Since bankruptcy is administered through the federal courts, even though I practice in Michigan there are similarities as to bankruptcy practice. Whether California or Michigan, there is a significant difference between dismissal of a Chapter 13 and a conversion to Chapter 7 but many times a 13 is followed by a 7 because the underlying business owner owes debts that will cause her business to fail. As her landlord, you are entitled to your rent payment or you can evict her for non-payment. That may take a limited period of time to accomplish but if you continue to receive your rent on a timely basis, it seldom will not be a problem because you are exchanging possession for the payment so it is not a preferential payment (recoverable). However, if she defaults in paying her rent or falls behind, you may have a problem. Unless the case is converted to a chapter 7 or she falls behind in her rent, you probably will not need to retain an attorney. You may also want to consult with an attorney who is experienced in bankruptcy matters and real estate matters. Certainly, if you decide for any reason, including non-payment of rent, that you want to evict her, you will be wise to hire an attorney. Advise the attorney of the bankruptcy background to avoid any problems, and proceed to protect your own interests.
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