I have lived in a small rental house for over 5 years in the city of Los Angeles. My landlord has decided to sell the property and has asked me to vacate by the end of August. I have kids and pets and I am financially strapped at this point. It will be very difficult for me to move at this time, and I really could use a few more months to prepare financially for a move. I have not been given written notice yet but I am wondering if it is appropriate to ask for Relocation assistance under the Los Angeles RSO. I am wondering how to handle the situation and may need the help of a landlord tennant attorney. I have a good relationship with my landlord so we may be able to work something out. I just want to know what my rights are. Thanks so much in advance for any help
It appears that you may be--but you need to consult with a landlord/tenant attorney to be certain. That, or call LARSO.
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Contact the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department to find out if the rental property is subject to the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance at:
Normally, single family homes are not covered by the RSO, unless there are two or more on the same lot.
If the RSO does not apply, the owner can simply terminate the lease on 60 days notice, since you have lived there more than 1 year.
I agree with Mr. Kane. You need to find out if the property is covered by a rent control ordinance. If it is not, you are not entitled to relocation fees.
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