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Disputes over repairs and other tenant issues

Landlords face many various challenges involving tenants, whether they involve the non-payment of rent or breaking a lease. However, many other different matters can lead to a dispute between a landlord and their tenant, and these disagreements can become very difficult to deal with. For example, a landlord may be accused of failing to make necessary repairs, even when the areas of concern were addressed. Or, a tenant may accuse a landlord of being a “slumlord” for failing to repair something around the rental when they were never even informed in the first place.

Can a landlord evict a tenant over noise?

Noisy neighbors in Santa Cruz can be a real pain, especially for landlords. There are steps you can take if the noise is coming from other tenants, including evicting the responsible parties if your other requests fall on deaf ears. The Balance recommends the following advice in this case, which helps landlords protect themselves as well as create a welcoming environment for all tenants.

Is my landlord responsible for mold growth?

Mold growth in your Santa Cruz rental is a very serious matter for a number of reasons. Certain types of mold are known to exacerbate existing respiratory issues, and growth can damage the belongings of tenants. Many renters want to know if their landlords are responsible for mold found within their homes, especially when health issues result. To this end, offers the following guidance.

Is there a right way to evict your tenant?

Over the course of the last several months, you have run into some problems with your tenants and are beginning to question their ability to maintain the terms of the contract they signed at the beginning of their lease in California. While you have carefully weighed your options, you are leaning towards evicting them and putting out feelers for some new tenants that show promise of being a better fit. Understanding the right way to go about executing an eviction is crucial to prevent legal consequences on your end and to ensure you maintain civility and decency. 

What are my rights as a tenant?

If you currently rent a home in Santa Cruz, you’re no doubt concerned about your rights being respected. This is especially true when it comes to eviction, which not only requires you to change homes but can also impact your finances and ability to secure a rental in the future. breaks down your rights as a tenant when it comes to eviction, including instances when it’s not permitted.  

Back rent and eviction

When it comes to back rent, there are all sorts of different issues to take into consideration. For example, tenants may find themselves in an uncertain position when they are being evicted over failing to pay rent, while landlords may be unsure of whether or not they should move forward with an eviction because their tenant is not fulfilling their obligations. Tenants might be unable to pay their rent for many different reasons, from irresponsibility to unfortunate challenges that have arisen unexpectedly. However, when a tenant fails to pay the rent they owe, a landlord may have no choice but to move forward with an eviction.

Evicting a tenant over drug activity

We have covered some of the common reasons for eviction on our blog, but in this post we will take a closer look at evicting a tenant due to drug-related activity. There are many different examples of unlawful drug activity that tenants may carry out and some landlords have no choice but to move forward with an eviction. If you have proof that your tenant is violating the law and want to have them removed from the premises, it is pivotal to approach the eviction carefully and in a timely manner.

Understanding the lease process

Whether a client is looking over a lease in an effort to rent a space from a tenant, or the owner of a space is drafting a lease for a new renter, it is important that the lease accurately portrays all of the information needed for the business transaction. In some cases, renters may not understand exactly what is in the lease agreement and/or the owner may not know what to include in the documentation. If a crucial piece of the lease is left out, it could lead to major legal problems later down the road.

Documenting deductions from a security deposit

Landlords in Santa Cruz may approach the dates that tenants vacate their properties with a certain amount of trepidation. They could discover that the properties were poorly maintained, and that extensive repairs (or at the very least, a thorough cleaning) are needed before they can be rented again. Of course, they may expect the tenants to cover those costs through their security deposits. It may come as little surprise to learn, then, that Findlaw lists security deposit disputes as being the common problems between landlords and tenants. 


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