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March 18, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: My sister and her husband recently decided to end their marriage. He moved out of their apartment, which they had rented under a one-year lease, and filed for divorce. A few months later, he told my sister he couldn't afford his new place. He said that he was planning to move back into the apartment where she is still living. My sister doesn't want him back. Can she stop him? Answer: If both husband and wife were parties to the rental agreement for the apartment where they had lived together, they both remain legally responsible for the agreement.
February 12, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I just bought a single-family home as a second property. A tenant and his family are living in the home. They have a one-year lease that has about five months left on it. As far as I know, he is paying the rent on time and otherwise abiding by the lease. But I bought the house in order to move my in-laws into it. Is there any way I can remove the tenants and replace them with my in-laws before the lease expires? Answer: Landlords and tenants choose to document their relationship with a lease rather than a month-to-month rental agreement because both sides have decided to lock in that relationship for the life of the lease.
October 13, 1985
Two multinational conglomerates were involved when Allied Corp. leased to Eaton Corp. the 78,450-square-foot building at 9201 Independence Ave., Chatsworth. The three-year, $1.75-million lease was negotiated by William D. Feldman Associates for Allied and by Coldwell Banker for Eaton.
May 7, 1997
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rid itself of a house in Gorman that figured prominently in a $1-million sexual discrimination lawsuit settled by the county last year. The house--which had served as the home of sheriff's deputies stationed at the Gorman substation--became the focus of attention after Deputy Mark Suhr and his wife, Caryn, sued the Sheriff's Department for sexual discrimination.
March 7, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
A state program leasing wildlife protection areas to farmers failed to properly spend and report at least $1.7 million in rental income as part of the normal budget process last year, according to an internal state investigation announced Thursday. The irregularities in the program run by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife follow a string of similar controversies at agencies including the Recreation and Parks Department and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection where money was stashed in off-budget accounts.
August 4, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Michael Jackson's last Los Angeles-area residence, a French chateau in Holmby Hills, has come on the market at $28,995,000. The pop icon was leasing the 17,171-square-foot stately mansion at $100,000 a month at the time of his death last year. The Richard Landry-designed estate, built in 2002, has a theater, a wine cellar and tasting room, an art studio, a gym with a spa, and an elevator. The guesthouse has stained-glass doors leading to the pool and gardens. There are seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and 12 fireplaces.
February 26, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
How much would you pay to live where William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies called home? How steep is too steep to sleep where John and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned? OK, rich kids of Instagram , what would you say to a Beverly Hills manse with a $600,000-a-month lease? And yes, if you can afford it, you can brag: Its listing agent, Jeffrey Hyland of Hilton & Hyland, says the Mediterranean-style house “may be the most expensive lease in the country.” So now we'll see if those tax increases we voted for in November really have chased all the rich people out of California.
October 20, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
Silvia Spross took a baby step into small-business ownership when she opened a jewelry kiosk on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade. It took just $11,000 to set up Lapzos Beads, including $3,500 for the first month's rent. So far the Swiss immigrant has hit her goal to average at least $200 a day in sales of the necklaces, rings and bracelets she makes from rough-cut semiprecious stones, polished rocks and beads from around the world. "I would love to own a little store but figured this would be a great start, just to see if it works," said Spross, whose lease runs just through January.
May 31, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: When I lost my job recently I realized I couldn't continue to pay the rent on my apartment. I didn't want to risk eviction or damages for breaking my lease, so I rented one of my bedrooms to a former co-worker. I knew at the time that my lease prohibited subletting without the owner's permission, but I was desperate. This guy stayed a couple of months and then moved out without any warning and without paying the last month's rent. I wrote to him demanding the money he owed me, but he replied that I couldn't collect rent from him because it would have been a violation of my lease.
May 22, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Known for the great variety of the roles he plays, Leonardo DiCaprio now is trying his hand at Malibu beach house landlord. He has listed this Cape Cod-inspired home for $75,000 a month for a long-term tenant or $150,000 a month for leases of less than six months. His Malibu Colony compound was recently remodeled and features a four-bedroom main house on the ocean side, a two-bedroom guest house and a detached loft with gym. There is a beach-front deck, a fire pit, gardens and lawn on the less-than-half-acre lot. DiCaprio, 37, whose blockbuster hits include "Titanic" (1997)
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