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Smoking

A: No, there is no legal right to smoke cigarettes and restricting smoking does not interfere with the tenant’s privacy or use and enjoyment of the premises. If the tenant refuses to stop smoking, then you may give him a 3 Day Notice to Perform Covenant or...

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Emotional Support Animals

A: Yes, a landlord must work with a disabled tenant to make reasonable accommodations. If your tenant has a note from a doctor saying that he or she requires a pet for a condition that is considered a disability, then you must comply with her request....

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Smoking

A: No, there is no legal right to smoke cigarettes and restricting smoking does not interfere with the tenant’s privacy or use and enjoyment of the premises. If the tenant refuses to stop smoking, then you may give him a 3 Day Notice to Perform Covenant or...

read more

Emotional Support Animals

A: Yes, a landlord must work with a disabled tenant to make reasonable accommodations. If your tenant has a note from a doctor saying that he or she requires a pet for a condition that is considered a disability, then you must comply with her request....

read more

Free Consultation

To schedule a free consultation, simply fill out the following form. Someone from our office will be in touch within one business day.
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Emotional Support Animals

A: Yes, a landlord must work with a disabled tenant to make reasonable accommodations. If your tenant has a note from a doctor saying that he or she requires a pet for a condition that is considered a disability, then you must comply with her request....

Illegal Late Fee & Security Deposits

A: Your late fee should be no more than 6% of the monthly rent. For example, if your tenant pays $1,250 in rent per month, then you may charge up to 6% of $1,250 as a late fee, which is $75. Your Lease also gives you the option to write in a flat fee,...

Roomates & Unauthorized Occupants

First, you will need to review your lease or rental agreement with this tenant. As a landlord, you may include a clause in your lease or rental agreement that authorizes or prohibits your tenant from having a roommate. If you allow your tenant to have a...

Storing Personal Property

Since the tenant gave you possession of the property, you may consider the items abandoned. You must serve a notice of right to reclaim abandoned property itemizing the personal property left by the tenant and keep the items for at least 15 days if...

Day Care Business

No, you cannot prohibit your tenants from starting the day care. Under California law, houses, condos, and apartment units may be used to run a small family day care business. These laws were passed in order to make childcare more readily available for working parents...

When to Ask for Cash

No, you cannot demand the tenant pay you in cash solely because it is your preference. Yes, when your tenant tries to pay you with a dishonored check you may demand a cash payment for the following three months from the date the check was dishonored if your lease or...

Overcharging Section 8 Tenants

I am a landlord of an apartment complex. I have several tenants that receive government assistance through Section 8 housing. All of my Section 8 contracts state the landlord is responsible for paying the water bill. However, I have one tenant that always has a really...