Questions What's the difference between a rental agreement and a lease? How do rent control laws work? How much security deposit can a landlord charge? What can it be used for? Where can I find a dependable lease or rental agreement? Do I need a written lease or rental agreement? What's the difference
Many landlords allow tenants to keep pets in their rentals. They do so because they love pets, or see benefits to their property -- like a broader pool of tenants, or reduced tenant turnover (because pet owners have fewer options). But pets on the property increase your risks as a landlord. Be sure to include a sound pet agreement in your rental agreement, with smart pet policies. And include a provision which allows you to change these policies down the line.
I recently bought a small apartment building that does not have separate gas and electric meters for each apartment. The previous owner simply divided up the utility bill among the tenants. That doesn’t seem fair to me. What are my options?
Questions Are there any rental properties exempt from Title X lead disclosure regulations? Are any lead disclosures required before a landlord renovates rental property? What are a landlord's legal responsibilities to new tenants regarding lead in rental property? Are there any rental properties exempt
Mold is an environmental hazard that causes concern among renters. Across the country, tenants have won multimillion-dollar cases against landlords for significant health problems -- such as rashes, chronic fatigue, nausea, cognitive losses, hemorrhaging, and asthma -- allegedly caused by exposure to "toxic molds" in their building. If you suspect there is mold in your rental, learn about your landlord's potential liability and how to prevent or clean up mold before it becomes a problem.
A tenant has been in my single-family rental for three years, on a month-to-month basis. When she moved in, I collected a security deposit (equal to a month's rent) and the last month's rent. Last year, I raised the rent by $50 per month. I now want to terminate her tenancy with a 30-day notice. I know that I have been paid for the last month, but can I legally expect her to pay the extra $50?
I'm in the middle of an argument with a tenant of mine who is demanding I issue her receipts for rent when she presents me with a check. I'm telling her that's not possible -- I travel a lot and am also worried about the occasional bounced check -- but she insists. What should I do?
My house has a separate apartment that I rent out. In my newspaper ad, I specified NO PETS because I am severely allergic to cats. The apartment and my living quarters share the heating system, so any hair makes its way into my rooms. Now my tenant has brought in a cat and refuses to get rid of it. My allergic reactions are making my life miserable, and my doctor tells me I must get away from the cat hair and dander. I'm desperate -- this person has a year's lease!
I have a tenant who has broken her lease by moving out of the condo. She complained that the upstairs tenant was making too much noise while entertaining a female guest, and that she couldn't get any sleep and had to get prescription sleeping pills. According to the tenant upstairs, he and any guests went as far as to take off their shoes when they entered the unit so as not to disturb the departed tenant. I had instructed the tenant to call the police if the fellow upstairs was really making that much noise. On one occasion, she did, but the police drove by the unit and didn't hear any noise, so drove on. The tenant informed me that she was buying a house and was moving out. Because the lease agreement stated that the security deposit would only be returned if the tenant didn't default on the lease, I have not returned the security deposit. I have informed the tenant that the security deposit would be returned once rent is paid to fulfill the term of the lease. She has since filed a claim in small claims court for the security deposit plus moving expenses. I have countersued for the unpaid rental, commission charge for finding a new tenant and the make ready. Who is in the right?
I am a California landlord in a non-rent-controlled city, with two tenants on a one-year lease that is expiring soon. One roommate has offered to renew the lease, but only if it is under his name only, and only if the second tenant moves out. The other tenant does not return my calls and has not indicated whether or not he will renew the lease. At this point, I would like to offer a new lease to the tenant willing to sign on for one year. I have two questions: What are my legal obligations in regards to serving notice at the end of a fixed term lease. Do I need to give the tenants 30 days?If I offer a lease to one of the existing tenants only, what are my legal obligations to the second tenant?
What can I do about a landlord who promised a clean and newly painted apartment before we moved in, but didn't deliver? We have moved in because we had nowhere else to go, but I am concerned about our children's health and the total well-being of our family. Can I report the unhealthy living conditions to the health department? Please let me know of my legal rights or how to go about this problem in a dignified manner.