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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Please Be Wary of Concessions and Incentives

Please Be Wary of Concessions and Incentives A potential tenant is negotiating a lower rent.  Can I offer then a gift card to offset their move-in costs in order to keep the stated rent high? Yes you can, but you better be prepared to have that higher rent stated in...

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Security Deposit Dispositions During a Pandemic

After the tenant vacated, I found the bathroom full of mold and will need to have it professionally cleaned.  I was not aware of this problem during the tenancy, and it appears as though the mold growth was caused by a lack of cleaning and ventilation during the tenancy.  May...

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Receiving Rent from Joint Accounts

A long-time tenant got married this year, and now has a joint bank account with his wife. If I cash a check from this joint account, would I be acknowledging his partner as a tenant?  The basic answer is “probably not.”  We always urge members to refrain from any course of action or inaction that could be...

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