I have an oral lease for a retail store in Los Angeles. The owner sold the building to someone else. The new owner kicked me out with no notice and demanded that I pay a new deposit, rent and sign a new lease. I just paid rent two weeks ago, but he wants me to pay rent again
Estate Planning Attorney
Sounds like there is a problem between your past and current landlords. If you have already put down a depoit and paid rent for this month, your landlord cannot make you pay for them again. However, if you have a month to month lease, that relief will be temporary. Although you should still have credit for the deposit you have paid, your landlord can ask for an increased deposit with proper notice. The landlord can also increase the rent amount or simply give you notice to vacate the premises. If the lease is month to month, your landlord will need to give you a full calendar months notice to leave the property.
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Landlord / Tenant Lawyer
The new owner cannot kick you out with no notice. He has to post a notice stating the cause for the eviction, and then file an unlawful detainer action. Because this landlord seems very unstable, I would take this opportunity to look for a new business location where you can sign a lease with someone normal.