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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. 

Landlord harassment and the law

Disagreements between tenants and landlords are no average dispute, mainly because it can threaten one's living situation. When a landlord harasses a tenant, the issue becomes all the more problematic. California tenants deserve honest communication, proper maintainence upkeep and, above all else, a safe living environment.

City seeks to evict boat dealer from current space

Oftentimes, parties that are not in position to buy their coveted spaces in Santa Ana will attempt to enter into lease agreements with the owners with the promise of eventually being able to buy the property outright. Such agreements are perfectly legitimate provided that they are executed correctly. In such a case, "executed correctly" means obtaining signed documentation to verify such agreements. The absence of such documents may later allow one side to back out of such an agreement, citing that as proof that such an accord was never in place. Conversely, an interested buyer can also try to create controversy by saying that he or she had such an agreement in place despite having to evidence to support it. 

What Should I Know About Eviction in California?

If you rent a home or apartment in California, being fully aware of your rights and responsibilities is extremely important. This is especially true when it comes to eviction. Landlords do have the right to evict tenants under certain circumstances, as explained by the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

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