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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 19:11

What is the proper format to inform a tenant I will not renewing their lease on a rent control unit?

Question: I have a rent controlled unit in Los Angeles. The tenant is on a one-year lease which will expire at the end of the next month. I have had trouble with the tenant in the past and I really do not want to extend the tenancy. What is the proper format to inform the tenant that I will not be renewing and that she must vacate at the end of the lease term?


Answer: Sorry to inform you, but since this is a rent controlled unit, you cannot just terminate the tenancy at the end of the lease term. The tenancy cannot be terminated unless you have good cause, as enumerated by the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance. In effect, every tenancy becomes a life estate under the rent control statute. With this in mind, landlords should screen their applicants very carefully.

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