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Question: My tenant has a dog which is a violation of his lease agreement. When I asked him to remove the pet, he showed me documentation that this is a service animal and due his disability the dog is a medical necessity. I understand the law, but the dog continually howls every time my tenant leaves the premises. This is disturbing the other tenants and I have received three letters regarding this situation. How should I handle this?   Answer: Under the American and California Disability Act, a landlord is required to make a reasonable accommodation where a service animal is a medical necessity. The key words are "reasonable accommodation". If you are receiving complaints from other tenants then this would not be considered reasonable. Send your tenant a letter that the howling must stop or he will be required to obtain a replacement service animal. Read More ...
Last modified on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:47
Question: I have several clients that have bought apartment buildings, with existing tenants. In many instances, these tenants do not have security deposits. Can a new owner require an existing tenant to pay a security deposit? If so, what are the guidelines and restrictions?   Answer:  If this is a property not subject to rent control and the tenant is on a month-to-month tenancy, a security deposit can be demanded. It would be required that you serve a 30-day change of terms of tenancy, requesting a security deposit equal to two months rent. If the tenant is under rent control, or if this is a fixed term lease, then you would not be able to demand a security deposit. Read More ...
Last modified on Monday, 28 July 2014 23:54
Question: Is it true that I have to pay interest on my security deposit for the City of Los Angeles? If that is true, what is the amount I have to pay?   Answer: For rent control units in the City of Los Angeles, interest needs to be paid on a yearly basis for any security deposit being held. The amount of interest this year is 0.15%. It should be noted that landlords can charge their tenants $3.61 per month for reimbursement fees relating to the Systematic Code Enforcement Program. A notice regarding this fee must be sent to the tenant each year. Read More ...
Last modified on Saturday, 07 June 2014 01:43
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