we've been here for 18 years. we always passed expection. the people have seen our dog in the past and never said anything. the contract doesn't say that dogs aren't allowed
Your status might be determinative of the answer to your question. Are you a tenant in an apartment? Are you a tenant or an owner within a homeowners association? Were you served with a 3-day notice to perform covenant or quit? What "people" are you referring to, the landlord/property manager/neighbors? What contract is this, a lease or rental agreement, or a purchase contract? What kind of inspection?
Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, consult your own attorney.
I agree with my colleague - there are too many unanswered questions to answer you properly. You should take your contract to a local attorney for advice on how to proceed.
If we do not have a signed fee agreement I am not your attorney and this is not legal advice.
If you are in a rent-controlled unit, you should be aware that the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance specifically prohibits landlords from changing the rules regarding pets as a way to force you to vacate your unit.
You have been there for 18 years--I assume your unit is therefore below market rent. The Rent Control Law would protect you in this eviction.
Even if you are NOT in a rent-controlled unit, the landlord's collection of rent from you for SEVEN YEARS acts as a waiver of any no-pets clause in the lease.
You need to hire an attorney to fight this and try it to a jury, NOT TO A JUDGE.
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