The city inspector came and claims that my guest house building isn't a legal apartment because I built it without a permit. It was a garage.
I have a tenant living there and no longer can collect rent. Since this is not legally an apartment can't I ignore the RSO?
According to the RSO I'd owe the tenant relocation fees and the city claims I need to demolish the bathroom and kitchen areas because the only permit on file is for a rec room. I didn't know I needed a permit. I've rented it for years without any citation.
Am I responsible to pay the RSO if I want to evict? Can't I just tell the tenant to leave?
is your tenant paying you or not? was your tenant ever paying you? there are a lot of different ways to go about this but RSO sticks there nose into everything.
Depending on how much you are willing to spend--and what you end goals are--I would contact an attorney.
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Since the unit is illegal, the tenant may be entitled to sue you to recover all rents paid. If the property is withing the RSO area, then you still have to comply with RSO requirements. The fact that the unit is illegal does not excuse you from those requirements and can subject you to additional penalties and liability. Go see a local landlord tenant attorney in your area before things get much, much worse, and far more expensive.
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