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Frances Miller Campbell

Sherman Oaks Landlord / Tenant Lawyer.

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  1. Who is responsibility in fixing a bed bug problem? Landlord or tenant?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Frances Miller Campbell
    2. Assly Sayyar
    3. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    3 lawyer answers

    It is ABSOLUTELY the landlord's responsibility to ERADICATE the bedbugs in the apartment building. See Civil Code sections 1941 and 1941.1. In an apartment building, a landlord cannot fix a bedbug problem by spraying only one unit--they travel through walls, ceilings, walk across the hall, etc. If the landlord sprays in one unit, they move to the surrounding units and, guess what, they will be back. The landlord makes the problem worse by having a single unit treated. Also, a lot of...

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  2. I am a sixteen year tenant never late on rent have been given six month extension for no reason do i have rights??

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Frances Miller Campbell
    2. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    2 lawyer answers

    I'm so sorry, but because you are not in a rent-controlled jurisdiction, the landlord is under no obligation to renew your lease. This is true throughout California, except in cities that have rent control. 16 years is a good run. You should have no trouble finding a new place to live.

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  3. Can a plaintiff in a unlimited civil suit,file an amended complaint at time of opposition to demurrer,voluntarily?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frances Miller Campbell
    2. Pamela Koslyn
    3. Kenneth Evan Chyten
    3 lawyer answers

    If you have not amended before, then you can simply file a First Amended Complaint, and the demurrer becomes moot. It is not required, but you might (immediately) file a "Notice of Intent to File First Amended Complaint" so the Court Clerk does not begin working up the demurrer. You can file your First Amended Complaint any time before the hearing date set for the demurrer.

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  4. Who responsible for getting rid of bed bugs, the cost of dry cleaning and cleaning all belongings in the bedroom?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Frances Miller Campbell
    2. Melissa Cari Marsh
    2 lawyer answers

    Dear tenant, Ms. Marsh is correct. However, you should also call the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) at 866-557-RENT, since you are in Los Angeles, and ask for a code enforcement inspection. The LAHD has the authority to order your landlord to make repairs to the premises, including exterminating bed bugs. Unfortunately, if you get rid of the bed bugs only in your apartment, they may come back if the rest of the building is not treated. That's why you need to call the authorities....

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  5. Can I be locked out of a motel room that I have lived in for 5 months without notice?

    Answered 6 days ago.

    1. Frances Miller Campbell
    2. Boris Kayhan
    2 lawyer answers

    The answer is no--you cannot be locked out without the landlord obtaining a writ of possession through an eviction lawsuit. The problem is, if you HAVE been locked out, the best you can do is sue for damages.

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  6. NO HOT WATER OR GAS, MY LANDLORD SAYS SOMEONE WILL CONNECT SHORTLY AND NOTHING HAS HAPPENED! CAN WE WITHHOLD PAYING THE RENT?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Harris Justin Brumer
    2. Frances Miller Campbell
    2 lawyer answers

    Contact the County Health Department RIGHT NOW. They will order the landlord to make repairs within 24 hours. Administrative Headquarters: County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Environmental Health 5050 Commerce Drive Baldwin Park, California 91706 Click here for map to our facility Public Service Phone Numbers Who handles my complaint? Environmental Health and Outside Agency Contact List Contact a District Office in your area File an online complaint...

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  7. 60 day Notice to Vacate

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Frances Miller Campbell
    2. Pamela Koslyn
    2 lawyer answers

    It doesn't matter if you are on the lease or not. You have been residing in the unit and paying for it for 3 years so you are a tenant. The landlord had no right to ask you for credit information or to do a credit check on you, and certainly no right to collect $25 from you to do so. Since your landlord has threatened to serve you with an eviction notice, I suggest you put in writing that you would like to stay because moving would be hard on your disabled son, and ask that the landlord...

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  8. Do I have to let my landlord show my house, (Its for sale) after receiving a sixty day notice. Or while moving out.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frances Miller Campbell
    2. Steven Alan Fink
    2 lawyer answers

    You only have to let your landlord show the house during business hours. See Civil Code section 1954(c). Also, while you have to allow your landlord to show the house during business hours, nothing says you have to clean up the place, or that you have to clear out, or that your kids can't be running around screaming, if you get my point.

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  9. Can a landlord in California enter a tenant's unit to inspect for cleanliness? Please provide legal sources if possible.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frances Miller Campbell
    2. Pamela Koslyn
    2 lawyer answers

    A landlord may not enter an apartment except for the purpose of making "necessary or agreed repairs." (Also to show the apartment to prospective renters or buyers, but that's not applicable here.) There is no right to inspect for cleanliness. I would not allow entry. They are trying to get your mom out of the apartment for some reason--don't help them. Call the police if the landlord tries to enter.

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  10. Can a landlord disconnect water service for unpaid rent?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Frances Miller Campbell
    2. Henry Daniel Lively
    3. Steven Alan Fink
    3 lawyer answers

    Dear tenant, That is completely illegal. A landlord cannot turn off utilities to try to force a tenant to move. See Civil Code section 789.3. If he does, he is liable to the tenant for $100 per day. You are well within your rights to withhold rent to force the landlord to make repairs. If the landlord files an eviction action against you, you can defend it on the theory that the landlord breached the implied warranty of habitability. At trial, the Judge or the jury will decide the...

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