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REAL ESTATE
February 8, 1998 | From Project Sentinel
QUESTION: Since I started renting out my condo, I explained to all my tenants that for their protection, I change the locks at the end of each tenancy and deduct a modest amount from their security to pay for the new locks. I even included a paragraph in my rental agreement, signed by me and my tenants, explaining that tenants are responsible for the cost of re-keying the unit.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1999
* What is a security deposit? A security deposit is any payment, fee, deposit or charge, other than the first month's rent that you pay when you move in. Deposits such as cleaning fees, key deposits, pet deposits and last month's rent are all security deposits. * How much security deposit can a landlord charge? The security deposit cannot be more than two months' rent for an unfurnished rental unit, or three months' rent if furnished. * What can the security deposit be used for?
BUSINESS
March 25, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I manage an apartment community with 16 units. When one of our residents first moved into her apartment, she requested permission to install grab bars in the bathtub. She was disabled and needed these bars to be able to use the tub. She offered to pay the installation cost. I said yes, and we noted the grab bars on the rental agreement. Two years later, she gave her notice of termination. When we did the pre-departure walk-through, I asked her what she was planning to do about the grab bars.
REAL ESTATE
March 7, 1999 | ROBERT GRISWOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Question: I rent a large home and I am the only tenant on the one-year lease. I am thinking of adding a couple of roommates to reduce the cost of my rent. Can I collect a share of the security deposit from my new roommates without serious legal ramifications? Steven R. Kellman, director of the Tenants' Legal Center, replies: The security deposit follows the lease. If the new tenants move in, the deposit, as between the landlord and original tenant, is not affected.
REAL ESTATE
July 1, 2001 | ROBERT GRISWOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Question: My last landlord withheld $250 of a $1,000 deposit for carpet cleaning and replacement of irrigation sprinkler heads. I believe this is normal maintenance. We vacuumed and cleaned the house well and thought that things such as carpet shampooing were the responsibility of the landlord. As for the irrigation sprinkler heads, they were all working when we left; however, the house was vacant for a while before the landlord re-rented it. Do we have recourse or are we being picky?
BUSINESS
July 5, 1987
The language of the S. J. Diamond column on leases ("Tenants Should Know a Lease Isn't the Law," June 22) creates the impression that a landlord is not allowed to charge any fee for cleaning the apartment of an outgoing tenant. Certainly, an apartment owner may not charge a renter for damages that preceded his or her tenancy; however, the story implies that an owner may not charge a present renter for damage and cleaning related to his tenancy. The law and the courts do indeed allow owners to use the security deposit to clean apartments upon the termination of tenancies.
REAL ESTATE
March 6, 1994 | Special to the Times; This column is prepared by Project Sentinel, a rental housing mediation service in Sunnyvale, Calif
QUESTION: About eight months ago, we assumed tenancy of a house. This summer our landlord instructed us not to pick the fruit, that it belongs to his family and that they would be over to harvest it when it was ripe. We are responsible for maintaining and watering the yard, are we not entitled to the fruit on the trees? ANSWER: Residential rentals usually provide for exclusive use of the property by the tenants.
REAL ESTATE
September 19, 1999 | ROBERT GRISWOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Question: My tenant recently moved out at the end of the lease. I made a quick walk-through of the rental unit and things seemed to be fine so I immediately returned the entire security deposit. A week later when I went through the unit more carefully, I found there were several costly items (oven, garbage disposal and dishwasher) that were broken by the tenant's negligence. Can I recover the cost of repairing these items? If so, how?
REAL ESTATE
January 16, 2000 | ROBERT GRISWOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Question: At the end of last month I moved from my apartment, after nearly six years. During my move-out inspection with the managers, they indicated that I would receive $750 of my $800 security deposit. How long does the manager-owner have to return my security deposit and am I due any interest? Property manager Griswold replies: There is no statewide legal requirement in California for landlords to pay interest on your security deposit.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2010 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I have been living in my apartment for several years. I made an offer on a condo that I thought had been accepted, so I gave 30 days' written notice to the apartment manager. Now, three weeks later, I learned that I did not qualify to buy the condo, which means I don't want to leave my apartment. I told the manager that I wanted to withdraw my notice, but she said no. Since the apartment management hasn't given me her own termination notice, why can't I withdraw my notice?
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