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  • Rental forum: When pest eradication efforts fail, know your rights Jun 11, 2011 12:00 AM
    Q. I moved into a new apartment in Los Angeles less than three weeks ago. Immediately upon moving in I noticed cockroaches all over the apartment. I emailed the owner with my concerns along with photographs. Since then, the owner has sent a handyman by and I’ve had my apartment sprayed twice. The spraying seems to have helped, but the bugs still seem to be here. I have found them on my shower curtain, on my desk, and even in my refrigerator.

     
  • Rental forum: Surprise, your landlord just sold your rental May 29, 2011 12:00 AM
    Neither owners nor tenants are required to make any advance disclosures about their long-term plans when entering into a month-to-month rental agreement. The concept of “caveat emptor” applies to both landlords and tenants.

     
  • Rental forum: Commercial tenant may be on hook for maintenance, property taxes, insurance May 1, 2011 12:00 AM
    Q. I have rented an apartment for many years. I thought I understood the responsibilities of a tenant and a landlord. However, a few years ago I rented space for my business in a commercial office building, and I am now finding that my landlord doesn’t seem to have any responsibilities to perform what I consider to be routine maintenance. Under a commercial lease, who is usually responsible for painting, air conditioning units, or even plumbing backups in the sewage pipes? The lease is very long and complicated. Rental Forum column

     
  • Rental forum: How to ensure tenants stay on top of cleaning, repaires Apr 17, 2011 12:00 AM
    Q. What are the tenant’s responsibilities for cleaning after moving out? Is it acceptable for them to leave trash and unwanted household goods behind? As a landlord, what legal rights do I have to enforce the proper cleaning of my property?

     
  • Rental forum: Tips on filing nuisance lawsuit in small claims court Apr 3, 2011 12:00 AM
    Q. I own a condominium unit in a homeowners association (HOA). I have lived there peacefully and quietly for almost four years until a new family began renting next door. The mother and her six kids have placed a piano right against the common wall, which is between her unit and my master bedroom. It seems like they play the piano seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with virtually no breaks! The sound from the piano is so loud that I cannot sleep before 10 p.m., nor can I read a book or watch TV in the bedroom.

     
  • Home maintenance in a rental still a two-way street Mar 20, 2011 12:00 AM
    Q. I had a tenant that called me to let me know that I had water dripping from the ceiling and that my wood floors had “something wrong with them.” Please let me know who is liable.

     
  • Rental forum: Commercial tenant may be on hook for some costs Mar 4, 2011 12:00 AM
    :Q. I have rented an apartment for many years. I thought I understood the responsibilities of a tenant and a landlord. However, a few years ago I rented space for my business in a commercial office building, and I am now finding that my landlord doesn’t seem to have any responsibilities to perform what I consider to be routine maintenance. Under a commercial lease, who is usually responsible for painting, air conditioning units, or even plumbing backups in the sewage pipes? The lease is very long and complicated. Rental Forum column

     
  • Rental Forum: ‘One size fits all’ charge for wear and tear?Feb 19, 2011 12:00 AM
    Many rental property owners and management companies attempt to establish fixed guidelines about the expected lifespan of various components of their rental properties, like carpeting and blinds. This certainly has some appeal, as it simplifies the move-out process and accounting for the security deposit, says Rental Forum columnist Robert Griswold.

     
  • Robert Griswold/Rental forum: Small claims court can get landlord to act Feb 5, 2011 12:00 AM
    Canadian transplants unable to get landlord to return security deposit when they lose work visas and must break their lease. Advice from Rental Forum columnist Robert Griswold.

     
  • Landlord charges extra for late utility payments Jan 22, 2011 12:00 AM
    We have a reasonably good tenant in a single-family home. The utility companies prefer to keep the bills in the owner's name, so we are billing the tenant for reimbursement of the utilities. The rental agreement stipulates the tenant will reimburse us within 15 days of receiving the bill(s) from us.

     
  • How to weigh a new roof vs. patching leaksJan 7, 2011 12:00 AM
    . I am a landlord and have some questions about my responsibilities for maintenance on a rental home that I partially own. My father passed away a few years ago and left the home to my mother and me. She is no longer able to live on her own so we are renting the property to generate some income. The home is about 70 years old and is a classic with cathedral open-beam ceilings.

     
  • Rent discount may fly out the door under new landlordDec 25, 2010 12:00 AM
    Q. I’ve been a tenant at my apartment complex for 15 years. For 10 years I had a one-bedroom apartment and naturally I paid one-bedroom rent. My apartment unit was damaged as a result of negligent work by a roofing contractor that led to severe water damage to my unit. As a result, the landlord moved me to another apartment unit, but the only vacant unit at the time was a two-bedroom unit.

     
  • Lease-breakers fight re-rent fee Dec 10, 2010 12:00 AM
    My husband and I are breaking our lease because we finally bought a house. We sent a “notice to vacate” to our landlord and asked him to apply the same level of effort to re-rent our unit that he normally would if we had stayed until the end of our lease. He called and said he had received our notice and would start listing and showing the unit just as he does for all vacant units.

     
  • Incentives help cash-strapped landlord move tenant out early Nov 27, 2010 12:00 AM
    I am a landlord who just over two years ago signed a three-year lease with my current tenant to rent out our home on the East Coast since my husband’s job was relocated to the West Coast. The lease will expire early next year. We rented it at a loss, but that was fine at the time because my husband’s job paid extremely well.

     
  • Landlords are not required to provide laundry rooms Nov 13, 2010 12:00 AM
    I live at a small apartment building with 24 units. In addition to a swimming pool and spa, we have a central laundry room with two washing machines and two dryers. The equipment is fairly old but it still works. However, the plumbing drains are a problem and the washing machines routinely have backed up for years.

     
  • ‘Accident’ defense overshadowed by plumber’s discoveryOct 30, 2010 12:00 AM
    Recently the toilet in my apartment overflowed. The water poured out all over the bathroom and even into a couple of adjacent rooms. I contacted the manager and he sent out a plumber and a flood control company. T

     
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  • Landlords may require renters to carry insuranceOct 3, 2010 12:00 AM
    Can I require my tenant who's on a month-to-month rental agreement to possess renter's insurance? She had a kitchen fire over a year ago and did not have insurance.

     
  • In most cases, landlord must replace broken refrigeratorSep 19, 2010 12:00 AM
    I rent an apartment and my refrigerator recently stopped working. I called my landlord who came by and confirmed that it doesn't work. The landlord told us that now we have to pay for the new one because it's our fault!

     
  • Tenants with verbal agreements can protect themselvesSep 5, 2010 12:00 AM
    I am having problems with my landlord and I am hoping you can offer some suggestions. I rented a house about three years ago. When I interviewed with the landlord, I explained that I was paid only twice a month and the days were always different and that I would sometimes be late on rent but never more than three or four days. The landlord said that was OK.

     
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