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July 20, 2012

James asks…

Los Angeles Renters Rights, Do I Have A Case?

Recently the apartment complex next to me has been demolished to build a newer complex. The construction takes place no more than 5 feet from my window. I can no longer keep my windows open because of the dirt and debris. I have resorted to sleeping on the couch because it sounds like a wrecking ball is coming through my wall. The worst part is that I work from home during the week, so there’s no escaping the noise. I am currently on a month to month lease and am thinking about moving. My question is, to i have a viable case to ask my landlord for a deduction of rent while the construction takes place? I think I may have somewhat of an upper hand because I can state that it would be really hard for them to find a new tenant to move in with all the construction going on. Not only that but the only natural light comes from the rear of apt. which will be lost once a new building is up. If I do have a case, what amount would be reasonable for a deduction?

Administrator answers:

No case at all. If fact your landlord would have to suffer from a serious mental deficiency to go for this. If he were to reduce your rent it would take him years and years to get it back to normal again, the way LA rental laws work.

It would be cheaper for him to just wait it out and find another tenant later. Demolition only takes a few days.

Happy packing.

Sandy asks…

I need a good web site with up to date info on landlord/tenants rights?

I am going to have to serve a 3 day pay or quit on a couple that live in 1 of my units. The units are in Los Angeles and are rent controlled and just want to do it right the first time. I was told that they were going to move to another apt. but that it woud’ent be ready for movein for about 6 weeks and i think they are just trying to get out of paying rent for that long

Administrator answers:

If they have not paid rent then they will have to get out and if not after the three day notice then you need to file in court asap, don’t know how long it take in ca.
You can go to your caa California apartment association web site and get info on this every state has their own.
Or just pull up landlords rights on web.
How did they get another apartment without present rental history from you. They must have lied to them.

Linda asks…

Can a landlord legally evict you for no reason?

I live in Los Angeles, Ca., I moved into an my apt 3 months ago, my rent is paid every month 10 days before it is due, I am on a month-to-month lease, remember it’s only been 3 months now, I came home to find a 30 day notice to move on my door, but this is the issue, I was only there for 3 weeks before having to leave for Nevada for business, so the last week of the first month I was gone, I was gone for 2 moths and and seven days to be exact, my rent for Feb’ was paid on January 24, what could be the reason for him wanting me out so soon, and is this legal? Can he just displace me without cause? Here’s the thing I don’t have children wasn’t there long enough to have even 1 visitor, I am a nurse so I sometimes work 16 or more a day on-call, What could I have possibly done? and how can I stop this eviction?

Administrator answers:

Why don’t you ask the landlord what is going on? Maybe they are turning your apartment into a condo. It sounds like you were a good tenant.

Ken asks…

Can I have my rent lowered?

Okay so here’s the thing, I live in Los Angeles, CA. I am currently in an apt and my one lease is almost up. I will be done with school next June and so I really do not want to make a move where they are going to require a 1yr lease again because I am from northern California, and I plan on moving back home after i’m done with school. I talked to my current apt manager and she says we can make a 7 month which is great but the thing is my rent is really really high. i have been looking around and have found other places where its less expensive for the same amount of rooms and everything. I asked the manager if she could lower my rent and she kinda laughed at me. Now i’m not living in the best of areas as it is and i know rent is determined sometimes because of the area, but thats not the case. there are a lot of vacancies here in my apt building and she has been advertising them for $250 less than mine. my question is, what can i do, is there somewhere i can go, or someone i can talk to? do i have rights? please help!
thank you for all the sarcasm ryan m and chatsplas, its really really appreciated!!! its not that i’m trying to take advantage of anyone or that i’m some moron, i was just asking because from the beginning its been nothing but problems here. shes NOT the landlord either, we are owned by a larger real estate company WHO i cant get a hold of. i’m not trying to set my own rent thats ridiculous, i just like everyone else is trying to save a little money being that i’m a student.

on the other hand, thank you for the productive responses loneranger, lauren f, and iceman30906, i was just asking for some suggestions. thanks again.

Administrator answers:

You could move to another place that’s cheaper and sign a shorter term lease. It might be more expensive than if you signed a year lease, but from your information, it’d still probably be cheaper.

Maria asks…

Is this roommate rental agreement legal and binding in court? or can i get in trouble for doing this?

I have been having roommate trouble for the past 6 months and i am doing this to protect myself as a renter to these people. since sometimes the roommates dont pay me, dont move out and or cause disturbances that affect my own lease with the landlord and recently almost got evicted because of them. along with them saying they want their deposit even though they caused the problem and forfeit the money and they say they will live next month or how many long they want until being evicted.

Evicting someone takes a long process. but will this document protect me and if they sign it can this document be legal in court and with police if they called it if something else happens?

One of the reasons why i am renting one of my rooms is cuz i have been unemployed since march of 2010 and to save money i thought i would rent out my room and move into my friends room with him since it is a 2 bedroom apartment with 2 bathrooms. thats the only reason why i am renting out my room along with the lease not being over until end of April of 2012.

So someone please advise me on this issue please i need some help specially if you are a lawyer i just dont want to get in trouble if they sign it and i rent to someone else and problems happen again. So please do advise if you can.

RENTAL ROOMMATE AGREEMENT
__________________________________________ & Jesus A. Marcial & only us, upon renting a room or space at: ???? Lockwood Ave. Apt. # 102. Los Angeles, California 90029 In which it will be unfurnished, do agree as follows:
1. _____________________________________________________ is obligated to pay $400.00 of the rent with a deposit for $200.00 and $0.00* of the utilities. *(This can and may change depending on usage and higher costs to the apartment in light bill only.) If light goes more than $180 in a bill period the extra light charges after $180 of the bill will be divided accordingly.
Not including the basic monthly local telephone/FAX charge. Each person will keep track of and pay for his or her long distance calls outside the United States or the coverage area charges if any or any other charges to my phone bill not covered by the current plan. As those calls are not covered by phone company or anyone in the apartment. As far as cable payperview if you want to order you can at your own expense and refund me when the bill comes just let me know.
2. Rent shall be paid on the 1st of each month. After the 1st of the month at the end of the manager’s business day it will be late. According to the manager of the property and you will have to pay the late fee of $50.00. If I receive a check from you and it bounces for whatever reason you will also be charged the $50.00 I get charged from the manager. Utilities if any extra, etc. within 10 days of the day the bill is received.
3. If _______________________________________________ wants to move out, he/she will give the other person 30 days’ notice and will pay his/her share of the rent for the entire 30-day period even if he/she moves out sooner. At the end of 30 days you will move out and in less than 21 days as according to the law, you will receive your deposit. If you move you must come and get it. (I am not responsible for being lost in the mail.) Or you have the option of finding someone to take your place and you can get your deposit sooner by that other person moving in and he/she giving you the deposit within agreement with all parties involved.
4. No extra person other than those being agreed upon will be invited to stay in the apartment without the mutual agreement by me, your roommate or all parties involved. Or they will be considered tenants and rent will go up $200 for each person to cover utilities and all other expenses in the apartment after 5 days. Unless there is some sort of an agreement between us.
5. You will be responsible for maintaining your area clean & neat as much as you can. Cleaning supplies will be available for use to a limit, or you can buy your own if you like. Basic point (Pick up after yourself. I am not a maid so please pick up your mess. )
You can help clean if you like but it’s not necessary. As I have my own way of cleaning. And it’s done quite often here. At least every 2-3 days or as necessary as possible to maintain it clean and free from pests (Roaches, mice, etc.) I don’t know what the other tenants in other apartments are like or what they might have as pests. Thus, the reason why I don’t want them here if they do. Please! Or it will cause you to be evicted on those grounds and messing up my room and or space you are in.
6. You will be given storage space so that you can put your belongings in a stored location in the closet, bathroom, kitchen, etc. If you need more all you need to do is ask and if available it will be given to you. If not you can go buy your own portable closet space etc. for your own use. But you must be considerate to the other person in the room for him/her to use the space to store his/her stuff as well.

7. There will absolutely be no drugs, no smoking, or other nuisance so to follow the rules and regulations of the original lease signed by me and the landlord of the building. As I want my deposit back if I do move out in the further future. If you smoke you need to go outside and smoke outside. Drinking is allowed as long as it is safe and in a calm, responsible, and safe manner. To keep each and everyone safe in the apartment and to not cause harm to yourself or others in the apartment.
8. If for any reason by not following the rules of the property as it states in the origina
8. If for any reason by not following the rules of the property as it states in the original lease agreement on any line and sentence you caused me to get a 3, 30, 60, or how many days notice by the manager of the property, you will not be given your deposit back. (You will forfeit your deposit and not be given the deposit back) and follow what the notice says in a timely manner to not affect me or any of the rest of us living here in the apartment.
With the possibility of having to move, without your deposit.
•Any damages to the room or space or anything not under wear and tear, will come out of your deposit and may be grounds for eviction if you caused the disturbance and or damage on purpose. And any other charges and or legal fees that may come with it if any that you will be responsible for in or out of court.
•This deposit will be used to pay for the expenses of trying to find another replacement for you since you have to leave and may not give me much time to find a replacem
•This deposit will be used to pay for the expenses of trying to find another replacement for you since you have to leave and may not give me much time to find a replacement so thus why I must pay to some sites that charge to find someone quick before you leave.
•By Signing this document you also agree to me giving me full Authority to kick you out without having to legally evict you in court or with or without the help of the police or any other legal procedure. I am not willing to lose my apartment because of you.
• Also if after I told you to move and within the amount of time specified you don’t move I can take you out by putting your stuff in the living room and or in the street while in your presence. So that I won’t be responsible for your personal belongings if something happens to them. And I am free from any lawsuit you incur or place on me which cause you to move in the first place and then you decide not to leave. As far as you having to leave. Anything else other than yo

Administrator answers:

2 is illegal. The most you can charge for a late fee is 13 bucks. You also can not charge for a bounced check. If your bank fines you then you can pass that fine, the state limit is 30 bucks.

#3 is illegal. The landlord is required to mail the deposit. You also can not make them get it from a third party.

#4 is illegal. They can have guest for 14 days, not 5.

#5 is illegal. You can only evict for “mess” if the fire or health department deems it a hazard

#8 is illegal. You can not claim the deposit for any reasons outside state law.

These are also illegal clauses:

This deposit will be used to pay for the expenses of trying to find another replacement for you since you have to leave and may not give me much time to find a replacement

and this

By Signing this document you also agree to me giving me full Authority to kick you out without having to legally evict you in court or with or without the help of the police or any other legal procedure. I am not willing to lose my apartment because of you. (this one could land you in prison)

and another long prison sentance for you:

• Also if after I told you to move and within the amount of time specified you don’t move I can take you out by putting your stuff in the living room and or in the street while in your presence. So that I won’t be responsible for your personal belongings if something happens to them. And I am free from any lawsuit you incur or place on me which cause you to move in the first place and then you decide not to leave. As far as you having to leave. Anything else other than yo

You need to have a lawyer go over whatever contract you come up with. This one is garbage. You can not use a contract to deny anyone their legal rights. Which you seem to want to piss all over.

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