Legal Q & A By-Richard Beckman

   Question 1: My tenant complained about mold after a recent rain, and it’s the first I’ve heard of any problem with any water intrusion into the apartment (apparently, there was a cracked window that allowed a small amount of moisture to seep in which eventually resulted in mold below the window). The tenant is threatening…

Legal Q & A By-Franco Simone

  Q: Another landlord I know told me that my rental property is exempt from California rent control known as the Tenant Protection Act of 2019. What types of rental properties are exempt from rent control?

Legal Q & A By-Dennis Block

Question One: I recently purchased a house at a foreclosure sale. The previous owner refuses to talk to me and states he will not be vacating the house. He told me that I would be arrested as a trespasser if I came back to the house. How can this be since I am the owner…

Legal Q & A by – Dennis Block

Question One: I have a tenant that is on a one year lease. Without notice, he vacated halfway through the lease term. At the same time, I had another tenant who properly vacated at the end of her lease. I understand that the man who left will be responsible for the remaining portion of the…

Legal Q & A by – Dennis Block

Question One: I have a rent control apartment in the City of Los Angeles. I have a tenant who brought in an extra person without my permission. What are my options? Answer One: You have two options. Your first option would be to serve a 3 Day Notice to Perform or Quit, which would give…

Legal Q & A by – Rich Beckman

Question 1: My tenant just gave me 30 days written notice. If I give her a 24-hour notice via email or text, can I show the unit to prospective new tenants? I thought this was a given but she claims I can’t show the place until she has vacated the property. Thanks in advance for your…

Legal Q & A By – Dennis Block

Question One: I have rent control units in the City of Los Angeles. I am considering doing short term leasing, once a unit is vacated.  I intend to use a service such as Airbnb. Are there any pitfalls or suggestions that I should be aware of? I feel that I am forced to do this,…

Legal Q & A by – Franco Simone, Esq.

Q: What can I do if my tenant still owes me money after I applied the security deposit to the outstanding balance for unpaid rent and necessary costs to clean and repair the rental unit? A: First, you will need to fill out a security deposit itemization for back rent, cleaning costs, and damage beyond…

Legal Q & A by – Richard Beckman, Attorney

Question 1: Our tenant of three years is complaining of mold. We have inspected but see no visual evidence of mold. He says that he uses a mold detection device and the reader says there is mold in the air. What plan of action is required of us? Answer 1: As the owner, you always…

Legal Q & A by – Dennis Block, Attorney

Question One: I have an old friend from high school who is homeless. I have allowed him to live on my front porch. My house is located inAlhambra. Things have not gone well and he has become a nuisance with constant noise and bathroom issues. I have asked him to leave and when he refused…