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Laurence Louis Spitters

Laurence Spitters’s Answers

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  • Property manager refuses to show me the utility bill (water, sewer, trash). She says I'm not allowed to see it. Is that legal?

    A third party utility billing company manages the billing in our complex for water, trash, and sewer. The lease agreement states that our bill will be based on the actual master bill for the property and we will be billed based on the square foota...

    Laurence’s Answer

    Since your lease provides that your rent is based on an apportionment of the master bill, you should have a right to review the master bill to confirm your rent is being calculated accurately. If the landlord refuses, you will need to pursue your legal remedies.

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  • Termites

    I'm renting a home in Ca. If there was a termite infestation who's responsible the landlord or the tenant?

    Laurence’s Answer

    The landlord. You should advise the landlord of the problem and give the landlord a reasonable opportunity to deal with the problem. If the landlord fails to respond, you should contact the City's Code Enforcement department and request and inspection.

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  • Living in an appt where manager won't fix anything without raising rent. Have an overbearing amount of roaches. What can I do?

    Landlord fixed all other apartments on property however refuses to fix mine without raising the rent. Also have been living with roaches and rodents and very little has been done to treat the issue.

    Laurence’s Answer

    You should contact the City's code enforcement or housing enforcement. The Inspector can issue a citation requiring the landlord to get rid of the vermin.

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  • What is the Civil Code when a landlord cuts or denies a benefit the tenant used in the past?

    I have been using the benefit of a storage area in the house I live since 2009, but my landlord is a hoarder of a lot of junk that is never used and because a year ago more stuff was brought into the house this landlord cut and denied that I keep ...

    Laurence’s Answer

    If you have a fixed term lease, the terms cannot be changed during the term of a lease. If you have a month to month tenancy, the landlord can alter the terms upon giving proper notice under Civil Code Section 827 (notice requirements) and Code of Civil Procedure Section 1162 (service requirements for changes other than the amount of rent). These requirements may be altered by SF rent control ordinances.

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  • Who is responsible for a roommate's items when not taken? Person on the lease or the landlord?

    Couple broke up. Lessee gave 30 day notice to landlord. Exgirlfriend ( lived there, but hasn't stayed there in over 2 weeks, and is not on the lease) started moving her items out, but may not finish by the time lessee leaves ( which is earlier th...

    Laurence’s Answer

    If the person was a tenant under the lease, the landlord is responsible. If the person was a subtenant, then the tenant is responsible. Civil Code Sec. 1980, etc. that explains how abandoned property must be handled.

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  • RE: Can a landlord/onsite manager turn off water for building repairs without notice?

    I posted yesterday: "Recently the property has gone through a change in ownership. They have been making upgrades to the property. They have previously entered apartments without notice in addition to the laundry list of things they've done. Now t...

    Laurence’s Answer

    The landlord is required to give notice before interrupting utility service before making repairs. It is doubtful this violation is a material breach of the lease that would allow you to terminate it. You should request a rent rebate for your loss of use of the premises. If the problem continues, contact the LA Rent Control Board or Code Enforcement to submit a complaint. They can take enforcement actions against the landlord.

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  • Our tenant moved and turned water off that was under his name but water company left it on is the landlord responsible to pay?

    water was used after the tenant closed his account but water was still on. After 3 weeks water company shut the water off. I the landlord called to have water service and water company now wants to charge me for the water used by someone else I...

    Laurence’s Answer

    Normally, when a tenant vacates, the utility account revert back to an become the obligation of the landlord. The change should have been coordinated with the tenant and the water company. You should ask the water company for verification of when the tenant's account was terminated. Presumably, that was the day the tenant vacated, and you would have been on notice from that time that you would be responsible for the water bill unless other arrangement were made.

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  • Got erroneous clerk's error Default Judgement UD vacated Friday morn, clerk sez "trial set for Aug 8"??? this is an Eviction

    This is for an Eviction case. Got erroneous "clerk's error" Default Judgement UD vacated Friday morn, NOW judge's clerk tell me & LL "trial set for Aug 8"??? Questions about time line. Motion to Quash filed July 16 Denied July 29 E...

    Laurence’s Answer

    You need to look at the Court file to figure out what happened. You should also file your answer.

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  • Am I responsible for medical expenses incurred as part of my workers comp case?

    I was seeing my private medical provider and I was then injured and filed a WC claim as well as a wrongful termination claim. I won my wrongful termination claim and settled my WC claim through a C&R. During the settlement meeting there was on...

    Laurence’s Answer

    You should have your doctor send the bills to the comp carrier. If they are not paid, seek enforcement of the settlement from the WCAB

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  • I received a bill of $13,000.00 to pay 6 months rent when I moved out from 1 yr lease house due to job transfer. Please advise.

    When I informed the management, they told us to cooperate, submit Notice to Vacate and advertised the house for rent but at $100 more that I was paying. During our stay couple of prospective tenant came to see the house. I had to move out due to m...

    Laurence’s Answer

    If you breached the lease by leaving early, you are liable for the rent during the remainder of the lease. However, the landlord was required to use reasonable efforts to find another tenant within a reasonable time. I do not know what the rental market is like in Sacramento, but generally in urban areas the unit should have been relet in a month or two. It may take longer to re-rent a home versus an apartment. I suggest you offer the landlord one month's rent, explaining that the home should have been re-rented within a month. You should also look into whether your employer to pay this as part of your relocation expenses.

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