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…

Legal Q & A By Richard Beckman

Question 1: What is the latest on the COVID-19 19 eviction restrictions? And what about the recent CDC order halting evictions? Answer 1: As for the recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) order, nothing changed other than the extension of its effective date to January 31, 2021 from the end of December 2020.…

Legal Q & A By Dennis Block

Question One: My company recently purchased a rent-controlled building and the leases do not prohibit smoking. We’ve distributed a memo regarding a new No Smoking Policy, in response to one tenant complaining about smoke entering his unit and causing a health hazard. Can the offending tenant, who keeps smoking, be evicted for committing a nuisance…

Legal Q & A By Franco Simone

Q: My tenant paid his January rent with a personal check. Several days after I deposited the check, the bank notified me that the check was dishonored because there were insufficient funds. I no longer want to accept personal checks from this tenant.  Can I demand payment of rent in cash? A: Yes, if your…