Author Archives: wasserman

Criteria for Renting

A tenant attorney submitted an application to rent a vacant unit in my building, but I would rather not rent to a tenant attorney.  Is there a way to lawfully deny her application? This is one of those questions where the technical answer is “yes, you may deny the applicant...

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Smoke Free Apartment Living

I’ve received multiple complaints about one tenant vaping and smoking marijuana. How should I approach the offending tenant? Can I request to see his medical marijuana card? “Smoke is smoke. Both tobacco and marijuana smoke impair blood vessel function similarly. People should avoid both….”-Matthew Springer, cardiovascular researcher and Associate Professor...

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When There is No Written Lease Agreement

I purchased an older multi-unit building. One unit has been occupied by the same tenant for forty years (through three different owners). There is no lease agreement in place. As the new owner, can I request that he sign a new lease?  The short answer is yes, you may request that they sign a...

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CA’s Statewide Rent Control Law

We are planning on finding long-term renters for our single-family home for the first time.  How have the laws changed for these types of rentals since AB 1482 passed? In the midst of the pandemic and all of the ensuing chaos, many of us have forgotten that as of January...

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Refunding Security Deposits to Long Ago Departed Tenants

A unit will soon become vacant in my building.  However, I just discovered that the original resident moved out about nine years ago.  His ex-girlfriend, who never signed the lease agreement, is the current and last occupant leaving.  What do I do with the security deposit? Look no further than...

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Evictions May Not be the Answer Anymore

Evictions May Not be the Answer Anymore I am in the process of refinancing a duplex, and an appraiser will need access to the apartments in the building.  Tenants in one unit refuse to grant access due to COVID.  Is there anything I can do to get the appraiser in?...

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