions extending through June the eviction protections to tenants in rent default, a “State Rental Assistance Program”, which seeks to allocate federal…

Legal Q & A By Franco Simone

Q: My tenant has not been affected by COVID-19 and their failure to pay rent is not related to COVID-19. They gave me a Declaration of COVID-19 Related Financial Distress. Does my tenant have to prove that they are affected by COVID-19? A: No, currently there is no requirement for the tenant to prove they…

Legal Q & A By Franco Simone

Q: Six months ago, I rented my two-bedroom apartment to a single woman with a one-year lease. She wants a roommate. Do I have to allow my tenant to have a roommate? A: It depends. Most leases include a clause that prohibits or authorizes tenants to have a roommate or add additional occupants. If you…

Legal Q & A by Richard Beckman

Question 1: What is the latest on the COVID-19 eviction restrictions? Answer 1: As you have likely heard by now, the California legislature passed and Governor Newsom signed SB 91, just as the provisions of AB 3088 were about to expire January 31st. Primarily, SB 91 – christened the Tenant Relief Act – simply extends…