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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. Read More ...
Last modified on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 20:04
Question: I am renting my unit for $2,100 per month. I would like to collect $3,000 as a security deposit. Is there any restriction on how much my deposit should be? My prospective tenant states that it cannot be more than the rent. Please let me know.   Answer: Your prospective tenant is wrong. You can legally collect two times the amount of rent if the unit is unfurnished, and three times the amount of rent if the unit is furnished.  Read More ...
Last modified on Thursday, 13 November 2014 21:25
Question: What is the landlord's obligation, as it relates to the refund of a security deposit, when the tenant breaks a one year lease? The tenant served me with a 30-day notice stating that they would be vacating due to a domestic problem. A new tenant was secured to moved in, without any loss of rent.   Answer: You have 21 days to send a security deposit itemization to your tenant. In general you would be able to deduct for the remaining term of the lease. In this case, since you already obtained a replacement tenant, there can be no deductions for rent. Read More ...
Last modified on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:02
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