September 16, 2012 |
Question: I own a home that I am using as a rental investment property. This home has a large backyard with a patio. During these recent summer months, I noticed that in addition to the tenant on my lease, there is another fellow sleeping on a lounge chair in the backyard. My tenant says this guy is his guest, and that he will be staying there the entire summer. I am not happy with this arrangement. Is there is any action I can take to remove "Mr. Outdoors"? Answer: First, check your rental agreement.
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August 22, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers sent two Web-related proposals to the governor Tuesday, one that would bar landlords from requiring that rent be paid online and another intended to protect the privacy of college students using Twitter, Facebook and other social media. The legislators said they were concerned that many low-income and elderly tenants do not have easy access to the Internet and some background checks on students go too far. The rent bill is by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance)
August 19, 2012 |
Question: I have rented a room in my house to a woman and her young daughter. After she moved in, she changed the lock on the door to her room without my consent and had male companions in her room who were very noisy and disruptive. If she continues to make me uncomfortable in my own home, can I just change the locks to force her to leave? If I can't get rid of her, can I at least force her to give me a key to her room? Answer: Unilaterally locking out a tenant is never legally permissible, no matter the justification.
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August 14, 2012 |
Sparking new debate over how the city should grow, Los Angeles officials have embraced a plan to ease parking space requirements for apartments, restaurants and stores in selected areas of the city. Council members Tuesday backed an ordinance that would allow real estate developers, landlords and business owners to reduce the number of parking spaces needed for their projects. The action represents an ambitious effort to breathe new life into moribund business districts and spur new housing construction while getting more people out of their cars.
July 24, 2012 |
MPG Office Trust Inc., the largest office landlord in downtown Los Angeles, turned a profit in the second quarter as the company settled some large debts. The Los Angeles real estate investment trust — which also owns buildings in Glendale, Pasadena and Cerritos — continued to let go of properties that were heavily encumbered with debt while hanging on to most of its trophy buildings in L.A.'s financial district. MPG finished the quarter ended June 30 with net income of $67.3 million, or $1.32 a share, down 43% compared with $118.4 million, or $2.42, in the same period of 2011.
July 22, 2012 |
Question: My wife and I just signed a one-year lease for a rental home. Before we signed, the owner of the home ran a credit check on me. Then, one week before we were scheduled to move in, the owner decided she needed to run a credit check on my wife too. She said that the lease has a clause that allows her to run a credit check whenever she wishes, and that if my wife refuses to provide her Social Security number for the purpose, she won't let us...
July 8, 2012 |
Question: I bought a rental property with 10 units about two years ago. There is a nice lawn and sidewalk area in front, and a pool with picnic tables in rear. There is also a parking lot. When I took over the property, the prior owner had already inserted a clause in the rental agreements prohibiting smoking in the units. But tenants and their guests had been allowed to smoke in the common areas, including the front lawn, pool area and parking lot. I am tired of cleaning up after the smokers and tired of listening to complaints from the nonsmoking tenants.
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July 7, 2012 |
A federal judge has ruled that a Modesto man convicted of setting a fire that killed his tenant and her two children has shown "actual innocence" and may now challenge his conviction on other grounds. Chief U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii upheld the findings of a magistrate who examined the evidence against George Souliotes, 72, and concluded that no reasonable juror would have convicted him given the state of the evidence today. But the court's finding will not necessarily free Souliotes, convicted of setting a 1997 fire in a rental home he owned.
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June 25, 2012 |
Los Angeles city prosecutors filed criminal charges Monday against a landlord who allegedly converted a South Los Angeles triplex into a warren of illegal housing units - triggering safety concerns and the issuance of emergency eviction notices to dozens of tenants just before Christmas. In a 53-count misdemeanor complaint, prosecutors said John Callaghan put tenants' lives at risk with faulty electrical wiring, a lack of smoke detectors and poorly maintained fire extinguishers inside his building, a hive of 44 rented rooms and narrow corridors roughly a mile from L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
June 11, 2012 |
It recently became legal for California landlords to forbid apartment renters from smoking in their units, but few property owners do so. In a decision affecting nearly 2,000 units in 13 apartment complexes, the Towbes Group Inc. of Santa Barbara said it has become the largest apartment portfolio in California to impose a no-smoking policy on individual units and common areas. Starting this month, new residents of Towbes Group's apartments in Ventura, Goleta, Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Barbara may no longer smoke in their units.