Legal Q & A by – Richard Beckman

Question 1: I have a Section 8 tenant who regularly fails to pay his very minor share of the rent. The Housing Authority pays about 90%. I am reluctant to bring an eviction action, because I have heard I can’t collect any rent during the action, or the case will be dismissed. I am very concerned…

Legal Q & A by – Dennis Block

Question One: I leased a house to a tenant. I requested a security deposit in the sum of $1,500 and he promised that it would be paid within 30 days. It has now been four months and he refuses to pay the security deposit. I had him sign a one-year lease. What can I do…

Legal Q & A by Dennis Block

Question One: I have someone moving in with poor credit but has a co-signer that will guarantee performance of the lease. Do I include the co-signer on the lease as a tenant, even though the co-signer will not be occupying the premises? Thanks for your help.

Legal Q & A By – Franco Simone, Esq.

Q: I hired a property management company to take over managing my properties. What do I need to do to let my tenants know that I will not be managing my properties anymore?  A: You are required to serve your tenants with a notice of change of ownership/management every time ownership or management changes. This…

Legal Q & A by Richard Beckman

Question 1:  Can I require my tenant to professionally clean the carpets before they leave or can I have it done after they leave and deduct the cost from their deposit? Answer 1:  The tenant has a duty to return the unit to its state or condition when first rented (normal wear and tear excepted),…

Legal Q & A by – Richard Beckman

Question 1:  I have a question regarding getting additional security deposit from a tenant in a rent controlled Oakland apartment. Tenant has been in building in Oakland for 20 years. Security deposit is currently $725.00. Current rent is $1,277.00. Would like to increase security deposit to $1300. Can I do so? What form do I…

Legal Q & A by – Dennis Block

Question One: I have a tenant who vacated a house I own in Long Beach. The rent has been kept very low. The rent is currently $1,200 per month. The home will need about $3,000 in repairs and painting to have it ready for the next resident. My research indicates that the rental value of…

Legal Q & A By – Franco Simone, Esq.

Q: I rent a residential unit to a tenant on an oral agreement. The rent is due on the 1st of every month. The tenant keeps paying late and I want to charge him late fees. Can I do this? A: No, you cannot charge a late fee without a proper late fee provision in…