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I am a tenant residing in the lower level of a two-story duplex in Silver Lake. The duplex residence is newly converted from one single family home. I signed a 12-month residential lease on 12/7/2012 and just found out today (8/23/13) that LADBS just issued the Certificate of Occupancy for the conversion of single family dwelling to duplex on 8/15/13.
Essentially, the lease was signed 9 months and 1 week in advance of a finalized Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Los Angeles.
As tenant, what is the exhaustive list of my rights? Especially, if I am now intent on moving out of the place during Labor Day weekend? Can I move out now without penalty? Can I demand the return of 100% of deposit, provided no damage to property?
Thank you for your consideration!
CleanerThe duplex is in a commercial zone in Silver Lake; upstairs unit is classified as commercial space (no kitchen), downstairs unit is a residence. The duplex was previously a single-family dwelling converted into a duplex. I believe the duplex is not subject to Los Angeles RSO. Permit application dates back to 6/19/12 and permit was issued on 7/17/12. Work commenced on 7/26/12 and ended with final inspection on 8/9/13. Certificate of Occupancy was issued on 8/15/13. Can I claim nullification of the lease agreement dated 12/7/12, given the lack of Certificate of Occupancy at the time? Thanks again.