February 18, 2001 |
What's the point of renting if you can't be a free spirit? That's the beauty of renting. There's no mortgage--nothing to tie you down. You can take off for a three-month vacation without worrying about a thing. Oh, except the minor matter of that little piece of paper called the lease. "No problem," you say. "I'll just sublet." In the past, subletting was very common. You went away for a month and had a friend rent your place--what a deal. But times have changed.
February 9, 2014 |
Question: I have lived in my apartment for six years. Just recently, a friend told me that I should have been receiving interest on the $2,000 security deposit I paid when I first moved in. Over all these years, the interest should have added up to a lot of money. Am I too late to sue for the unpaid interest? Answer: If you have a written rental agreement, the good news is that you have four years to file a case in Small Claims Court or any other court for money owed as a result of your security deposit, for example, failure to refund it. If you have an oral agreement, even if there aren't many details other than the amount of rent and the amount of the security deposit, you have two years to file a case.
November 4, 2012 |
Question: I missed a rent payment, and my community supervisor served me with a three-day notice to pay rent or quit. The notice included the rent due and an additional $250. I asked the supervisor why the additional amount was included. He told me that when I missed the payment, his company accountant reviewed my payment records. As a result, he realized I had failed to pay the full amount of rent due in the first month after my rent was raised two years ago. Can the property management coerce me into paying this extra $250, after so much time?
July 31, 2011 |
Question: I own three apartments and allowed a young woman to move in without giving me a security deposit or the first month's rent. I felt sorry for her because she told me that she had just left an abusive relationship. For the first couple of months she was late with the rent but she eventually caught up. In the last several months she has not paid at all. Every time I ask her for the rent, she promises to pay but doesn't. Lately she just ducks me altogether. What can I do? Answer: You need to apply a business model approach to your decision to rent to new tenants.
October 11, 1997
Bravo to Lewis Janowsky (Calendar Letters, Sept. 28). I suffered through the entirely incoherent first act of "Rent" in New York in April 1996. Nevertheless I returned for Act 2, thinking perhaps I could connect in some way. Unfortunately that didn't happen. Act 2 began with two women singing unintelligible lyrics to A Tone music. I left in despair. "Rent," like "Phantom," is a product of phenomenal hype. RICHARD GENOVESE Toluca Lake Does anybody else find it ironic that on the 40th anniversary of "West Side Story's" opening on Broadway, "the juggernaut that is 'Rent' " (as Laurie Winer described it in her review, Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1985
Your editorial is off base. In cities where rent control has been given a fair trial, it has been a life saver not only to the elderly living on fixed incomes but also to millions of low-income workers. Removal of rent controls in Los Angeles would result in hardship to tens of thousands. IRVING MITCHELL Los Angeles
July 19, 2002
Landlords will always find a way around whatever law there is, particularly if the tenants are ignorant of their rights ("Council Halts Evictions, Will Tighten Law," July 17). If the building isn't old enough to be protected by rent control, the landlord just raises the rent through the roof ($600 a month in our case) so that the tenant has no choice but to leave. Families trade buildings among themselves so as to have new owners when it's convenient to raise rents. Greed will always find a way to hurt good people.
February 12, 1989
While I am not an apartment owner, Mr. Yarmark's poignant letter struck a chord with me. (Times, Feb. 5.) Why can't our courts enforce the U.S. Constitution? The Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights clearly states that the government shall not take our property without just compensation; forcing a property owner to rent a $900-a-month apartment for $400 a month is plainly and simply theft in the amount of $6,000 a year. It is easy to personalize the issue, i.e., fixed-income renter versus rich landowner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 |
A drama teacher at Corona del Mar High School who was placed on leave in June after a student accused him of battery has resigned. Ron Martin, who won accolades from free-speech advocates for fighting to stage a campus production of "Rent," confirmed Tuesday that he left his job last week for health reasons and to avoid having to come before the school district's review board. "I'm disappointed that it happened this way," said Martin, 57. "From what I understood, I was guilty and had to prove my innocence.