Frances Miller Campbellā€™s Answers

Frances Miller Campbell

Sherman Oaks Landlord / Tenant Lawyer.

Contributor Level 15
  1. Can I withhold rent?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Brian Leigh DeWitt
    2. Frances Miller Campbell
    3. Brad S Kane
    3 lawyer answers

    The landlord is required to make repairs to the premises you rent. You can have it fixed yourself, and deduct it from the rent, but it would be safer to make the repair yourself and sue the landlady in small claims court for the cost of the repair. However, realize that there is no rent control where you are, and the landlady will probably evict you for suing her. This is illegal too (it's retaliation) but sooner or later she will get you out. You need to take your money to a place...

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  2. Landlord has no business license for the house that I am renting.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Frances Miller Campbell
    2. Kevin Lewis King
    3. James Louis Miller
    3 lawyer answers

    No, absolutely not. You need to pay your rent. To my knowledge, a landlord does not have to have a business license to rent property (unless your landlord is a property manager only, in which case he or she needs a broker's license). Not paying your rent is a great way to get evicted.

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  3. I have plenty of absolute proof. What are my chances of winning a slander suit and getting the max payment, $25,000.00?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Christine C McCall
    2. Frances Miller Campbell
    3. Michael Charles Doland
    4. Michael Raymond Daymude
    5. Neil Pedersen
    5 lawyer answers

    First, there is no "max payment" for slander. Your damages are whatever you can prove. No attorney can really tell you your chances of winning any certain amount. However, it seems you do have good evidence. I disagree with the other commenting attorney that you can obtain a civil harassment restraining order on these facts--you are not being threatened with violence. However, as part of the lawsuit for defamation, you can ask for, and will probably receive, a restraining order preventing...

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

    Answered over 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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  5. 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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  6. Can a plaintiff in a unlimited civil suit,file an amended complaint at time of opposition to demurrer,voluntarily?

    Answered almost 5 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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  7. Who responsible for getting rid of bed bugs, the cost of dry cleaning and cleaning all belongings in the bedroom?

    Answered over 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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  8. Can I be locked out of a motel room that I have lived in for 5 months without notice?

    Answered 3 months 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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  9. NO HOT WATER OR GAS, MY LANDLORD SAYS SOMEONE WILL CONNECT SHORTLY AND NOTHING HAS HAPPENED! CAN WE WITHHOLD PAYING THE RENT?

    Answered about 1 year 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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  10. 60 day Notice to Vacate

    Answered over 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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