Legal Q & A By-Dennis Block

Question One: I have a tenant who is creating a major nuisance on the property. My property is located in Bell, CA. I understand that Governor Newsom has placed a moratorium on evictions through July 28, 2020. Can you suggest an alternative solution? Many of our residents are working from home and cannot put up…

Legal Q & A By-Richard Beckman

Question 1:  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 article in some detail, for all of California, evictions for non-payment of rent are extremely…

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- Dennis Block

Question One: I have a tenant who has failed to pay rent since December 1, 2019. I was trying to work with her, but she is now claiming that due to the Coronavirus, she cannot make any payments. I have now heard that the courts are not allowing the filing of any eviction actions. What…

Legal Q & A By- Richard Beckman

Question 1: Can I apply the tenant’s security deposit to rent that is not being paid during the Covid 19 crisis? If so, can I then require the tenant to replenish the deposit? Answer 1: The short answers are, probably, and probably not. I have a feeling I will be prefacing nearly every answer for…

Legal Q & A by Richard Beckman

Question 1: Is there a form to use for properties that are not exempt from the new California rent control law that begins 1/1/20?  Is there a form to use for properties that the rent will be rolled back on 1/1/20 to 5% plus CPI?  And what website do you recommend when determining the CPI for…

Legal Q & A by Dennis Block

Question One: I allow my tenant to pay rent by depositing the funds directly into my bank account. When I did not get the rent, I issued the tenant a 3 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit. I did not receive the rent within the three days, so I initiated an unlawful detainer action.…