Legal Q & A By Dennis Block

Question One: I just closed on a duplex which is subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) for the City of Los Angeles. Assuming the city’s “State of Emergency” ends as of September 30, 2021, can I serve a 30-day notice to quit on September 1, 2021? My intention is to occupy the residence. Answer…

Legal Q & A by Richard Beckman

Question 1: As always, any updates on the state of the courts and unlawful detainers? Answer 1: As reported in last month’s article, California again has updated its comprehensive state law directed at protecting tenants from eviction for non-payment of rent. Originally passed as AB 3088 in August 2020, updated by SB 91 in January,…

Legal Q & A By Franco Simone

Q: I am a landlord and my previous tenant owes me money. What is the procedure to file a small claims lawsuit? A: You will first need to prepare and file a Plaintiff’s Claim and Order to go to Small Claims Court (SC-100). This form is found online or purchased at the San Diego Superior…

Legal Q & A By Richard Beckman

Question 1: As always, any updates on the state of the courts and unlawful detainers? Answer 1: As reported in last month’s article, California again updated its comprehensive state law directed at protecting tenants from eviction for non-payment of rent. Originally passed as AB 3088 in August 2020, updated by SB 91 in January, AB…

Legal Q & A By Franco Simone

Q: There are a lot of young families that live in my apartment building. I have a vacant apartment in my building and began taking applications. Can I search my new rental applicants on the Megan’s Law Website to see if they are sex offenders? A: No, California law prohibits landlords from using the Megan’s…

Legal Q & A By Franco Simone

In this article, the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 may be referred to as California Rent Control or the Act. The Act passed into law in 2019, which implemented statewide just-cause termination requirements and rent increase caps for many rental properties. Q: I own two condominiums in San Diego County and a friend recently mentioned…

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”,…