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…

Legal Q & A by – Dennis Block

Question One: I served a 60 day notice to vacate to a tenant who is on a month-to-month tenancy. The notice will expire in the middle of the following month. How should I handle it if the tenant attempts to pay the full amount of the rent on the first? This tenant in the past…

Legal Q & A by – Richard Beckman

Question 1: Are the new Oakland Rent Control laws applicable to a condo that has been rented for the past 8-10 years that we need to sell, or raise the rent on. Where can we find the most up-to-date interpretation of this law as it applies to condo owners who have rented out their condos?

Legal Q & A by – Dennis Block

Question One: My property is under rent control in the City of Los Angeles. I understand that the City will allow a rent increase of 4% effective July 1, 2019. I have a rent increase that I can institute for April, 2019. If I raise the rent 3% in April, will I be able to…

Legal Q & A By – Franco Simone, Esq.

Q: I am a landlord of an apartment complex. I have several tenants that receive government assistance through Section 8 housing. All of my Section 8 contracts state the landlord is responsible for paying the water bill. However, I have one tenant that always has a really high water bill. He agreed to a rent…

Legal Q & A By – Franco Simone, Esq.

Question: I am a landlord and do not want to look for new tenants every year. How many years should I make my lease for? Answer: A lease can be beneficial or disastrous for a landlord. It is beneficial to keep a tenant for multiple years, so you do not lose time and rent trying…

Legal Q & A by – Richard Beckman

 Question 1: Are there any new landlord-tenant laws for 2019? Answer 1: Yes, and I should have gotten this question for the January magazine, but better late than never. There are several new state-wide laws affecting landlord tenant relations, but the one that may make the most impact is Assembly Bill No. 2343, which removes…

Legal Q &A by – Dennis Block

Question One: A downstairs tenant, John, bitterly complains about the upstairs tenant due to noise from above. In actuality, the upstairs tenant, Harold, is not doing anything out of the ordinary. John complains about simple television sounds and even if Harold is just walking in his unit. Lately, John has been banging on his ceiling…

Legal Q & A By: Franco Simone

Q: I am a landlord and my tenant normally pays me the rent in person. A person I have never met is trying to pay the rent on behalf of my tenant.  The check has the name of the third party on it and I do not want to create a tenancy with this new…

Legal Q & A By- Franco Simone

Q: I am a landlord and my tenant normally pays me the rent in person. A person I have never met is trying to pay the rent on behalf of my tenant.  The check has the name of the third party on it and I do not want to create a tenancy with this new…