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Frances Miller Campbell

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  • Senior Mobile Home Park, Can the landlord continually harass senior disabled tenants to upgrade, wash, paint and clean yards

    constantly harass tenants just because it isn't appeasing to her eye. To the point it just makes tenants feel ill and some have became ill from it ! Please help !

    Frances’s Answer

    Honestly, this is too vague to answer. A mobilehome park can impose REASONABLE rules on the residents. What is reasonable is, in the end, up to a Judge or jury. Sometimes, a mobilehome park landlord starts becoming unreasonable because they are trying to empty the mobilehome park. If the landlord is being unreasonable, one or more of you might need to take a stand and simply refuse to follow arbitrary orders. Note that, if you do this, you will possibly need an attorney to defend an unlawful detainer action.

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  • Can my landlord charge me as a tenant for any repairs done to the apartment?

    My landlord sent an email to all tenants saying if any repairs the apartments needed he would first fix them and pay for the cost, but then charge us as tenants. Is he allowed to do that? Also I asked my landlord a few years ago about putting in a...

    Frances’s Answer

    The landlord has to make necessary repairs to the apartments, and he has to pay for it. That is why he is getting paid rent. If the stove breaks, he has to fix it. If a window breaks, he has to fix it.

    That being said, if you want new carpet, but new carpet is not "NECESSARY," then your landlord's offer to replace it if you pay for 1/2 of it is probably a good deal. The landlord does not have to replace the carpeting unless it is ripped or has holes in it.

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  • Will I stop getting section 8?

    I got a possession of marijuana ticket a year ago and I paid for it. I got arrested a couple months ago but that case for dismissed, but I got a letter from Section 8 saying they want to fingerprint me. It says if I have been involved in a crimina...

    Frances’s Answer

    I believe that the fact that Section 8 wants your fingerprints has nothing to do with the marijuana ticket. It is probably a coincidence. But if marijuana keeps resulting in you being ticketed and arrested, you should really question whether marijuana is improving your life. If it is, then go get a marijuana card, and buy and use marijuana legally. You must be the last person in California to get arrested for marijuana!

    But you didn't come here for a lecture. It is true that you can be evicted if a family member engages in drug-related CRIMINAL activity ... that affects the peaceful enjoyment of other residents. Get that? It has to be a crime (there has to be a conviction) AND it has to affect other residents of your building. If this happens, you COULD be evicted. If you are evicted, you will lose your Section 8 benefits. But you don't mention that your landlord is trying to evict you.

    Can you lose your Section 8 benefits over a marijuana ticket? I do not know the answer to that. I think it is safe for you to ask Section 8. In the meantime, go get yourself a marijuana card. Just don't smoke so much that it annoys your neighbors.

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  • Am I responsible for $21,000 (twenty-one thousand!) in back rent. Rent $900/mo. Overwhelmed and confused. Details complicated.

    Me and common-law husband rent apt in 2001. Both names on rental agreement. 2004 because of his drug use I move out. 2008 we reconcile and I move back in. 2011 he unexpectedly passes away and Manager informs me of $21,000 past due bal. going all t...

    Frances’s Answer

    Keep paying the monthly rent (and no extra) and ignore the landlord. It sounds like the landlord is selling the property, and trying to get a large pay-out on the way-out. It could be argued that by paying extra every month you are acknowledging responsibility for your friend's debt, and (Note, as another attorney said, there is no common law marriage in California.) You should stop doing that immediately. It is a complicated problem, but the bottom line is, pay only the monthly rent going forward. The new owners will not be able to evict you for money your boyfriend owed in 2003.

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  • How can i remove a civil action for possession of property off my renters credit report?

    someone rented an apartment under my name. and now that im trying to rent, it says that i have a civil action for possession of property on the landlord tenant report. it is not on my experian equifax or transunion report? how do i get it removed?

    Frances’s Answer

    That's a tough one. When you say, "someone rented an apartment in your name," it is not clear. Is this identity theft? Someone you don't know with the same name as yours? Did you co-sign? The answer to your question depends on this information.

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  • Disabled senior tenant

    I am being discriminated against by illegal landlord. Plumbing not fixed since 8\14. Withheld May rent, reported to Code Enforcement, got 3, 3 day notices. I need to speak with, hire tenant-friendly attorney, please! Thanx.

    Frances’s Answer

    This doesn't sound like discrimination to me--this sounds like a lazy landlord who wants to collect rent but not spend money to maintain his property. It sounds like you are about to become a party to an eviction lawsuit, and that you will have defenses, but you will need an attorney to correctly litigate these defenses.

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  • Do I need a Landlord tenant attorney?

    I need to know if there is any legal action I can pursue Against the manager or the management company hired to take care of the building. I had forgotten my wallet on the city bus which included a money order for that months rent. I told the mana...

    Frances’s Answer

    Yes. You need a landlord-tenant attorney. Whether or not you paid your rent, or should have paid your rent (you should have), there are MANY defenses to an action for unlawful detainer, especially if you are in a rent-controlled unit. Do not go it alone. An attorney who is skilled in this area can win your case, or negotiate a favorable resolution that you alone could never negotiate.

    Representing yourself is a terrible idea. There was a study done in 2002 or thereabouts that found that 99% of all tenants representing themselves in unlawful detainer actions lost their cases. Hire an attorney right away.

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  • My landlord hired a process server to serve me a 3 day demanding I vacate the property in 24hrs or a Sheriff will come arrest me

    I lived in this single family home for over two years and the very first notice I ever received was this 3 day notice threatening to arrest me if I dont give up possession in 24hrs! I was sleeping when I woke up to the sound of my bedroom window b...

    Frances’s Answer

    The notice is invalid, and the Sheriff won't arrest you on the landlord's say-so.

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  • Can I sue my landlord she came with her daughter and boyfriend entered my home and assaulted me.I called the police .

    She rented us this house after she got a loan from the city that she didn't have to pay back as long as this was her primary residence . I did not know this at that time. The city found out now she wants us out immediately. My credit is bad and I'...

    Frances’s Answer

    No matter what the circumstances, you can sue someone for trying to push his or her way into your house while wielding a knife. That's a crime.

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  • I am on disability. I live in a trailer park. The managers here have ordered all the tenants to clean. I am unable.

    The current manager and I have had altercations on numerous times because in July 2014 I had to call the police a dozen times on a Schizophrenia transvestite nudist hoarder that I recorded on camera vandalizing my RV, stalking, death threats, whic...

    Frances’s Answer

    If you are disabled, the landlord has to reasonably accommodate your disability by altering their rules to allow you the same opportunity as an able-bodied person to enjoy the premises. I suggest that you write a letter to the landlord, and send it in a way where you have a record of delivery, telling the landlord that you are too ill and disabled at present to comply with their notice by 4/17. Let the landlord know when you will be able to comply in the letter. That should take care of it.

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