2019 Rent Control

Q: I own a rental property in San Diego where there is currently no rent control and my tenant's rent is $1,200.  I want to raise the rent to $1,500. Can I raise my tenant's rent by 25%? A: No, under the new Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (the “Act”) an annual rent...

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2019 Small Claims & Security Deposit

Q: My tenant recently vacated my rental property. The security deposit does not cover the full cost of the damage the tenant left at the property. What can I do to recover this money?  First, you will need to fill out a security deposit itemization for back rent,...

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2019 Late Fee Provision & Pets

Q: This is my first time renting out my residential unit. The late fee provision in my Lease allows me to charge a percentage of the rent or a flat fee. How much can I charge for the late fee? A: Your late fee should be no more than 6% of the monthly rent. For...

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New Laws Effective August 2019

Q: I own a property in the City of San Diego and I do not want to rent to Section 8 tenants or tenants with rental assistance. Is it legal for me to refuse to rent to tenants that receive rental assistance? A: It depends on the location of the rental unit.  Effective...

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2019 Property Managers

Q: I hired a property management company to take over managing my properties. What do I need to do to let my tenants know that I will not be managing my properties anymore? A: You are required to serve your tenants with a notice of change of ownership/management every...

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