In the past a SFH was converted to duplex in LA and was not registered in RSO. However house was legally returned back to SFH and is now exempt from RSO. The affirmed judgment of Lyles vs. Sangadeo-Patel states that once the rental is already REGISTERED all rents paid are legal including back rents and tenant cannot sue for past and treble damages.
What if the SFH house cannot be registered because it is exempt from RSO does this affirmed judgment also applies?
you've answered yourself. why would RSO apply when you clearly state that the SFH is exempt from RSO.
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