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  • Tenants rights regarding un habitual living head quarters

    rat droppings in the kitchen and bathroom cabinets what can i do ? illegal room with faukty wiring almost caught my daughters room on fire and family was asleep ., never fixed. window almost chopped her finger off when she was opening it , sinc...

    Tiffany’s Answer

    In addition to contacting the housing authority, you should also send written notice to your landlord complaining of the issues and demanding that repairs be made if you have not already.

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  • Can my manager of the apartment complex discuss or notify other tenants of my notice to vacate my apartment

    The manager was seen talking to a couple of the tenents, the ones I have been having troubles with over the summer. Later one of those tenants informed me tha the manager told her of my vacate notice. Can she do that?

    Tiffany’s Answer

    I agree that your notice is not considered "private" information.

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  • What should I do if landlord does not make necessary repairs?

    The locks on my living room and bathroom windows are broke, so needless to say, I can't lock my windows. This is very unsafe and should be fixed immediately. I've mentioned the issue to my old landlord (before the property was sold) and current la...

    Tiffany’s Answer

    I agree that you fix the locks and deduct it from your rent as well. You should notify the landlord of your intent to do so in writing before making the repair.

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  • Can a landlord kick us out for leaving the lights on?

    Our landlord keeps emailing us to turn the lights off. Most recently he said this: "This needs to be corrected if our relationship is to continue. " We pay a flat rate of $50 each towards electricity because he has two appts on one meter (which i...

    Tiffany’s Answer

    I agree you should try to reach a resolution with the landlord. If you are paying a flat fee of $50 towards electricity but you're consumption is substantially higher, you're only giving your landlord reason to complain.

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  • Landlord - Tenant question

    Management company doesn't want to fix the problems in my apartment even after Health department inspection. Can I stop to pay rent? Or what to do? Thanks.

    Tiffany’s Answer

    If you withhold your rent you run the risk that the landlord will initiate eviction proceedings against you. In an eviction action, you would then have the burden to prove that the conditions made the apartment uninhabitable and therefore you did not have to pay rent. I agree that it may be worth having an attorney contact your landlord to demand that the problems be corrected or you will make the repairs yourself and deduct the costs from your rent.

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  • What are the landlords responsibilities to tenant when plumbing backs up and sewage water is leaking into the bathroom?

    We have been renting a house in Riverside, CA for about a year and three months. Just yesterday we had a plumbing back up, where the bathtub filled up with sewage water, the base of the toilet began leaking sewage water and it drained into the bad...

    Tiffany’s Answer

    You need to notify the landlord, in writing, that there is an issue with the plumbing. The landlord has a duty to take corrective action within a reasonable time period, typically within 35 days depending on the severity of the situation and extent of repairs required. If the landlord does nothing to correct the issue, you have the option of notifying the landlord that you intend to make the repairs yourself and deduct the costs from your rent.

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  • Allowing other tenants of the property to disturb you.

    We have made regular complaints about the tenant below us who has weekend guests every weekend since they moved in and they carry on a kind of dinner party every weekend night. We can hear them loudly and clearly in every room of our apartment int...

    Tiffany’s Answer

    The landlord has duties to both you and the other tenants. If the landlord has offered to relocate you to another unit, it sounds as though they are attempting to offer a resolution. Depending on the severity of the noise disturbances, the landlord may have a duty to send a written notice to the tenant to discontinue the disturbances or risk eviction. If the noises continue to interfere with your quiet use and enjoyment of the premises, you may have a claim against the landlord. However, you will have to prove that the noise disturbances were substantial and that you suffered damages as a result.

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  • Can i sue my apartment company for negligence?

    My gas dryer in my apartment caught on fire about 9 months or so ago, thankfully the fire department got there super fast and no one was injured, only lost my comforter.I had only been living there for 6 months when it happened. Right after, manag...

    Tiffany’s Answer

    You should get a copy of the report from the fire department. In order to bring an action against your landlord, you would have to prove that it was the Landlord's negligence that caused the fire. These cases require expert testimony and witnesses to determine the cause of the fire. In any lawsuit you have to also prove that you had damages. The amount of damages would determine whether you can bring an action in small claims or limited/unlimited court.

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  • The house I'm renting is going on sale

    The house I'm renting is on sale how many time do I have to move out and do I still pay them rent

    Tiffany’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues that yes you need to continue paying rent to the current owner until the property is actually sold. Depending on the type of lease, after the sale you would begin making rent payments to the new owner.

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  • Sublease without landlord consent, landlord keeps deposit?

    I got a new job and moved out earlier of the room I leased. I subleased my room, at that time I didn't know I must notice the landlord. I paid rent in full. At the last day of the lease, my landlord showed up and found the fact of subleasing. I al...

    Tiffany’s Answer

    The Landlord is not allowed to keep your security deposit as a penalty. You can bring a small claims action against the Landlord if he fails to comply with CA code regarding the return of your deposit.

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